03 Mar Hellblade Soundtrack: Battle March
Here is a full track from the Hellblade soundtrack called Battle March:
And below we’ve answered a few of your questions on the game’s music:
Will you consider using a female singer for Senua’s music?
That’s the idea yes. We have only just started creating music and we want to flesh out more of the Senua side of things in future. This includes female vocals, and session musicians for the more natural instruments like Cello, piano etc.
How does this new process of producing music benefit the development of Hellblade?
It’s not so different to concept art. Music can be used as a source of inspiration as well as accompaniment.
Music that is especially meaningful has a pace and flow to it and in some cases the visuals or gameplay can dance to the same rythm. When you can hear the scenes, the imagery can follow.
Will the game be taking a more melodic or atmospheric direction in terms of music?
It will be a mix of both. There are signature characters, events and states of mind all of which have a particular sound. The soundtracks will often be used to portray a mood and so atmospheric or minimal melodies will be used.
At key points in the story, there will be room for songs as well.
Who will be singing the main title theme?
At this point in development we don’t have a main theme. We’re hoping to bring in some session musicians and singers in future. We are still exploring style so that is a little way off.
if anything, will there be any lyrics in a different language in #HellbladeMusic?
The Viking songs are sung in Norse or Norse-like dialects. The Senua side of things will be in English rather than Celt. The reason for this is that the game is told from Senua’s subjective point of view. She would hear her own
language as we hear our own – without accents or foreign dialects.
General: I get why you are using Andy for the Viking music but why for softer side of the music?
We want there to be a consistent unified soundtrack to the whole game, one person’s unique voice. While Andy is a natural fit for the Viking side, he is also a diverse musician that is able to create a wide palette of music.
He is very enthusiastic about Hellblade and wants to push all aspects of the music. We have only just begun and will in future be bringing in session musicians and vocalists to help create a complete picture.