Video game music has long been a genre that is near and dear to my heart. Composers spend countless hours putting together the right mix of sounds to capture the raw emotion of the gameplay that often times are neglected by the intended audience (gamers). When multimedia composer Jeff Broadbent finalized the amazing score for Sony Online Entertainment’s MMOFPS game PlanetSide 2 (which is free to play by the way), players heard the sounds that express the story of the factions in the game.
For the Terran Republic, noble brass, soaring strings, massive percussion, and choir highlights propelled the action. Recorded by the Northwest Sinfonia, their score is a massive, mighty tribute to the military power of this faction. The blues-rock of the New Conglomerate infused a grass-roots vibe to this rebellious faction, while the blending of modern percussion gave a technological edge to their sound. The pulsing synths, evolving electronics, spiritual wind instruments and vocals of the Vanu Sovereignty conceived a sound that is both progressive and timeless, a symbol of their vision for the future and reliance upon ncient technology.
-Jeff Broadbent, Composer
Check out the video below that takes you behind the scenes of the music of PlanetSide 2 and let us know what you think.