Settling the Score, Orchestrally

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Over a year ago, Uber Entertainment and a bunch of awesome fans teamed up to make Planetary Annihilation a reality. Around the studio, staff still describe the outpouring of support during the campaign as a surreal experience. It was a fun collection of moments, and we’re more than happy to keep delivering on PA.

Speaking of that, actually, one of the game’s stretch goals was the addition of an orchestral score. It’s our pleasure to announce that we’ll be recording that score this week. This week!

Howard Mostrom, our composer, and a couple of other Uber folks, will be heading down to Bastyr Chapel at Bastyr University to do this. It’s a beautiful place, and it’s a place that has been used several times for the scores of massive games and films. We’re stoked to add Planetary Annihilation to the list of media that has been produced there.

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It’s fitting, really, that a game about controlling thousands of units in sprawling and heated interplanetary battles is receiving this treatment. PA’s monstrous scale and its intensity will be elevated by the richness the orchestra has to share.

Orchestras bring a special element, there’s no doubt. Few people can explain it better than Howard:

“Every part of the music that’s in there now will be played by the orchestra, and it’ll have everything that live humans can bring to music. You can do a bunch of fantastic stuff with synth, but it only goes so far. You just can’t compete with a real group.

Live groups bring enormous expression to music. And it’s not just more expression, it’s a less singular expression. The creative choices of 80 people brings a fullness to the music that you can’t get with the utter perfection of machines. The orchestra will exaggerate the tones and the emotions I’ve created in PA’s music.”

So, what exactly is being recorded? The orchestra will re-record our current selection of synthesized tracks, including the kickstarter theme. We also have some new pieces, too. In all, we’ll be using one oboe, an english horn, and a full brass section, in addition to forty strings (violins, violas, bass, etc.), a full choir, a flute, a piccolo, a harp, and a mix of traditional and eclectic percussion.

We have plans to show you some footage from the recording, so stay tuned. And, again, thanks for making this a reality. We’re making awesome progress on the full release in the background, too, and we’ll be sharing more details on what’s to come in the near future.