The staff right here at London Studio set ourselves a novel problem when creating Blood & Fact’s rating. How will we make the sport’s soundtrack authentically mirror its gritty, up to date London setting, whereas additionally referencing basic Hollywood motion scores?
What we got here up with is a novel orchestral/grime mashup that brings collectively 80 world-class orchestral musicians and a number of prime UK rappers, reworked by famend grime producer Zdot. In the present day, we need to let you know the way it all got here collectively.
Discovering our musicians
Zdot has labored with the likes of “Godfather of grime” Wiley and chart-topping UK rapper Stormzy, and was the right option to convey his grime manufacturing abilities to the soundtrack. We then reached out to numerous rappers and had been fortunate sufficient to work with a few of the most fun rising expertise round in Eyez, Kamakaze and Ocean Knowledge (who’s unofficially the quickest rapper on the earth!) in addition to JME — a legendary determine within the grime scene who runs Boy Higher Know together with his brother Skepta.
Orchestrally, we wished an enormous, aggressive brass sound that works both as orchestral low-end or as samples in ZDot’s grime productions. To that finish, we had 18 unbelievable gamers in Lyndhurst Corridor at AIR Studios blasting away on horns, Wagner tubas, trumpets, trombones (tenor, bass and contrabass!), tubas and cimbassi.
It was correctly thrilling to listen to all of them taking part in collectively. We even added in bass trumpet for some cues — we wished a swaggering, soiled sound to symbolize Tony Sharpe and this was excellent.
Integrating music and gameplay
We first recorded a collection of music early in Blood & Fact’s improvement in order that we might share the recordings with Zdot, who would then create extra music by remixing the stems from the session. This additionally allowed us to get the music into the sport early and see how it will work throughout the varied missions, ensuring we might tightly combine the music alongside the mechanics and narrative circulation of the sport.
In VR, music must work seamlessly with the motion as a way to keep away from breaking participant immersion, so the implementation of the music was key in making the participant really feel like an motion hero. We used numerous methods to make the music really feel like it’s scoring every particular person participant’s playthrough of the sport.
One of many methods we created was referred to as the ‘GritOmeter.’ This works by calculating the participant’s aptitude throughout fight sequences. For instance, spinning a gun in your finger then getting a headshot will push your type worth up, however getting hit by an enemy will lower it. The music then responds to your actions — dropping a bass line and a few beats when you find yourself being actually gritty, and pushing the orchestral components when underneath stress from the enemy. This makes for a very dynamic soundtrack that matches particular person playstyles and drives the motion within the fight sections.
This concept of tight integration additionally led us to recording bespoke orchestral variations of a few of the licensed music within the soundtrack. This allowed us to mix seamlessly between in-world music and offscreen music, serving to to take the participant deeper into the expertise.
We had been fortunate sufficient to have the ability to do that on tracks by Diplo, Tim Deluxe and MJ Cole who had been all very supportive of the idea. London-based Tim & MJ Cole even got here to Abbey Street to see the orchestra performing their songs they usually had been blown away listening to their music remodeled on this approach.
A few of our highlights
The soundtrack is filled with enjoyable bombastic tracks. If you wish to bounce proper into the motion, take heed to ‘Swimming with Marks.’ This observe actually amps up the drama and is used for the climax of a chase scene in direction of the top of the sport.
Should you’re wanting one thing slightly extra intimate, then benefit from the string orchestra taking lead in ‘Dishonour Among Thieves.’ Or if you happen to simply need to get pleasure from some world class rap, give ‘Pedal to the Metal’ a spin, that includes Kamakaze and manufacturing by Zdot.
We have now been engaged on the music of Blood & Fact for over two years and we will’t look forward to you all to listen to it! We’re additionally happy to announce that the soundtrack might be releasing on vinyl late this summer season in collaboration with Black Display Information, so look out for extra info quickly! Till then, give the total Blood & Fact soundtrack a hear on Spotify proper now.