How WildStar’s soundtrack is intensely personal for its creator

    
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Loving those WildStar tunes? Then it’s high time you met the man behind the game’s enormous and beloved soundtrack, Composer Jeff Kurtenacker.

Top Shelf Gaming interviewed Kurtenacker about his continuing work to score the sci-fi MMO. So what were some of his techniques? “When I started writing, I wanted to embrace the sci-fi-ness of it,” Kurtenacker said. “This is where the acoustic guitar came in and the use of synthesizers. I also used a process called bit crushing which gives a distortion to certain elements. It’s been happening in film for a long time, but I hadn’t heard it used before in an MMO.”

Kurtenacker also revealed a very personal story behind one of the game’s poignant tracks: “A lot of my own feelings towards my daughter are wrapped up in Our Perception of Beauty. I see her as a bright, beautiful, fun-loving child. The whole world is an oyster for her right now, but there will come a time when that will start to crumble. So I tried to write something that encapsulated my feelings of that idea. Hold onto that hope and cherish that beauty and light.”

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shayneary
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shayneary

MaxSand Stole my words!

tcpolecat
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tcpolecat

I almost feel guilty that I turn MMO music off when I play… almost. I find no music and just listening to the world itself gets me far more engaged in the game than listening to some soundtrack. And yes, I do the same for a lot of other games, especially TES and Fallout.

Zariarn
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Zariarn

joshua12jd What technical issues?  The game seems to be working fine for me?
Are you speaking of the downtimes since launch or the way the game plays?

DarkWombat
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DarkWombat

Silverbourne you talking to me? I stated an opinion earlier and was called a troll for it. I assume you are talking about Cartap

joshua12jd
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joshua12jd

Honestly I was playing the game again (bought on release) and I felt sad.

I was sad that looking at the terrain and listening to the music and voice acting, alot of work and passion was put into this game (and many MMOs). The work put in is great, but a lot of times us gamers can’t even see or choose not to appreciate it because the “technical” parts of the game annoy us or just make it a bit hard to enjoy the tasks in the game (quests, dungeons, pvp, etc.).
While the technical issues in the game do make things hard to appreciate. The designers and composers tend to get overlooked or at least the appreciation of the work is over looked.
Which leads em to question at times “am I playing the game wrong? am I letting technical issues overshadow my ability to really let my creative side enjoy the game?”

xania
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xania

I love the soundtrack. I bought the Dusty Trails and Rowsdower Tails (I think it’s called) playlist for my house and just have it playing in the background while I do other stuff. I also skirted around the edge of Thermock Hold for a while when I discovered it, dodging Exile players, just to listen to music despite being a very squishy Dominion noob. Probably my favourite track so far (and why I bought the aforementioned housing playlist, I think it’s in there.)

MaxSand
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MaxSand

It is literally one of if not my favorite OST in any game. I mean, I love the gameplay, but I honestly think without that soundtrack, I might have given up on WS entirely.

Syppi
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Syppi

DarkWombat AlexSmithWI Vorender Personal taste is personal taste. I think it’s an amazing soundtrack, and quite a few of MOP’s readers agree: 

Jukebox Heroes: Your top 20 favorite MMO soundtracks

DarkWombat
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DarkWombat

ColdinT DarkWombat Yes but I had more words to say and could not edit previous comments.

Loopstah
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Loopstah

DarkWombat Cartap “That’s a matter of opinion” is an idiom, indicating that you may not necessarily agree with the other person, not that you’re pointing out that all our words are generally opinions.