Earlier this week, an article popped up on VG247 discussing marked similarities, as pointed out by a NeoGAF member, between the song used in in Red Dead Redempetion 2’s announcement trailer, and a song titled “Apertura” (from The Motorcycle Diaries) by Gustavo Santaolalla. Take a listen below.
Santaolalla is a composer with plenty of meaty credits to his name, including the genius soundtrack of The Last of Us. While he’s apparently contributing that the soundtrack of that game’s sequel, it does seem quite possible that we’ll hear his work on RDR2. After all, the two pieces of music do sound very alike, with the only exception being the instruments used – the trailer music is primarily in piano and Santaolalla plays the guitar in “Apertura.” I’m not alone in the thought that Rockstar wouldn’t use just any ol’ song in their announcement trailer for this potentially seminal game, but the company has been tight-lipped about it so far, so…it’s all just conjecture for the moment. But wouldn’t it be grand to hear the intense/wary musicality of The Last of Us combined with the western-inspired rhythms of Red Dead Redemption?
Red Dead Redemption is one of my favorite soundtracks. In the game, it’s a character in and of itself. From lending airs of quiet dignity to broken solitude to all-out chaos, each piece of the score works in harmony with their respective scenes and each other. Given the care and quality that’s evident in that soundtrack, it seems unlikely that Rockstar would be okay with offering up mediocre sounds in RDR2. Whether or not we’ll hear from the likes of Gustavo Santaolalla or other amazing composers as we, the players, conquer the West once again, hope runs high for this particular sequel, which is due out later this year.
[Article source: VG247]
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