Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia with Music Composition by Dynamedion

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Audio Production Studio Dynam­­­edion wrote 45 minutes of music for one of the most successful games of 2018.

Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia

 (17th July 2018, Mainz, Germany) – Dynamedion, based in Mainz, is the European market leader for music composition, sound design and live orchestra productions for international game audio. Most recently, the team has composed 45 minutes of music for the internationally successful game “Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia” (developed by Creative Assembly).

The musical world of the Middle Ages and the Vikings

What should music be like for a strategy game set in the British Isles of the 9th century? Audio director Richard Beddow and audio designer Jack Melham knew they wanted to have a score that should be epic and large enough to embody a full-scale war. Orchestral but colored with period instrument melodies and ideas depicting a medieval Britain shaped by the Dark Ages and Vikings.

Under the ever so gently guiding hands of Dynamedion’s Creative Director Tilman Sillescu, the composers Alex Röder, Nicolai Patricio and Henning Nugel, along with the Creative Assembly team, went to work last autumn.

Behind the scenes

“We all soon found that a lot of modern orchestral devices would not work for this setting. As we wanted to create a very gritty and rustic atmosphere we dropped the bright trumpets from the start and also cut the shimmering trombones’ sound so often heard in today’s scores. In the end, we only left some brass for the epic battle and skirmish tracks but killed most of the brass for the more detailed and closer feeling situations like pre-battle, threat and at-war campaign tracks.” – Alex Röder

To create an ominous marching feel I started with a basic rhythm on low drums and fleshed out the core idea from there. The drums consist mainly of taikos, which are Japanese percussion instruments, but since they have a lot of body and a very “wooden” quality to their sound, it felt appropriate for the setting of the game and purpose of these tracks.“– Nicolai Patricio

Apart from the orchestral colors, my palette for Britannia consisted of some special instruments. For one I used my violin extensively which I tuned down a complete fourth on all strings, so I got to the D instead of G on the lowest string. This gave it a really dark and rustic feel, kind of like a vielle. I also often played an Irish flute for its dark and breathy timbre.“ – Henning Nugel

More Information and Audio Demos

“Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia” is the first part of the “Saga” series and was released in May 2018 for Microsoft Windows and macOS.

Further information and audio examples for Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia can be found at:

https://dynamedion.com/news/total-war-saga-thrones-of-britannia/