Memories of Mother: How the Music of God of War Brought Faye to Life

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Memories of Mother: How the Music of God of War Brought Faye to Life

The spirit of Atreus' mother is woven into the game through the enchanting vocals of Faroese singer, Eivør.

When co-producer Keith Leary and I were first briefed on the details of the God of War reboot story, our creative wheels were spinning. We had many conversations imagining, in very broad terms, what the new music might sound like. Would the bombastic onslaught of strings, brass, and choir remain? Would the fans like music that deviated from the sound of the original? Who would be up for the challenge of reimagining the sound of GOW?

We began by laying out a few high-level ideas to pitch to game director Cory Barlog. The first was to have Bear McCreary compose the score. Keith had worked with Bear on SOCOM 4 and was impressed with his ability to integrate ethnic instruments into a modern orchestral sound, and by his gift for composing memorable themes. We were certain that the new score would rely on an assortment of Scandinavian instruments to help place it in the Norse world, so Bear’s expertise in this area was crucial. Cory and Bear immediately hit it off, and we knew that we had found the right fit. The second idea was to use an Icelandic choir to sing in Old Norse rather than a traditional choir singing Latin text. We were aiming to retain the DNA of the original scores by using strings, brass, and choir, but wanted to tweak the choir just a bit to reflect the new setting of the game. The final idea was to give the deceased mother of Atreus, Faye, a voice.

Hats off to Keith for “discovering” Faroese singer, Eivør on YouTube. We were instantly struck by the beauty and power in her voice especially in her song, Trollabundin. Could this be the voice of Faye? A call to Evior’s agent Roy Lidstone-Jackson led to a meeting in Los Angeles and a demo recording session for Bear and Eivor. Sometimes creative pairings are like arranged marriages, good intentions don’t often make good partners. But in this case, the collaboration between Bear and Eivør was meant to be, and she brought Faye to life.

Eivør’s unique vocal stylings are heard throughout the game, reminding us that Faye is ever present, guiding the way for Kratos and Atreus. The version of “Memories of Mother” on the official soundtrack is a special piece that takes advantage of Eivør’s amazing range. From the subtle humming of the first statement of the theme to the soaring high notes over the choir in the closing statement, her voice draws you in. The more intimate version, subtitled “Farewell to Faye,” is just as captivating, and it’s thrilling to hear the character’s song reimagined in this way. Listening now, I too am reminded of Faye, and I can’t imagine her represented by any voice other than Eivør’s.

It is impossible to overstate the gratitude that I feel towards everyone who collaborated on this score. Bear and his production team at Sparks & Shadows, especially Sam Ewing, Joanna Pane, Ed Trybek, and Steve Kaplan, were brilliant production partners and helped with the massive amount of recording required. The musicians in London, Iceland, Prague, and Nashville all brought their distinctive personalities to the music. Santa Monica Studio supported the vision and provided the means for us to globe trot and capture something special. My colleagues Monty Mudd, Joel Yarger, Zak Millman, and the entire Sony Interactive Music Team, once again, brought their A game. To Keith Leary, Chuck Doud, and the World Wide Studio leadership, thank you for your commitment to excellence. And to Eivør for bringing the Norse magic.

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  • Just want to take the opportunity to Thank everyone that worked on God of War. The game reinvigorated my passion for gaming and sent me down a rabbit hole into Norse mythology I never imagined going down. Everything about God of War was executed at such a high level which helped it become one of my favorite games of all time along with Chrono Trigger having already beating GoW 3 times since launch. Congratulations to Cory for winning Game Direction of the year, Sony Santa Monica for Game of the Year, and Bear for putting together an amazing soundtrack. Can’t wait for Kratos and Atreus’ next adventure.

  • Just a thought…..buuuut can you make a short DLC with Faye as the main character? I would love to see her in action. The only time we see her really was in the comic. Did she fight like Kratos? Did she have her own style? Did she use the bow and arrow as a secondary weapon?

  • Song makes my hair stand up, simply beautiful.

  • This music sent shivers down my spine. I listen to everything from metallica to kenny g. She has an AMAZING voice! Unfortunately, i feel like she is wasting it on a mostly younger crowd of teenagers who listen to todays garbage called music. Not many will notice it in the game. Thank you so much to all involved in the music in GOW (the best game ever)!

  • The music of GOW is so beautiful Thank you very much for this amazing work. Faye is always in my heart because of it.

  • Can you plz put mpow ear phone for the ps4 plz and thank for your company.

  • i dont know how this people can do this, seriously. perfectly done

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