GTA V Soundtrack details
Grand Theft Auto V will feature a vast collection of licensed music, along with an original score...
Grand Theft Auto is famous for many reasons, quite a few of which are usually controversial. Alongside the adult content and excellent open-world play is the attention to detail Rockstar always crams into the world, and a big part of this is the music.
GTA games traditionally feature an eclectic mix of licensed music, which is dispersed into a number of fictional in-game radio stations, and GTA V will be no different. 240 licensed songs will be spread over 15 radio stations, and two talk radio channels, another staple of the series, will also be included. However, that's not the end of GTA V's musical muscle, and this instalment will also feature an original score.
Composed by Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire composer, Woody Jackson, Tangerine Dream, Alchemist and Oh No, the score will be a large-scale collaboration. Each of the collaborators will craft a soundtrack for specific characters and environments in the game, and this music will be remixed and re-arranged depending on the situation and what's happening onscreen.
This reveal came from the game's soundtrack supervisor, Ivan Pavlovich's interview with Rolling Stone. In the interview he commented that the soundtrack is the most ambitious in the series yet.
“We have 15 radio stations, two talk radio stations, 240 licensed songs, and somewhere in the proximity of 20 movies worth of score. It's the largest soundtrack that we've done, and the largest score that we've done.”
The interview also details some of the radio stations themselves, such as modern rock station, Vinewood Boulevard, presented by Nate Williams and Stephen Pope of the Wavves, and West Coast Classics, hosted by DJ Pooh. You can listen to radio extracts on Rolling Stone's website (link below). Other names linked with GTA V include Pam Grier, Bootsy Collins and Kenny Loggins, all cast as radio station DJs.
Rockstar has attempted to really capture the West Coast LA feel in the music, “For this game, which is set in our version of modern day Los Angeles, what was important for us was to capture that feeling of L.A. and California. We approached the radio stations as the musical soundscape [you experience] as you fly into L.A. One of the things we've never done in a GTA game before is a pop station; exploring that made so much sense in the context of L.A."
Although you can never guarantee that a game is going to live up to the hype, GTA is often the exception to the rule, and one thing's for sure, the series has always hit the right notes when it comes to the soundtrack, and by the looks of it, GTA V is going to continue this trend.
Grand Theft Auto V will be released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 17, and say tuned to the next official trailer, which will be released later on today. Of course, we'll have it for you here on Den of Geek.
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