Premiere: Listen To Michael Giacchino’s ‘Medal Of Honor: Above and Beyond’ Main Theme, Game Soundtrack Arrives December 11! | Critical Hit

Michael Giacchino’s “Main Theme” for Respawn’s Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond forthcoming VR release is out now.  The single is also available as an instant-grat track with the upcoming full soundtrack.  See the full album tracklist below.   The single originally premiered at Critical Hit.

Going for a virtual reality approach with one of the biggest names in action games doesn’t just provide a more pulse-pounding experience, it throws you right into the thick of the greatest war of the 20th century… And thanks to its score, chances are you’ll understand just how monumental this global conflict was.

Respawn Entertainment (a studio of Electronic Arts) will release their Virtual Reality (VR) title, Medal of Honor™: Above and Beyond on December 11, 2020, available on the Oculus Store for Oculus Rift and Steam with Open VR.

Pre-save the Album (pre-order available 12/3): [Digital]

Track List:

01. Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond (Main Theme) – Michael Giacchino
02. Juliette’s Theme – Michael Giacchino
03. Marcel – Michael Giacchino
04. Louis – Michael Giacchino
05. Dr. Gronek – Michael Giacchino
06. Chatsworth Girl – Michael Giacchino & Nami Melumad
07. The Vino Brothers – Michael Giacchino
08. Dubuisson 1943 – Michael Giacchino & Nami Melumad
09. The Hotel Dubuisson – Michael Giacchino & Nami Melumad
10. A Daring Plan – Michael Giacchino & Nami Melumad
11. First Class Ticket – Michael Giacchino & Nami Melumad
12. Combat Drop – Michael Giacchino & Nami Melumad
13. Black Forest Express – Michael Giacchino & Nami Melumad
14. World’s Worst Landing – Michael Giacchino & Nami Melumad
15. House To House – Michael Giacchino & Nami Melumad
16. Armored Chess – Michael Giacchino & Nami Melumad
17. U-Boat Pens – Michael Giacchino & Nami Melumad
18. Inside Scuttle – Michael Giacchino & Nami Melumad
19. Dive Dive Dive! – Michael Giacchino & Nami Melumad
20. Alpine Approach – Michael Giacchino & Nami Melumad
21. Sneaky Penstocks – Michael Giacchino & Nami Melumad
22. Set Final Charges – Michael Giacchino & Nami Melumad
23. After the Crash – Michael Giacchino & Nami Melumad
24. Capturing Dr. Gronek – Michael Giacchino & Nami Melumad
25. Pennemünde – Michael Giacchino & Nami Melumad
26. Bonus Track: Stingers – Michael Giacchino & Nami Melumad

About Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond

Medal of Honor™: Above and Beyond returns to the series’ roots, transporting players to a boots-on-the-ground World War II setting that spans the earth, sea and sky, with players jumping from planes, skiing down mountainsides and sabotaging Nazi bases. Aspiring soldiers won’t be going it alone, however: a veteran sergeant and young British medic will serve as companions throughout the single-player campaign, and the game will feature appearances from other Medal of Honor legends, including Manon Batiste and Dr. Gronek.
The single player campaign also aims to tell one of the most immersive World War II stories yet in a robust and emotionally-driven first-person experience. The team at Respawn has spent the past four years and hundreds of hours interviewing veterans of the war, and traveled to the places where history happened, in order to get the emotional tone of the game right. The team also captured more than 120 pages of stunning performance capture – an entire movie’s worth of narrative performance – to supplement the moving tale of heroism and sacrifice.

Additionally, Medal of Honor™: Above and Beyond will feature a variety of multiplayer modes, some of which are only possible in VR and with the addition of Steam support, players will benefit from cross-platform play across multiple different devices. Keep an eye out for more information on these modes in the months ahead.

About Michael Giacchino
Composer MICHAEL GIACCHINO has credits that feature some of the most popular and acclaimed film projects in recent history, including The Incredibles, War for the Planet of the Apes, Ratatouille, Star Trek, Jurassic World, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Coco. Giacchino’s 2009 score for the Pixar hit Up earned him an Oscar®, a Golden Globe®, the BAFTA, the Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award and two GRAMMY® Awards.

Giacchino studied filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. After college, he landed a marketing job at Disney and began studies in music composition, first at Juilliard, and then at UCLA. He moved from marketing to producing in the newly formed Disney Interactive Division where he had the opportunity to write music for video games.

After moving to DreamWorks Interactive, he was asked to score the temp track for the video game adaptation of The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Subsequently, Steven Spielberg hired him as the composer and it became the first PlayStation game to have a live orchestral score, recorded with members of the Seattle Symphony.

Giacchino went on to score numerous video games including Spielberg’s Medal of Honor series. Giacchino’s work in video games sparked the interest of J.J. Abrams, and thus began their long-standing relationship that would lead to scores for the hit television series Alias and Lost, and the feature films Mission Impossible III, Star Trek, Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness.

Additional projects include collaborations with Disney Imagineering on music for Space Mountain, Star Tours (with John Williams), the Ratatouille ride in Disneyland Paris, and the Incredicoaster on Pixar Pier at California Adventure. Giacchino was the musical director of the 81st Annual Academy Awards®. His music can be heard in concert halls internationally with all three Star Trek films, Ratatouille, Jurassic World, Up and Coco being performed live-to-picture with a full orchestra. In June 2018, Giacchino premiered his first work for symphony orchestra, Voyage. Commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the piece celebrates the 60th anniversary of the founding of NASA. In July 2019, a third movement was added for the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing.

Jojo Rabbit, the critically acclaimed Fox Searchlight film written and directed by Taika Waititi, earned Giacchino a BAFTA nomination this year. His upcoming film projects include Matt Reeves’ The Batman.

Giacchino’s first LP of original music, Travelogue Vol 1, featuring his Nouvelle Modernica orchestra, is described as a story in song and will be released on Mondo Records in October 2020.

Giacchino serves as the Governor of the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and sits on the advisory board of Education Through Music Los Angeles.

About Nami Melumad
Nami Melumad is an Israeli-Dutch film composer, based in Hollywood, California. Her scoring credits include over 130 projects in a wide range of genres, most notably the HBO Max comedy, An American Pickle, starring Seth Rogen, the Amazon thriller-drama series, Absentia, starring Stana Katic, and the virtual reality video game Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, developed by Respawn Entertainment. Nami is the first woman to ever score a Star Trek episode, and her music and arrangements can also be heard on the recently-released Borat Subsequent MovieFilm. Her works claimed multiple international awards, including the Hollywood Music in Media Award for her work on Passage, Best Short Score at Fimucite (out of 908 score entries), and Best Featurette Score at Idyllwild Festival of Cinema. Nami’s compositions have been performed by the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra and Helix Collective Ensemble.

As a board member of the Alliance for Women Film Composers and a member of Women in Film, Nami is passionately involved in the film & tv community in LA and takes pride in scoring lgbtq+ and feminist projects.

An alumna of the prestigious ASCAP Film Scoring workshop, she graduated from the SMPTV program at the University of Southern California and holds a B.A. in multi-style composition from the Jerusalem Academy of Music, where she was admitted directly to sophomore year. Born in Israel, Nami started her musical life as a pianist and a flute player, performing in orchestras and bands, and she also plays guitars, uke, and some clarinet. After completing her two-year IDF military service she traveled the world with a big backpack (New Zealand, Australia, China, Thailand), and a small backpack (Israel, Europe, Canada, USA). She is an enthusiastic Trekkie and an avid film fan but also enjoys oil painting, hiking, and having coffee with friends.

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