Lakeshore Records in partnership with Ubisoft are set to release Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Original Game Soundtrack in a limited edition gatefold sleeve double album in “Red with Yellow Splatter” and “Teal with Black Smoke” vinyl featuring music by BAFTA Award-winning Danish music artist Jesper Kyd, the beloved composer of the Ezio trilogy as well as the first Assassin’s Creed Jesper Kyd and Sarah Schachner, the celebrated composer, musician, and producer of the acclaimed scores to Assassin’s Creed Origins and Assassin’s Creed Unity. The albums also feature vocal contributions by Norwegian musician Einar Selvik. The album will be released on May 28 and available at major retailers.
Its music, which Kyd and Schachner created alongside collaborator Einar Selvik (also of the traditionally rooted, Nordic folk act Wardruna), reflects Valhalla’s grandiosity. – Bandcamp
Bandcamp recently caught up with Assassin’s Creed Valhallacomposers Jesper Kyd and Sarah Schachner to talk about the unique instrumentation used and how the music was created to instill the many memorable music moments in the best-selling open-world game from Ubisoft! We learn how all three artists (including Einar Selvik) collaborated across three countries to produce this hit video game soundtrack that has been all the rage since its October 2020 release via Lakeshore Records and Ubisoft Music. We also learn about Sarah Schachner’s childhood fascination with Vikings – it’s quite a story that brings her involvement full-circle with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla! Check out the full interview now at Bandcamp.
To celebrate game-titan Ubisoft’s assembling such a renowned team of talented musicians, including Jesper Kyd, Sarah Schachner and Einar Selvik, we wanted to list five cool facts about the music!
Check out five facts below and listen to the soundtrack, released digitally worldwide by Lakeshore Records on Nov. 13, 2020!
#1 Although Jesper Kyd and Sarah Schachner have worked on other Ubisoft game soundtracks, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the first time they collaborated on a title together.
#2 The ACV composers come from all backgrounds but have an interest in the Viking culture from the Danish Kyd who stated he saw this project as an opportunity to connect with his Scandinavian roots to Schachner who grew up with a full-sized replica of a Viking ship in her backyard, and for which her mom wrote a children’s book about called Yo, Viking!
#3 For the ‘Assassin’s Creed Main Theme,’ Kyd devised the initial vibe and melodic motif. Schachner expanded on the melody and structure, producing it into a full arrangement and Einar Selvik lent his voice.
#4 Some of the instruments used on the soundtrack include a Carnyx (ancient Celtic war horn), horse-haired bowed, bass and alto tagelharpa, tagelharpa cello, crwth (bowed lyre), animal hide drums, rebec, and metal drums.
#5 In interviews, Kyd and Schachner stated they wanted the theme to transport the listener to another time and place, filled with mystery and uncertainty, evoking Eivor’s journey – the drive, the bond with family, and the character’s search to find something.
Lakeshore Records in partnership with Ubisoft have released Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Twilight of the Gods featuring music by Sarah Schachner, one of the most successful composers working in media today. Schachner considers this album to be her definitive score that truly explores all of the facets of the blockbuster game’s mythology. Twilight of the Gods contains all of her work in the original game soundtrack, plus 32 extra tracks.
If you’ve been wondering where to find some of the amazing music from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Original Game Soundtrack), take a look at this in-game music moment (below) for “When Horns Resound” by Einar Selvik (track 7).