Yesterday, WildStar‘s highly anticipated original soundtrack was released online. You can purchase the WildStar OST wherever digital albums are sold, including iTunes and Sumthing. I had the honor of sitting down with WildStar composer Jeff Kurtenacker in September, where we talked music, Aurin (Aurin 4 lyfe!), and our love of Prince. You can read the interview here.
At the time of the interview, WildStar had been playable for over a year, but fans of Jeff’s music didn’t have an official soundtrack released. The only way to listen to WildStar‘s music was through Jeff’s personal soundcloud. After two years, fans, including me, can finally get their groove on to Jeff’s fantastical music.
Here’s where it gets good – you don’t have to play WildStar or even play video games to enjoy the soundtrack. I have a Pandora station that’s a mix of Mass Effect 3, John Murphy, and Clint Mansell. Often I’ll hear a moving piece and immediately check my phone to see what movie its from. Instead of a movie, the song will be from a video game like Last of Us, Halo, or Assassin’s Creed. Video game music has transcended from the 8-bit music we grew up with on our Nintendos, to sweeping scores worthy of Oscar winning films.
The WildStar OST has a song for everyone. It’s got everything from quirky and whimsical to haunting and bittersweet. Here are some of my favorite tracks from the WildStar OST:
Wildstar Main Theme – Holy moly, this song is awesome. I’ve listened to it at least a dozen times all the way through, and will likely listen to it a dozen more. This song plays throughout the game and gives you a taste of the time of music you’re in for. You can’t help but get pumped up when you hear the main theme. It’s like listening to marching band in space who are BFFs with Zaphod Beeblebrox.
Our Perception of Beauty (Drusera’s Theme) – A stark contrast from the main theme, this piece is hauntingly beautiful. It’s like a somber lullaby that turns on a light when all you see is darkness. Jeff and I talked about this particular song back in September. Our Perception of Beauty holds a special place in Jeff’s heart that can be heard throughout the song.
Vanquishing Legendary Evil (Ellevar Zone Theme) – Spanish guitar and epic male choir? Yes please! I have a soft spot for Spanish guitar
that makes me weak in the knees, and I can’t get enough male bass since hearing Thorin Oakenshield and friends sing Misty Mountains Cold at Bilbo’s house.
Cute and Crafty (Lopp Theme) – Lopps are silly little rabbits with bulbous eyes who are obsessed with trinkets and all things shiny. I love the Lopps, and I love this theme. It’s quirky and very Fred and George Weasley. I can imagine them tip toeing around Hogwarts with the Marauder’s Map with this song playing behind them. #mischiefmanaged
What’s your favorite song on the Wildstar OST? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to stop by Jeff’s Twitter to let him know how you like the original soundtrack!