First Max Payne 3 Soundtrack Details: HEALTH Crafting the Game's Original Score

Posted on March 5 2012, 6:02pm | Author: R* S | Filed Under: Music, Games

John Famiglietti (left) and Jupiter Keyes (right) of HEALTH recording Brazilian percussion for the original score of Max Payne 3. Special thanks to Rockstar soundtrack veteran composer Woody Jackson for the use of his studio. Photo by Eric Coleman.

We received a ton of fan inquiries regarding the powerful music heard in the recent official trailer for Max Payne 3, and today we're proud to reveal the artists responsible. Los Angeles-based rock band HEALTH are currently in the process of composing for both the score and soundtrack to the game, as revealed on music website today.

"Video games are redefining entertainment and whether people like it or not, they are becoming as culturally relevant as films,” said the band's Jake Duzsik. “We feel that Rockstar’s projects have an undeniably raw and tasteful aesthetic. It's vitally important to us that we be involved in things we respect artistically. Max Payne 3 has a complex story that unfolds mercilessly and we are excited to be a part of it." 

HEALTH's distinctive style perfectly suits Max's dark story, and the band went to great lengths to ensure that unique sounds and motifs were used to represent each specific locale featured in the game. In addition to composing the dynamic in-game score, HEALTH is creating exclusive songs for the game’s forthcoming soundtrack (which you can get as part of the Special Edition package). 

Look for announcements of more soundtrack details - including contributions from some of Brazil's own, and behind the scenes information about the music's creation - here at the Newswire very soon.

  • HIBMFLon May 3 2012, 7:12pmReplyFlag
    No one wnats to hear "ai se eu te pego"
    sincerely, it's a bad quality, sertanejo, with stupid lyrics music that people with poor culture here listen to.
    It's a shame for our contry, please!
    • educatedMissRoseon April 27 2012, 4:19amReplyFlag
      I just saw the commercial featuring HEALTH's song tonight, and I am now obsessed with it. I came here and signed up for an account just to ask if the soundtrack will be available on iTunes. Please let it be so.
      • padzsion April 23 2012, 2:26pmReplyFlag
        Is Jake Duzsik a Hungarian? His name sounds like that.
        • ahybridztheoryon March 19 2012, 7:17pmReplyFlag
          @Rockstar, will the max payne 3 in-game soundtrack(score) be available on itunes as well? or is it just a limited edition exclusive?
          • ahybridztheoryon March 19 2012, 7:14pmReplyFlag
            @ Rockstar, will the max payne in-game soundtrack(score) be availabe on itunes as well?
            • R* Yon March 9 2012, 12:54amReplyFlag
              @SamRosevelt Nice!
              • SamRosevelton March 8 2012, 5:58pmReplyFlag
                I saw HEALTH live when they were supporting Crystal Castles in the UK and was lucky to meet and speak to the band after the show, they were really nice guys! I got Jake Duzsik & John Famiglietti to sign their DISCO2 vinyl which is instantly now more valuable to me! Thank-you Rockstar & HEALTH for collaborating!
                • BorisBlackon March 8 2012, 3:23pmReplyFlag
                  @WhatMakesUsHuman: Indeed!
                  • R* Aon March 7 2012, 2:12pmReplyFlag
                    Thanks guys. We'll have more info on the sdtrk including Brazilian artist contributions as well - soon!
                    • cuki-94on March 7 2012, 2:07pmReplyFlag
                      Hey Rockstar, since you guys are talking about music in brazil, I live near there and it's been a mega hit for a while called Bosa ai si eu te pego from Michel Telo, I suggest you guys this song, and get some good groups, like HEALTH, hope you see this and appreciate it.

                      here is the link

                      • MeanBob91on March 7 2012, 12:16pmReplyFlag
                        I'm not too sure about this. I've never heard of HEALTH before to be completely honest. I asked about this not too long ago, but the one thing that I'm really hoping for that these guys live up to Kartsy Hatakka and Kimmo Kajasto original work from the previous Max Payne games. Well, I'll still be looking forward to hearing more info about it soon!
                        • louis1993on March 6 2012, 3:28pmReplyFlag
                          thanks for sharing! great you guys spend time making music for a game.
                          a game is always much better with some pretty good music keep up the great work!
                          • R* Aon March 6 2012, 2:32pmReplyFlag
                            Thanks @scareface1970
                            Yes definitely check out some of their stuff at that MySpace link - and you can also follow the band on Twitter at!/_HEALTH_
                            • scareface1970on March 6 2012, 2:00pmReplyFlag
                              haha again SORRY for not reading all and for the dubble post.

                              But i found a link on Wikipedia from the band HEALTH.
                              It's fun to read here is the link


                              THNX ***Rockstar*** for the fun thing's here on the SC Club
                              • scareface1970on March 6 2012, 1:50pmReplyFlag
                                @ R* i have checked out the link for the band HEALTH in your info the info From Wikipedia.
                                But what i ment is, of the band HEALTH has his own site.

                                If so i would be HAPPY to check it out :)

                                Again THNX ***Rockstar*** For This :D:D:D
                                • ChicagoEnigmaon March 6 2012, 1:34pmReplyFlag
                                  Health has a very gritty pop gaming electronic sound. I personally love the beat on the trailer, I hope it carries this same dark, and pulse wrenching feel through the game. It should compliment just fine with another artist from Brasil. ;)

                                  • scareface1970on March 6 2012, 1:01pmReplyFlag
                                    I like the music in the R* games go on with that.

                                    And i was in the days back a real rock and heavy metal fan i liked the bands Motley Crue and Ratt but also band Ugly Kid Joe with Everything About You, Cat's in the Cradle great times But what about the 70's Led Zepplin, Deep Purple and AC/DC with Bon Scott in the 70's, yes they where in the 80's also great and these days offcource and then i have not told you all about Kiss in the old day's with there painted faces cool right. I don't know all about L.A bands because i'm from The Netherlands but i like the music FOR REAL :)

                                    @ R* the rock band HEALTH do you have a link for that we can check out because i can't find that one :(
                                    it would be nice so see and read more off the band HEALTH.

                                    @ ALL
                                    Check this link out from some Los Angeles Local Bands i found maybe it's something good for you all to watch.
                                    Not all the links from the bands will work but it's nice to read.


                                    This All THNX To ***Rockstar***

                                    Again can't wait to play Max Payne3 :D:D:D

                                    • WhatMakesUsHumanon March 6 2012, 12:23pmReplyFlag
                                      @BorisBlack: Let us not forget about Adrew and Simon Hale's brilliant soundtrack for L.A. Noire.
                                      • Kingcon2k12on March 6 2012, 10:55amReplyFlag
                                        nice i hope it will be as good as all gta's soundtrack
                                        • lokiGTAforlifeon March 6 2012, 10:53amReplyFlag
                                          OMG! the soundtrack in ur games are among the best i've ever heard!
                                          and i simply cannot compliment u guys enough for that epic soundtrack in RDR.
                                          cant wait to see whats in store for us in MAX PAYNE 3!
                                          and of course GTA5!
                                          thank u XD
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