The Guardian Interviews the Makers of the Red Dead Redemption Soundtrack

Posted on May 26 2010, 12:51pm | Author: R* S | Filed Under: Music, Games

Red Dead Redemption's dynamic score seamlessly evolves to mirror the events taking place in the world around you. But exactly how was over 14 hours of brand new music boiled down into the evocative arrangements you hear in-game?

Soundtrack composers Bill Elm and Woody Jackson explain it all in detail over at The Guardian, revealing the recording process and the unique lengths they went to find the right sounds: "I even used a heart beat," explains Woody Jackson. "We were having a baby girl and I recorded the heart beat and used that as a drum beat. I thought that would be kind of different. The people at the hospital thought I was crazy."

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Red Dead Redemption Original Soundtrack Now Available on iTunes

  • Fx_Gantetsanon May 30 2010, 8:24pmReplyFlag
    R* Has been disappointing people this whole week. I think they need to step it up on the soundtrack.
    • yyz-hawkon May 29 2010, 5:31pmReplyFlag
      what a load of rubbish, i can't get the soundtrack cus i didnt have any disks to put it on, so i had to quit the winrar thing and... well lets just say now i can't get the soundtrack, so why the hell R* didnt you just put the soundtrack on a disk.
      • Fx_Gantetsanon May 28 2010, 8:42pmReplyFlag
        I already called them for my Lost Planet 2 code and my Red Dead Redemption code. They said I didn't pre-order it. What a bunch of bologna....
        • R* Yon May 28 2010, 6:59pmReplyFlag
          @killianred316 Thanks, it may take up to 72 hours until we are able to give you a response.

          @Fx_Gantetsan Hey, have you tried contacting your local Gamestop so they can verify your pre-order and give you your code?
          • Fx_Gantetsanon May 28 2010, 6:31pmReplyFlag
            You don't understand, I can't give you the information if I DIDN'T GET THE CODE!
            This just happened with Gamestop. I Pre-ordered Lost Planet 2 before it came out and it said you get something cool if you pre-order. So, I did. I get it today and I didn't get anything but the little infomation booklet. I'm just so mad that Gamestop rips people off by telling them if you pre-order from the store you get a exclusive cheat/weapon/character but when you go out to get it they don't give you any sort of code. Come on Rockstar! Why don't you just make the Soundtrack free?
            • killianred316on May 28 2010, 6:08pmReplyFlag
              Ok this is crazy, I have sent back 2 responses to 2 emails from support. No, the junk folder is empty. Can I please get some action on this?
              • mznewbieon May 27 2010, 9:10pmReplyFlag
                I know this is going to sound odd there a soundtrack with the nature sounds on it as well as music? I love game and soundtrack but the ones online (at Napster and iTunes) don't have the natural sounds that you get during gameplay (like birds, insects and such). I've left the game on pause before and the background music is so soothing I wish I could purchase an album of it. I searched online but to no avail...any information would be great! Thank you.
                • R* Yon May 27 2010, 8:53pmReplyFlag
                  @Fx_Gantetsan Hey, for pre-order code issues with the soundtrack, see these two links for more information:

                  And if you continue to have trouble getting your soundtrack, we've setup two additional lines of support: e-mail or contact us at
                  • Fx_Gantetsanon May 27 2010, 7:58pmReplyFlag
                    Really? REALLY!? I am saddened by this because I pre-ordered RDR and I didn't get any pre-order code for the Soundtrack.
                    Now, I have to waste MORE MONEY to buy the whole soundtrack. Why couldn't you just make it free for all users?
                    • R* Yon May 27 2010, 6:25pmReplyFlag
                      @killianred316 Hey, we're going to make sure you get contacted directly via e-mail so we can help you.
                      • killianred316on May 27 2010, 5:32pmReplyFlag
                        I sent an email to support about not receiving the link for the soundtrack. Never got a response or confirmation email.
                        • nikoinlcon May 27 2010, 4:07pmReplyFlag
                          to bad I voted for EfLC for best soundtrack on Golden Joystick Awards 2010, I should've voted for RDR, man it is brilliant. Haven't slept since I got it yesterday :D
                          • MosesMonsteron May 27 2010, 3:26pmReplyFlag
                            Really digging the soundtrack as it is a capture of emotions as opposed a a string of music that occurs in a movie or game. I haven't played the game yet but I enjoy the orchestral work that was done for the soundtrack and look forward to enjoying the entire package when I get back to the states.
                            • R* Yon May 27 2010, 11:11amReplyFlag
                              @Vercoda @Cobblers Thanks for the info, we’re elevating your cases since you are having trouble, you should be receiving e-mails from tech support sometime soon.

                              @klaastenenkaas To get your soundtrack downloaded, follow this link:
                              • Cobblerson May 27 2010, 4:41amReplyFlag
                                Hi my Support Ticket #: 148654
                                • 4766599on May 27 2010, 1:44amReplyFlag
                                  R* how can i get my soundtrack i got with the limited edition?
                                  • bad_fur_dayon May 27 2010, 1:20amReplyFlag
                                    I think I'm going to die of f**king boredom from not playing this game enough and being stuck with frickin ---s all day long.
                                    • BananaRepublicon May 26 2010, 11:09pmReplyFlag
                                      You Guy have to check out this guy Rainman on youtube... he made this amazing track for Red Dead Redemption that Rockstar has to hear! You all with definatley agree with me!! check it outttt

                                      • NiceFellaon May 26 2010, 10:45pmReplyFlag
                                        The soundtrack, like the game itself, is art. Age quod agis.
                                        • Alextricianon May 26 2010, 8:04pmReplyFlag
                                          There is a song on youtube that I found about red dead redemption and it is really good! have a listen guys and see what you think would be pretty cool to download for the game online or something if rockstar could set it up!
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