Grand Theft Auto 5 soundtrack includes an original score--a first for the franchise

By Andrew Yoon, Aug 28, 2013 5:00pm PDT

Grand Theft Auto 5 will have a massive collection of licensed music for its in-game radio stations. But it'll also have an original score--a first for the franchise.

Rockstar soundtrack supervisor Ivan Pavlovich explained that there are three groups of artists working on the soundtrack: Tangerine Dream, Alchemist and Oh No, and Woody Jackson--who worked on Red Dead Redemption and LA Noire. Each of these composers is used to define a specific character or environment, but their sounds are remixed and arranged based on what you're doing.

"It's been the first fully collaborative score that we've done," Pavlovich told Rolling Stone (via Kotaku). "Even though you may be triggering one score with a particular character or within a particular area in the world, you're always hearing elements from the other composers. The first time you come into the country you're blown away by Woody Jackson's rock score, but within that you're still hearing elements of Tangerine Dream, and Alchemist and Oh No. So you're never too far away from this core sound that we've established for the game.

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