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

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.

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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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    August 28, 2013 5:00 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Grand Theft Auto 5 soundtrack includes an original score--a first for the franchise.

    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.

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      August 28, 2013 5:10 PM

      nice nioce

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      August 28, 2013 5:20 PM

      I always enjoy the crazy commercials and talk shows more than the music

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      August 28, 2013 5:58 PM

      An original score alongside a licensed soundtrack will be perfect for this. Obviously won't be as Subtle as Red Dead in terms of licensed music but that game did it perfectly. The ride into Mexico in that game is one of the best moments I've had in a game.

      A song in the right spot can work so damn well. Zulf's theme in Bastion, the Health song in Max Payne 3, the Damian Marley and Skrillex track in Far Cry 3. All pretty defining moments for each game that really stand out.

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        August 28, 2013 8:02 PM

        Health actually did the entire soundtrack for MP3, and I have it digitally as part of the Collector's Edition.

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          August 28, 2013 10:28 PM

          Hmm maybe I should get this

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          August 28, 2013 10:44 PM

          Yeah true. Isn't the tears track the only one with Lyrics though? It definitely stood out.

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            August 28, 2013 11:46 PM

            If you're referring to the one that plays in the airport terminal, yes I believe so.

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      August 28, 2013 8:21 PM

      Just like Saint's Row!

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        August 28, 2013 10:09 PM

        Oh yeah, because Saints Row had 240 tracks in their games. Get the fuck outta here...

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        August 28, 2013 10:41 PM

        saint's row soundtracks have always been whatever turds they heard on the radio and decided to license. total garbage stuff

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      August 28, 2013 10:10 PM

      The leaked soundtrack is absolutely amazing. It's arguably better than all the other prior GTA radio tracks.

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      August 28, 2013 11:46 PM

      GTA 1 had an original score, and it was rather good. So this ain't a first.

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        August 28, 2013 11:47 PM

        It most certainly did not. All of the music that appeared in that game was recorded music with lyrics.

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          August 29, 2013 3:47 AM

          GTA1, 2 and 3 all had original tracks written for them (3 was the first one to also feature licensed music)

          "Original Score" just means music written specifically for a film/game/show, it can have lyrics.

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            August 29, 2013 10:43 AM

            They had original tracks, yes. But not to the extent that it bleeds over into gameplay. Also, when you say original score, it usually coincides with the action, and is not only present in certain instances, like driving around with the radio on. Come on man, you have to concede that there's a subtle difference between something like Daft Punk's involvement in Tron Legacy and GTA1's theme song by "Da Shootaz".