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Primal
(2003)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:
Andrew Barnabas
Paul Arnold

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Nic Raine

Co-Produced by:
James Fitzpatrick

Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic (Orchestra and Chorus)

Soprano Performed by:
Michaela Srumora
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Silva America
(June 10th, 2003)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 2007.
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Nominated for a BAFTA Award.
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Buy it... if you seek hugely orchestral and choral video game music that vaults past most film scores produced in the same era.

Avoid it... if you are generally dismayed by the employment of tired chord progressions inspired by countless other scores, even if they are rendered with enormous majesty.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,280
WRITTEN 6/2/03, REVISED 3/16/09
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Primal: (Andrew Barnabas and Paul Arnold) Music for video games has consistently taken the form of low-budget, midi-technology efforts since their emergence decades ago in mainstream culture. If you stop to consider the sheer volume of video games existing on the market, it is easy to understand how the vast majority of those games use midi electronic scores or license out rock music from stock libraries created specifically for this purpose. In the late 1990's and early 2000's, however, a handful of directors of video games convinced their executives to fund ambitious orchestral scores for the promising flagship gaming products. In the case of "Primal," Sony's European Computer Entertainment division was convinced by the midi-score creators that an orchestral score would be viable and extremely effective in the cinematic portions of the game. "Primal" was among Sony's top projects in 2003, with the same creators having produced the popular "Medievil" games in previous years. The decision to record an orchestra over using the existing midi score for "Primal" was made in part because the game features several hours of storytelling in a format similar to a cinema presentation. As the main female character, Jen, battles through several levels of hideous creatures to rescue her boyfriend, Lewis, the game offers these film-like passages in between many steps that Jen takes. Thus, an orchestral score became necessary for almost three hours of these moments, with parts adapted for the 15+ hours of actual gameplay time (do employed adults really have time to play these things for that long with any consistent satisfaction?). Composers Andrew Barnabas and Paul Arnold, who go by the work, screen, and professional names of "Bob and Barn," gladly translated their midi score for "Primal" into a massive orchestral effort using their British classical knowledge. The well-known City of Prague Philharmonic and its 86 players were supplemented by a full chorus and a soprano female voice to create a large, symphonic score of an epic, Hollywood scale similar to that of David Arnold's early film music recordings. The immense size of the "Primal" score will surprise almost any listener. The group recorded over 100 minutes of music over five weeks, working with the 109 total musicians from dawn to dusk on many days.



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298 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.33 Stars
***** 76 5 Stars
**** 84 4 Stars
*** 52 3 Stars
** 37 2 Stars
* 49 1 Stars
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Just got my hands on this... AWESOME!!!
Shaun - November 16, 2004, at 2:13 p.m.
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coco - June 4, 2003, at 6:23 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 61:32
• 1. Opening Credits (1:06)

Nexus:
• 2. The Timekeeper (1:55)
• 3. Arella's Theme (1:41)
• 4. A Love Lost (5:20)
• 5. Jen Meets Arella (4:50)

Battle:
• 6. Raum & Empusa (3:23)

Solum:
• 7. The Demon Awakes (3:19)
• 8. Coliseum (6:05)
• 9. A Prince in Chains (3:45)

Aquis:
• 10. World of Water (3:38)
• 11. The Turbulent Depths (5:21)
• 12. A Kingdom Restored (3:03)


Battle:
• 13. The Mad King (2:25)

Aetha:
• 14. Mountain of Suffering (2:25)
• 15. Devil's Waltz (2:00)
• 16. Dark Science (3:05)
• 17. The Helot (1:14)

Volca:
• 18. Temple of Flame (4:10)

Battle:
• 19. Hall of Gods (2:16)


• 20. Journey's End (0:23)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes extensive notes about the game, the score, and the recording process, as well as a pictorial from the recording studio. It is filled with many spelling errors and textual formatting problems, making some of the content difficult to read.
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