One of the best things about “Red Dead Redemption” is the soundtrack. If you’ve played it, then you may have noticed that the music tends to morph dynamically. The game can go from plaintively quiet when you’re out on the range to jangly, raucous fiddle-and-jaw-harp throwdowns when you’re in a shootout with a bunch of no-good galoots. The music added to the overall bygone feel of Rockstar’s hit Western and now the publisher’s released a few behind-the-scenes videos that show how the game’s compositions came together.
It’s a fascinating look at an integral yet oft-overlooked part of the video game experience. The brilliant Ennio Morricone gets name-checked and the musicians all talk about how they strove to honor cinematic westerns’ musical heritage while trying to map some new sonic territories with a shifting, interactive soundtrack. Watch the whole thing; you’ll learn something.