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The Last Guardian soundtrack cover
Music by Takeshi Furukawa
Released December 6, 2016 (Mini Soundtrack, Collector's Edition Soundtrack, Composer's Choice Edition), December 21, 2016 (Japanese CD version)
Recorded Lyndhurst Hall
Published by Sony Interactive Entertainment America (Mini Soundtrack, Collector's Edition Soundtrack, Composer's Choice Edition), TEAM Entertainment (Japanese CD version), iam8bit (Vinyl)
Length 9:32 (Mini Soundtrack), 20:55 (Collector's Edition Soundtrack), 61:46 (Composer's Choice Edition), 66:57 (Japanese CD version)
Catalog number N/A (Mini Soundtrack, Collector's Edition Soundtrack, Composer's Choice Edition), KDSD-00938 (Japanese CD version), 8BIT-8051 (Vinyl)


The Last Guardian Original Soundtrack (人喰いの大鷲トリコ オリジナルサウンドトラック Hitokui no Oowashi Torico Original Soundtrack) is the musical score to the PlayStation 4 video-game The Last Guardian. It was composed, orchestrated, conducted, and co-produced by Takeshi Furukawa, and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, Trinity Boys Choir and London Voices in Lyndhurst Hall.

Track Listing

Depending on which release version you look at, the track listing of this score can differ greatly. Below are three of the most comprehensive releases to date: the Composer's Choice, the Collector's Choice, and the Japanese Audio CD editions. Size of track-listing is in order from smallest to largest, beginning with the Composer's Choice.

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Composer's Choice Edition

  • 01. Overture: Lore
  • 02. Panorama
  • 03. Forest
  • 04. Sentinel I
  • 05. The Tower
  • 06. Falling Bridge
  • 07. Hanging Gardens
  • 08. Sentinel II
  • 09. Victorious
  • 10. Alone
  • 11. The Nest
  • 12. Flashback
  • 13. Sanctuary
  • 14. Condor Clash
  • 15. Wounded
  • 16. Finale I: Apex
  • 17. Finale II: Escape
  • 18. End Titles: The Last Guardian Suite
  • 19. Epilogue

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Collector's Choice Edition

  • 01. Overture: Lore
  • 02. Panorama
  • 03. Forest
  • 04. Sentinel I
  • 05. The Tower
  • 06. Falling Bridge
  • 07. Hanging Gardens
  • 08. Sentinel II
  • 09. Victorious
  • 10. Alone
  • 11. The Nest
  • 12. Flashback
  • 13. Sanctuary
  • 14. Condor Clash
  • 15. Wounded
  • 16. Finale I: Apex
  • 17. Finale II: Escape
  • 18. End Titles: The Last Guardian Suite
  • 19. Epilogue
  • 20. Homeward
  • 21. The Cage

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Japanese Audio CD Edition

  • 01. Overture: Lore
  • 02. Panorama
  • 03. Forest
  • 04. Sentinel I
  • 05. The Tower
  • 06. Falling Bridge
  • 07. Hanging Gardens
  • 08. Sentinel II
  • 09. Victorious
  • 10. Alone
  • 11. The Nest
  • 12. Flashback
  • 13. Sanctuary
  • 14. Condor Clash
  • 15. Wounded
  • 16. Finale I: Apex
  • 17. Finale II: Escape
  • 18. End Titles: The Last Guardian Suite
  • 19. Epilogue
  • 20. Homeward
  • 21. The Cage
  • 22. Vanquished
  • 23. Mirrors
  • 24. Courtyard

Release Versions

There are currently three major release-versions of this soundtrack--the "Composer's Choice", "Collector's Choice", and the Japanese Audio CD editions--although others include the "Mini Soundtrack" and "iam8bit Vinyl Soundtrack" releases, each of which are of shorter length than the first three editions listed.

As shown in the Track Listing section of this page, the Japanese Audio CD is longer than all of the others, containing three-to-five bonus tracks that, depending on the edition, are otherwise not included. Another difference of the Japanese relese is that it comes as an audio CD. In the digital age most people prefer the format of digital downloads for ease of acces. However, the audio CD format provides the best-possible audio quality*, considering that digital downlaods are usually in the lossy, compressed audio formats of MP3, MP4, and M4A.

Nota Bene: [How audio CD trumps other audio formats] If the tracks on an audio CD are literally copied off of the CD without the audio being converted into MP3, M4A or other common formats, all quality is retained. Audio CDs contain WAV files, which, are very large compared to lossy formats (MP3, M4A, etc.), but they offer the best sound. However, if these WAV files are converted into FLAC or AIFF files (which are both lossless audio formats) the size is reduced to reasonable and the quality is significantly retained--any quality that is lost is too minor for the human ear to detect.


Edition Specs & History

A 4-track "Mini Soundtrack" was a pre-order bonus in certain US stores, and was included in the Exclusive Launch Edition in the UK. A 10-track version of the score was included as a bonus with the North American Collector's Edition of the game. This Collector's Edition Soundtrack included all tracks from the "Mini Soundtrack" plus 6 others. A 19-track "Composer's Choice Edition" was released on the PS4 Music App alongside the release of the game on December 6, 2016, and will be released later on other digital retailers. The "Composer's Choice Edition" omitted two tracks from the Collector's Edition Soundtrack, "Homeward," and, "The Cage," but contained the rest of the material from the Collector's Edition and "Mini Soundtrack". In Japan, a 24-track CD was released on December 21, 2016 (the CD was originally scheduled for release on November 16; the final delay of the game caused it to be pushed back). This is the most complete version of the soundtrack, including all 19 tracks from the "Composer's Choice Edition," the two omitted tracks from the Collector's Edition Soundtrack, and three previously unreleased tracks.

A 2-LP vinyl album is scheduled for release by iam8bit in 2017.

Development

Furukawa was hired as the game's composer around 2011, as the game was being transitioned to the PlayStation 4. Furukawa had been invited to participate by Tommy Kikuchi, the music director for Shadow of the Colossus. During the platform transition, much of the creative work was put on hold, and Furukawa did not spend extensive effort on the composition until 2013, three years prior to release. He completed his compositions in early 2016.

Furakawa stated that Ueda trusted his creative instinct, giving him the freedom to compose whatever he wanted. Ueda provided only broad direction of a cinematic soundtrack and some specific directorial notes. While Furukawa was aware of the reputation of the soundtracks by Michiru Oshima and Kow Otani for Ico and Shadow, respectively, he opted to avoid copying these previous works, as he wanted The Last Guardian to be similarly unique. He instead drew his inspiration primarily from works with a "muted aesthetic," such as Impressionist art and French cinema.

Furakawa wanted to avoid overstating the emotional aspect of the game, which he felt was sufficiently conveyed through the gameplay and animation. Thus, he decided to keep the music restrained except during key narrative elements or in specific locales of the game work.

Furukawa did not have to adapt his score significantly to account for changes in story and game direction, since these elements were still made within Ueda's vision. He worked with audio lead Tsubasa Ito frequently to review the status and use of his scored compositions.

External Links

Hitokui no Oowashi Trico Original Soundtrack at the Videogame Music Database

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