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The Last Guardian soundtrack cover

Japanese CD cover (front) of The Last Guardian OST

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 the release version of the score, the track listing can differ greatly. For example, the Japanese Audio CD contains five bonus tracks, whereas the Collector's Edition Soundtrack contains two and the Composer's Choice includes none. 

The three editions given below are not the only versions released. However, the listings for these other editions are not given here as they contain but a mere selection. These listings are in order from shortest to longest, beginning with the Composer's Choice. Bonus tracks (tracks that are supplementary to the content of the Composer's Choice) are in bold.

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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The Last Guardian Collector's Edition, including the 10-track digital soundtrack; photo by PlayStaion and Sony Interactive Entertainment

Collector's Edition Soundtrack

  • 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

Japanese Audio CD

  • 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 soundtrackthe Composer's Choice, the Collector's Edition Soundtrack, and the Japanese Audio CDalthough others include the iam8bit Vinyl Soundtrack and the Mini Soundtrack.

As shown in the track listing section of this page, the Japanese Audio CD is longer than all other editions, containing up to five bonus tracks that are otherwise not included. Another difference between the Japanese CD and the other editions is that it is the only one to have been released as a physical CD. This gives the Japanese edition an advantage as the audio quality of a CD is superior to that of an MP3 download or a vinyl disc. Additionally, the CD's WAV format audio can easily be converted ("ripped") into a compressed format such as MP3, MP4, and M4A.

Edition specs & history 

The four-track Mini Soundtrack was a pre-order bonus in certain US stores and was included in the Exclusive Launch Edition in the United Kingdom.

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, not to be confused with the Collector's Edition Soundtrack, included all tracks from the Mini Soundtrack, plus six others. (See photo beside track-listing of Collector's Edition Soundtrack.)

The 19-track Composer's Choice Edition was released on the PS4 Music App alongside the game's release on December 6th, 2016, and was later released via other digital retailers. The Composer's Choice Edition omitted two tracks from the Collector's Edition Soundtrack, "Homeward," and "The Cage", but retained the rest of the material from the Collector's Edition and Mini Soundtrack.

In Japan, the 24-track CD was released December 21st, 2016 (the CD was originally scheduled for release November 16th; 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.

The 2-LP vinyl album was released by iam8bit in 2017; this is, essentially, a vinyl copy of the Composer's Choice Edition while including exclusive album artwork on both its outside and inside faces.

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 Kō Ōtani for Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, 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.

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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