Composed by
Jesper Kyd

 

Published by
EA Games (2004)

 

Tracklistings
1) Main Title
2) Invasion of the Empire
3) March of the Empire
4) Isabella - Leader of the Resistance
5) Betrayel at Rebel Base
6) The Battle for Freedom
7) Nightfall
8) Flag of Freedom
9) Freedom Fighters
10) Choir of Liberty
11) Rebel Base
12) Infiltrator
13) Sabotage
14) Snow Battle
15) Governor's Island
16) Final Battle
17) Zero Hour (Bonus Track)
18) Flag of Freedom (Original Version)

 

Extras
- Game Website
- Composer Website

 

Availability
- Synsoniq.com

 

Review by
Steven A. Kennedy

Guest Review by Steven A. Kennedy (stev4uth@hotmail.com)

Freedom Fighters

We live in a strange and wondrous musical time. Not only can we find music from a variety of art, popular, ethnic, and film music genres, but we can also find recordings of music composed for our favorite video games! The world of video entertainment has come a far cry away from the beeps and tones of the Atari days! The award-winning Jesper Kyd has written several video game soundtracks, most notably for the Hitman series, and recently completed a score for the film Cycles that has yet to see wide release.

His score for the action adventure game Freedom Fighters has definitely more going for it than many average film scores. There are the obligatory video game sounding electronics that seem an inherited feature from Brad Fiedel’s Terminator scores. The full sound of the Hungarian Radio Chorus lifts those electronic ostinato patterns beyond sheer aural filler. The choral writing has a definite Slavic feel to it that will be reminiscent for some of the choral writing in The Hunt for Red October, and Poledouris’ Conan scores. The synthetic keyboard sounds are like Vangelis on steroids. They are used as much for percussive effect as they are for a kind of orchestral sound reinvention.

While each track is intriguing musically, the constant barrage of electronic punctuations that loop endlessly can get rather tiresome. Perhaps that is a weakness of the genre. Kyd is able to change the surrounding texture enough to generally maintain interest for each rather extensive track that need to be heard as slowly building climaxes. These are not one-minute loops, but individual movements that must be rarely experienced while playing the game. Most have a kind of modified song structure or are in long tri-partite arcs. The live chorus performs only on a few select tracks. Other choral effects seem to be synthetically generated by a very well-prepared instrument that has been put together by Kyd. In fact, the score is a lot more interesting than many recent film score attempts. While many will pass this by, gamers will definitely wish to check out this CD as will those interested in electronic music. The appeal to techno fans will also not be missed.