The O2 universe will soon dominate the atmosphere of the Middle Ages

november 23, 2021

The O2 universe will soon dominate the atmosphere of the Middle Ages. Musically, the idyll of Czech villages, church chants, the grandeur of castles and the blood and dirt of cruel wars come to life here. All this in the form of the soundtrack of one of the most successful Czech games, Kingdom Come: Deliverance.

With more than 4 million units sold, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is one of the most successful Czech games ever. The work from the Warhorse studio, founded by veterans of the gaming industry Daniel Vávra and Martin Klíma, still follows many positive reactions from reviewers and active gaming communities. The game also has several awards, such as the Game of the Year 2017 from the prestigious Gamescom festival or the award for the best game design from the Czech Game of the Year event.

The game achieved these successes mainly due to the strong emphasis on the realistic depiction of the Czech lands in the 15th century, specifically shortly after the fall of Sigismund of Luxembourg. In the spirit of realism, the game also represents the social conditions and fighting style of the time, which does not foreshadow an easy way for the player and his main character, a simple boy from a village without noble background or knightly training.

In this way, the player is accompanied by a beautiful period soundtrack by composers Jan Valta and Adam Sporka. Gregorian chants, pub songs and war drums in the game sound according to the principle of so-called adaptive music. In practice, this means that the individual audio tracks are divided into several parts. They are able to move smoothly into each other, and thus respond to a change in the game situation without noticeable that one song “ends” and the other “begins”. This creates a dynamic and intense gaming experience that has undoubtedly played a significant role in the success of the games.

They will be able to expect this unforgettable medieval atmosphere live in the form of a magnificent musical performance under the roof of the O2 Universe, which will take place on 5 February 2022.

The Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, which is one of the Czech top orchestras in size and importance and offers around a hundred concerts a year, will perform the orchestral part under the baton of Jan Valta. The vocal accompaniment of the Philharmonic will be provided by the talented student choir Vox Iuvenalis, also from Brno. The experience will then be complemented by four troubadours from the Bakchus formation, which, in collaboration with Adam Sporka, recorded medieval songs that are heard in the play. The concert will take place in the spirit of the mentioned method of adaptive music, and therefore the performance will be accompanied by an audiovisual track with key scenes from the play. So fans of the game and medieval music really have something to look forward to.

The theme of video games is definitely no stranger to the Brno Philharmonic, which has already been done by several concerts with music from the legendary game series Mafia. The last time fans of the series met in Brno’s Špilberk, where the concert was performed by actor Marek Vašut. He dubbed the main character of the first part of the series and repeated his role in a recent show called Mafia: Definitive Edition.

The concerts of the soundtracks of both games are organized by the GameDev Area initiative, which already has several events of a similar format. Thanks to her, the Polish Percival, for example, which plays the band on the soundtrack to the world-famous game The Sorcerer 3, came to Brno and prepared a spectacular show Wild Hunt Live for its fans.

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