Grand Theft Auto V looks like it’ll be massive in every way, and the soundtrack is no exception.
Rockstar has always put together some impressive soundtracks to accompany their crime sandbox series of choice. The music of Grand Theft Auto V, though – like everything else we’ve seen about the game – is raising the bar higher still. While you roam the streets of Los Santos, you’ll be able to tune in to 15 radio stations and two talk stations, featuring 240 licensed songs. When you aren’t jamming out to your preferred genre of music, you’ll be treated to an original score – the first in series history. Between all the music composed for the game, Rockstar says it’s delivering about “20 movies worth of score.”
“For this game, which is set in our version of modern day Los Angeles, what was important for us was to capture that feeling of L.A. and California,” says Ivan Pavlovich, soundtrack supervisor. “One of the things we’ve never done in a GTA game before is a pop station; exploring that made so much sense in the context of L.A.”
In addition to the radio stations, an original score plays sometimes during missions and open world gameplay. The score was a joint effort between three composers, each one focusing on a different style. As you play the game, the character you’re controlling and the area that you’re in dynamically alter the balance of the score, allowing for background music that smoothly adjusts to the player’s actions.
Source: Rolling Stone