0 A.D. is a free, open-source, cross-platform real-time strategy (RTS) game of ancient warfare. It's a historically-based war/economy game that allows players to relive or rewrite the history of twelve ancient civilizations, from Iberia to Mauryan India, each depicted at their peak of economic growth and military prowess. Developed using Pyrogenesis, a ground-breaking new game engine custom-built to suit this project, 0 A.D. will give players a rich and entertaining real-time gaming experience.

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Part one in a new music blog, introducing Omri (our composer) and telling a bit about his thoughts behind the music of 0 A.D.

Posted by feneur on Mar 2nd, 2013

Welcome to The Greek Theater, official 0 A.D. music blog!

This blog will chronicle the making of 0 A.D.’s music, since I assumed the role of composer and music department lead for Wildfire Games!It is most appropriate to begin with a brief thank you to Aviv (Jeru on the forums) for recruiting me to WFG in the first place.

It was March 2011, and around the release of Alpha 5, Edetania:
Being both a (casual) gamer and a (professional) musician, I knew exactly what I want to hear in game – I had no interest in creating a period score, nor do I posses enough knowledge of the actual music of 0 A.D. I decided the score had to be first and foremost – game music, and it must be compelling in that context!In the interest of maintaining continuity, and ensuring each civilization in the game had it’s own, unique sound – I decided to completely rewrite the score, one piece at a time. The first three tracks that came to be are “Celtic Pride“, “Forging a City-State“, and “Harsh Lands, Rugged People“: peace tracks for the Celts, Hellenes and Iberians respectively.

Given that these pieces had to feel relevant and integral to a massive war game – I chose to fully orchestrate them. A simple yet effective device to identify the various civilizations was instrumentation: On top of the orchestra, the Celts were portrayed with tin-whistles, highland pipes, a bodhràn and a fiddle, the Hellenes with a harp, bouzouki and flute, and the Iberians with a classical guitar (true, it did not exist around 0 A.D., but within the context of modern game music – it worked for me).

Thanks for listening, stay tuned for more 0 A.D. music!

- Omri Lahav


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Mongolranger
Mongolranger Mar 2 2013, 12:02pm says:

I downloaded the game just for the music. It's really good.

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Tpiom
Tpiom Mar 2 2013, 12:15pm says:

I hope we can get a complete soundtrack release when the game's all done.

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feneur Author
feneur Mar 2 2013, 1:46pm replied:

We'll think about it for sure. For now you can find it either at Play0ad.bandcamp.com to listen at it in your browser or Trac.wildfiregames.com if you want to download the OGG files used in-game :)

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BurningPet
BurningPet Mar 2 2013, 2:44pm says:

Quite an israeli name you got there :)

And damn those are very very good. i especially like Hard Lands, Rugged People.

If you have spare time i would like to discuss if you would like to make a tune for the game i co-develop, called towns.

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feneur Author
feneur Mar 2 2013, 3:14pm replied:

I'll forward your request to Omri. I would doubt he's got time for more than 0 A.D. and paid work, but I'll leave it to him to tell you what he's able to do or not :)

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BurningPet
BurningPet Mar 2 2013, 6:54pm replied:

Thanks, much appreciated. and yeah, paid work, of course.

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Guest
Guest Mar 3 2013, 10:26am replied:

Thanks for the kind word my friend :)
I'll be happy to hear more about your game, please feel free to contact me at: Omri(at)OmriLahav(dot)com.

Thanks!

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Dønny
Dønny Mar 3 2013, 7:15am says:

Sounds promising.

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