Podcast: Austin Wintory’s REMNANTS + ERICA (2019)

October 11, 2019 | By

In 2010 I interviewed Austin Wintory after his chilling score for Paul Solet’s psychological shocker Grace (2009) was released on CD. In the passing years, Wintory has scored a variety of film & TV projects, but he’s perhaps better known for his dynamic scores for multimedia projects, especially video games (Command & Conquer: Rivals, Abzu, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate).

His Bandcamp page catalogues the myriad releases on digital, disc, and vinyl, and his latest project is the new interactive game Erica, developed by Flavourworks, and published by Sony for PS4 / mobile platforms.

Shot like a feature film, Erica is designed as a Choose-Your-Own-Shocker, with the player given a multitude of options to experience a young woman’s traumatic loss of a parent when a mysterious gift is delivered bearing grisly contents.

Wintory’s busy career has yielded realized and unrealized projects, and as with any artist, sometimes pitches and demos and whole works don’t lead to successful endpoints. Remnants, which he describes as “a study of rejection,” offers an eclectic collage of themes, cues, and extended pieces from unrealized works, although one project, an aborted video game, is represented by lengthy cues that really deserve their own release, especially on bass-friendly vinyl.



In our roughly half-hour discussion we touch upon writing for video games, scoring the multiple options in Erica, some of the specific cues in the lengthy Remnants, and the wisdom that resides within the works of Jerry Goldsmith, and Charles Ives.

The podcast is now available via GooglePlay, iTunes, Libsyn, SoundCloud, and Stitcher channels, and early next week an audio extract from Remnants with analogue-styled visuals will be available on my IGTV, Vimeo and YouTube channels.

Coming next are several reviews, including Severin’s Blu-ray editions of All the Colors of the Dark (1972) + the documentary All the Colors of Giallo (2018), and Charlton Heston in the forgotten classic The President’s Lady (1953) from Twilight Time + The Buccaneer (1958) from Olive.

Thanks for reading,



Mark R. Hasan, Editor


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