Music Monday: Mayan Ruins

It’s another Music Monday, and the third piece of mood music for Cambiante. This week, Winifred Phillips’ Mayan Ruins from Assassin’s Creed: Liberation.

Winifred Phillips is a composer and writer who’s worked on various soundtrack projects, starting out in radio dramas before moving into video games. AC: Liberation is an obscureish game in the series, having been originally done for the PSP (the Sony handheld gaming device). It was remastered and rereleased as bonus content with the remaster of AC:III and is well worth a look, as is the soundtrack!

This is a completely different sort of piece to the previous two tracks. The melody is a kind of call-and-response, played on woodwind, and is reminiscent of bird calls. Played beneath it is a selection of percussion and the whole thing (to me, at least!) evokes the jungle around the edges of the great Mayan sites.

It’s very simple and ethereal, and it became my go-to piece to listen to when I was writing Quetzalcoatl and when I was using my other main setting, the city/ruins of Dzibilchaltun…which I didn’t expect to feature quite as much as it ultimately ended up doing!

The Elsehere Soundtrack on Spotify has been updated to add this in.

That’s all for now. Happy reading and listening!

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