Could a Hurdy-Gurdy and a Composer be Involved with 'The Witcher?'

Art Credit: The Blind Hurdy-Gurdy Player, artist unknown. A collection from the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest.

Those that have played the games, especially the Witcher 3, can attest to the loving details implemented within various aspects of world building. CDK Red Projekt’s Witcher 3 won the dozens of “Game of the Year” awards in 2015, including awards for original music.

For Netflix to compete with the big-game fantasy giants such as HBO’s "Game of Thrones," finding the right composer is key. The world created by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski pulls from fantasy as well as Slavic roots- and finding a composer to align with this style is vital.

It may sound like a no-brainer to bring in the composers for the game, but doing so could muddy the identity between game and television series. As of right now, Netflix has not confirmed a composer for the show.

Yesterday, famous composer Bear McCreary posted about “gathering new instruments for a creepy new project.” In the pictures is what looks to be a Hurdy-Gurdy, an instrument used since the Medieval Era that has been used in Slavic music for centuries.

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Gathering instruments for a creepy new project.

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The instrument is also used for the soundtrack in the games. You can hear about the creation process and the instruments (including the Hurdy-Gurdy) in the video here.

If the name Bear McCreary sounds familiar, it might be because he has been the composer for series such as “Outlander,” “Black Sails,” and “Battlestar Galactica.” Could he be working on the ‘The Witcher’ television series as well? Time will tell, but what we can confirm is that he indeed plays the Hurdy-Gurdy and have an extensive list of songs in his resume.

What do you think of the possibility of McCreary influencing the music of the television series? Is there someone else you were hoping for? Let us know in the comments below or in our forums!

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