I worked on the score for Sony Playstation's God Of War 3. I wasn't part of the original composer team, but the game's director Stig Asmussen invited me to join after hearing some of my music. I wrote one theme he really liked, and from there it just expanded into a substantial share of the score.
For the most part the score to GOW is massive, epic and brutal. 'Hera's Garden' is a more intimate track from the score. Although it grows into a more menacing piece of music, it also gave me a chance to incorporate some Middle Eastern instruments. I had Ramin Torkian (of the amazing electro-world music group Nyaz) play tar and saz - two essential string instruments from Iran. The rhythm is primarily the daf - a middle eastern frame drum.
Wanting the score to be a little more experimental I also played phrases on the Ney (a traditional Arabic end-blown flute) but heavily processed it through delays and a harmonizer plug-in for a strange, unexpected and more 'other-worldly' effect. It's a very distinctive sound that I come back to from time to time.
Orchestra and male voices start to creep in as the track evolves and moves more toward a film score sound from the quieter world music feel.