A piece of crazy, interesting, awesome news here, particularly for you gamers out there. In an interview with The Quietus, Clint Mansell has revealed that he will be providing the score for the final game in the Mass Effect trilogy, due out in November. More after the jump.
Mansell is one of my favourite, consistent composers working at the moment, having provided brilliant scores for all of Darren Aronofsky’s films; Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler and Black Swan. The Fountain is my favourite of those, being absolutely beautiful. He has also scored Duncan Jones’s 2009 film Moon, among other things. He was originally set to compose music for Duncan Jones’s second feature Source Code, but has since left the project.
I saw the Union Chapel performance by Mansell and the Sonus Quartet mentioned at the top of the interview, and it was wonderful.
In the interview, Mansell speaks about having scored two films since Black Swan; Last Night and Faster, and already being at work on his next film. The interesting part here though is that he is scoring the videogame Mass Effect 3. The previous games’ scores have had a distinct ’80s vibe that recalls the soundtracks from Blade Runner, or more recently, Tron: Legacy. It’ll be interesting to see how Mansell works his own sensibilities into the no doubt epic finale, but anyone who is worried need only listen to Death Is the Road to Awe.
Mansell also speaks a bit about the differences in scoring games and scoring films; games requiring their soundtracks to be able to change on the fly, and the music thus having to have the ability to be broken down into smaller components that can swap and change as the gameplay does. If you’re interested in film music, or in Clint Mansell, the whole thing is worth a read.
Mass Effect 3 just got even more exciting.
Kudos to /Film for the find.