Clint Mansell Scoring Mass Effect 3
We got some really great video game scores last year; Dark Void and God of War III are two of my favorites, but I think Mass Effect 2 takes the cake. If you don’t believe me, just listen to this:
That’s perfect, and just about every other cue in the game is as well. Before about 20 minutes ago, I would have said that I find it hard to believe they could improve on Jack Wall’s work on ME2, even though that score was immensely better than the stunning ME1 score.
Right now, though, I know they can improve on it, and that’s because Clint Mansell, the man responsible for the most recognizable movie theme of, probably, my entire life, has told The Quietus he’s doing the score for Mass Effect 3. Don’t know the name? Well, you definitely know the music; Lux Aeterna from the Requiem for a Dream soundtrack has been re-used in so many different ways that it’s pretty much synonymous with anything that’s ultra-dramatic. Hell, it’s even the music for Bama football’s Tradition video that’s played on the jumbo screens at Bryant-Denny Stadium a half hour before every home game. If you still don’t know what song I’m talking about, listen to this:
That’s the song everybody knows him for, but he’s also got tons of other amazing work you can check out at any given moment, and his movie work has been nothing but stellar, from Black Swan to Moon to The Wrestler and beyond. Mansell is a truly wonderful talent, and whatever he does with Mass Effect 3 is sure to be magnificent.
I still don’t think I’ve come to grips with how big a deal this is. If you thought my level of anticipation for this game was high before…