The masterfully skilled score composer responsible for the tunes behind Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan and The Wrestler, Clint Mansell, revealed in an interview with The Quietus that he is working on the soundtrack for Mass Effect 3. Whether he was supposed to spill the beans or not, Mansell divulged the information with some explanation regarding the elements involved in a video game score.
…with something like Mass Effect you’re more like a DJ, with all these elements. You’ve got the holding pattern, then the big explosion where you need the score to kick in. Then you need to take it off on a tangent. You’ve got all these different elements that change depending on what the player does. You have to figure out an overall symphony, but be able to break it down into component parts. You can bring the pain when required.
Mass Effect is already known for its haunting space opera soundtrack. Frequenters of the franchise probably know the song behind the mining mini game from the sequel by heart. That’s probably what makes this news so surprising. The previous two titles already have fantastic music by the renowned video game score artist Jack Wall.
Wall won multiple awards for his work on the Mass Effect series, so one would have assumed that EA and BioWare would work towards bringing him on for the third in the franchise. Given the nature of Mansell’s less than official announcement, it’s impossible to tell exactly how involved or not involved Jack Wall will be with the third Mass Effect. Mansell does not indicate how much of the project he is responsible for.
Gamers will find out exactly how good Mansell is at compartmentalizing moments in gaming, and whether or not he can deliver those epic, explosive moments that Mass Effect is known for later this year. Mass Effect 3 is due this holiday.