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Clint Mansell Involved With Mass Effect 3

Headshot of Clint Mansell. Serious business and all that.

In an interview with The Quietus, Clint Mansell was asked if he works much outside of the medium of film, say in computer games. His response was to reveal that he's working on BioWare's Mass Effect 3. During the same response, he includes the fact that he likes working in different media, though not necessarily to experiment. It's more that, with short films, for instance, he works with a different group of people (younger in that example), who can steer him in a different direction.

For those not familiar with the name, Clint Mansell is somebody you've likely encountered if you've watched a Darren Aronofsky film. His score for Requiem for a Dream, for instance, gave us the song Lux Aeterna, which was featured in the trailer for Lord of the Rings: Two Towers. For those wondering about science fiction chops (one could argue The Fountain already fulfills that critera), he also worked on the film Moon, for which a sample is right here.

For any worried about his understanding of the medium of video games, this response to The Quietus's question regarding shifts may help alleviate fears:

... 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.

It's certainly heartening to hear someone who understands that games' non-linearity when it comes to how players approach them means a different approach must be taken.

As to the series' previous composer, Jack Wall (who also worked on Jade Empire)? In this thread on the BioWare forums, someone by that username showed up and made the following statement:

Dear People Who Love Mass Effect - So...maybe it's time to actually say something?

Working on the Mass Effect series was epic. It was mind-bending, soul-coughing, astral-plane traveling delicious loveliness - all the way. The games themselves are works of art. I wouldn't change one note of it that myself, Sam, David, Richard or Jimmy wrote. As you may have noticed by now, I am not returning to score the final game. The reasons are much too complicated to explain here, but suffice to say that the people at BioWare and I are still friends and we all really still like each other a lot. More importantly, the score for ME3 will be great and even more important than that, the game will liikely be (being BioWare and all) super duper fantastic.
Clint Mansell is cool. Enjoy.
Oh and thanks to everyone for the kind words here and over the years. For those of you who didn't say nice things, that's cool too. I'm still searching for the perfect chord. If you guys see it laying around, let me know, ok?
See you in another game in another crazy universe!

-Jack

The profile that posted that response was created at Mass Effect 2's release, so the likelihood of it being Jack Wall seems rather high.

At this point there is no further word, though hopefully they'll keep/modify on some of the existing themes. I would probably find it amiss to not have the Galaxy Map Music, for instance.

Update: Sam Hulick, who was also involved in the Mass Effect soundtracks, has confirmed through Twitter (which redirects to his Facebook status), that he is not involved.

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Cocijo said:

I am SO happy to hear this. Clint Mansell is awesome!

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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