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Update 2: According to the official Mass Effect Facebook page, Mansell is indeed the composer for Mass Effect 3. The update reads: "Have you ladies and gents seen Black Swan or The Wrestler? Mass Effect 3 scored the same composer! Promises to be a fantastic soundtrack!"
Still no word as to if Jack Wall will be involved, but at this point it looks like Mansell is being positioned as the sole composer.
Update: EA doesn't have any details to announce at this time in regards to Mass Effect 3's composer.
Original Story: In a recent interview with online music publication The Quietus, composer Clint Mansell – most recently known for his work on The Wrestler and Black Swan – casually commented that his upcoming projects include Mass Effect 3.
“I'm doing a video game this year actually. Mass Effect 3,” confirmed Mansell.
“That's what I'm figuring,” Mansell continued when asked about the dynamic nature of video game music. “As I was saying about Public Enemy and re-working old hip-hop tunes for Requiem, and kind of re-working old ballet tunes for Black Swan, 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.”
Composers Jack Wall and Sam Hulick spearheaded the original Mass Effect soundtrack, with Wall taking over exclusively on Mass Effect 2. We’ve contacted EA to see if the music for Mass Effect 3 will be a collaborative effort, or if Wall is no longer working on the franchise. [via The Quietus. Thanks to Joshua and Roccondil for the tip!]