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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!]
It'll be interesting to see what music he comes up with for ME3...
...O hes a music guy...For a minute there i thought there was going to be ballerinas in Mass Effect.
I really hope he stays true to the old Mass Effect theme in mind.
I saw black swan, and the music was brilliant. I'm sure he will do an awesome job on Mass Effect 3
Just another reason to get Mass Effect 3. Here, here!
BioWare attracts good talent for Mass Effect. Just look at the voice cast for ME2, and the musical score for it was amazing. Personally, I can't wait to see what the cast looks like for ME3.
I don't like this. It seems like they're going further away from the awesome sci-fi sounds of ME1 and continuing the almost generic sounding symphonic style of ME2.
I'll eat my words if I'm wrong, and I hope I am.
I hope Jack Wall collaborates with Clint Mansell for Mass Effect 3. I love the vibe he gave to ME1 and ME2.
I loved the music in Black Swan and look forward to what he does for ME3. But, I hope Wall isn't off the project and it will be a collaboration effort. I would also love to see Chris Lennertz involved as well. His music from LotSB and Overlord was brilliant.
I loved the soundtrack of the original mass effect which was something special.
Ohoho, this sounds promising.
I'm not a Mass Effect fan, but Mansell is excellent. If you need a reference, listen to Lux Aeterna:
His score for Black Swan was magnificent and one of the reasons that I'm glad I saw it on the big screen.
I should probably pick up Mass Effect 2, huh?
I just hope Jack Wall is still the main guy on ME. I've never heard any of Mansell's work so I cant judge him, but I have heard Wall's and he does an amazing job already. I hope they can both work together to create some amazing sounds!
Though I love Clint Mansell and trust BioWare fully I must admit that I do wish Clint would do some collaberation with Jack wall. Clint is new to the Mass Effect universe and I deffinetely think that working with someone who already knows his way around the world of Commander Shephard would only go to enhance the work rather than just letting Mansell fly solo.
If he and Jack Wall are working together +1
If this means Jack Wall is gone -1
I'm not happy about this. If it ain't broke, don't fix it... and nothin about JackWall/MassEffect was broken.