I recently had the opportunity to chat with one of my all-time favorite video game composers, the truly one-of-a-kind Jason Graves. He’s the man behind the amazing Dead Space soundtracks, and his latest project is the Tomb Raider reboot, due March 5th. After the break Graves talks about designing a brand new instrument for the soundtrack, the benefits of scoring a reboot, and more.
Team Aural Pleasures is back with another sexy podcast for all you Bloody-Disgusting readers! Bill, Adam, and Jonny are back to chat some more music, horror, and silliness. In this podcast, Adam explains his long absence, Bill questions the worth of Prince, the guys all bring up some songs that are good for…well…engaging in extracurricular activities. The guys also bring up the music of some of the biggest horror video game titles to be released this year, including Devil May Cry, Dead Space 3, and Aliens: Colonial Marines. Enjoy it all below!
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Bloody-Disgusting is excited to bring you an exclusive interview with Dead Space 3 composer James Hannigan. Below you can read about Hannigan’s work with Jason Graves (who also composed for the game), how the planet of Tau Volantis changed the scoring approach, Hannigan’s thoughts on sci-fi and horror, and much more. You can also hear nearly 45 minutes of Hannigan’s Dead Space compositions.
The Dead Space 3 OST is currently available for digital purchase on iTunes and Amazon. READ MORE
Composer Jason Graves has uploaded 30+ minutes of unreleased Dead Space 3 music, which you can hear below. The music is not featured on the OST, which is currently available for digital purchase on iTunes and Amazon.
Dead Space continues the story of engineer Isaac Clarke as he takes on Necromorphs who have been reanimated by an ancient alien artifact known as The Marker. You can read Brittany Vincent’s review of the game here. READ MORE
Dead Space 3 came out last week and has been met with generally favorable reviews, including our own from Brittany Vincent. And now, for fans of the sonic landscapes created by composers Jason Graves and James Hannigan, you can purchase the soundtrack today! Head on over to Amazon to snag a copy and enter cold harsh environment of Tau Volantis whenever you pop on your headphones. READ MORE
Scoring the upcoming Tomb Raider game is the magically talented Jason Graves. He is the mind behind the horrific nightmarish sounds you heard in Dead Space. In the video you van check out past the break Zachary Levi (Chuck) again takes us behind the scenes. He travels to London to (BAFTA) the British Academy of Film and Television Arts headquarters and talks to Jason Graves about his work on Tomb Raider. Graves even shows off an instrument constructed by sculptor Matt McConnell specifically for use in Tomb Raider. Check out the video past the break!
BAFTA award-winning composer Jason Graves (Dead Space) has officially been revealed as the composer for the upcoming Tomb Raider video game, which comes out March 5th, 2013. Below you can watch an interview with Jason along with other members of the sound design team as they discuss how sound and music play a role in the game.
Also in the video is a segment dedicated to highlighting a one-of-a-kind sculpture/instrument that was built specifically for Jason for this game (Note: if anyone wants to buy me one of those sculptures, I wouldn’t object). In fact, the music of the first 15 or so minutes of the game is solely performed on this instrument. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that the sculpture looks like something out of Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice. You can find out a bit more about the sculpture here. READ MORE
The Verge has posted an in-depth article, including video, on their visit to Dead Space composer Jason Graves‘ home studio. The video shows Graves talking about many of the instruments he uses, the random objects that he creates unsettling sounds with (the chicken wire on a trash can lid that is bowed is especially awesome in my book), as well as the technology that backs up his entire system. If you’re into creepy sounds and audio recording at all, this is a very worthwhile video to watch and article to read. Check it out below! READ MORE
On Oct. 12th, at the New York Comic Con, there will be a panel that I’m quite upset I won’t be able to attend. Titled “Maestros Of Horror & Sci-Fi Music”, the panel will feature video game composers Jason Graves (Dead Space), Kevin Riepl (Gears Of War, Aliens: Colonial Marines), Sascha Dikiciyan (Mass Effect 3), Cris Velasco (Mass Effect 3), Sam Hulick (Mass Effect trilogy), Tom Salta (Halo: Combat Evolved), and Nile Rodgers (Halo soundtracks album producer).
The panel will be discussing composing for the horror and sci-fi genres as well as the art of scoring for blockbuster videogames. The panel will be held at the Javits Center in Room 1A01 from 12:15pm to 1:15pm.
I’m a huge fan of most of these composers. If you’re going to the NYC Comic Con, do yourself a favor and attend this event. I’m 99.99% sure that it will be incredible. READ MORE
One of the most successful action/horror series to come out in the past several years is EA’s Dead Space franchise. While every entry is not a winner (I’m looking at you Ignition), the series has been, overall, pretty damn solid. Part of the terrifying immersive experience is Jason Graves’ fantastic score, which consistently gets rave reviews and high praise.
Now, Graves has released several tracks that were originally used for consideration on the first Dead Space game. Some of the tracks were later take from the original demo material and were given some live elements to be used for in-game.
The tracks are a great representation of the terrifying atmosphere that Dead Space permeates. Check ‘em out below and creep yourself out a bit! READ MORE
This is good news for geeks like me who love our video game soundtracks, as it’s been confirmed that series composer Jason Graves will be returning to score the upcoming Dead Space 3. Graves crafted the fantastic scores for every other game in the series, including Extraction, and since they’ve all been sufficiently terrifying, I think it’s safe to assume the trend will continue with the next installment. My love for video game soundtracks runs deep, and I’m always looking for some new tunes to add to my horror playlist that still mostly consists of Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka’s work. In case your memory’s a little fuzzy, I’ve included one of my favorite tracks from Dead Space 2 after the break. Turn off the lights, hit play, close your eyes, and enjoy.
Update: You can also pre-order the album on iTunes. Amazon.com has started taking pre-orders for BAFTA award winning composer Jason Graves’ score for the upcoming sci-fi survival horror game Dead Space 2. You can also check out samples by clicking the above link. While you’re listening why not check out our interviews with audio director Andrew Boyd as well as a chat with the man himself, Jason Graves.
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I’m loving this cover art because if you look closely, you can see Isaac’s eyes. Also, the font at the bottom reminds me of Bioshock (always a good thing). READ MORE
Yesterday you got 3/6ths of Jonathan Barkan’s Exclusive interview with Dead Space 2 composer Jason Graves. Well, now you get the other half. I was lucky enough to interview Jason about Dead Space Extraction, and he spills his guts to us once more about the wonderful world of Dead Space.
Check out the 1st part of the interview HEREand check out the rest past the break! READ MORE
Update: You can check out Part 2 right HERE!
Earlier this year, we ran an exclusive interview with Andrew Boyd, audio director for EA’s upcoming survival sci-fi/horror game Dead Space 2. He told us about all the amazing sounds we would be hearing as well as touched upon the music of Dead Space 2. Now, we have an exclusive interview with Jason Graves, composer of Dead Space 2, where we get all of the music answers we want straight from the source. Check out Part 1 of the interview after the jump and keep an eye out for Part 2 tomorrow in BD’s Dead Pixels section!
Jason Graves has been officially announced as the composer of EA’s upcoming Dead Space 2, the sequel to the 2008 smash hit Dead Space. An interesting bit of news that has come out is that Graves has composed a central piece entitled ‘Lacrimosa’, a concerto written for a string quartet that runs throughout the game. I have to say, that alone intrigues me.
Jason Graves, Composer-
“The score really runs the gamut as you play through the game. There are much bigger and scarier pieces along with quieter, more personal moments to counterbalance them. I wrote for string quartet to portray Isaac’s vulnerable side. It’s quite the emotional arc, but of course still done in a very ‘Dead Space’ way.”
Andrew Boyd, Audio Director (exclusive interview here
“It has been a real pleasure working with Jason on Dead Space 2. The range of his composition is impressive, and his attention to detail never fails to amaze me. His creativity, energy, and unique vision for the music has been key to establishing the atmosphere of Dead Space 2.”