Black Swan composer tuning into Mass Effect 3

Psychological thriller's music mastermind Clint Mansell says he's attached to BioWare's latest space role-playing-game.

While Mass Effect 2 won the overall Game of the Year accolade at the Academy of Interactive Arts and Science's awards show yesterday, Heavy Rain took home the prize for outstanding achievement in original music, a category Mass Effect 2 was not nominated for. That could change next year, as Mass Effect 3's soundtrack will be created by a Hollywood composer.

In an interview with rock and pop culture music website The Quietus, composer Clint Mansell said he will be attached to BioWare's upcoming Mass Effect 3. Mansell’s previous composing credits include Darren Aronofsky silver screen entries Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, and, most recently, Black Swan.

Mass Effect 3 is getting Hollywood music talent.

Mansell explained his enthusiasm for creating music for Mass Effect 3, saying that a video game is a complex endeavor, but that he's excited for the project.

"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," he said.

"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 3 is due out on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC during holiday 2011. The game casts players again as Commander Shepard, a former space marine tasked with saving humanity.

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Albaficas
Albaficas

"One-Enemy" mansell is well know not because of black swan but cause of requiem soundtrack wich was a worldwide success.

orbit991
orbit991

It's pretty amazing that he's doing the score, he's no one trick pony, one of the few real composers around. Finally I might keep the music on during a game.

KOBE23IVAN
KOBE23IVAN

mass effect 3 deserves only the best of the best :D

trumpetblast
trumpetblast

This just made my day! I loved his work from Requiem and the Fountain!

One-Enemy
One-Enemy

A lot of people heard about Mansell because of the movie Black Swan, which is great... for him. I like his work more because of the movie Moon. Nevertheless, this is great news.

Jambo_11
Jambo_11

Clint Mansell is a good composer, I agree, but Jack Wall would still have been more fitting. If he had been the original composer, it would be a different story, but he wasn't. Mass Effect 3 deserves to have the same team of composers bring the story to a close. Period.

ROLLER4LiFE1386
ROLLER4LiFE1386

Just listening to Lux AEterna while I remember epic scenes from the last two games sent shivers thru my spine...cant blame Jack Wall because he was amazing but I'm just thrilled about what Clint Mansell can bring to ME3....This game is going to be in one word "EPIC"!!

The_Godfather_
The_Godfather_

that would be great. Clint Mansell is a good composer.

Wafflezorz
Wafflezorz

Clint Mansell can create songs which have so much emotion in them, Lux Aeterna for one makes me shiver. I only fear that the combination of his musical score and the emotional attachment that mass effect brings will be too much for me to handle, I wont be able to take losing my companions. It will be unbearably human.

ParisSun
ParisSun

This guy is really good, if you haven't watched any of those movies. ME3 will definitely challenge for GOTY.

jarofdirt882
jarofdirt882

Lux Aeterna from Requiem for a Dream. 'Nuff said.

nosferatu94
nosferatu94

what no jack wall for this game? wth???

Kid_Black_Star
Kid_Black_Star

That's gonna be sick! Even though i was'nt interested into Black Swan, after watching the amazing acting and music, sounds insane! and im not even into that sort of music.

the-obiwan
the-obiwan

Tron soundtrack = for the winz, daft punk are awesome, i do like black swan movie im sure the music for mass effect 3 gonna be epic too

mightEone
mightEone

They should throw in some Daft Punk for any club/ party scenes. I liked TRON's soundtrack.

blasterchief
blasterchief

I love Mansell's work, but what about Sam Hulick and Jack Wall? The games' soundtracks have both been wonderful. Vigil and Suicide Mission were unbelievable tracks.

MichaeltheCM
MichaeltheCM

well that's pretty cool: having an artistic and creative mind like that wont do anything but benefit Mass Effect 3

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

Now this game looks good as well as sounds good !!!

isahunt
isahunt

Jack Wall did an amazing job with ME2. Suicide Mission and The End Run are such awesome booming foot-stomping tracks and last 30sec on Normandy Reborn still give me chills. Come now, can't they have two composers. Though my favourite Mansell's OST is Moon.

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

i'm absolutely heartbroken. jack wall did an amazing job for the first two installments. mansell better do this game justice. although i must admit, my ideal soundtrack to the end of this trilogy would have included an impossible collaboration between jack wall, hanz zimmer, daft punk, and john murphy...

Nightrain50
Nightrain50

Jack Wall is awesome, bad news, listen to "From the Wreckage" Mass Effect 1 and tell me he needed replaced. If anything Bioware should be replaced with someone willing to tell EA to F*** off and make the rpg they set out to make in the first place.

ColJendon
ColJendon

I'm sure he'll do a fine job, but it's unfortunate Jack Wall and his team won't be working on it. All I've got to say is that they better still have Uncharted Worlds as the Galaxy Map music, or there'll be hell to pay.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

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Drakkengoth
Drakkengoth

Man, i bet they're gunna delay it into 2012, I want this game to b perfect. When it lands, it'll blow everything out of the water.

XtremeDude09
XtremeDude09

@Timmy_Gwar 5 thumbs down? People really don't read do they. Can't you people tell hes being sarcastic?

Zelda99
Zelda99

Not to say anything negative about Clint Mansell, especially listing to a number of his scores, but he doesnt strike me as a cinematic composer. he is excellent in dramatic works, but really does not have any "big explosive blockbuster" type movies under his belt like other composers. it will be interesting to see if he can pull it of in ME3, especially being the third most anticipated title this year (in my opinion)

Pete5506
Pete5506

Jack Wall had some fantastic work, but I will be ready to see what Clint Mansell can bring to the table

ronnet
ronnet

before the release of ME3*

ronnet
ronnet

@Ruadan, it's not there will be atleast one more 'bridge' DLC between ME2 and ME3. How do I know? The cerberusw network news update states that while the daily updates have ended there will still be three more full weeks of updates. One week leading up to a DLC release, and two weeks before the release of ME2. The one week before the DLC hasn't happened yet. The fact that DLC is getting a full week of updates before it tells us it is a significant piece of DLC.

Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

I love Mass Effect. But seriously, Bioware needs to tone it down. They need to stop listening to their fans to get a better idea of how they can curb their creative geniuses and cater to their audience in a completely overwhelming way. They need to stop pushing the envelope of gameplay and stick to staring down the rails of a gun that feels different, but is somehow the same. They need to stop defying their naysayers and release a game to poor reception for once. Finally, Bioware needs to stop inspiring thousands of potential artists in several different fields by telling them that we're still far from the end of creation.

Ruadan
Ruadan

This is good news! Clint is an excellent composer. ^^ Now, I just hope that last DLC for Mass Effect 2 wasn't appearance pack 2.... The game would end on a fizzle. :(

drytal
drytal

ah i smell much drama in the air. can't wait to get a taste.

Samrat_Ashok
Samrat_Ashok

This just keeps getting better and better. Cheers to Bioware! Now there not a shadow of doubt that this game WILL be epic! I still get all a-quivery whenever I listen to 'Requiem for a Tower'

Darko-Ashitaka
Darko-Ashitaka

While I did love ME2's soundtrack, this is still the best music-for-gaming related news of the year :)

Thegamer16
Thegamer16

I bet ME3's score will be awesome, but Jack Wall and co. did a great job on the first two games. I also really enjoyed the music from ME2's DLC packs, and I don't think JW composed any of it.

chronolzx
chronolzx

even with all the reapers attacking earth... the council will still deny their existence

Malscyllis
Malscyllis

i have a better idea. How about Jack Wall AND Clint Mansell work together.

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

Sounds awesome.. Though I personally wish they used Richard Blair-Oliphant - the composer from the series "How the Universe Works?": some of the best composing I've ever heard.

revanknight
revanknight

I'm gonna miss Jack Wall, but I have a feeling this is going to be fantastic

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

The End Run just came on my Last FM as I was reading this! Jack Wall's finest moment? One of.