Sound Byte: Meet the Composer Behind Call of Duty: Black Ops

Learn more about Sean Murray, the composer behind one of the best-selling games of all time.

Call of Duty: World at War (2008)

For those of you who spend hours upon hours shooting dudes in the face, how often do you stop to listen to what's going on with the music? Are you more focused on the bullets and the sound of grenades ringing in your ears? Composer Sean Murray's dark symphonic score is what helps drive the action forward, accompanying you as you dodge enemy fire and fight to stay alive. Sean got his start in video game music with True Crime: Streets of LA by Activision. He must have made an impression because he was recruited to tackle Call of Duty: World at War and, of course, the recent Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Sean's talents also extend beyond video game music composition, as he has an extensive background in scoring for films and television shows, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer. While there are no physical soundtracks to the game, you can still find music from Black Ops on iTunes. If you happen to live in the Los Angeles area, you can also hear Sean's music (and others, including Christopher Tin) performed live at the "Video Game Soundtracks" presented by Golden State Pops Orchestra and Southern California Master Chorale this Saturday, April 9 at 8:00 p.m. at the Warner Grand Theatre. Sean will be in attendance! Sound Byte is giving away two free tickets for the event. For more information, follow gs_soundbyte for details. To purchase tickets, you can visit here.

Now, meet the man himself in the interview below!

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