Sound Byte: Meet the Composer - Inon Zur

Dragon Age: Origins composer Inon Zur shares his experience in the video game industry.

From Power Rangers to Digimon, and Fallout 3 to Dragon Age: Origins, award-winning composer Inon Zur has worked on video games, movie trailers, television, anime, and film. With more than 40 video games already under his belt, he is currently working on the music for Fallout: New Vegas as well as several other unannounced projects.

Born in Israel, Zur was interested in music at a very young age. He spent four years in the Israeli military before immigrating to the United States in 1990 to study at the Dick Grove School of Music and eventually UCLA. His award-winning score for Dragon Age: Origins was performed live by the Malmo Symphony Orchestra in Sweden back in May.

His credits include:

Prince of Persia (2008)

Fallout 3

Dragon Age: Origins

Crysis

Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (Cinematics)

Men of Valor

SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs

Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal

We had an opportunity to speak with Zur earlier this year, and thanks to the help of GameSpot's video team, please check out our full interview below!

Sound Byte is GameSpot's game music blog (updated on Fridays), which covers every aspect of music in games, including interviews with top game music composers and discussions of new and classic game soundtracks. Have a question or suggestion? Leave us a comment below.

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asherett
asherett

For a next interview, Matt Uelmen. Definitely Uelmen, I so wonder what he's up to now. Haven't heard anything from or by him since Torchlight. His Diablo score completely redefined game music...

TurambarGS
TurambarGS

Nice feature - loving that game composers are getting more recognition.

Kulcan
Kulcan

His work was amazing with DA:O , really loved it.

2point5RSman
2point5RSman

but credit where it is due, he IS an amazing orchestral score composer, i just belong to the camp that feels hollywood style grand scores dont belong in a Fallout game, i'd like to see what he can do without an orchestra.

2point5RSman
2point5RSman

Mark Morgan > Inon Zur. Hes a little baby if you had seen his broken english cry more noob emails on NMA you'd know what im talking about.

Mortifera142
Mortifera142

dragon age soundtrack was absolutely amazing!

Atr_1
Atr_1

Great feature Its so nice to put a face to some of the best music I have heard in games. Love Fallout 3 and even more so Dragon Age

DrEvilKoala
DrEvilKoala

The Throne Of Bhaal and Icewind Dale soundtracks are absolutely amazing, and are among the best "epic" soundtracks ever composed. The Dragon Age soundtrack was a little bit of a disappointment though...

lindallison
lindallison

This guy's Throne of Bhaal music could eat his Dragon Age music for breakfast. I could not believe what I was hearing in ToB - it was like a steve reeves sword and sandal b-movie soundtrack juiced into the beyond...

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

I dids not knows games did nots haves music like BLEEP BLOP!

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

The background music makes this interview Intense!

bodylotion
bodylotion

I could be mistaken but wasn't Baldurs Gate soundtrack primarily made by: "Michael Hoenig"?

sonicsidewinder
sonicsidewinder

He's done so much. Inon Zur, and Jeremy Soule are legends of this field.

Nekromenos
Nekromenos

His Dragon Age soundtrack in the background made even this simple interview sound like an epic quest in the secret realms of game music...

CrytekMan
CrytekMan

This guy made soundtrack for "Deep Black". That's his "third title".

Wam11
Wam11

whata kool guy.

Cabamacadaf
Cabamacadaf

No mention of Icewind Dale 2? That is his best work by far.

Hellbishop
Hellbishop

Fantastic and very indepth interview. Love Inon Zur's work in FALLOUT 3 and DRAGON AGE: ORIGINS with both sounding very different yet feeling part of the natural sounds of the game worlds. Wonder if one of the games he couldnt mention he is working on is ELDER SCROLLS V :D

The-Longshot
The-Longshot

Nice work on fallout and dragon age. I like the way he described creating the atmosphere of the games, and shaping the emotions of the in game moment, this guy knows his stuff! Great Job!! Keep up the good work.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

loved his work with Dragon Age! Leliana's song is so beautiful.

bodylotion
bodylotion

Inon Zur is one of the greatest together with Jesper Kyd and Rom Di Prisco. However I also hope there will be a special with Mark Morgan. It's true I haven't heard that much from him lately but his tracks in Fallout are simply amazing, especially 12-13 years ago.

rafaelburigo
rafaelburigo

Inon Zur is great, his work with Fallout 3 is simply excellent.

ColJendon
ColJendon

Two of his "three new titles" are probably Fallout: New Vegas and Dragon Age II, as this was recorded a while ago. And he does seem awesome; he would be the kind of person I would want as a mentor if I was going into composition.

soccercrazed13
soccercrazed13

This guys is subliminally awesome. Love all his work and hope he continues to make great music.

Pete5506
Pete5506

He has some very impressive stuff

roddy72
roddy72

Awesome, there should be more video-game music features! These are good.

green_dominator
green_dominator

I've actually been seeing his name a lot lately, that's a good thing though. I love what he did with Fallout 3, most composers would have done an epic symphonic piece but he went and did a very subtle thing by creating a moody atmosphere. Dragon Age however was epic. DA was pure musical enjoyment......

jazilla
jazilla

@Sophia i totally understand and i totally appreciate the work! P.S. Commander Shepard says this is his favorite feature on the Citadel. I think he got a discount for saying it, but it's an endorsement nonetheless :p

Falcon084
Falcon084

I brought his Dragon Age soundtrack and I recomend it. I love the music in Baldurs Gate and Fallout 3 too.

Sophia
Sophia

@jazilla - he's a busy guy! A lot of them are, so it's just a matter of when our schedules actually meet up since very few of them live in San Francisco.

partTIMEdwarf
partTIMEdwarf

Great composer dragon age orgins is my favourite game soundtrack hope he works on DA2.

jazilla
jazilla

Thanks again Sophia. These are great. Most people love game music when it is good, but the people that make it are so often overlooked. Jeremy Soule sometime maybe? :D

derek_g
derek_g

Great interview. Thanks Gamespot!

jarp01
jarp01

A really interesting article about a really great composer! knowing that he also worked (and maybe he still works) in projects for TV, films and anime, maybe I grew up listening to the music composed by this man without even knowing =P

An-Anonymous
An-Anonymous

What he did for Prince of Persia ( 2008 ) was beyond words and the best work of Inon Zur (along with DA), too bad Ubisoft never released a soundtrack for it.

mxero
mxero

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mxero
mxero

I like his music on PoP series and Crysis. But Fallout 3 was probably the worst one I've heard. The radio stations were better .

Blankgen86
Blankgen86

Interesting interview. It's great to see a composer put so much thought and care into how his music works within a game.

lokier066
lokier066

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joseph_mach
joseph_mach

I've been a fan for years. It's good to see him get a bit of "face-time" recognition. I think his music was by far the best part of Dragon Age and I can't wait to see what he does for the sequel and his upcoming projects. Kudos Inon.

Lux_Ferres
Lux_Ferres

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MasterTheHero
MasterTheHero

If he did the music for the Dragon Age 2 trailer, it's going to be freaking bad ass! He seemed to have a bit of difficulty explaining himself, but the man is definitely talented.

kimraa
kimraa

A genius! Love his work! Bethesda should hire him, Inon Zur and Jeremy Soule working together making the music for TES V, that would have been epic!

PCsama
PCsama

Good job keep it going high

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

I just hope he's doing DA2 and New Vegas.

retrofix
retrofix

I love background ambiance in Fallout 3, adds to the atmosphere. Normally I turn background music off in games because it usually pull me out or keeps me from hearing what I need to hear.

Tizn0w
Tizn0w

I like the work he did on Dragon Age: Origins. The ambiance created by his music in DA did wonders for the game's immersion factor. Thinking back, though, I can't recall any notable orchestral music in Fallout 3. All I remember is the old-timey music on the in-game radio stations. Anyways...interesting interview. I like like the advice he gave at the end.