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...
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)
Dragon Age: Origins
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!
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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.
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.
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
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...
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...
His Dragon Age soundtrack in the background made even this simple interview sound like an epic quest in the secret realms of game music...
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
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.
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.
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.
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......
@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
I brought his Dragon Age soundtrack and I recomend it. I love the music in Baldurs Gate and Fallout 3 too.
@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.
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
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
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.
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 .
Interesting interview. It's great to see a composer put so much thought and care into how his music works within a game.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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