Says composing for games is more like being a DJ.
Clint Mansell, composer on current critical darling Black Swan, is to score EA and BioWare's Mass Effect 2. Mansell revealed his involvement in an interview with The Quietus.
"I'm doing a video game this year actually. Mass Effect 3," said Mansell.
"As I was saying about Public Enemy and re-working old hip-hop tunes for Requiem, and kind of re-working old ballet tunes for Black Swan, with something like Mass Effect you're more like a DJ, with all these elements," he added. "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. 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."
Clint Mansell is one of the hottest composers in the film business at the moment, having worked on The Wrestler, Requiem for a Dream and Moon before Black Swan. His work will next be heard in Jake Gyllenhaal film, Source Code.