Requiem for a Dream composer scoring Mass Effect 3

Hollywood composer Clint Mansell has signed on to score the music for BioWare's Mass Effect 3. Clint who? Mans-huh? If you're not film-snobby enough to know him by name, you've surely heard his work anyway, so we'll just put it this way: the guy who composed that wicked cool song in the second half of that one Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers trailer is now on board to provide the music for one of gaming's most highly-anticipated sequels.

Above: You may remember Mr. Mansell's "Lux Aeterna" from our riveting expose on the WWE E3 booth 

Mansell is most commonly recognized for his musical work on Darren Aronofsky films such as The Fountain, The Wrestler, Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream; the latter of which gave birth to the song "Lux Aeterna."

News of Mansell's involvement with Mass Effect 3 surfaced during his interview with The Quietus, in which he spoke to the challenges of scoring videogames, explaining:

“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. 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.”

This, by the way, isn't his first involvement with games. Mansell was in a band called Pop Will Eat Itself until 1996, and the band has a few tracks in PS1 game Loaded. Guess what? We did a Game Music of the Day feature on that very game! Check out one of the band's tracks below:

It's tricky to talk about game music without coming off as a music snob, but screw it – this is exciting news. And if saying so means I'm not invited to your next house party, whatever, I have better things to do. Oh, and make sure to listen for Mansell's work in Mass Effect 3 when it is released this holiday season.

Feb 10, 2011

[Source: The Quietus via Joystiq]


  • SideOfBeef - March 28, 2011 5:49 p.m.

    Yay more harps! I just hope he doesn't cut too much out of the music though, it's space dammit!
  • xoraxora - February 17, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    A Clint Mansell score can make taking a dump seem epic.
  • PotOfHippoPus - February 11, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    Hmm, I wonder if he'll use PWEI's cover of Beaver Patrol for the paramore achievment?
  • Wunderbolt - February 11, 2011 2:41 a.m.

    Fixing something that ain't broken. We'll see how it works out.
  • babyhenchy1 - February 11, 2011 2:20 a.m.

    @Fuzunga :O Black Swan is an amazing film with an amazing score. Requiem for a Dream does stand out more though.
  • smallberry - February 11, 2011 2:12 a.m.

    This is awesome, awesome news!
  • Fuzunga - February 11, 2011 1:26 a.m.

    See, this is a much better headline than everyone else's mentioning Black Swan. I skipped over this article elsewhere because I don't care about Black Swan. But this- this is awesome!
  • dwarner25 - February 10, 2011 11:48 p.m.

    Mass Effect 3 + Clint Mansell = oh god why isn't this out yet. Love Lux Aeterna, though it's pretty heartbreaking in the context of Requiem.
  • Ironarm - February 10, 2011 11:21 p.m.

    This is the greatest news I've heard all year. Simply brilliant composer. He is certainly my favorite composer of this day and age.
  • RicePuddingUK - February 10, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    Jack!? Why Jack!? WHY!??
  • cart00n - February 10, 2011 11:04 p.m.

    I LOVE PWEI! That said, I also loved the music for the first 2 MEs, so, I'm torn...
  • soren7550 - February 10, 2011 10:57 p.m.

    As of right now, I do not approve of the change of composers. Unless he can of course turn out something like the ME1 soundtrack but more awesome. That soundtrack rules.
  • bkonkle - February 10, 2011 10:21 p.m.

    This is fantastic news! I love the music on Aronofsky's films.
  • chriszewski - February 10, 2011 9:51 p.m.

    Sweet smokin Jesus cinnamon titties! Best news i've heard all week. I still listen to Requiem, Fountain OSTs, and a few parts of the Smokin Aces feature on a regular bassis. I honestly don't see Wall being completely replaced since i doubt there will be any budget issues, and ME2's score was a collaborative effort as well. Even in the unlikely event that Wall is replaced, if anyone can capture the atmosphere of the Mass Effect Universe it is most certainly Mansell.
  • Clovin64 - February 10, 2011 9:43 p.m.

    F***ing awesome. I loved Clint Mansell's work in Smokin'Aces (decent movie, fantastic score), this just makes me even more excited for ME3. Off-topic here, did anyone else think ME2's soundtrack sounded a lot like the Inception score?
  • EdDeRs1 - February 10, 2011 9:05 p.m.

    i say it needs Steve Vai to kick out some killer riffs for the final showdown against the reapers
  • Yaro - February 10, 2011 8:51 p.m.

    I have such mixed feelings with this. I fucking LOVE Clint Mansell (The fountain stands as the best motherfucking movie soundtrack of all time...OF ALL TIME!) but Jack Wall did amazing job. I join the others that wish Jack Wall isn't totally replaced...
  • MattMk2 - February 10, 2011 8:31 p.m.

    Fuck. Jack Wall did an amazing job with the 1st two games. The only soundtracks I've ever bought were Wall's Mass Effect Scores. Fucking amazing. Now they get rid of Wall and get a "real" composer. Mansell worked on Movies, show the lowly video game industry how it's done, oh great and wonderful Hollywood. Fuck Bioware, Fuck EA and Fuck Mass Effect 3.
  • rufnux - February 10, 2011 8:28 p.m.

    Too bad ME3 got delayed until 2013
  • batmanboy11 - February 10, 2011 7:36 p.m.


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