Graves Digs Into Dead Space 2 Soundtrack

By Ryan Winslett in Gaming News
Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 8:30 am
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Graves' music will somehow make moments like this creepier
Most fans of the horror genre will tell you a large chuck of a title's "scare factor" can be attributed to the soundtrack. Well-orchestrated music can make or break the tension and, in a quiet, isolated situation, the perfect undertone may have the effect of making your skin crawl more than anything that's taking place on-screen.

 

It's awesome, then, that Visceral has announced classically trained BAFTA-winning composer Jason Graves will be returning to create the pulse-pounding score for Dead Space 2.

 

EA sent out a press release yesterday expressing great excitement to have Graves back on-board, giving a little insight into what players can expect from his contributions to the latest Sci-Fi horror-fest.

 

Here's a little word-porn for you musical-types: "Reflecting hero Isaac Clarke's dementia and nightmarish personal journey, Graves' original music score for Dead Space 2 features the intricately woven thematic movement "Lacrimosa," a concerto for string quartet that runs throughout the game."

 

Players will also be treated to several Unitology choral compositions as well which, for anyone who has spent any time in the Dead Space universe, should already be enough to creep you out just a little bit.

 

"The score really runs the gamut as you play through the game," said Graves, the most appropriately named composer to ever work on a video game about the undead. "There are much bigger and scarier pieces along with quieter, more personal moments to counterbalance them. I wrote for string quartet to portray Isaac's vulnerable side. It's quite the emotional arc, but of course still done in a very 'Dead Space' way."

 

Graves' work on the first title earned him multiple worldwide nominations and won two BAFTA awards, including one for Original Score and one for Use of Audio. His inclusion in the sequel should have fans anxious to take on the necromorphs once again. If you find yourself getting especially nervous during a low-action portion of the game and realize the haunting soundtrack is the cause, you at least now know who to blame.

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