Mass Effect 3 Gets The Sound Of Black Swan, Requiem For A Dream

Mass Effect 3 Gets The Sound Of Black Swan, Requiem For A Dream

The soothing sounds of Clint Mansell will accompany BioWare’s Mass Effect 3 later this year. Who’s that? The longtime Darren Aronofsky collaborator who’s scored films like The Fountain, Black Swan and Requiem For A Dream.

Mansell’s work can also be heard in sci-fi fodder like Duncan Jones’ excellent Moon and the big screen adaptation of id Software’s Doom. But his most recognisable work may be “Lux Aeterna”, the theme from Requiem For A Dream used again and again as go-to dramatic music.

The composer tells The Quietus “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,” he explains. “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.”

Not feeling any pain, it seems, is former Mass Effect maestro Jack Wall. He tells Eurogamer that it was “time for a change” and that he still has a great relationship with developer BioWare.

Unspoilt By Progress: A Conversation With Black Swan Composer Clint Mansell [The Quietus via SlashFilm – thanks David!]


  • I know Mansell is a great composer, but Jack Wall has done such amazing work on the last 2 games. It would have nice to see him finish out the series. But if he was happy to step aside I guess we just have to go with it.

    • +1

      I like the Citadel night club aswell… So what if my guilty pleasure is dancing with the Asari wanting to grind up against her?!

      Omega Afterlife sounds like something from Tron actually.

  • After hearing the TRON legacy sound track I thought it would be awesome for Daft Punk to have a hand in ME3’s music. This is probably even better though.

  • It’s gonna be odd for a while. But, Clint does do dramatic scores better. Jack does better ambiance though.

    I mean, in an ideal world, we’d get Two Steps From Hell to do ME3. But that’d take a miracle.

  • He also scored Moon, which has an amazing OST (and is an amazing film).
    I really liked the electronic soundtrack in Mass Effect, wasn’t quite as impressed with the one in Mass Effect 2, it seemed a bit more generic. I have high hopes for 3 now though.

  • Mansell is a good composer, but I hope they keep some of the iconic Mass Effect tracks (Vigil and the main theme especially). It was a bit weird to see them totally absent in ME2, although the end of the ME3 trailer did briefly feature the main theme music.

  • I hope he doesn’t go too orchestral. The soundtrack to the Mass Effect series is really effective in its current form.

  • It would’ve been nice to see (or rather, hear) Mansell and Wall share the composition duties, since there’s plenty of room for both of their styles.

  • Clint Mansell occasionally does some amazing work (Moon), but Lux Aeterna has a special place in my hate-heart. It’s spammed on virtually every amateurish youtube music video to the point its originally epic effect is now cliched drivel.

    • I kind of feel the same way, except I still love the music itself, and the movie it’s from. I just hate the ****ing amateurish videos that hijack it, and those who make them 😛

      • I feel the same, liked the movie, loved Lux Aeterna, but hate how it’s become so clichéd now (LOTR trailers using it didn’t help).
        Although, none of this really changes the fact that it’s a brilliant composition.

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