http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tob_KO45 You know what? I think that Jesper Kyd is a darned fine composer. He’s best known for his work on the Assassin’s Creed series, and his work has come to embody that series for me — that piercing, odd solo female voice, driving electronic beats, and wide-open string arrangements. He captures the series’ obsession with flight with grace and vision. So much video game music is content to simply mimic the sounds of hollywood, but Kyd has always struck me as a composer willing to experiment and find his own sound.
Kyd has written the music for the upcoming Darksiders II, and has shared some tracks on his YouTube channel. As you’ll hear in that top track, “Into Eternity,” the music has more than a little bit of Assassin’s Creed in it — but it tweaks things with just enough shambly darkness to conjure Death, Darksiders II‘s protagonist. It’s like Assassin’s Creed via Danny Elfman.
Which feels appropriate, considering that Death himself looks like a cross between Skeletor and Jack Skellington.
You can check out three more tracks on Kyd’s YouTube channel.