We caught up with Cris to Talk to him about music composition, challenges with finding the right tone with Darksiders and more!
First off, you previously worked with the Darksiders: Director’s Cut soundtrack. “To the series, so to speak?”
On the original Darksiders I was part of a small group that was asked to rewrite a lot of the score. We had to do it quite quickly too. For Darksiders III I’ve been involved from the beginning and had plenty of time to really write in and write the score I wanted to. It’s been a very rewarding experience and I feel like it’s one of my favorite scores to date.
You’re no stranger to two epic soundtracks. What motivates you to put together such great scores for these games? The characters, the scenarios? What goes into making a soundtrack like this?
I’m very visually-driven in my music. I like to have as much concept, screenshots and videos before I start writing. All my scores would sound very different if I did not have the visuals to inspire me. I’ve also turned my studio into something of an art gallery as well.
How many people did you work with to put the Darksiders III? How many people did you work with to put the Darksiders III soundtrack together? Was there a particular orchestra? We were notified about a particular artist, Laura Intravia, that helped you out.
Laura sang all the vocals on the music for Lust. I also had Nicole Garcia on Violin, Loga Torkian on guitar violin and a number of other ethnic stringed instruments, and Azam Ali doing all other vocals. Azam was basically the voice of Fury. I also traveled to the Czech Republic to record the Capelle Orchestra and Choir with my score supervisor, Jose Varon. Mens all the music was written by me, it definitely takes a village to breathe life into the music.
Finally, any clue on what you’re working on next? Or are you taking it easy for the holidays?
Just wrapped up some more music for The Long Dark . I’m also just getting started on the music for the first Darksiders III DLC. I’ve got the usual “can not talk about it” stuff too.
Darksiders III is now available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Be sure to check out our review!