The release of Fallout 4 is getting ever closer, and to give us a little tease of what to expect, Bethesda have once again given an update from behind the scenes. This time they talk to Inon Zur about composing the music for the game.
As the writer and producer for the scores of the Fallout series, starting with Fallout Tactics Zur has a feel for what is expected for the games, and based on the examples that Bethesda have revealed they are definetly impressive. More impressive though is what he has to say about not only Fallout 4, but the history of the games:
“I originally composed the main theme for Fallout 3,” Zur says. “We basically use two chords. That’s to reflect the dualism in Fallout: the despair of war – but also the hope for the future. In Fallout we’re always torn between the despair and the darkness and all the dangers that are lurking in the world, and the hope to build a better world.”
Moving on to talk about getting that Fallout sound he says:
“What we’re getting basically is this minor chord leading to a major chord – or a major chord that almost acts like a minor chord leading to a major chord. These two chords combined – always the minor and the major together – give us this bittersweet Fallout feel.” It’s this dualism – the somber sounds of a minor chord leading the bright optimism of a major chord – that defines the Fallout theme. “It’s the signature of Fallout,” Zur says. “You start from the bleak and you go to the hope. Very simplistic but works like a charm every time.”
On what is important to the Fallout 4 score:
“I’m trying to create something that sounds fresh,” Zur says. “Something that sounds like the beginning.”
So is Fallout 4 a new beginning? We’ll have to wait and see once the game releases on Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC November 10.
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