Best Thing Ever: Clint Mansell tackling ‘Mass Effect 3’ score

I love Mass Effect.  It’s probably my favorite video game franchise of all time, and I recommend it to anyone I know, even non gamers.  You like Star Wars?  Well, chances are you will fall in love with this video game series.  One of the best parts of the whole experience is the incredible techo/orchestral music by Jack Wall.  If I heard that he was being replaced for Mass Effect 3, I would be seriously bummed.  But that would be before I heard who was replacing him; none other than Clint Mansell.


Clint Mansell is one of the best composers in the industry, and the mere fact that he’s doing a video game score is enough to peak my interest.  But the that it’s Mass Effect makes this one of my most anticipated scores of 2011.  The news comes from The Quietus, which held an interview with Mansell:

Do you do much work for other outlets like computer games? Mike Patton, for example, has most recently voiced The Darkness.

CM: I’m doing a video game this year actually. Mass Effect 3. Funnily enough, talking about Mike, we’ve exchanged emails about the possibility of doing a show featuring the Quartet and people they’ve collaborated with. It’d be a Kronos show, with different rooms for other people to do their thing, then bringing it all together. It’s pretty cool-sounding.

Clint Mansell

Well this news makes me happy, I still hope that Jack Wall remains in some capacity.  Maybe it will be one of those Modern Warfare 2 things, where Hans Zimmer handles the theme but Lorne Balfe actually did the music.  Or, at the very least, I want the Mass Effect theme (a track called Normandy) to remain.  But still…I can’t freaking wait to play this game.