During our Wolfenstein Reddit AmA, MachineGames’ creative director Jens Matthies let it be known that fellow Swede and renown metal guitarist, Fredrik Thordendal, contributed music for the game. We had a chance to send questions to the legendary Meshuggah guitarist. Check out his answers below, and at the bottom of the page, you can download Thordendal’s in-game track, Herr Faust, below.
What made you interested in contributing music for Wolfenstein: The New Order?
Writing music for a movie or video game has always been on my “want to do list” so when Jens Matthies of MachineGames asked if I was interested — the word yes came to mind. 😉
Was seeing behind the scenes of a video game production different from how you had imagined it to be? If so, in what way?
Yes. I was surprised by how many people are working together on a project like this and how much planning, time and effort have to be spent to implement the simplest things – like a sound/a piece of music – into the game.
What is your creative process like?
Technically it’s different every time but I guess I spend a lot of time trying to listen/hear the music that I already have inside. Sometimes it can be easy but most of the time it’s really hard to make out what’s going on. Then I trying to figure out how to translate that to the musical instruments of my choice – being drums, electric bass, electric guitars, vocals. Hm, this sounds weird. 😉
What do you love about music?
The places it can show us. To me music is nothing but magic.
Download Herr Faust by Fredrik Thordendal