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.
If you’re in or around St. Petersburg, FL this weekend, rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes, a concert series highlighting music from your favorite games, including music from The Elder Scrolls, will be playing the Mahaffey Theater on Saturday night at 8pm.
Not a able to make it to Florida? rePLAY will be touring this to a number of North American locations this summer — including Austin, Atlanta, Montreal, and Mexico City. Head here for a full schedule and follow rePLAY on Facebook and Twitter for community updates.
Remember the 60s? We conquered the world, we conquered the moon, and we conquered rock and roll!
Now, for the first time, Neumond Recordings presents Neumond Classics, a super-collection of all the biggest stars. So put on your favorite blue jeans and take a trip with us back in time to the 1960s.
Every year Classic FM hosts the largest poll for fans of classical music. For the last two years, Jeremy Soule has worked his way up the list making a tremendous jump from being ranked #238 on 2012’s Hall of Fame to #5 on the 2013 Hall of Fame!
If you’re a fan of The Elder Scrolls (or just beautiful music), lend your support and vote for Jeremy Soule on Classic FM’s Hall of Fame 2014. For those of you who prefer music that reminds you of exploring the Capital Wasteland or sneaking around Dunwall , vote to get Inon Zur on the list for the score of Fallout 3 or Daniel Licht for the music of Dishonored.
If you’ve finished Dishonored, you’re familiar with the song “Honor for All”. The game’s composer, Daniel Licht, recently uploaded an acoustic version of the track to his YouTube channel — featuring the haunting lyrics of his nephew, Jon Licht, who co-wrote and performed the track for the end credits.
Last year your votes helped the Dragonborn theme from Skyrim become one of Classic FM’s Hall of Fame entries. This year you can support specific game soundtracks, including those for Skyrim, Oblivion, and Fallout 3!
Ask and you shall receive. Today we’ve released the full MP3 download of ‘The Drunken Whaler’ – the catchy (and slightly creepy) track heard over our Dishonored E3 trailer. To learn about the track’s genesis, a collaboration between COPILOT Strategic Music + Sound and our team , visit copilotmusic.com/dishonored.