Using Film Music | Aliens: Colonial Marines Video Game
Man, video game trailers have gotten better and better over the years. This makes sense since it’s about a 50 billion dollar industry; why not flaunt it? One of the games I’m looking forward to next year is ‘Aliens: Colonial Marines’. My geekdom extends to every medium…a well-rounded nerd I am…spoken like Yoda. (See!?) A video game based on my favorite movie from a beloved franchise just puts my brain on nerdgasm overload. I’ve been duped from bad games based on films in the past, but this great ad has me sold.
You would think with an impressive roster of composers, like the great Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, and Elliot Goldenthal, they would use some music directly from the films to draw the viewers’ attention, but alas no. The silver lining is that they use a science fiction score, but from an unlikely source: a track called Welcome to Lunar Industries from “Moon” by Clint Mansell.
This cue is simple yet effective, using only piano, sound design elements, guitar, and a contemporary drum beat to drive the piece along. A lot of people associate film scores with big, orchestral cues, but film music expands to all genres. This track captures a very tense, atmospheric mood that creates the perfect marriage with the stunning visuals. Who would have thought that pretty piano would make aliens scarier?
Using Film Music is Score Revolution’s blog column that explores how existing film music has been licensed throughout media. It is written by Score Revolution’s own Score Guru. License film music through the Score Revolution Website.