Dead Space 2 Original Videogame Score

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Dead Space 2 Original Videogame Score
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Soundtrack album to Dead Space 2 by Jason Graves
Released January 25, 2011
Recorded Skywalker Sound Scoring Stage, Redwood Shores, California
Genre Video game music
Length 60:22
60:15 (Collectors Edition)
Label E.A.R.S.
Producer Jason Graves
Dead Space series chronology
Dead Space Original Soundtrack
(2008)Dead Space Original Soundtrack2008
Dead Space 2 Original Videogame Score
(2011)

The Dead Space 2 Original Videogame Score is an official soundtrack album to the 2011 survival horror video game Dead Space 2. Released on January 25, 2011, by Electronic Arts, the album includes 14 tracks from the game composed by Jason Graves.[1][2] A second album entitled Dead Space 2 Collector's Edition Original Soundtrack was also released, with a further 18 compositions from Dead Space 2.[3][4] All music was performed by members of the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra, which also performed on the Dead Space Original Soundtrack.[5]

Composition and recording[edit]

Speaking in an interview, soundtrack composer Jason Graves offered the following explanation of his thought process for the composition of the music for Dead Space 2:

Speaking about the recording of the music and how it was made to reflect the central character of the game, Graves noted that "Isaac definitely has a more identifiable character arc in the sequel. I used a string quartet, which is the antithesis of the huge, churning orchestra, to portray Isaac's vulnerability and character arc as he progresses through the game."[6] Graves also revealed that Isaac's leitmotif was composed in the note order of D-E-A-D, spelling 'DEAD', and that he approached the composition process for Dead Space 2 by objectively criticising his own work on the original Dead Space, identifying areas in which the music could be improved and focusing on those.[6]

In the official Electronic Arts press release, Graves commented that "The score really runs the gamut as you play through the game. There are much bigger and scarier pieces along with quieter, more personal moments to counterbalance them. I wrote for string quartet to portray Isaac's vulnerable side. It's quite the emotional arc, but of course still done in a very 'Dead Space' way."[7][8]

Track listings[edit]

Original videogame score[edit]

All music composed by Jason Graves.

No. Title Length
1. "Welcome to The Sprawl" 5:20
2. "Much Ado About Necromorphs" 4:36
3. "Nice R.I.G. If You Can Get It" 2:20
4. "Canonical Aside" 2:01
5. "Rest in Pieces" 2:46
6. "The Cassini Towers" 3:58
7. "It Had to Be Unitology" 5:16
8. "Say Hello to My Little Friends" 5:02
9. "Awesome Hulk" 4:14
10. "You Got Nill" 4:13
11. "I Only Have Eyes for You" 5:00
12. "You Go to My Head" 4:14
13. "Come Rain or Come Convergence" 3:46
14. "Lacrimosa" 7:36
Total length: 60:22

Collector's Edition Original Soundtrack[edit]

All music composed by Jason Graves.

No. Title Length
1. "Isaac, Are You There?" 5:16
2. "Padded Room With a View" 3:11
3. "Hospital Escape" 2:20
4. "The Cassini Towers" 3:58
5. "Fear of Flying" 4:03
6. "It Had to Be Unitology" 5:16
7. "Isaac Get Your Gun" 1:48
8. "Titan Station Elementary" 3:44
9. "Class Dismissed" 2:40
10. "East of the Sun and West of the Solar Array" 2:09
11. "Administering Control" 2:46
12. "Start Spreading the Limbs" 2:31
13. "You Go to My Head" 1:15
14. "The Government Sector" 2:41
15. "Canonical Aside" 1:56
16. "War and Pieces" 2:45
17. "Convergence Delayed" 3:46
18. "Lacrimosa" 8:10
Total length: 60:15

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dead Space 2 Original Videogame Score". VGMdb. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dead Space 2 Original Videogame Score". Game-OST. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Dead Space 2 Collector's Edition Original Soundtrack". VGMdb. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Dead Space 2 Collector's Edition Soundtrack". Game-OST. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ Todd Vote (November 18, 2010). "Details on Dead Space 2 Soundtrack". 411mania.com. Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c "Interview with Jason Graves - Dead Space 2 soundtrack composer". Game-OST. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  7. ^ Ryan Winslett (November 18, 2010). "Graves Digs Into Dead Space 2 Soundtrack". Joystick Division. Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
  8. ^ William Usher (November 18, 2010). "Dead Space 2 Original Soundtrack Is Composed By Jason Graves". Gaming Blend. Retrieved January 26, 2011.