Olivier Derivière is an award-winning composer who has scored music for animation, films and video games and is widely acclaimed for both his composition and innovative approaches to connecting music with the game experience. Some of his groundbreaking titles, Remember Me, Supernova, Obscure, Assassin’s Creed IV Freedom Cry and his previously annotated score for GET EVEN. One of his most recent video game scores is for the DONTNOD video game, VAMPYR.
In Vampyr you play as Dr. Jonathan Reid, a famous surgeon and blood transfusion specialist freshly turned into a vampire after arriving back in his home city of London following the Great War. A man of logic and science, Reid’s firm beliefs are turned inside-out upon awakening to a once-hidden world of secret societies, ungodly creatures and ancient orders set upon ending his existence. All the while, London’s population crumbles under the pressure of a terrible disease – and Dr. Reid may be the city’s last hope to stop it.
Olivier Deriviere returns to THE ANNOTATOR and shares about his main theme from the game and how he heavily employs the cello, throughout the score, to capture the loneliness and struggle of the game’s main character. He details Eric-Marier Couturier’s cello performance which makes use of the double string technique to express the core struggle between the doctor and the vampyr. Deriviere also tells us how he found working on this game a unique privilege despite Vampyr’s main theme centering on the theme of death and how he wrote some of the darkest and most emotional music while dealing with the loss of his own grandmother.
02:59 - The Struggle
05:06 - Making a Vampyr
06:45 - The Funerals
11:09 - Insane Family
14:51 - The Cross
17:13 - A Night at Home
The original soundtrack for VAMPYR is available on bandcamp. You can also stream the soundtrack on Spotify.
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