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The Annotator

105 EpisodesProduced by Christopher ColemanWebsite

The podcast where composers share thoughts and stories about their original scores. In every episode, a composer tells the creation story of their music used in some of today's top film, television and video game soundtracks.


Olivier Deriviere - Vampyr

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.


You can also hear more music and find out more about Olivier Deriviere at his official site ( or follow the composer on twitter @oderiviere

Listen to Olivier Deriviere previous episode for the video game GET EVEN.


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