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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.

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Nathan Whitehead - Days Gone

Nathan Whitehead's work as a composer, arranger, and producer spans genres from the comedies Keanu and Killing Hasselhoff to the action thrillers The Purge: Election Year and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Recently he completed scoring the Sony PlayStation video game Days Gone.

Days Gone is an open-world action-adventure game set in a harsh wilderness two years after a devastating global pandemic. Play as Deacon St. John, a Drifter and bounty hunter who rides the broken road, fighting to survive while searching for a reason to live. 

At its core, Days Gone is about survivors and what makes them human: desperation, loss, madness, betrayal, friendship, brotherhood, regret, love – and hope. It’s about how even when confronted with such enormous tragedy they find a reason to live. Hope never dies.

In this episode, composer Nathan Whitehead walks us through five key pieces from his DAYS GONE score. He talks about the challenges he faced in nailing the right "tone" that would accurately represent, not only the complexities of narrative but the complexities of the game's key characters. Nathan Whitehead also reveals how he was chosen to be score the project and which of his previous scores initially caught the ear of the game's creative director, John Garvin.  

SPOILER WARNING for the game DAYS GONE.


ANNOTATED TRACKS / SEGMENTS

02:01 - Please, Let Us Take Care of You (The Purge: Anarchy)

08:26 - Days Gone

13:22 - The Freakshow

17:11 - We've All Done Things

20:38 - Rest in Peace

24:05 - Never Give Up


SOUNDTRACK

The original soundtrack for Days Gone was released on April 19, 2019 by Sony Classical. You can purchase it on Amazon.com , iTunes, and stream it on Spotify and Apple Music.

 

MORE ABOUT THE COMPOSER

You can find out more and hear more music by Nathan Whitehead at his official site https://nathanwhitehead.com/ or follow him on twitter @nathanwhitehead.


ABOUT THE ANNOTATOR

Produced by Christopher Coleman (@ccoleman) and you can Find more episodes at THEANNOTATOR.NET or you can subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher Radio or wherever you find quality podcasts.


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