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
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.
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