A few weeks ago I’ve managed to speak with Frank Klepacki. He is well known for his music for Command & Conquer / Red Alert series. In this article my favorite game composer talks about his favorite composers. Williams and Vangelis, to be short.
Star Wars: A New Hope
This is the first huge impact music had on me as a kid, from the very first opening track I was immediately hooked.
Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
Another masterpiece, extremely impactful score top to bottom. Extremely memorable and adds so much to the film.
Transformers The Movie (1986)
Brilliant that entire soundtrack could be synth based, rocking, & progressive, nothing else like it. One of my all time influential favorites.
Speaking of synth based soundtracks, Vangelis is a genius. So much mood and depth created with analog synths. I would develop a much larger appreciation for his work when I worked on the game and really dissected his scores by ear.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Love the way this soundtrack compliments the film it’s characters, and accents common themes throughout.
Lord of the Rings
The whole trilogy is brilliant, I love it most for the atmosphere it creates and really pulls you in to that world.
Probably the best synth based soundtrack since Transformers and Blade Runner. It’s really fun.
Secret Of Monkey Island
Revolutionary for it’s time, it was well written, fun, and seamless in it’s transitions, very inspirational.
Love the contemporary electronic score to this always. Creative, fitting, and a lot of fun. The music really enhanced the action.
Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
The great blend of music and silence in the game really harnessed the atmosphere and drew me in and completely immersed me. The music felt special when it played, and I really felt a part of the world. Themes were memorable themes and not just background.