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Sound of Play Extra: An interview with Gareth Coker

Thomas Quillfeldt interviews composer Gareth Coker, best known for his emotive, melodic scores for Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps.

Other credits of his also include expansion packs for MinecraftDarksiders Genesis, ARK: Survival Evolved, and more.

It was an extensive chat covering Gareth’s early gaming experiences, the granular detail of Will of the Wisps’ interactive music, why melody rules and missing the melodic scores of the ’80s & ’90s, and the warm embrace of the video game music cover community.

 

Music included and time stamps:


(00:00) Main Theme by Gareth Coker – Ori and the Will of the Wisps (2020)

(08:10) The Great Pyramids (Overworld) – Minecraft: Egyptian Mythology (2018)

(13:37) Ku’s First Flight – Ori and the Will of the Wisps (2020)

(14:54) Ori and the Will of the Wisps E3 presentation

(19:32) Imperial Attack by Peter McConnell & John Williams – Star Wars: X-Wing (1993)

(22:50) Sanctuary in the Glades – Ori and the Will of the Wisps (2020)

(25:09) Separated by the Storm – Ori and the Will of the Wisps (2020)

(26:05) Now Use the Light, We Want to See! – Ori and the Will of the Wisps (2020)

(28:26) Turn, Turn, Turn Again – Ori and the Will of the Wisps (2020)

(32:09) Jimmy Lightning Theme (in-game) by Guy Whitmore – Peggle 2 (2013)

(36:06) Escape with the Memory of the Forest – Ori and the Will of the Wisps (2020)

(41:26) A Shine Upon Inkwater Marsh – Ori and the Will of the Wisps (2020)

(44:52) Mora the Spider – Ori and the Will of the Wisps (2020)

(51:04) Reunification – Ori and the Will of the Wisps (2020)

(52:04) Feather Theme by Alan Silvestri – Forrest Gump (1994)

(53:05) Day of the River by Joe Hisaishi – Spirited Away (2001)

(53:51) Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven (1808)

(54:44) 528491 by Hans Zimmer – Inception (2010)

(55:14) Why So Serious? by Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight (2008)

(57:15) Shadow of Michael by Yoko Kanno – Macross Frontier (2008)

(58:57) We Named Her Ku – Ori and the Will of the Wisps (2020)

(59:13) Shriek – Ori and the Will of the Wisps (2020)

(59:40) Kwolok’s Hollow – Ori and the Will of the Wisps (2020)

(1:00:10) Dashing and Bashing – Ori and the Will of the Wisps (2020)

(1:00:40) Meeting Kwolok – Ori and the Will of the Wisps (2020)

(1:01:20) Ori, Lost In The Storm – Ori and the Blind Forest (2015)

(1:04:45) Parade of the Ewoks by John Williams – Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)

(1:05:38) Ambient (feat. Andy LaPlegua) by David García  – Hellblade (2017)

(1:06:12) Hela by David García – Hellblade (2017)

(1:09:37) Ori, Embracing the Light – Ori and the Will of the Wisps (2020)

(1:11:39) Jerry the Trickster by Scott Bradley – Tom and Jerry (1940s->)

(1:12:41) Ori and the Will of the Wisps E3 2019 Gameplay Trailer

(1:14:19) Ride In The Sky by John Williams – E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

(1:15:01) For the Love Of A Princess by James Horner – Braveheart (1995)

(1:16:52) A Stirring of Memories – Ori and the Will of the Wisps (2020)

(1:19:28) Zephyr by insaneintherainmusic – NIBEL: Ori and the Blind Forest Remixed (2016)

(1:20:01) Ori and the Blind Forest Suite by Videri String Quartet arr David Peacock (2016)

(1:24:50) Seir – Ori and the Will of the Wisps (2020)


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