Music for Zombie Gaming - Part 7

Bear McCreary is a name that has popped up quite a bit in recently years, if you're a bit of a nerd. The American born composer and musician lives in Los Angeles California. Not only does he have an awesomely manly name, he is also responsible for the soundtracks for the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead and Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. among other things.

He also composed the theatrical film score to Step Up 3D... which is actually rather good... but less talked about, certainly by most Walking Dead fans.

Although he studied under the legendary Elmer Bernstein he has undoubtedly created his own sound which, whilst clearly versatile, shows a superb understanding of pace and timing and is quite distinctive.

Bear McCreary normally works with a limited pool of musicians, typically around 10, often using less traditional instruments, with a considerable emphasis on percussion and the deliberate inclusion of discordant counter harmonies, his themes are subtle and build into considerable crescendos.

Bear McCreary's instantly recognisable opening theme to The Walking Dead is a great example of how this works and is a perfect mood-enhancer for any Zombie Board Game, Card Game or  Zombie Miniatures game.

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  1. I've gone through and read all the posts on music for zombie games. I use music a lot in games. I have just finished watching The Returned which has a nice soundtrack by Mogwai. I know it might sound odd but a lot of the Battlestar Galactica TV works quite well but that is Bear McCreary again. I am Legend might also be worth a look

    I find some game soundtracks are pretty good. The Last Of Us is nicely freaky as are bits of Dead Island. If you can cope with something that has a bit more of a western theme maybe red dead redemption-undead nightmare

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    1. Thakns Fred. Awesomer to find someone else who shares a similar passion. Yes, I'm notorious among the gaming group for having the soundtrack to the game.

      Thank you for the suggestions for the Last of Us and Dead Island, I'll definitely check those two out also!

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