Composer Jesper Kyd got his start in music in the European demo scene, which eventually led him to create music for video games. He’s been the composer of several hit games, including the Hitman series, Borderlands and most recently, Assassin’s Creed. In the recently released Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, the story returns to renaissance Italy but with a more intense sound now that the main character has become a master assassin. If you’re into this sort of thing, we have access to an exclusive GameSpot track available for free download from soundtrack called “Apple Chamber V2.”
Before you download your Free MP3 of “Apple Chamber V2” here (Note: you will need to provide an e-mail in exchange for your free MP3) from our friends at GameSpot, below we you will find a few samples of the soundtrack for your listening pleasure, and a full Q&A with Jesper Kyd.
Interview with Jesper Kyd by Sophia Tong of GameSpot
GameSpot: What is your musical background?
Jesper Kyd: I grew up in the European demo scene, which I joined when I was 13. Prior to that I had been studying classical guitar, choir singing, and been playing the piano since I can remember.
GS: What was the first instrument that you picked up?
JK:That would be the piano since there was always one around no matter where I was. Every one of my uncles, aunts, grandparents–they all had a piano, and when vacationing for weeks in a small town with nothing to do, I would find myself sitting at a piano playing away.
GS: Is there an instrument you wish you knew how to play?
JK: Well, I like abusing instruments and playing them in ways they were not meant to be played. That includes tuning instruments in odd ways, etc. I think if I knew how to play these instruments I would be using them in very different ways. So I am quite happy to have a large collection of instruments I have no idea how to play but play anyway. As a kid I tried to take lessons for bagpipe playing. There were no such classes available, probably for the better–not sure when that kind of skill would come in handy. Then I wanted to play the saxophone but finally decided to take piano lessons with a focus on classical composition.
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