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The Music Of Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
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The official community site for Enemy Territory: Quake Wars recently posted a new article from Splash Damage's Paul Wedgwood about the game's musical score. Wedgwood discusses the musical abilities of composer Bill Brown and why he was chosen to compose for ET: QW.

When we started on Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars, Kevin Cloud (Co-Owner of id Software and Executive Producer in ETQW), and I both knew that Bill Brown would be perfect for this game too. We started out initially with the goal of a haunting orchestral adagio soundtrack, predominantly strings (providing ambience for our vision of a haunting view of Earth under attack), with occasional use of a harmonic choir. Though lacking actual libretto at the Main Menu, the music would imply the misanthropy of the Strogg and the doom faced by mankind. I'd clearly been listening to too much of the orchestral introductions that Dimmu Borgir had composed (perhaps not the best reference when you're about to work with one of the best composers in the industry) but we still use elements of this theme in certain locations of the user interface where we want the player to avoid feeling rushed.

For the main theme however, we quickly realized that we needed something more rocky and industrial. Bill delivered something perfect again, expanding upon the motifs he'd composed for the alien and human races, and creating a vivid sense of tension with a more contemporary soundscape of instruments and effects, such as low metallic drums, and acidic synths. Of course Bill has also produced compositions that have been used in trailers for the game.

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