Composer talks about the music of Dying Light 2

In an interview, Olivier talks about the inspiration behind the Dying Light 2 soundtrack and the instrument created exclusively for the game

In the latest episode of Dying 2 Know, renowned composer Olivier Derivière (Streets of Rage 4, Vampyr, A Plague Tale: Innocence) talks about the music of Dying Light 2 and details the construction of a special instrument that creates extraordinary sounds for the game, as well as sharing the inspiration behind Dying Light 2's main theme, “Run, Jump, Fight”.
 
Created from an old bicycle wheel, a steel cable, various metal wires and other discarded objects from the city, the Electric Psalter evokes the ingenuity of Villedor's survivors, as if it were taken directly from the game world. Designed by musician and instrumentalist Nicolas Bras, who specializes in do-it-yourself equipment, the strings of the Electric Psalter, which can be plucked or bent, correspond to specific characters in the game. The top of the psaltery makes a soft rattling sound when turned, and it can be heard in-game as the player makes decisions that will affect the story, characters, or the world at large.

To bring the ambitious Dying Light 2 Stay Human soundtrack to life, Olivier Derivière and Techland collaborated with one of the best orchestras in the world, the London Contemporary Orchestra. Together with Abbey Road Studios, Olivier and the Orchestra recorded the entire score, creating a sound experience players will never forget.
 
“It supports the narrative by generating nostalgia at certain times, encourages bravery in battles by adding adrenaline with the right melodies, and energizes the player, pushing him to push harder as he parkours around town,” said Adrian “Pyza” Ciszewski, Creative Director of Dying Light 2 Stay Human. “This collaboration between us made the sound evolve according to our artistic vision of what we'll see on screen and integrate seamlessly. It was indeed an ambitious project, but we had a lot of fun, and seeing the end result was definitely worth the effort.”
 
In revealing Dying Light 2's main theme, “Run, Jump, Fight,” just before the final episode of Dying 2 Know, Olivier said, “It's been an amazing journey to work with Techland in creating a unique soundscape for the game. and pushing the boundaries of open-world music design.” The track's strings, brass and drums evoke running, jumping and fighting, respectively. Watch the latest episode of Dying 2 Know to learn how the Dying Light 2 Stay Human soundtrack was created and recorded by music industry icons.
 
Dying Light 2 Stay Human, published by Techland, will be released February 4, 2022 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. Preorders are available at dyinglightgame.com/preorder. All pre-orders come with the exclusive Reload digital package, which features an exclusive outfit, weapon and skin for the paraglider.

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Who is Olivier Derivière – Composer of the music of Dying Light 2

Hailed by MTV as the “eclectic daredevil of game music,” BAFTA-nominated composer Olivier Derivière ('Get Even', 'Remember Me', 'Assassin's Creed IV – Freedom Cry') has scored award-winning songs for animations, movies and video games and is widely acclaimed for its sophisticated composition and innovative approaches to connecting music with gameplay.

Derivière is driven by his passion for providing players with a unique musical experience that truly reflects each game, musically and directly in sync with the gameplay itself. Classically trained Derivière often combines traditional musical elements with unorthodox sound techniques to create an authentic score that fully immerses the player in gameplay and story through his neo-classical music styles.

Recording with the world's best orchestras and world-class musicians including the Philharmonia Orchestra at Abbey Road and Air Studios, the GRAMMY® award-winning choir Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Children's Choir of the National Opera in Paris, Derivière's pioneering soundtracks have been nominated by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and honored by the International Film Music Critics Association. 

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About Dying Light 2 Stay Human

Dying Light 2 Stay Human is an open-world action-RPG game, sequel to the acclaimed Dying Light, released in 2015, which has been played by over 20 million people worldwide. This time, players will explore The City – humanity's last stronghold in the fight against the virus. Parkour mechanics allow players to explore the vast open world and use it in tactical combat.

The destroyed civilization and modern dark age world scene demand a creative approach to finding items and crafting equipment. Gameplay changes during a day and night cycle, so players can dare to pillage the abandoned lairs of the infected at night and uncover the dark secrets of those in power during the day. Players must choose the side they want to follow and write their own story.

About Techland

Founded in 1991 in Poland, Techland is a renowned developer and distributor of independent games for all major platforms including PC, Sony PlayStation and the Xbox family of devices. Techland is best known for the original Dead Island games, the Call of Juarez series and the Dying Light franchise, a global phenomenon played by over 20 million players to date.

studio has experienced teams that can work on two AAA titles at the same time. Comprised of over 400 professionals from three offices in Poland, the company is committed to providing unforgettable experiences and using the most advanced technology to deliver innovative entertainment, which includes the owner C-Engine. For more information about the company, visit the official website. Contact us in the comments and read more News on our website.

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