News for Feb. 10, 2006

Composer Chance Thomas sets the tone for virtual adventures

2/10/06, 11:49 am EST - Xoanon

Composer Chance Thomas has the gig of a lifetime. He writes scores for video games, and he's got some pretty hefty clients. His last project was creating the score for "Peter Jackson's 'King Kong' " game. "When I was called on to do that game," Thomas said by phone from his Northern California studio, "it was before James Newton Howard was assigned to do the movie soundtrack. I thought the game creators would shoot me off sections from (the movie score) and have me rework them. But that wasn't the case. I was informed that the score for the video game was to be an all-original work." Thomas, a former Utah resident and Brigham Young University graduate, said he had to get into the feel of the project before he started. "I went to France and met with the game-design team. I came home with a load of drawings and designs from the game. So I put up the drawings of the Skull Island in my studio. Skull Island is a pretty scary place and having those pictures up made the studio a different world." [More]