Wasteland 2 includes a track by Gavin Dunne of the Miracle of Sound project.
Update: Dunne has offered some of his thoughts on the news. This article has been updated to include those.
Gavin Dunne has created music inspired by video games for years, crossing both music and gaming genres. His project, Miracle of Sound, created a track for the soon to be released game Wasteland 2. Now that song, “Cries of a Dead World” will be featured in the game when it launches September 19th.
The version of the song featured here is the version that will play during the credits of the game, while the version linked above is the original Dunne created.
“By far the most frequent comment on my videos and songs is ‘Why are you not getting these put in the games?’,” Dunne told us. “It’s something I’ve wanted for a long time and have been trying to do.” He also hopes getting his music into Wasteland 2 will lead to more opportunities.
“It’s awesome to get to work with Brian Fargo, a personal hero of mine for creating my favorite ever series,” Dunne said on the Miracle of Sound Facebook page, referring to Fargo’s work on the Fallout series.
The Wasteland 2 project has been fan focused from the beginning. The game was crowdfunded on Kickstarter, and Fargo appreciated the impact fans can have on development through the platform and said he intends to use it again. The inclusion of fan-created music fits perfectly into this mindset of development.
Besides Dunne’s track, Wasteland 2 includes music composed by Mark Morgan, who created the soundtracks for Fallout 1 and 2. Fans of the first Wasteland know that the original Fallout games were considered its spiritual successors.
Dunne worked with Morgan and Fargo to make changes to the original version of “Cries of a Dead World” to help it fit better into the game. “They would give me advice & criticism and they helped me steer the original version in the right direction for the game,” Dunne said. Dunne also made some other adjustments to the second in-game version of the song. “I changed a clumsy lyric, pulled back the vocal effects to get a more raw, ‘dusty’ sound, made the outro longer and remixed it to add more emphasis to the dark atmospherics so it fit in with Mark Morgan’s amazing ambient soundtrack a little better.”
The Escapist first started hosting Miracle of Sound in 2011 with Dunne’s tribute to Dragon Age 2, “Age of the Dragon”. In that time, Dunne has covered a variety of games, most recently with “My Revolution”, inspired by the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Unity.
This also isn’t the first time a game company has taken notice of Dunne’s work. Miracle of Sound projects have been featured in promotional content for Mass Effect 3, Assassin’s Creed 4, and Watch Dogs, but this is the first time one of the songs has been placed into an actual game.
Fans of Miracle of Sound don’t need to worry that Dunne is about to move on from doing the project. “I plan to continue making more varied & experimental songs as well as the good old catchy ones everyone’s used to,” he said. Also, Dunne is looking at his collection of music from before Miracle of Sound. “I will continue to release more of those along with some new more personal songs.”
Wasteland 2 arrives on Steam and GoG this Friday, September 19th.
Source: Miracle of Sound Facebook page