Stephen Barton is the music composer behind the blockbuster video game Call of Duty and the new Titanfall. His goal was to make “Titanfall sound as good as it looks.” He learned a lot during his seven years working with Metal Gear Solid composer Harry Gregson-Williams, one of the first Hollywood composers to cross over into video games.
Barton, a Brit now living in Los Angeles, had the opportunity to return to England to record Titanfall in the legendary Abbey Road Studios. Barton said of the experience composing for the fast-paced, multiplayer game: “We’ve actually got quite a quantity of music. Because of the permutations and possibilities one of the things we wanted to avoid from the outset is repetition. If you’re going into a map and you get the same bit of music pop up every single time it’s one of those things that’s going to potentially pull you out of the experience. So that’s one of the things we’ve been trying to do, to try and find unique and cool and distinctive new sounds.” Like the Beatles, Barton has definitely delivered a sound that is very identifiable. And if you thought Paul was dead, wait till you see the body count for Titanfall.