Interview with Ryan Shore
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Interview by Oscar Flores on 2012-10-26
Following in the footsteps of his very successful uncle and Academy Award winning film composer Howard Shore, Grammy nominated composer Ryan Shore started playing the saxophone at age 11. Ryan continued his studies at the prestigious Berklee College of Music and soon after began helping his uncle (Howard Shore) on such films as Cop Land and Gloria. Ryan Shore has also earned numerous honors and awards, including the Elmer Bernstein Scoring Award and the Clive Davis Award. Since then, Ryan has built an impressive list of film credits. Some notable films include Confession, Prime, Cabin Fever 2 and, of course, The Shrine, which earned him his first Grammy nomination.
We had the opportunity to talk to Ryan regarding his score for Spy Hunter — which marks his first time scoring a video game.
Spy Hunter is a reboot of the classic game featuring players taking the role of an agent driving a car equipped with sophisticated weaponry taking on a global terrorist organization. For SPY HUNTER, Shore composed a contemporary hybrid music score by fusing live performances with electronic grooves and overdubs. Recording with a jazz big band Ryan acoustically re-created Henry Mancini's iconic theme to 'Peter Gunn' and remixed the new arrangement with modern electronic sounds.
Both the game and soundtrack were released earlier this month. The soundtrack can be purchased via Amazon MP3 or through iTunes.