Stay Human if You Can
October 1, 2021
Composer Olivier Derivière Evokes Emotional Soundscape for Video Game DYING LIGHT 2 STAY HUMAN
BAFTA-nominated French composer Olivier Derivière (A PLAGUE TALE: INNOCENCE, STREETS OF RAGE 4, REMEMBER ME) scores his most ambitious soundtrack yet in Dying Light 2 Stay Human, an upcoming survival horror action role-playing game developed and published by Techland as a sequel to the best-selling open-world action game. Renowned for his distinctive and dynamic soundtracks, Derivière commissioned A-list avant-garde musicians and custom-built instrumentation to bring a unique, emotional soundscape to the game’s deep story and visceral world infected by a viral outbreak. As composer and music designer for Dying Light 2, Derivière sought to portray the game’s realistic themes of devastation, loss and isolation from a viral outbreak, human civilization’s fight for survival, and hope through unity, by way of a dual textured compositional approach. In his pursuit of unorthodox sounds, Derivière commissioned the London Contemporary Orchestra, one of the world’s leading innovative and respected avant-garde music ensembles, and recorded at Abbey Road Studios with three-time GRAMMY® award-winning score engineer John Kurlander. During their collaborative process, Derivière captured the experimental articulations of the orchestra to enhance the emotional narrative, while his rhythmic electronic synth soundtrack is steered by the strings of a bespoke electric psaltery instrument blended into the score and manipulated to evoke the gritty, lonely landscape and cold, corrupted state of the world’s seemingly hopeless future.
Dying Light 2 Stay Human, published by Techland, launches February 4th 2022 on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. For more information, visit: https://dl2.dyinglightgame.com/; to pre-order, see https://preorder.dyinglightgame.com/
Watch a Sneak Peek of Behind The Scenes At Abbey Road Studios below (and below that, listen to Derivière’s main theme):
Listen to Main Theme Music Track “Run, Jump, Fight,” Featuring The London Contemporary Orchestra and Electric Psaltery Instrument: