Composing soundtracks, like a Bross

by: Nathaniel -
When the new Insomniac title Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One drops this fall, not only will it feature 4 player co-op for the first time, but also four hours of original music composed by Michael Bross. 

Bross has been a huge fan of the Ratchet and Clank franchise for years and plans on bringing a fresh perspective to the classic series while remaining faithful to the direction the franchise has taken with past titles.

For those who don't know (like me).  Michael Bross is an American musician and producer.  He mainly composes electronic, ambient, minimalism and orchestral music.  He also spent four (there's that number again) years composing music for Oddworld Inhabitant.  He even did voices Munch's Oddysse and Stranger's Wrath.  

Man, what would I do without Wikipedia?


Obligatory trailer for those that haven't seen it:



Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One to Feature Soundtrack by Michael Bross

Over Four Hours of Original Music Being Created for the Latest Installment of Ratchet and Clank

Los Angeles, California – March 29, 2011 – Insomniac Games is pleased to announce that composer Michael Bross
will be responsible for crafting the soundtrack to the highly-anticipated title Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One. Over
four hours of original music will be featured in Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One, with Michael Bross bringing a fresh
perspective to the series while respecting the direction the franchise has taken with past titles.

Developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One will
for the first time allow players to experience the Ratchet and Clank universe with up to three friends at once,
teaming up as Ratchet, Clank, Qwark and Dr. Nefarious. The series’ signature humor and cinematic style will be
intact as players join forces to escape from and investigate a mysterious machine called the Creature Collector.

Regarding Michael Bross’s involvement with Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One’s soundtrack, Insomniac audio lead Jamie
McMenamy notes, “The deeper we get into the development of Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, the more evident it
becomes that Michael was the perfect choice as the composer for our project. His music is epic and innovative,
providing the cutting edge sound and cinematic quality we desired for the game. We are truly excited to have him
on board.”

As a huge fan of the Rachet and Clank series for a number of years, Bross has been eager to create a unique
soundtrack that lives up to fans’ expectations. “I'm incredibly excited to be working with the Insomniac team on
such a fantastic franchise,” comments Bross. “It's truly an honor to work on the project.”

Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One will be released exclusively on the PlayStation 3 in Fall 2011.

For more information, please visit the official Ratchet and Clank website:
http://www.insomniacgames.com/games/ratchet_clank

About Insomniac Games

Insomniac Games is an independent videogames developer that has released award-winning hits exclusively for
PlayStation consoles for 16-plus years. The studio has created world-famous game franchises such as Spyro the
Dragon, Ratchet & Clank and Resistance, resulting in more than 35 million games sold globally. Insomniac is also
known for its collaborative workplace culture, having earned 11 local, regional and national “best places to work”
honors since 2004. In January 2009, Insomniac opened a Durham, N.C. studio.

Additional information can be found on both Insomniac studio locations at http://www.insomniacgames.com.

About Michael Bross

Michael Bross is an award-winning composer. He has created the soundtracks for the visually stunning video
games Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath (Electronic Arts, 2005) and Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee (Microsoft, 2001) with
over 5 hours composed for Stranger's Wrath alone. Oddworld's games have sold 5 million copies worldwide.
His discography includes solo artist and soundtrack releases with a history of distribution by Canada's largest indie
record label, Nettwerk (Barenaked Ladies, Sarah MacLachlan, Delerium). Bross’s work has garnered several awards
including the NY Festivals Gold World Medal in 2004 for “Best Soundtrack.” Early in his career, he crafted the
scores for Black Dahlia (1998) starring Dennis Hopper, and Ripper (1996) starring Christopher Walken.

Currently, he's composing music for Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One (Insomniac Games) as well as Firefall (Red 5
Studios).

Additional information can be found on his official website: http://www.bross.com.

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