Marcus Zuhr creates the compelling and powerful soundtrack that binds Cradle together, and so to celebrate breaking $70,000, we’d like you to meet him.
You can download the full track of the song below on his Sound Cloud page!
What is your role in the production of Cradle?
I'm composing, orchestrating, arranging, and engineering the musical score for Cradle.
How long have you been doing what you do?
Since I was 22, so about 6 years?
What's the best part about working with music? What’s the worst?
Aha, loaded question! I think the best thing of what I do is finding that "moment" when composing. That moment when the mountains shake, the stars align, and the gods smile. It's a rare moment when I actually like what I'm composing. It's hard to find, but when I do, it's incredibly fulfilling. Music is an incredible teacher - there is a never ending wealth of wisdom to be learned. You can never learn it all – that’s probably why most composers never really seem to retire.
The worst is that moment in between gigs when you are unsure of your next paycheck. A composer’s lifestyle is unsteady, and not many get to do it professionally, let alone full time. Even at this point I'll book up a year of work in advance, and then have several projects get cancelled, investors pull out, production delays, etc.
Still, I'm incredibly fortunate that I can consider myself "fulltime.” I'll never forget yearning for that time when I could compose as a professional.
What would you say are your main influences? Are there any videogames on that list?
Oh, I love the same scores everyone else loves. Anything from John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore, Lorne Balfe, Steve Jablonsky, Inon Zur, Rod Abernethy, Jack Wall, Sam Hulick, Lorne Balfe, and Jason Graves. There are honestly too many to list!
Notably, my personal favorite video game score is from Dead Space 1, which was composed by Jason Graves.
What would the 12 year-old you think about what you’re doing now?
Honestly? Not too shocked. My addiction to video game scores began when I was 12, listening to FF7 and FF8. I'd pick out my favorite motifs, and try to compose variations of the melody. I always knew I wanted a career in music - even if I did start out in metal band. Thank God those days are over.
What types of games do you like to play?
Well, I'm constantly feeding my addiction to Starcraft 2. Outside that, DayZ has me firm within its tendrils – I just can’t get enough. I’m a bit of an adrenaline junky when it comes to gaming, I think.
As far as genres go, I like a good RPG, FPS, or RTS. I'm really not a guy for puzzle games, though.
As a professional composer, is there any particular type of music you listen to just for fun? Any guilty pleasures?
I love metal. P.O.D, Slipknot, a little bit of Three Days Grace.
Where else can we hear your music?
http://marcuszuhr.com. Either that, or my soundcloud page at https://soundcloud.com/marcus-zuhr