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Halfway through the piece, the melody discards the majestic brass approach in favor of some light-hearted pitched percussion. This was one of the most enjoyable tracks for me — its approach and instrumentation was in such direct contract with the rest of the album, even though its integration of the main theme allowed it to fit in perfectly on the score. Of course, the vast majority of the album consists of high-intensity battle themes. This is where the album as a whole falters. The softer tracks stand out because they bring such a contrast to the heavier ones. However, put them all together on a single album, combined with the fact that for the most part they share a single theme, and they become more difficult to listen to as a whole. There are a lot of strong tracks on here. Two battle themes in particular are worth pointing out. Coker pulls out all the stops for this track; every section of the choral symphony is included in this wild piece, and familiar chord progressions are rife with variations and non-chord tones.
Gareth Coker is one of the most acclaimed music composers for video games. His other credits in video game scoring include Primal Carnage , the Greek Mythology, Chinese Mythology and Norse Mythology editions of Minecraft , as well as several short films, documentaries and ads. Gareth Coker at Abbey Road Studios. Photography by Benjamin Ealovega. This afforded me the opportunity to travel and to live and work in a completely different environment. The Japan chapter is a very important period of my life, as my time there influences my everyday approach to my work and how I deal with other people, as well as all the obvious cultural and artistic benefits of being surrounded by global influences! After Japan, I went back to school at the University of Southern California to continue my composition training. After graduating, it was then off into the wilderness and the trenches as is often the case with new creatives, working on various projects… And then one day, an email ended up in my inbox.
After graduating in composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London, English-born composer Gareth Coker traveled the world extensively to study music from different countries, including Japan, before completing the film scoring program at the University of Southern California. Award for Outstanding Music Composition. His success in the field led to him being awarded recognition as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music ARAM for his significant contribution to the music profession. How have these experiences shaped you as a composer? I have been very fortunate to have worked across a range of IPs that really allow me to exercise the creative side of my brain, as they have all been so different. Were there any elements to creating the soundtrack for ARK: Survival Evolved that were new or unfamiliar to you? Both these factors present unique opportunities, and also unique issues.