24 June 2013

Miracle Of Sound - Level 3

Miracle Of Sound is the pseudonym of Gavin Dunne, an Irish songwriter who creates music based on games, films, comics and various other aspects of geek culture. He also releases a video for every song, usually footage from the game or film the song is inspired by.
He usually releases the songs one by one, every couple of weeks and once he has enough he compiles them into a full album that’s available on Bandcamp.

Level 3 is, rather unsurprisingly, his third collection of songs and was released this April.

Musically it starts from a base core of catchy Industrial rock but the music is tailored to fit the theme of the song.  For example, Breaking Down The Borders (Borderlands 2) is a country blues song that brings to mind tumbleweeds and dusty roads; The Spy Who Survived (James Bond: Skyfall) is all strings and a curiously familiar refrain. His Father’s Son (Assassin’s Creed III) kicks off with Native American chanting which gives way to a flute led American folk song that perfectly evokes 18th Century America.

Highlights for me include Roll Out (Transformers); a song that sounds like it could have been the theme song to an 80’s cartoon. It has a massive, Michael Bay-baiting, chorus that you’ll sing  enthusiastically for the rest of your life.
The Best I Can (The Walking Dead) is a haunting ballad written from the viewpoint of a Father protecting his Daughter in the wake of a zombie apocalypse. It’s genuinely moving.
“Innocence is wasted and I’m so sorry that you never can replace it”.

The majority of the songs are fairly serious in their tone but there are a couple of comedy moments at times as well. Wigglesticks is about the awful controls and camerawork in Resident Evil 6, The Call Of Duty Circus is about the various folk you encounter in CoD online multiplayer and Medal of Honor: Doorfighter is self-explanatory.
Other subject bases include The Dark Knight Rises, Game Of Thrones, Halo 4, Dishonoured, Tomb Raider, Bioshock: Infinite and Dead Space 3.

One of the main strengths of Miracle Of Sound is Gavin’s songwriting skills. Even the songs that are about a subject you might not be particularly familiar with are still really enjoyable and can be appreciated in their own right. That he churns out songs with some regularity is further testament.

8/10 - Oh, now you have my attention and maybe my money, time and heart


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