Garry Schyman scores BioShock 2

Posted on February 8, 2010 by Dan Goldwasser

Earlier in 2009, composer Garry Schyman returned to the underwater world of Rapture for the highly anticipated sequel to 2007’s smash videogame hit, BioShock 2. Recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, Schyman’s score for BioShock 2 features 50-minutes of orchestral score, performed by some of the best musicians in town.

Garry Schyman conducts BioShock 2

Conducting a 60-piece orchestra, recorded in sections, Schyman’s score features musical solos, primarily those of violinist Martin Chalifour who adds an emotional and creepy aspect to the music. Additional solos were performed by Armen Ksakjikian on cello, and Bryan Pezzone on piano.

Violin soloist Martin Chalifour plays for composer Garry Schyman

The brass perform on BioShock 2

The score for BioShock 2 is recorded at Capitol Records

During the string sessions, principal concertmaster Belinda Broughton worked closely with Schyman to help him achieve his musical vision, which was orchestrated by Andrew Kinney, Jeff Atmajian and Peter Bateman. In the booth, Dan Blessinger handled the score mixing duties, while Bateman helped supervise the score, and lent Schyman feedback out on the stage, as well as audio director Michael Kamper.

Concertmaster Belinda Broughton, composer Garry Schyman and scoring mixer Dan Blessinger

Orchestrator Peter Bateman, contractor/copyist Ross DeRoche, and orchestrator Andrew Kinney

Orchestral engineer Dan Blessinger, orchestrator Andrew Kinney, violin soloist Martin Chalifour, composer Garry Schyman, audio director Michael Kamper, contractor/copyist Ross DeRoche, orchestrator Peter Bateman and orchestral preparer Nathan Whitehead

BioShock 2 will be released for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC on February 9, 2010.

Special thanks to Garry Schyman, Peter Bateman and Greg O’Connor-Read

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