A chart-topping song by Rag’n’Bone Man has been remixed by a Chichester lecturer for the trailer release of a hotly-anticipated videogame.
Reader in film composition at the University of Chichester, Dr Stephen Baysted, rearranged top-five hit Human by the Brit Award-winner for the sci-fi action Mass Effect Andromeda.
The senior lecturer, who works within the University’s Department of Creative and Digital Technologies, was responsible for the orchestral remix of the song.
Dr Baysted said: ‘I worked with one of the leading film and game trailer houses in Los Angeles, Source Sound Inc. using stems from the original recording sessions, to create a cinematic-style trailer out of the Rag’n’Bone Man’s song.
‘Stems are all of the original recorded tracks such as vocals, guitars, synths, drums, and in this case there were some 96 tracks of audio to work with and around.’
The videogame, released in the UK this Thursday, is an expansive sci-fi role-playing game about space exploration which takes place long after the conclusion of the original series, released in 2012.
The trailer soundtrack follows on from previous videogame compositions developed by Dr Baysted including racing simulator Need for Speed which was also developed at the studios of industry-leaders Electronic Arts and Los Angeles Source Sound Inc.
Dr Baysted said: ‘Working alongside game industry legend Charles Deenen, I focused principally on the epic cinematic-style orchestral elements that help to transform the pop song into full-blown trailer music.
‘It’s always a great privilege and a pleasure to be engaged to work on material of this calibre and magnitude and to collaborate with some of the most talented people in the business.
‘These industry experiences are brought directly back into the lecture theatre and my students are able to see how such projects are put together.’
To find out more about Dr Stephen Baysted and his research go to www.chi.ac.uk/cdt or www.stephenbaysted.com.