Music Spotlight #5: Christophe Héral

MAY ISSUE: POST #14

Yesterday I beat Beyond Good & Evil, and oh man, I think that the soundtrack is one of the best things to enter my ears in a long long time. So it was pretty easy to find a composer to showcase today. Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the showcase for Christophe Héral!

Name: Christophe Héral 
Nationality: French 

Thank you to the YouTube channel for providing us with the music!

Christophe Héral has composed and worked on the music for games such as Rayman Origins, Rayman Legends, Rayman Adventures and The Adventures of Tintin: The Gameso it’s no wonder he’s so great when Rayman has frankly been a huge part of his life. It also seems that he’s working on the soundtrack for Beyond Good & Evil 2, thank goodness.

Beyond Good & Evil is an action-adventure game published by Ubisoft and released back in 2003. The game is a fantastic title, where you follow the story of Jade. The gameplay revolves around obtaining photographic evidence as a reporter and taking care of enemies by karate chopping them with your legs. I want to spend a moment here to praise the game for its story and design, but also for its music.

Here are some of my favourite tracks that I want to share, and I think you’ll agree that they’re utterly splendid (I would actually put these on my iPod, and that’s saying a lot).

Goosebumps. I think I have goosebumps.

If you want music that sets an atmosphere, then here you are. I mean, the music for this game was actually really culturally diverse, and that’s what’s great about it. It’s experimental and you have to appreciate the composer a lot for doing that and probably taking some risks. It certainly paid off in my mind.

I’m going to remember this one for the rest of my life because of the many many times that I said ‘oh, crap, not again’ when getting caught by the guards, which caused this music to start up.

It pains me to say that I actually haven’t really played or owned a Rayman title before. It’s disgraceful, I know, but it’s one of those series that I never got around to checking out. I know a little about it though, and now I know even more because I’ve been looking up some soundtrack pieces. I love the sounds in this tune, and it’s pretty well put together. I can’t wait to experience it in the game one day.

Did I ever express my love for medieval music? Well, now is the time for me to do that. Medieval music is the best, especially when it comes to game soundtracks.

I’m mainly putting this in because of the first 20 seconds. I love that first 20 seconds.

You can’t go wrong with some 8-bit stuff! So here’s 8-bit stuff to make you happy, because I’m that kind of a person.

I want to end this post with this piece, because, well, it surprised me at first in the game. Like, I was just racing along and suddenly this dude starts shouting and singing words at me. But, I really love it. It grew on me. It’s perfect. You could probably have it as your alarm. And I think it’s the perfect song to end with today.

If you haven’t play Beyond Good & Evil, then I highly recommend it! Even for the music alone. Give it a go, and see how the music fits into the game.

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

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