Episode 4: Olivier Deriviere / Assassin’s Creed Black Flag Freedom Cry Interview

Olivier Deriviere Interview: Assassin’s Creed Black Flag Freedom Cry

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Olivier Deriviere

Hey guys we’re back this week and here’s our interview with Olivier Deriviere talking about his new soundtrack for Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Freedom Cry, the Downloadable content (DLC) for Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag.

Olivier has been composing music for video games over ten years and has worked on some fantastic projects like Of Orcs and Men and Remember me, as well as Alone in the Dark and even the Tangled (Walt Disney) Video Game.

As a musical composer he’s primarily based in France (being a French Musical composer, it’s helpful…) but has also branched out across territories, doing a soundtracks for the Ubisoft Franchise and it even turned out that Olivier’s Soundtrack for the Tangled Video Game was with Planet Moon Studios who made one of Note’s favourite games – Giants: Citizen Kabuto.

Brian Tyler did the original soundtrack for Assassin’s Creed Black Flag and we weren’t expecting a huge difference between it and Olivier’s soundtrack for Freedom Cry… and boy were we wrong.  The soundtrack was a complete overhaul: the Haitian background of the DLC replaced the nautical themes of the original but with some musical choices still tying the games together (Haitian songs in place of Sea Shanties for instance) and to other titles in the Assassin’s Creed series; even the use of instruments relating to choices made by Jesper Kyd on Assassin’s Creed 1 & 2.

Olivier went all out in just two months creating a score we feel is almost unrivalled in the category of Downloadable Content.

Note: Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry will be released as a standalone game on February 18 2014

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I was in a dark alley, and let me tell you, this was plenty welcome.  I needed a good soundtrack to pass the time.

I was in a dark alley, and let me tell you, this was plenty welcome. I needed a good soundtrack to pass the time.


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Author: Note

Elias Note is an English writer and interviewer. He grew up playing jazz and classical music and studying Musical Orchestration. He is a children's author and an app designer creating things that make life a little easier and a little more productive for everyone who uses them. He loves music, movies, books, comics and talking to skilled and talented artists about their work.

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  1. The African songs from the soundtrack are PERFECT for this game; the Assassins Creed franchise seems to know how to capture its fans!

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  2. My boyfriend would swap his daily reality with the Asassin’s Creed one any day, I hope to surprise him with this podcast. Thanks, Joshua!

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