Serj Tankian composing the beats behind Morning Star



Morning Star
, the first mobile FPS from Alex Seropian and Tim Harris' studio, Industrial Toys, will feature a full musical score from System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian. Seropian and Harris are pretty serious about their premiere, and this sounds like part of that effort to make a truly hardcore mobile game.

"We've been big fans of Serj's for quite some time," Seropian says. "The opportunity to collaborate with him on Morning Star gave us a way to take the game to a whole new level. We knew his score would be unique, but it's his ability to interpret a scene or gameplay element and come up with something that makes it moodier, more dramatic or just more awesome that's really got us pumped."

Tankian, a self-described poet and political activist along with his musical duties, composed the music in the above trailer, for those interested in a teaser.

"I'm really enjoying working on Morning Star because it gives me the ability to create new musical worlds to complement the new visual worlds in the game," Tankian says. "Though most of the gameplay will be action-oriented cues, the stunning artwork and static scenes have inspired unique sounds unheard before."
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Serj Tankian Composes Music For Video Game; Trailer For Morning Star Game Released Featuring Music From Tankian

LOS ANGELES (December 18, 2012) - Singer, poet, songwriter, activist and composer Serj Tankian announced via his website that he has written the full musical score for the upcoming video game Morning Star. Industrial Toys, the studio producing the game, is set to release Morning Star in Spring of 2013, initially for iOS devices.

"I'm really enjoying working on Morning Star because it gives me the ability to create new musical worlds to complement the new visual worlds in the game," explains Tankian. "Though most of the gameplay will be action oriented cues, the stunning artwork and static scenes have inspired unique sounds unheard before."

This is Tankian's second venture into the world of writing music for video games. He previously composed portions of the score for John Woo's critically acclaimed Stranglehold video game, released in 2007 for XBOX 360, Playstation 3 and Windows.

Industrial Toys released a trailer for Morning Star featuring music from Tankian last week that can be viewed at morningstargame.com.

"We've been big fans of Serj's for quite some time," said Industrial Toys CEO Alex Seropian. "The opportunity to collaborate with him on Morning Star gave us a way to take the game to a whole new level. We knew his score would be unique, but it's his ability to interpret a scene or gameplay element and come up with something that makes it moodier, more dramatic or just more awesome that's really got us pumped."

Set 120 years into our future, Morning Star takes players aboard the MSRV-Joplin, a research vessel newly outfitted with military weaponry to explore a mysterious signal coming from within our Solar System. When inevitable disaster strikes, Tankian's accompanying musical score provides the thrilling musical backdrop as players are transported across the cosmos to engage in an epic battle for the ages. The looming threat that awaits is unlike anything humanity has ever seen before.

The game is a complete reimagining of the science fiction shooter, combining pillars of the genre such as deep immersion and intense action with controls, community and competitive multiplayer specifically designed for mobile platforms.

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This article was originally published on Joystiq.