‘Orchestral, cinematic & storyteller’ | Interview with Daniel Núñez Martín

Stephen King once said ‘We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones‘. The Reborn by Daniel Núñez Martín is brilliantly cinematic and strikingly chilling. With massive string section and bold brass, it will give you the creeps. Read our discussion with the composer below!

Describe your sound in 3 words

Orchestral, cinematic & storyteller.

Tell us a few things about The Reborn. What is the main idea behind it?

“The Reborn” references fears, insecurities, human repression. It represents the darkest side of the human soul. A side that we feed without realizing it and that can lead to terrible acts. This epic electro-orchestral track is nourished by dark sounds and represents the exact moment in which reason loses control. Evil takes shape, takes control and is unpredictable. Hence the name, the reborn. You can often hear influences from soundtracks like The Witcher, Bloodborne or Dark Souls. “The Reborn”, tells a story about the empowerment of evil. How fear can take over the human soul if left unchecked.

Do all humans have a dark side?

Yes, of course. Fortunately most of us have tools to be able to control it and act with restraint.

If The Reborn was a film, which film would that be?

When I composed this piece I imagined evil taking the form of a demonic creature and then having to face an action sequence with an epic fight to the death. Perhaps it can be identified more with the scene of the possessed mother in the movie “The Conjuring”.

How different is it to compose music for video games?

The main difference there is that the player takes control of the action. The music for image normally establishes specific times where the action takes place. In video games it does not. You have to compose music that can accompany the player’s actions as long as needed. That in many occasions is a puzzle. You can compose a 3-minute track in which a player only gets to hear 5 seconds and another one listen 7 minutes… How do you synchronize it properly? It’s a beautiful challenge.

What is your favorite video game score ever?

That’s like asking a mother which child she likes the most…. Haha. There are many scores that have inspired me. I love music in all its forms so I could write a huge list. I will highlight only 3 of them because of how much they impacted me at the time: Nobuo Uematsu and Final Fantasy, for how complete and varied they are; Akira Yamaoka and Silent Hill, for the genuine sound and fantastic atmosphere; and Witcher 3 for its depth, beauty and exquisite texture.

What do you love/hate about Madrid?

What I love most about Madrid is the culture, the friendliness of their people and the weather. The things I hate most about Madrid is the noise, the lack of civility and the crowds.

Your biggest fear?

Perhaps, the greatest of all is the fear of loss of loved ones and loneliness.

Thank you!

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