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Call of Duty: Sarah Schachner composes haunting soundscape with producer Mike Dean and the Moog Matriarch synthesizer
Sarah Schachner using the new Moog Matriarch (Photo: Supplied)

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Sarah Schachner enlists Mike Dean & the Moog Matriarch for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare soundtrack

Perhaps best known as the creative force behind Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty’s cinematic soundtracks, multi-instrumentalist Sarah Schachner invites Moog Music into her home studio for an exclusive performance.

The LA-based composer’s dimly lit, violet-hued studio space is ripe for sonic exploration. “Aurora Aura” captures Schachner in her element: surrounded by an array of acoustic and modern electronic instruments that serve as vital tools in her creative workspace.

“My creative process typically begins with exploring raw sound and texture on an expressive instrument, and that then informs melody and/or harmony,” the artist explains.

“When I’m writing and producing, my space always seems to end up in total disarray with instruments scattered all over the furniture and floor. I like a bit of chaos during the creative process.”

In “Aurora Aura,” Schachner combines piano, Eurorack, and the new Moog Matriarch synthesizer to craft a chilling yet moving original piece. For the Philly-born artist, achieving this unique style is as much about inspiration as it is about instruments.

 
Call of Duty: Sarah Schachner composes haunting soundscape with producer Mike Dean and the Moog Matriarch synthesizer

Moog Matriarch (Photo: Supplied)

“Being a composer for film and games, the reality is that I have to be creative all the time—not just when inspiration strikes,” Schachner shares.

“I’m grateful when I find an instrument that reminds me of what drew me to music as a child by inspiring me to take my time exploring sounds and not just rush to something I already know works. Some synths do one or two things really well, but the Matriarch goes beyond that and celebrates and encourages the joy of discovery. It gets me into a creative flow state quickly where it becomes just as much about enjoying the process as the end result, and that is priceless.”

Sarah’s latest game composition is Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in which she invited notorious hip-hop Producer Mike Dean (JAY-Z, Kanye West, 2Pac) to collaborate.

 
Call of Duty: Sarah Schachner composes haunting soundscape with producer Mike Dean and the Moog Matriarch synthesizer

Sarah Schachner using the new Moog Matriarch (Photo: Supplied)

In a Variety Mag exclusive, Mike Dean comments that he became a fan after he saw Schachner on one of the demos for Moog’s new keyboard. As he recalls: “I thought her segment of the video was real cool.”

Hear Sarah Schachner’s newest compositions in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. You can peep the soundtrack below.

Click here to find out more about the Moog Matriarch.

Call of Duty: Sarah Schachner composes haunting soundscape with producer Mike Dean and the Moog Matriarch synthesizer

For more information about Sarah Schachner check out her official website.

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