Episode #215: Trevor Morris, Dragon Age: Inquisition Composer

December 11, 2014 · 11:30

Trevor Morris received his first commission at 13 years old, when he wrote a song for the Pope.

Granted, the commission came from his Canadian grade school, and due to security reasons, the song couldn’t be performed for John Paul II himself. To this day, however, Morris feels immensely proud of his very first commissioned piece.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is a slightly larger commission. Dragon Age: Origins, the first game of the series, sold more than 3.2 million copies worldwide and Inquisition is well on its way to breaking that record.

It’s no surprise that Inquisition is doing so well. It tells a massive, epic story in a beautifully rendered, detailed world. The artwork alone is something to set a gamer’s heart racing, and the screen shots look like paintings. It was these stunning visuals and concept art that fueled most of Morris’s compositional work. A shadowy, gothic theme emerged, sounding at some points Gregorian, and at others cinematic.

Morris sat down with Emily to talk about Dragon Age, as well as his past (Emmy winning) work on The Borgias and The Pillars of the Earth.