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Peter McConnell

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(1991 – present)

Peter McConnell (born 1960), also known as Peter Mc, is an American composer and musician. He is best known for his video game scores, particularly for adventure game titles published by LucasArts, most famously Grim Fandango (1998), as well as his work in the Sly Cooper series (2004 - 2013) (including Sly 2: Band of Thieves, Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time™ (Original Soundtrack)), Psychonauts (2005), and Brütal Legend (2009). McConnell’s work invokes a multitude of musical styles and instrumentation as varied as the game genres for which he has composed, with moods and atmospheres ranging from the whimsical to the epic. Notable influences include Bernard Herrmann, Ennio Morricone, and Lalo Schifrin.

McConnell studied music with Ivan Tcherepnin as an undergraduate at Harvard University, graduating with high honors. He was hired by LucasArts in 1991, his first professional composer credit being Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge, a collaboration with Michael Land and Clint Bajakian. Together, McConnell and Land developed LucasArts’ innovative iMuse system for interactive music/gameplay integration. McConnell and Land, in conjunction with Clint Bajakian, would go on to co-compose several more celebrated adventure game scores utilizing this system.

Outside of his capacity as a composer, McConnell has performed live with many different musical groups throughout the US and Europe. These bands include Freakwater, Soil and Eclipse, and Spinray.

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  • theironictea

    Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time is one my favorite soundtracks, if not my all time favorite. Absolutely amazing work from Peter McConnell, reprising some of the old themes in a modern way and creating new ones. His music has never been better.

    20 Jul 6:19pm Reply
  • Nad38

    Time to listen in infinite loope till the release of the remake! SO HAPPY :D

    12 Jun 2:43pm Reply
  • Zekses

    his music is so boring ....

    20 Apr 9:18pm Reply
  • fmc200

    After Grim Fandango and Psychonauts amazing soundtracks... Broken Age soundtrack is the best neoclassical album that I ever heard.

    6 Apr 4:13pm Reply
  • Mnigma

    His Broken Age Soundtrack is gorgeous !

    9 Mar 5:40pm Reply
  • Jaribroham

    Pull up a chair by the hearth! [2]

    26 Feb 8:07pm Reply
  • BOIA_CHI_MOLLA

    Pull up a chair by the hearth !

    10 Feb 12:47am Reply
  • theironictea

    This guy is a genius. Sly Cooper has one of the best OSTs ever.

    11 Jan 2:11pm Reply
  • bermanboris

    BRUTAL LEGEND OST. ROCK YOURSELF TO DEATH.

    6 Jun 2013 Reply
  • corsairwonton

    Scrobbling Grim Fandango OST en el dia de los muertos. YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!

    2 Nov 2012 Reply
  • WasNotWhyNot

    <3 humble bundle

    9 Jun 2012 Reply
  • d0l

    psychonauts has a wonderful soundtrack. i hope the humble bundle gives the game the attention it deserves.

    2 Jun 2012 Reply
  • vitaminr

    epic game, epic soundtrack...i wonder what would happen if the same game is released today with improved graphics.

    28 Apr 2012 Reply
  • JoshCIVM

    Grim fucking Fandango.

    23 Mar 2012 Reply
  • zapfino

    sly 2! dimitri's nightclub is such a good track, same with the track playing when you're walking around jean bison's area in the 2nd canada level.

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • D0meee

    average brown wookie rocks! :D

    5 Dec 2011 Reply
  • dinaq400

    every time I hear a soundtrack I like, his name comes out

    6 Jul 2011 Reply
  • anthony62490

    All this time, I never knew who wrote Sly Cooper 2 - Nightclub Theme

    15 Mar 2011 Reply
  • henriquee_t88

    If you want to have some any idea how awesome this guy is, try Casino Calavera and then The Mental Minx's Cranial Party.

    11 Dec 2010 Reply
  • AbOD7

    this dude is legend ! ( original music store ) < this track is a masterpiece :( i cant find it anywhere ! :( only in brutal legend ( video game ) ! :(

    3 May 2010 Reply
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