Awesome Video Game Music: Tali

One of the best things about the Mass Effect 2 soundtrack is that it has a great, thematic song for each party member, and perhaps my favorite such song is the one for Tali.
  


Not only it this an action packed song that's just a ton of fun to listen to, but its nature walks hand in hand with Tali’s character (as seen primarily through her loyalty mission, the details of which I won't elaborate on for spoiler reasons). The song starts out quiet, yet alert. Quarians (Tali’s race) in general seem more passive than other races, but there is a certain awareness to their nature. Tali is no different, and constantly seems attentive to everything going on around her. So even when the song starts out peaceful, it seems to know that nothing stays that way forever. Sure enough, it turns on a dime into a very bold, forward moving action theme. Similarly, whenever a crisis emerges, Tali always hits the ground running. She’s never caught off guard when things escalate, and this snappy transition seems to represent just how quick she is to respond to the situation at hand.

This first action segment has a decisive, steady beat that seems to know exactly where it’s going. Tali is an incredibly smart character, and when she sets her mind to it she can tackle any problem. This segment seems to represent that fact. However, almost as quickly as the song explodes it loses traction, slowly turning to a dark, brooding tone. Tali has her doubts just like the rest of us (she has some big ones during her loyalty mission), and this portion of the song seems to represent this contemplative, self-examining nature. But that moment of doubt only seems to be a source of strength in the long run- a momentary pause that serves to reinforce her resolve. Immediately after its lowest point, the song executes a rift that quickly ramps it all the way back up. The resulting final action bit is even more bold and determined than before. It seems to give Tali a proper send off, with the knowledge that while she may occasionally second guess herself, she always trusts herself to get the job done in the end.

Is it a coincidence that my favorite “character song” on the Mass Effect 2 soundtrack is the one for my favorite character? I don’t think so. Each of these songs does an amazing job at representing its character, and it only makes sense that liking one implies liking the other. It’s a wonderful thing that we can have music in video games that is so representative of its source material, and Tali is as good an example as any.
 
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Posted by MajorMitch

One of the best things about the Mass Effect 2 soundtrack is that it has a great, thematic song for each party member, and perhaps my favorite such song is the one for Tali.
  


Not only it this an action packed song that's just a ton of fun to listen to, but its nature walks hand in hand with Tali’s character (as seen primarily through her loyalty mission, the details of which I won't elaborate on for spoiler reasons). The song starts out quiet, yet alert. Quarians (Tali’s race) in general seem more passive than other races, but there is a certain awareness to their nature. Tali is no different, and constantly seems attentive to everything going on around her. So even when the song starts out peaceful, it seems to know that nothing stays that way forever. Sure enough, it turns on a dime into a very bold, forward moving action theme. Similarly, whenever a crisis emerges, Tali always hits the ground running. She’s never caught off guard when things escalate, and this snappy transition seems to represent just how quick she is to respond to the situation at hand.

This first action segment has a decisive, steady beat that seems to know exactly where it’s going. Tali is an incredibly smart character, and when she sets her mind to it she can tackle any problem. This segment seems to represent that fact. However, almost as quickly as the song explodes it loses traction, slowly turning to a dark, brooding tone. Tali has her doubts just like the rest of us (she has some big ones during her loyalty mission), and this portion of the song seems to represent this contemplative, self-examining nature. But that moment of doubt only seems to be a source of strength in the long run- a momentary pause that serves to reinforce her resolve. Immediately after its lowest point, the song executes a rift that quickly ramps it all the way back up. The resulting final action bit is even more bold and determined than before. It seems to give Tali a proper send off, with the knowledge that while she may occasionally second guess herself, she always trusts herself to get the job done in the end.

Is it a coincidence that my favorite “character song” on the Mass Effect 2 soundtrack is the one for my favorite character? I don’t think so. Each of these songs does an amazing job at representing its character, and it only makes sense that liking one implies liking the other. It’s a wonderful thing that we can have music in video games that is so representative of its source material, and Tali is as good an example as any.
 
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Posted by ahoodedfigure

Cool analysis! :) 
 
The tracks for both games have definitely been outstanding, but I'm a bit biased since it deliberately emulates an 80's electronic style in places.
 
I think I like Liara's theme more than I like Liara, but I can't say I've listened to the tracks in isolation for the second game.  I remember the first game's main theme, especially the echoing space music at the beginning was something I enjoyed listening to repeatedly.

Posted by MajorMitch
@ahoodedfigure: Thanks! I also really dig the 80's electronic vibe from these soundtracks, it seems to fit really well. The main theme from Mass Effect that you mention is also one of my favorites from these games. It's got a fantastic, space-opera feel going on. Great stuff.
Posted by X19

Need to put the ME & ME2 OSTs on my xmas list lol. I wish I had the set up this composer has, everything sounds so fresh and clear. I'm looking forward to the Deus Ex 3 OST as im sure it will be in the same vein as this track.

Posted by MajorMitch
@X19:  They're both great soundtracks, I highly recommend them! I never played the Deus Ex games- good music I assume?
Posted by X19
@MajorMitch: I can't recommend playing the original Deus Ex enough. From all your blogs I have noticed you always relate the music to what is actually going on in the actual game. All the music is on youtube but it is a lot better if you experience it by playing the game imo.
 
The composer for both games and soon to be the third is Alexander Brandon. I have loved his music since playing hours of Unreal Tornament GOTY. His ambient music just blows me away at how simple and effective it is.