An Irish indie musician who produces mostly video game themed music.Miracle of Sound began as a hobby during a lull in Gavin Dunne's music career. After playing Half-Life 2 he began thinking of song lyrics related to Gordon Freeman, the protagonist. He wrote it all down, recorded it and released it on the net. After seeing the mild popularity of the song, Dunne wrote and released more. This side project quickly became popular after his well-known Commander Shepard song was released. Soon afterwards, his show was picked up by The Escapist for a biweekly (now monthly) music video, with a monthly behind-the-scenes article called "Encore".The majority of his work is released on his Escapist page, Call of Duty songs are released on his personal Youtube page and all of his songs are available for purchase on his Bandcamp page or iTunes. For those adverse to digital media, he's also released a CD called Press X to Rock featuring fifteen songs. note His biggest hits from 2011, all of which can also be found on his Level 1 album. Windows identifies the genre as "Awesome."Dunne uploaded a video on November 28, 2012, saying he has developed tinnitus.Songs, sorted by album:
Author Appeal: Loves to layer his vocals, experiment with non-mainstream genres and tends to default to or infuse things with metal. Also Skyrim. More specifically, for "Life in Bullet Time", he took cues from Faith No More, to the point of him admitting that he basically ripped them off. In an appreciative way.
Auto-Tune: Averted, in that the artist has never used it and has gone on multiple rants saying that it is one of the biggest problems with today's music industry.
Bilingual Bonus: In "The Day The World Died", there's a brief verse in Russian, saying: День, когда умер мир; which translates to: "A Day after the death of the world."
Similarly, "Silver and Steel" has the lines with the song title sung both in English and Polish, the original language of the Witcher novels. According to his blog, he found out later that the pronunciation is completely wrong.
"Take it Back", a song made for Mass Effect 3, has a bridge that includes the first line from "Commander Shepard", his first Mass Effect song, and a line similar to the chorus from "Normandy" , his second.
"Blood Of The Creed" ends with the verse "Musket guns and silver slivers/Justice runs in crimson rivers/Words of ancient truth we follow/Bleed these veins into tomorrow". The exact same verse turns up in "His Father's Son". The first part ("Justice Runs In Crimson Rivers..") turns up yet again in "Beneath The Black Flag," as well as an instrumental nod to "His Father's Son."
Also shows up in Ballad of Clay Carmine and The Grind ("We won't stop because we're brothers in blood now/We'll meet again at the end of the line")
"Hengsha" shares part of its melody with "The New Black Gold".
"Joker's Song" references "Mind of the Bat" ("I have studied the mind of this bat").
"Dream of the Sky" has this call back to "Little Sister" towards the end: "And I dream of the sky/Broken clouds drifting by/And I dream of the sky/My utopian lie".
"Dream of Goodbye" has a similar call back at the end: "And I dream of goodbye/Sinking sea falling sky/And I dream of goodbye/No more tears well's run dry".
"The Call" has a clear instrumental callback to "Nord Mead", and according to Gavin, it also has a hint of "Legends of the Frost" in the chorus and "Sovngarde Song" in the harp and verses.
Similarly, "Winter Still" reprises some of "Sovngarde Song" in instrumental form.
All of his GTA V songs ("Drive", "Rampage", and "Hard Cash") contain the line "Get in my car and drive", or some variant thereof, which was part of the chorus of "Drive". "Hard Cash" also ends with the same lyrics as "Drive" ("Gonna drive my blues away/just another sunny day").
His Dark Souls II song "Fires Far" ends with a melodic call-back to "You Died", his first Dark Souls song.
The Cameo: "Second Chance Song" features backup vocals from YouTube's 402THUNDER402 raging at the titular perk.
Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: In the video for "Niko It's Your Cousin!", when the song gets to a brief segment of Little Jacob singing, the subtitles give up and go "Uhhhh..." before Niko takes over again.
Evil Laugh: He pulls a particularly magnificent one in "Joker's Song". You'd be forgiven for mistaking it to have come from the manhimself.
Fake Band: As Gavin can't play the drums very well, his percussion is entirely sampled. Since Internet Musician isn't the highest paying profession, other instruments like the very prevalent strings are handled the same way.
Averted gloriously in "Sweet L.A.", though, where he had guest artists on piano and saxophone.
Fake Irish: Gets accused of this a lot, despite being an Irishman in Ireland, people keep saying his accent sounds fake. Having a very sing-song Cork accent doesn't help.
Filk Song: He creates songs based on games he loves. One distinguishing aspect of his work is that he uses completely new music, rather than re-purposing other music with new lyrics.
Our Lawyers Advised This Trope: The video for "Higher Tonight" has been rated "W for Wubs. Unplanned exposure to wubs may cause erratic bouts of rhythmic head nodding and/or dancing and in some cases feelings of extreme rage and betrayal towards your favorite musicians."
Real Men Wear Pink: When asked about having a lot of pink customized cars and weapons in GTAV, gave this:
Gavin: I like the idea of such hyper-masculine, aggressively macho characters having pink cars & weapons, I think it's funny.
Singing Voice Dissonance: He sings with an American accent, but in interview,s he speaks with whimsical Irish accent. He has explained this to the fans who think he's putting it on. (Especially after Nord Mead, in which he uses his natural accent.)
Song Style Shift: Dream of The Sky is a mish-mash of musical styles emulating the alternate realities and anachronistic music featured heavily in its inspiration.