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
For those adverse to digital media, he's also released a CD called Press X to Rock
featuring fifteen songs. note
Dunne uploaded a video
on November 28, 2012, saying he has developed tinnitus.
Songs, sorted by album:
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Level 1 (2011)
Level 2 (2012)
Level 3 (2013)
Level 4 (2013)
- 38th Street
- Electric Sky
- Manhattan Midnight
- Cosmic Slum
- Gougane Barra
- Lover Stone
- Sunny Day Part 1
- Sunny Day Part 2
- Ocean Hotel
- The Call (Instrumental Version)
Level 5 (2013-2014)
Tropes associated with Gavin 'Miracle of Sound' Dunne include:
- Affectionate Parody: "Shooter Guy" is one to the entire First-Person Shooter genre and the people who play it.
- Arc Words: For his Assassin's Creed songs he has "Justice runs in crimson rivers" as a running phrase across all songs. For his Bioshock songs he has "And I dream of the (blank)".
- 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.
- Ballad of X: Did one for Clayton Carmine
- Berserk Button: Do not accuse him of using Auto-Tune.
- 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.
- Blog: He produced a VLog thanking everybody who got him to where he is now.
- Call to Adventure: "The Call" is about this, specifically about the people of Tamriel to rise up and answer the threats of Molag Bal's invasion and the civil war for the Empire's throne.
- Call Back: Gavin really likes this trope:
- "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." "My Revolution" contains the verse "La justice est une rivière rouge", French for "Justice is a red river."
- 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.
- Part of the chorus of "Shadow Of The Ash" is a lyrical call back to "Call Of Home" his previous Lord of the Rings related song: "Through rubble, rock and stone/The ashes are my home/The silver sting of hatred/It creeps into my bones".
- "All As One" has a couple of musical call backs to "Age of the Dragon" and actually uses a slightly modified version of its chorus towards the end.
- The Cameo: "Second Chance Song" features backup vocals from YouTube's 402THUNDER402 raging at the titular perk.
- Chew Bubblegum: Referenced when commenting on Duke Nukem's Badass Decay.
Shit- I guess you found more gum.
- Creepy Circus Music: "Joker's Song" opens like the theme for a Circus of Fear and keeps to that tune while Joker invites Batman to his "Fortress of Fun."
- Curse Cut Short: In "Rampage". He has no problem with swearing, but prefers to keep his songs PG-13.
- Dancin' in the Ruins: The lyrics of "Higher Tonight!" allude to this.
And when the world is comin' down around me... I'm just gonna keep on dancin'... I'm just gonna keep on dancin'!
- Deadpan Snarker: His responses to some of the more idiotic comments on his videos.
Gavin: You don't need to tell us, we can already tell by your social skills.
- Determinator: Gavin developed tinnitus, which is a condition that causes you to constantly hear a high pitched ringing. He has yet to allow it to stop him from making music, although it's a significant obstacle when it comes to live performances.
- Drunken Song: He made a song about these for Skyrim, "Nord Mead".
- 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 man himself.
- 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.
- Fan Dumb: According to his Encore articles, this is the reason that the Escapist and Bandcamp versions of Brothers Of The Creed are different is because some fans took offence to the lyrics "And I kill for good/Under my white hood," due to the belief about assassin in white hoods was a reference to the Ku Klux Klan. This is also potentially the reason why the revised version of the song sounds a little awkward and bitter.
- 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.
- Glamour: From "A Dog's Life"
No glamour or garb can hide the animal heart inside of me
- Heavy Mithril: The metal version of "Wake The White Wolf" takes The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and infuses electric guitar and pedals with the original bouzouki-using piece.
- I Am the Band: He does all work on the music himself, without assistance from other musicians, with a few exceptions, such as "Sweet L.A.".
- "I Am" Song: "Half-Man's Song" is this for Tyrion Lannister.
- Instrumentals: Vistas is an entire album of them.
- "The Strut", described as "Music to rob banks to."
- "Winter Still" reminiscent of the ambient themes from the actual Skyrim soundtrack. Compare with "Far Horizons" from Bethesda.
- Interspecies Romance: "PLOUGHING A TROLL" is about relationship between a human and a troll. This being the Witcher-verse, it ends badly.
- Last Note Hilarity: Most notably used in his Fallout: New Vegas song, Trip to Vegas, where it ends with the song stuttering and 'crashing to desktop,' with Gavin saying "God dammit, not again" In Affectionate Parody of how many people, the artist included, experienced many problems like crashes and freezes.
- Machinima: Uses game footage from the game the song is about as a music video accompaniment to the song.
- Not So Different: From "Joker's Song"
- Ode to Intoxication: Nord Mead is essentially an in-character Nordic ode to mead.
- 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.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "The Day The World Died" is one to humanity as a whole. In his words, it's "A tribute to man's eternal folly". The chorus ends with "The day the world died, nothing was learned".
- The Rock Star: He used to be one in the band Lotus Lullaby.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: He's comin' for your tank, bitch!
- Self-Backing Vocalist: As a one man band, most of his songs use multiple layers on the vocals. Especially prevalent in Little Sister.
- Single Stanza Song: Beauty Bleak features only three lines. Sterile soil will harden/Wasted world, my garden/Beauty bleak in a wasted world
- 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.
- Take That: "Roll Out" features a line in its chorus that says "we're making a bigger mess than Michael Bay".
- "Trip to Vegas" ends with Fallout: New Vegas crashing.
- The Call of Duty Circus is essentially one long take that towards the various types of players in Call of Duty. For example:
Roll up and see the amazing moving statue! SNEAK ATTACK!
He waits in corners till you pass then shoots you in the back. (Ha ha!)
He never moves or shoot so he will always blow.
For all he cares about in life's his Kill/Death ratio!
- "Doorfighter" is a short song dedicated to directing one of these at the bizarre trend of smashing down and destroying doors.
- Title Drop: The majority of his song titles feature in the lyrics, usually the chorus.
- Updated Re-release: Gavin re-released The New Black Gold, his Human Revolution song, for his 100th video, completely re-recording the song in the process.
- Up to Eleven: Ladies and gentlemen, the "Everything Up To Eleven Mix" of Reclaimer.
- Visual Pun: In the video for "My Iron Skin," the lyrics, I been tryin' to take a detour from these patriotic roads, play over a picture of War Machine, real name James "Rhodey" Rhodes.
- Woman Scorned: In "PLOUGHING A TROLL", the she-troll eats the farmer once he grows tired of her.
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: From "A Dog's Life," about werewolf protagonist Bigby from The Wolf Among Us
Don't shake me/Don't make me bare my teeth/You really don't wanna meet that guy