From: San Francisco
"I got 'em, and they sound like a movie soundtrack. Thank you for your creativity and sensitivity, Derek...."
"...Derek's work is rich, full flavored and runs a gammet of emotions from martial to blue..."
Thank you, folks. I appreciate your kind words.
Hans Zimmer (Crimson Tide, The Thin Red Line, Pearl Harbor) is my current favorite source of inspiration, though I also barrow a lot from Danny Elfman, Basil Poledoris and John Williams. Classical sources for inspiration martial include Wagner (of course), Moussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Chopin. Yes, I borrowed a bit from *Saving Private Ryan* though *Red October* and *Crimson Tide* are more along my preferred listening material.
Incidentally, there've been some minor glitches with the MegaCampaign music in the current Desert Fox release, and I'll try to work with David to get the right pieces to you guys. The megacampaign theme, for example, uses segments of the *Heila Safari!* theme. That's because it was originally supposed to be the Desert Fox theme, where you now hear the Afrika Korps march, and the .mp3 version in the music directory is an rough and unfinished version.
And yes, I plan on continuing work with Matrix for the forseeable future. I'm working presently on Operation: Typhoon and Mega Campaign 2 (also on the East Front) and will be starting on Uncommon Valor soon.