Chris Jensen is an American composer and musician who performs contract work for Valve, for which he composed the Half-Life: Opposing Force music (reused for Half-Life: Blue Shift), the Counter-Strike: Condition Zero music, as well as promotional music for other Valve-produced games such as the Gunman Chronicles trailer, or the first Half-Life 2 trailer shown at E3 2003.
Jensen was born in the Silicon Valley and currently lives in San Francisco. He has composed several albums of ambient and melodic style, "with a sci-fi twist": Avatar (2006), Prelude to the Solitude (2007), IF? (2009), and Cheri Angelique (2009). They can all be listened to for free on his official website, or purchased via PayPal, on Amazon, iTunes or CD Baby.
Jensen spent his childhood in a padded soundproof room with only an analog tape recorder and an acoustic piano, while listening to Beethoven, Walter (later Wendy) Carlos and the earlier works of Jean Michel Jarre. He is also a graphic artist and photographer who creates fantastical photo-realistic worlds. He often uses the nickname "Emo Fitzmorris" or simply "Emo".
With Doug Lombardi, Jensen also created the band / duet RB Productions, an experimental project delving in electronic / ambient music, in the San Francisco Bay Area around 1985. In this duet, Jensen is in charge of lead keyboards, acoustic piano, sound effects, sampling and rhythm devices. Lombardi is in charge of lead vocals, plays guitar, bass, keyboards, and also programs the drum machine.
- Half-Life: Opposing Force (1999 (soundtrack)
- Gunman Chronicles (2000) (trailer music)
- Half-Life: Blue Shift (reused Opposing Force (2001) soundtrack)
- Half-Life 2 E3 2003 trailer (2003) (music)
- Counter-Strike: Condition Zero (2004) (soundtrack)
Personal musical projectsEdit
- GooneyBird (2006) (as part of RB Productions)
- Avatar (2006) (as Chris Jensen)
- Prelude to the Solitude (2007) (as Chris Jensen)
- IF? (2009) (as Chris Jensen)
- Cheri Angelique (2009) (as Chris Jensen)
- The World Of If... Chris Jensen (official website)
- Chris Jensen on CDBaby
- Chris Jensen on Facebook
- Chris Jensen on Spotify
- RB Productions (official website)