It is a sad day when I end up writing an article for the passing of a legend. It's not often that I am moved to do so, but I cannot let such a moment pass.
The first time I heard about Daniel Licht was when I started playing the game Silent Hill: Downpour, for which he created the official soundtrack. Not long after that I was introduced to the tv series Dexter and realised that he was the composer for the main theme too.
It didn't take much for me to be hooked to his music, and I started getting me more of it. With Akira Yamaoka's Silent Hill soundtracks, Daniel's music formed the background to writing my Silent Hill: Betrayal novel.
Daniel's death was apparently due to a rare form of cancer that had only recently been discovered. He is survived by his wife Hilary and son Kian.
Of course, Silent Hill and Dexter are not his sole legacy. He was in many film scores from 1991 to 2010 which include movies like Hellraiser: Bloodline, Amityville: A New Generation and The Memory Keeper's Daughter. TV series scores from 2003 to 2015 include Kitchen Confidential, Body of Proof and Deception. In addition to Silent Hill, he was also involved with the Dishonored game series. Dishonored creator Harvey Smith had this to say:
So sad to hear of Daniel Licht's passing. Dishonored would not be the same without Dan's music.
I completely agree. It is another great loss to this world, one that I will not completely get over very soon. I'm playing the Silent Hill: Downpour soundtrack as I type this.
God bless to you, Dan. May the afterlife be kind to you. Here's some of his music in memory.