Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Tomb Raider Suite set to record album this October


Lara's been to Abbey Road before - for "Angel of Darkness" in 2002

Original Tomb Raider legacy composer Nathan McCree's more-than-successsful Kickstarter campaign, funding the live recording of his music to Tomb Raider (1996), Tomb Raider II (1997) & Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft (1998), is set to kick off this October. The Tomb Raider Suite album will result.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Robert Ziegler, will be performing McCree's work as orchestrated by Adam Langston. Recording at the world famous Abbey Road Studios is booked across five sessions for Monday & Tuesday, October 16th & 17th, 2017. The release date of The Tomb Raider Suite was slated for November 2017, but this could meet delays to allow mixing, mastering and manufacturing.

"At the moment the estimates are looking very promising. I can safely say that we will be increasing the size of the choir from 20 to 40 voices. This should have a dramatic effect on the final sound. We will also be booking a 5th recording session at Abbey Road which gives us more rehearsal time and the capacity to record more takes. This will have a significant impact on the final recording - quality being our main goal here." - Nathan McCree

Following the sold-out December 2016 debut of Tomb Raider - Live in Concert, The Tomb Raider Suite album boasts an "extraordinary new recording of Nathan McCree's original Tomb Raider I, II & III music played by a full orchestra and choir" presented on vinyl, CD, digital download and streaming platforms. The Tomb Raider Suite's album release will also mark the first independent commercialisation of the music from the classic Tomb Raider video game soundtracks in twenty years of the franchise.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Tomb Raider Suite Kickstarter succeeds at 121% funding


Tomb Raider (1996), Tomb Raider II (1997) and Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft (1998) composer Nathan McCree has successfully funded a campaign through Kickstarter to produce a studio-recording album release of The Tomb Raider Suite, marking the first commercialization of McCree's iconic original Tomb Raider music in the history of the two-decade franchise. The project was backed by 2,615 contributors at 121% of the £160,000 goal in 30 days:

"Well done everyone. What an amazing performance. Not only did we get funded we knocked it out of the park! One of the best days of my life.

And so we go to Abbey Road.Thank you for making this dream come true!" - Nathan McCree

The album follows the sold-out December 2016 debut of Tomb Raider - Live in Concert. An "extraordinary new recording of Nathan McCree's original Tomb Raider I, II & III music played by a full orchestra and choir", The Tomb Raider Suite will be released on vinyl, CD, digital download and streaming platforms. The material will be performed by the world renowned Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, and the album is set for release in the third quarter of 2017.

There is still no word on the third leg of McCree's Tomb Raider Suite Project, a documentary film tentatively titled Tomb Raider: Remastered. The composer now holds the license to his music for the next seven years, however, and anticipates taking Tomb Raider - Live in Concert on a world tour.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tom Holkenborg "Junkie XL" to score Tomb Raider (2018)


Following rumours of James Newton Howard's attachment to Roar Uthaug's upcoming Tomb Raider film reboot, set for release in March 2018, Junkie XL has let slip in an interview regarding his departure from Justice League that Tomb Raider is his next gig. Junkie XL "is now moving on to Tomb Raider", according to sources via The Hollywood Reporter, quoting Holkenborg in regards to losing out to Danny Elfman:

"...you haven't made it in Hollywood as a composer until you get replaced on a project. So I guess [I] finally graduated this week." - Tom Holkenborg/Junkie XL on Justice League

Holkenborg has a diverse background and boasts Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Mad Max: Fury Road & 300: Rise of an Empire as recent high profile film credentials. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) & Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life (2003) were helmed by Graeme Revell and Alan Silvestri.

Uthaug consistently collaborates with Magnus Beite, a partnership that now dissipates with the director's entry to Hollywood, while Tomb Raider game composer Nathan McCree also teased the role. Tomb Raider is based on the 2013 video game reboot of the franchise and stars Alicia Vikander as the titular icon.