Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Exclusive retrospective interview with Ashley Revell, music editor, for the 15th anniversary of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Kiwi Ashley Revell has worked as Music Editor on his brother and composer Graeme Revell’s film scores for the majority of their careers. While Graeme rarely does interviews these days, Ashley agreed to an exclusive retrospective interview with MoTR after meeting with us at Auckland airport. Graeme Revell's right hand man was happy to reminisce on the production of the now 15-year-old score to 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, completed in a space of only 10 days after the Revell bros. were attached to the project at a very late stage. Ashley now lives in Los Angeles with his wife.

The Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - Original Motion Picture Score by Graeme Revell, featured in our commercial Tomb Raider discography, is still available from all good music retailers. Close to 24 minutes of the complete score, which MoTR had the privilege of experiencing for this reflection, remains unreleased.

Read the full interview with Ashley Revell after the jump below.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Rumour: Magnus Beite to compose Tomb Raider film reboot

Alicia Vikander will play Lara Croft in the upcoming film reboot, image courtesy of Variety

A third Tomb Raider film hot off the heels of the 2013 video game reboot has been in development for some time - ever since GK Films acquired the rights to another film adaptation of Lara Croft's adventures in 2011. MGM and Warner Bros. have since joined the project to fund and it is moving along admirably with actress Alicia Vikander being cast as the pop-culturally relevant character just last month.

Norwegian director Roar Uthaug was also attached to the title late last year and although often sought into post-production of a film, a composer will be in the pipeline. Magnus Beite (Cold Prey, The Wave) has collaborated with Uthaug for every one of his films and it's likely the director will want to utilise the fellow Norwegian for his latest piece of work. However, it is equally possible producers would see Uthaug pair with a more renowned Hollywood-composer for such a high-profile production and his entry into American film.

BAFTA-winner Jason Graves created a new thematic motif for the Tomb Raider (2013) video game reboot and musical continuity was maintained in last year's Rise of the Tomb Raider despite being helmed by the film-savvy Bobby Tahouri. It is unclear at this stage if this motif will transfer to the new film which will be inspired in some part by the recent video games.

Graeme Revell composed the score to the first Tomb Raider film, 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, while Alan Silvestri incorporated original Tomb Raider video game composer Nathan McCree's motif for the sequel, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life (2003), both starring Angelina Jolie as the titular icon.

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Tomb Raider Suite announced - classic soundtracks by Nathan McCree to be re-recorded and released, concert too

At PAX East today the "Lara Croft: The Undisputed Queen of Gaming" panel was held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Tomb Raider franchise. Legacy classics composer Nathan McCree (Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider II & III: Adventures of Lara Croft) was present to make a very special announcement.

The Tomb Raider Suite is a project that wil see the first three Tomb Raider soundtracks re-recorded with an orchestra at Abbey Road Studios (à la Peter Connelly's The Angel of Darkness). The resulting material is to be released commercially on CD and in digital download formats. This marks the first purchasable release of the music to the original Core Design Tomb Raider trilogy in 20 years of the franchise.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the fans, as well as me, to hear the music as I had always intended it.” - Nathan McCree

Following his work on Tomb Raider, McCree has always reflected upon the constraints placed upon him by the limited technology of 1996-1998. This collection aims to rectify the sound of the classic compositions and will also include "extensions and variations of original tracks from the first three Tomb Raider titles".

To further celebrate this release and the 20th anniversary of Tomb Raider, a live concert of the material is being organised in London for later this year. The production of the album(s) and live concert event will be covered in an upcoming documentary, Tomb Raider: Remastered, directed by Matthew Longfellow.

Jason Graves & Peter Connelly are also featured in the recently announced "20 Years of Tomb Raider" hardback by Crystal Dynamics' Meagan Marie. The book is set to include exclusive interviews with Tomb Raider composers amongst extensive coverage of other aspects of the Tomb Raider universe.

Full Tomb Raider Suite Announcement via the official Tomb Raider Blog.