Sunday, April 12, 2015

McCree débuts unreleased Tomb Raider track, "In the Dark", for the 15th anniversary of Katie Fleming's official TR fansite

Web-mistress of 15-year-old Katie's Tomb Raider, Katie Fleming, introduces "In the Dark" (McCree)

Congratulations to fellow official Tomb Raider fansite Katie's Tomb Raider for reaching the milestone of its 15th birthday! Luckily for us, web-mistress Katie Fleming has been in cahoots with original Tomb Raider composer Nathan McCree to mark the occasion by releasing a musical treat for the fans (above).

McCree today releases "In the Dark" - a track the composer "wrote in 2001 which [he] thought would be good for a Tomb Raider project". The piece premières via Katie Fleming's YouTube channel. The composer left Core Design after completing Tomb Raider II (1997), but was hired freelance to continue music development for Tomb Raider III: The Adventures of Lara Croft (1998). Nathan McCree in fact interviewed Peter Connelly as his replacement for Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (1999).

MoTR had the pleasure of interviewing Nathan in December via Video Game Music Online, where he teased the proper release of his original works. The composer is next set to appear in video game music documentary BEEP alongside Peter Connelly & Wilbert Roget, II. We have reached out to McCree for an elaborative on the new piece "In the Dark", stay tuned! Full report at Stella's Tomb Raider Blog.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Wilbert Roget, II releases additional Temple of Osiris music [U]

Update: Wilbert Roget, II has updated his Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris additional music collection with not only one but three previously unreleased tracks - "Set Awakens", "Scarab Attack" & "Osiris' Remains". The new tracks bring the total to six available for download via the composer's SoundCloud.

[Originally Posted 10th March 2015:]

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris lead composer Wilbert Roget, II today releases three additional tracks from the award-nominated video game score. The 6 minutes of newly available music can be streamed or downloaded in uncompressed WAV format via Roget II's SoundCloud. Tracks include "Pyramid of Osiris" (the tutorial level music, by popular demand) and "Of Course It's A Trap", as well as "The Priests of Sobek" by assistant composer Paul Houseman. The release of a fourth track is planned.

The Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris original soundtrack was released for free by developer Crystal Dynamics across December 2014 and January 2015 as a thank you to fans. Details are in our Community-developed Discography. Today's release features a shiny new custom-type album artwork by specialist digital artist Javier Gasco. MoTR also had the pleasure of exclusively interviewing the talented Roget, II.

Friday, March 20, 2015

New Rise of the Tomb Raider music featured in "Crystal Compass Radio" debut (new monthly in-show musical breaks)

Crystal Dynamics, the Redwood City studio behind the upcoming tenth franchise pillar instalment Rise of the Tomb Raider, today re-launches their Crystal Compass Podcast (previously titled "The Crystal Habit"). Not only does the podcast borrow brand new Rise of the Tomb Raider cues for use as musical interludes, but the monthly show now also boasts a dedicated musical section titled Crystal Compass Radio featuring "musical breaks with classic Crystal Dynamics tracks", hosted by Meagan Marie:

"We're excited to be back and bring in new features... something different... enjoy a little musical interlude with Crystal Compass Radio: We're going to take a quick break before the final segment of our podcast[s] and let you listen to two tracks, one classic and one current, from our titles. This episode we're going to listen to the main theme from Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, composed by Peter Connelly, followed by the "Lara Croft Overture" composed by Wilbert Roget for Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris. These two pieces have been specially chosen to lead into our Classic Crystal feature which takes a retrospective look at Tomb Raider and the allure of Ancient Egypt." - Meagan Marie, Senior Community Manager

Tomb Raider (2013) composer Jason Graves has yet to be officially attached to the AAA title Rise but is likely to return having crafted a fresh musical framework for the reboot of the series. It can be safely assumed the podcast interlude tracks have been composed for the the game - Crystal did the same for Tomb Raider pre-release. The Crystal Compass Podcast can be listened to and subscribed to at iTunes. MoTR will be covering the monthly Crystal Compass Radio features with great interest as this is the first time Crystal Dynamics have officially acknowledged their back catalogue of musical assets (acquired when the series was transferred from original Tomb Raider developer Core Design). Take a listen to the new Rise of the Tomb Raider music - suspected to the work of Graves - after the jump below: