Thursday, July 12, 2018

Brian D’Oliveira helming music composition for Shadow of the Tomb Raider with Martin Stig Andersen sound-designing, plus the return of "The Instrument" & promotional tracks released

Square Enix have announced the composer(s) for the upcoming Shadow of the Tomb Raider; the main composer being Brian D'Oliveira (Resident Evil 7, Batman: Arkham Knight), with Martin Stig Andersen (as rumoured) hired as ambient audio designer to write supplementary material:

"Tomb Raider is widely known for its genre-defining music and sound design. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is no exception and Eidos-Montreal has brought together a unique music team to make this one of the most exciting and compelling games of the year." - Square Enix

Although neither Jason Graves nor Bobby Tahouri are returning to the rebooted franchise, "The Instrument" commissioned by Graves for Tomb Raider (2013) is being incorporated again into Shadow of the Tomb Raider. A video detailing the making of the music for the Shadow announcement trailer was also released, showcasing Brian D'Oliveira at work in is La Hacienda studio:

Find the full press release after the jump, as well as several promotional tracks via Tomb Raider's YouTube channel and Crystal Dyamics' SoundCloud. MoTR has confirmed with Square Enix that not all of these tracks are going to be included in the Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Original Game Soundtrack (the official album to be released digitally as enclosed in special retail editions of the game).

Thursday, July 05, 2018

New live performance scheduled for The Tomb Raider Suite; documentary still incoming & album release on track for August

After a sell-out premiere live performance in December 2016, The Tomb Raider Suite project has scheduled a new Tomb Raider - Live In Concert show ahead of an imminent world tour announcement. The concert will be at the London Royal Festival Hall, Monday 17th September, 2018. Nathan McCree, the original Tomb Raider composer (Tomb Raider I-III), last hosted a very successful night at Hatfield House (aka Croft Manor) for the London composer buffet on April 28th, 2018, where The Tomb Raider Suite album debuted in its entirety.

Having been more-than-successful with a crowdfunded production at Abbey Road Studios, originally The Tomb Raider Suite album release was delayed due to the preparation of the San Francisco composer buffet - an event promised to certain tiered backers, to premiere the album, just as with the London equivalent. McCree previously indicated that the digital release of the album could occur prior to the physical due the disappointment surrounding this, however, today it has been announced that the American composer buffet has also been delayed to December 2018 or 2019:

"While we have been pushing to organise the San Francisco Composer Buffet Reception for the 14th July, we were determined not to delay the album any further, and as a result, we have decided to postpone that event. Hopefully close to Christmas or failing that, the early part of next year.

I’m sure you will be glad to hear that we are still on track for an August release for the album... We are still working towards releasing the Digital Download as soon as possible (and hopefully sooner than August) but there are some dependencies which are beyond our control, so again I must ask you to be patient. We are getting closer every day." - McCree

While there's been no update to determine otherwise, we could expect The Tomb Raider Suite album's indicated release date of August 1st 2018 to shift yet again. McCree has also indicated that the documentary Tomb Raider: Remastered is still in production:

"As you know we have been filming our entire project at the various stages as we go in preparation for the documentary, and this is moving into its next phase now. The footage we have so far is really great and those of you who attended the Composer Buffet Reception saw a rough edit of some of this on our big screen at Hatfield House. We plan to start editing the documentary itself in a couple of month’s time so we can start preparing for a DVD/TV release hopefully next year." - McCree

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Composition from Eugene Des inspired by TR: Survivor's Guilt

Classic and "resurrected" reboot Tomb Raider fan Eugene Des proves quite the maestro, having submitted the above fan tribute composition to MoTR for publication. Although composing the piece was an in-the-moment idea after seeing the film Tomb Raider (2018), the video game composer Jason Graves is a huge inspiration to Des and this piece somewhat of a dedication to the work of Graves. The resulting creation is actually Des' version of Lara's theme, set to the 2014 comics series #1 issue "Survivor's Guilt":

"[The piece is] divided [into] four parts with its jungle-vibe intro, followed by Tomb Raider main adventure melody... [then a] more intimate but strong theme [especially] for Lara’s character, with its battling woodwinds/strings and brass finally resolving as one by the end. [The] outro gives us a hint of future adventures, a destiny waiting for her..." - Eugene Des

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