Saturday, January 17, 2015

Award nominations recognise Temple of Osiris soundtrack

The Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris original soundtrack, composed by Wilbert Roget, II, has been nominated for an "Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition" award in the 18th D.I.C.E. Awards. As well as also receiving a "Best Score - Cinematic" nod from Video Game Music Online, the digital title received an honourable mention in Kotaku's "Best Video Game Music of 2014" last month.

Roget, II enlisted a plethora of supporting talents for the recording sessions of the game's score, including cellist Sebastian Freij, who the lead composer had perform improvisations he later wrote music around to complete the unique cues. Paul Houseman was hired as an assistant composer, also contributing three tracks to the soundtrack.

Developer Crystal Dynamics released the entire Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris original soundtrack album for free via SoundCloud as a thank you to franchise fans. Two additional remixes are due to be released as bonuses for the completion of in-game community challenges in the near future. MoTR will continue to collect award nominations and/or wins for Temple of Osiris and update this post accordingly.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Behind the scenes of the "Isis' Lament" Sebastian Freij remix

Freij performs "Isis' Lament" by looping layers live

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris developer Crystal Dynamics has released a video accompanying the recording of Wilbert Roget, II's "Isis' Lament", as performed and arranged by cellist Sebastian Freij. The talented musician uses a recording device to play back and over looped musical layers, on the fly:

"Isis’ Lament [Sebastian Freij Remix] is the first of three remixes I commissioned for this soundtrack. Sebastian plays cello on several pieces in this score (most notably on “Beneath the Desert Stars”), but one of his most unique talents is playing “live looped” electric cello. Seb played this entire piece in one single take, layering parts one at a time and using a system of foot pedals to arrange them live. When I first had the idea to include remixes in the score, I immediately thought of Seb reinterpreting one of my more melodic pieces in his own style, and so I’m very happy with how this performance turned out." - Wilbert Roget, II

The Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris original soundtrack has been segmentally released for free over the last month. The entire core soundtrack plus the Sebastian Freij remix of "Isis' Lament" is now available via SoundCloud, with 2 more remixes due to be released as out-of-game bonuses for the completion of additional community challenges. MoTR interviewed lead composer Wilbert Roget, II in December.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris soundtrack releasing for free - exclusive interview with lead composer Wilbert Roget, II

Redwood City studio Crystal Dynamics is set to officially release the Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris original soundtrack, composed by Wilbert Roget, II, in waves of eight tracks or so at a time throughout the months of December 2014 and January 2015. Eventually the entire album will be available for free via SoundCloud. The first few cues have been released today, to coincide with tomorrow's worldwide launch of the game on Xbox One, Playstation 4 & PC. Direct from the makers themselves, this is a gift of the first of its kind to the Tomb Raider community. The full track list for the album (also to be revealed in instalments) can be found in MoTR's Community Discography.

Wilbert Roget, II is the award-winning composer behind numerous projects such as indie titles Super Roman Conquest, Antiseptic and the MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic. He has assisted in-house production on many other titles for the now liquidated LucasArts. This year the composer freelanced simultaneously on both Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris and Dead Island 2. Crystal Dynamics has kindly offered MoTR an exclusive pre-release interview with the talent where Roget, II elaborates on his work for the digital Lara Croft title. Individual track notes are to feature on the Official Tomb Raider Blog, also following the interview below, the first of which is for the "Lara Croft Overture":

"The “Lara Croft Overture” presents Lara’s theme, performed on the English horn by Kristin Naigus. This was the first piece I wrote for the score, with the intention of creating a sonic guide for the rest of the soundtrack. I focused on showing the juxtaposition between Lara’s posh, educated British upbringing and her perilous archeological adventures. While most of this track intentionally steers clear of overtly Egyptian sounds, its ending introduces an Arabic flavor that characterizes the rest of the score." - Wilbert Roget, II

The complete dialogue and some exclusive production photos are available below, after the jump!