Friday, April 27, 2018

Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Original Game Soundtrack album to be released digitally as enclosed in special retail editions

Shadow of the Tomb Raider and its numerous retail editions were officially revealed today and the next pillar instalment of the long-running video game franchise is now available to pre-order. With this announcement it is clear that the Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Original Game Soundtrack is to be released as enclosed in the following versions of the game:
  • Deluxe Edition
  • Digital Deluxe Edition
  • Croft Edition
  • Digital Croft Edition
  • Collector's/Ultimate Edition (territory dependent)

What is not clear is if the physical special retail editions will include a physical CD or a digital download format for the release - we have made an enquiry with Square Enix. Regardless, this marks a continuing trend of dedicated soundtrack releases for the Tomb Raider franchise and the album has entered MoTR's commercial discography. Update: the enclosed soundtrack album is presented in digital format only.

We've already heard some (presumably) in-game music from Shadow but the composer is yet to be announced. Jason Graves has declined involvement, while Rise of the Tomb Raider's Bobby Tahouri could be likely to return. Shadow of the Tomb Raider releases worldwide on September 14th, 2018.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Junkie XL holds "Now Score This" Tomb Raider competition

Tomb Raider (2018) composer Tom Holkenborg is following on from his "Studio Time" episodes with a "Now Score This" competition attracting aspiring composers. Holkenborg has opened the floor for submissions inspired by any and every iteration of the pop-culturally relevant icon Lara Croft.

With MoTR covering Tomb Raider Music fan tributes on the regular, we'll attempt to update this post with the #NowScoreThis SoundCloud contributions as shared by Holkenborg. Submissions close May 3rd

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Tomb Raider Suite recording material premieres at UK composer buffet reception & physical album release delayed
Update: digital album to be released 1-2 weeks after UK CBR

After its mixing and mastering at Abbey Road Studios, Nathan McCree's The Tomb Raider Suite album was slated for release on May 1st, 2018. The composer announces today (April 11th, 2018) a 3-month delay, namely around the composer buffet reception. As guests to the UK and US receptions are to experience the premiere of the material, the delay accommodates for those patrons of the San Francisco event being held on July 14th, 2018. The Tomb Raider Suite album will now release on August 1st, 2018.

Update: Many fans who contributed to the Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of the album without desiring to attend these dinner events have felt left out. McCree had made a statement which can be read in full after the jump, but was quick to make it clear in a subsequent statement that the delay is due to the vinyl production, "immense work load" and not "for the sole reason" of San Francisco:

"I am sorry to tell you that we have decided to delay the release. This was not an easy decision to come to but I feel it is the right one under the circumstances... After the recording at Abbey Road Studios in October last year, we managed to get booked back into the studio for mixing at the end of January 2018, and then for Mastering at the end of February. Since then, the team has been working round the clock on the preparations for the Composer Buffet Reception and we are simply unable to juggle the final stages of the album production so close to the launch party... We are also aware that by releasing the album on the 1st May as previously planned, it somewhat spoils the Premiere airplay we had planned for the Composer Buffet Reception in San Francisco on 14th July 2018, and so delaying the release until after this makes it more fair for our friends in the United States. I appreciate this may be a little disappointing but rest assured we are moving forward as quickly as possible... The fundamental misunderstanding that has occurred is that we actively chose to delay the release of the album for the sole reason of the San Francisco CBR, this is simply not the case." - Nathan McCree

The composer has since indicated that the digital release of The Tomb Raider Suite album will now follow the UK composer buffet reception by 1-2 weeks, while the physical editions of the release remain in delay. We have attempted to clarify this further with McCree.

Meanwhile, a series of videos leading up to the UK buffet reception have been filmed at Hatfield House, the Croft Manor exterior from Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and The Cradle of Life (2003) where the first composer buffet reception will be held on April 28th, 2018. The last official Lara Croft model Alison Carroll returns to feature (see the embedded below). The promotional shorts are accompanied by "She's Cool", "Lara" & "Time To Run" - the first tracks we've heard from The Tomb Raider Suite.

The community-funded Tomb Raider Suite project has been a fandom phenomenon and the album marks the first commercial release of music to Tomb Raider (1996), Tomb Raider II: The Dagger of Xian (1997) & Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft (1998) in the history of the video game franchise. The Tomb Raider Suite embodies the classic music with full orchestration - McCree is yet to announce the release of the original soundtracks, which were limited by the software of the era, within his 7-year license.