Thursday, October 06, 2016

Piano medley celebrates twenty years of Tomb Raider music

Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix have supported a 20 Year Celebration Piano Medley performed by Sonya Belousova of PianoPlayer, spanning the four main themes of the entire franchise (above).

The original Tomb Raider motif by Nathan McCree, the Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness adaption by Peter Connelly, Troels Folmann's Tomb Raider: Legend and the new theme for the rebooted franchise composed by Jason Graves all feature.

Composer and pianist Belousova has taken several franchises by key via her YouTube channel. This video was directed by Tom Grey and features multiple Tomb Raider themed settings as well as costumes, filmed in 4K to boot. The sheet music for the medley is also available for free via MusicNotes.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Nathan McCree debuts material from The Tomb Raider Suite - extended versions of "A Friend Since Gone" & "The T-Rex"

Nathan McCree is in the process of preparing The Tomb Raider Suite, the first commercial release of the music from Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider II & Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft, as part of the 20th anniversary of the franchise. Recorded by a live orchestra, the album is set to feature approximately 70 minutes of reworked and extended versions of McCree's most popular tracks from the first three Tomb Raider games. oday via SoundCloud the composer has released extended variations of two demo tracks:

"A Friend Since Gone and The T-Rex are currently in their reference file state. Both tracks have been extended to around 3 minutes in duration. The MIDI files have been exported and the tracks are now ready to be sent to the orchestrator who will prepare the full score for the conductor and the librarian/copyist." - Nathan McCree

The orchestral re-recording of McCree's music will be presented in the compilation album, The Tomb Raider Suite, first debuting as the 90-minute Tomb Raider - Live In Concert on December 18th, 2016. Full press release after the jump.

Update: McCree has also released the demo for "Vertigo", also in its extended form (October 11th).

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Retrospective: The Arcade interviews Peter Connelly

Peter Connelly and official Lara Croft model Jill De Jong at Abbey Road Studios, 2002

Legacy composer Peter Connelly, responsible for helming the Tomb Raider franchise from Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (1999) through Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness (2003), the latter a joint effort with Martin Iveson, was recently interviewed in a fascinating retrospective:

"I wasn’t forced to keep anything from Nathan’s work but I thought it would’ve been a sacrilege to disregard it so it naturally became the heart or inspiration of most of my work. Obviously, I wanted to put my own stamp on things, as anyone would, which I did, but, as long as I held onto the authenticity of the original music, I knew I was onto a winner as Nathan’s music was already tried, tested and working beautifully within the franchise." - Peter Connelly

Connelly's predecessor, Nathan McCree, is set to release re-recordings of his music presented as The Tomb Raider Suite. When asked if Connelly would consider pursuing a similar project, he replied "Yes. I have a lot of these ideas playing around in my head and they need releasing". Also as part of the Tomb Raider 20th Anniversary, the full interview with Peter Connelly is available at The Arcade.

The famous pedestrian crossing at Abbey Road Studios, led by Jill De Jong