Sunday, June 22, 2014

Dynamic music suites spanning the entire franchise by Kejero

Tomb Raider music fan Kejero has accomplished a massive task of orchestrating and arranging the franchise's thematic motifs into sections of dynamically interplaying music. Most of the score sections are matched by ear with their original counterparts, amongst exciting new mashups with original flare, spanning the entire Tomb Raider video game saga as well as the two major motion pictures by Revell & Silvestri.

"I've recently finished work on a unique experiment that I've been working on during the last two years: a music suite blending music from all the major Tomb Raider games and both movies, driven by a dynamic music system that allows the listener to tell the orchestra at any time to transition to a different section of the suite. It's a work of love and nostalgia, and that's what I'm hoping to evoke from all the people who love this music as much as I do." - Kejero

The talented arrangement of concatenated suites has been presented in two static (non-dynamic) forms by the names of The Sanctum of the Ancients & That Kind of Attention, each running 9 whole minutes. The resulting 18 minutes of material is an ode to the last 18 years of Tomb Raider. Furthermore, the music can be experienced how it was intended to be - as an interactive dynamic audio presentation @ Feel free to also like the muso's Facebook page.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

New music for Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

A Twitch livestream of a Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris live demo and interview, presented by Square Enix at E3 2014 today, featured entirely new Egyptian-style tunes. Temple of Osiris is the sequel to 2010's Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light - the music of which was instead entirely recycled from previous franchise entries Tomb Raider: Legend, Anniversary & Underworld (Folmann/O'Malley).

It is uncertain if Jason Graves is responsible for the arcade game's music as well as Rise of the Tomb Raider. The other possibilities are that a returning (Troels Folmann?) or entirely new composer is involved, or the new material is by someone in-house such as Alex Wilmer. The music accompanying yesterday's trailer is likely a taste of what's to come, with more to listen out for in today's live demo:

Monday, June 09, 2014

Rise of the Tomb Raider trailer features James Horner's
"The Car Chase" from the film A Beautiful Mind (2001)

The Car Chase

Crystal Dynamics opted to use a piece from James Horner's A Beautiful Mind soundtrack for today's E3 2014 Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015) announcement trailer. "The Car Chase" was composed by the prolific multi-award winner for the 2001 film starring Russell Crowe and an excerpt makes its appearance here. Somewhat fittingly, the track accompanies a scene between Croft and a therapist following the potentially traumatic events of 2013's Tomb Raider. Yet Lara's mind is shown to be adventuring elsewhere.

Horner's works span countless films across decades, including the best selling soundtrack album of all time; Titanic (1997). This is not the first time a Tomb Raider trailer has featured external music. We're still waiting for confirmation that Jason Graves is returning to compose music for the game itself.