Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Preview 3 tracks from Pixel Audio's Lara Croft GO soundtrack

Square Enix Montreal have released three tracks from the original Lara Croft GO soundtrack for preview. "The Maze of Spirits", "The Maze of Stones", & "The Maze of Snakes" can be streamed via SEM's Vimeo account. The video game audio and music production company Pixel Audio, being composers Ulric Corbeil Trudel, Eric Shaw and Mathieu Beaudet, helm the "mesmerising soundtrack" to Lara Croft GO:

The Maze of Snakes.

News of a full album featuring additional original tracks has yet to be announced, either as a free download via SoundCloud à la the Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris: Original Game Soundtrack or a commercial release. An isometric, turn-based and 2-dimensional puzzle game developed by Square Enix Montreal, Lara Croft GO launches worldwide on iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices, August 27th.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fan piano rendition of Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation receives attention from legacy TR composer Peter Connelly

Jackson Richards (aka BaaFoKeemb of Tomb Raider Forums) published a cover of Peter Connelly's main theme from Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (1999) as a piano solo back in March. The video has sinced gained momentum after being spotted by the composer of the piece himself, Peter Connelly:

"Although Tomb Raider was (and still is) an international success and huge video game phenomenon, I'm overwhelmed that, after 16 years, my music is still being recognised. I didn't give it any thought that it might possibly live on, never mind see others perform it and perform it so beautifully (well done Jackson Richards)." - Peter Connelly

What's more, the talent has kindly shared his arrangement of the piece for all to play at Tomb Raider Forums - click here for the PDF. Connelly published the complete soundtrack to Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation in 2012. A re-recording and future commercial release of the material could be in the works.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Rise of the Tomb Raider's dynamically adaptive soundtrack from unannounced composer showcased at Gamescom 2015

New gameplay footage of Rise of the Tomb Raider debuted at Gamescom, Cologne today as part of developer Crystal Dynamics' promotion for the upcoming franchise pillar installment. Amongst gorgeous string swells making set-piece reveals, like its predecessor, the soundtrack dynamically adapts to the player's situation. Throughout the demo the score can be heard to escalate when Croft's new focus on stealth is compromised, and again during fully-fledged combat. Percussion-based stingers occur at kills, blending seamlessly into the underlying track. Following the Siberian demonstration, a montage of Croft's journey in Syria is accompanied by a crescendo variation of Jason Graves' rebooted Lara's Theme.

The music is the work of a yet-to-be-announced composer, as Jason Graves departs the franchise following his critically acclaimed score for Tomb Raider (2013). At E3 earlier this year, Graves' theme made not only a notable return but a Western Asian variant of the motif (E #F B G F# E #D E) was heard in the "Bringing Lara to Life" feature. Crystal Dynamics have confirmed that the new thematic motif for Lara Croft as composed by Graves for Tomb Raider will feature to maintain musical continuity in Rise.

Rise of the Tomb Raider releases on Xbox One & Xbox 360 November 10th, 2015, with recently announced versions for PC due early next year as well as PlayStation 4 at the end of 2016.