Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tomb Raider (2018) trailer features non-specific music track

The first trailer for 2018's Tomb Raider is here! Fans not only get their first viewing of Alicia Vikander in action as Lara Croft, but are sonically bombarded with the footage's accompanying trailer score - a preliminary presentation that The Music of Tomb Raider is most often interested in investigating.

This one's tricky. The trailer music is modern, minimalistic and well defined by electronic percussion and edgy bass guitar strokes in pronounced double notes. While many viewers have immediately associated the music with already recorded songs, such as "Black Betty" by Ram Jam or "No Wow" by The Kills (even emulating the percussion of the latter), the track is simply too generic to pin down as an unoriginal composition. Thus MoTR is inclined to advise this piece is not a rendition of any one particular song. What we can assume, however, is that it is third-party licensed trailer score regardless - work that has quite possibly sampled and/or been inspired by already established recordings.

Tomb Raider is the franchise's third entry on the big screen - a reboot heavily inspired by the eponymous 2013 video game - due in cinemas March 16th, 2018. Although judging from the trailer, it amalgamates with aspects of the first two films starring Angelina Jolie, sure to tap into the original films' fan-base. This month composer Tom Holkenborg (also known as Junkie XL) has begun working on writing the film's score.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Tom Holkenborg commences work on Tomb Raider (2018)

New: Alicia Vikander in Tomb Raider (2018) via Empire

It was revealed in June that composer Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL was helming the score to the upcoming Tomb Raider film reboot starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, due out March 16th, 2018. The film is heavily inspired by the 2013 video game reboot of the same name, and with filming wrapping up in Cape Town and London earlier this year, the visual tie-in is unmistakable. The question now on the tip of every Tomb Raider fan's tongue - will the film soundtrack utilise the thematic motif from the games?

Circumstantially it appears that Jason Graves, the composer tasked with crafting a new Tomb Raider theme for the rebooted game series in 2013, has already asked Holkenborg the very question via Twitter:

The Tomb Raider franchise's last silver screen adaptions, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) & Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life (2003) were accompanied by music composed by Graeme Revell and Alan Silvestri respectively. Revell had a very short time to finish the job, and legacy video game composer Nathan McCree's original Tomb Raider motif did not make it into the soundtrack. Silvestri, on the other hand, implemented McCree's motif with significant variation.

Holkenborg may not yet be able to disclose plans for the music of Tomb Raider (2018). A trailer for the upcoming film by director Roar Uthaug is surely imminent, but as goes the film advertising industry, it's unlikely to incorporate any work from Holkenborg and instead be accompanied by third party trailer score.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Tomb Raider Suite set to record album this October

Lara's been to Abbey Road before - for "Angel of Darkness" in 2002

Original Tomb Raider legacy composer Nathan McCree's more-than-successsful Kickstarter campaign, funding the live recording of his music to Tomb Raider (1996), Tomb Raider II (1997) & Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft (1998), is set to kick off this October. The Tomb Raider Suite album will result.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Robert Ziegler, will be performing McCree's work as orchestrated by Adam Langston. Recording at the world famous Abbey Road Studios is booked across five sessions for Monday & Tuesday, October 16th & 17th, 2017. The release date of The Tomb Raider Suite was slated for November 2017, but this could meet delays to allow mixing, mastering and manufacturing.

"At the moment the estimates are looking very promising. I can safely say that we will be increasing the size of the choir from 20 to 40 voices. This should have a dramatic effect on the final sound. We will also be booking a 5th recording session at Abbey Road which gives us more rehearsal time and the capacity to record more takes. This will have a significant impact on the final recording - quality being our main goal here." - Nathan McCree

Following the sold-out December 2016 debut of Tomb Raider - Live in Concert, The Tomb Raider Suite album boasts an "extraordinary new recording of Nathan McCree's original Tomb Raider I, II & III music played by a full orchestra and choir" presented on vinyl, CD, digital download and streaming platforms. The Tomb Raider Suite's album release will also mark the first independent commercialisation of the music from the classic Tomb Raider video game soundtracks in twenty years of the franchise.