Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Wilbert Roget, II performs "Lara Croft Overture" piano solo

Much to fan delight, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris composer Wilbert Roget, II published a recording of his "Lara Croft Overture" on YouTube (below). Following this sublime presentation, MoTR made a request for the sheet music - what would be a franchise first. But Roget, II informed us that he usually plays "these piano arrangements by ear". A fair excuse, having composed the music himself.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris was released in December 2014 on PC, Xbox One & PlayStation 4. Unlike it's musically recycled predecessor, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, the soundtrack to Temple of Osiris consisted of an entirely original score. MoTR had the pleasure of exclusively interviewing Wilbert Roget, II at Crystal Dynamics' launch of his original soundtrack album, which is still available for free!

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Original Tomb Raider theme as recreated by Simon Spark

Tomb Raider music fan Simon Spark has submitted the above faithful remake of legacy composer Nathan McCree's original "Tomb Raider Theme" to MoTR. Not unlike prior re-renders of Tomb Raider III by tomekkobialka, Spark is in the dedicated process of remaking the remainder of 1996's Tomb Raider score. The (work in progress) playlist can be accessed via YouTube - the creator elaborates below:

"I've always been a big fan of the original Tomb Raider, more than any other game in the franchise, and the sense of awe, mystery and wonder that game impressed upon me (and many others I'm sure) way back in 1996 remains a fond memory thanks to Nathan McCree's music. It was like nothing else I'd heard in a video game and it even contributed to me becoming interested in making music myself.

So I created this piece mainly for fun and as something of a tribute. The Roland hardware that the TR1 score was created with was sounding a little dated to me so I set out to remake the main theme anew. Importantly though, I didn't want to reinterpret the music but rather stay as faithful to the original as I could. This took a lot of listening to the piece, picking out the notes by ear and re-creating it inside my DAW. It was a process I enjoyed so much that I'm thinking of doing the same for other early Tomb Raider tracks so, should I have time, I'll probably do exactly that." - Simon Spark

Please feel free to support and appreciate Simon Spark's efforts via the following media links, where he has also published a remake of the mansion theme from Resident Evil (1996), as well as a reinterpretation of Gareth Coker's main theme from Ori and the Blind Forest (2015). If you are interested in submitting a fan tribute piece to feature on MoTR yourself, head over to our contact page for the full details.

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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.