Thursday, November 10, 2016

Original Lara Croft voice actress Shelley Blond joins as MC for December's London show: Tomb Raider - Live In Concert

Shelley Blond, the original voice actress for Lara Croft in Tomb Raider (1996), has been attached to Nathan McCree's live rendition of the original music to the first three Tomb Raider video games. Shelley Blond has been confirmed as compère, introducing the performance in December. McCree and Blond will both be participating in a signing session following the show. The concert will be held Sunday the 18th of December 2016 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are on sale now via Eventim Apollo.

Tomb Raider - Live in Concert is a premiere event where The Tomb Raider Suite will be performed live by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, this December, at the Eventim Hammersmith Apollo in London. The concert will be nostalgic and interactive with a giant screen above the orchestra displaying in-game footage, images, and interviews, "revisiting some of Lara Croft’s greatest adventures".

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Rumour: Nathan McCree to compose Tomb Raider film reboot

Although little evidence has amounted to the following, original Tomb Raider video game composer Nathan McCree is rumoured to be attached to the upcoming film reboot. Alicia Vikander is set to star as Lara Croft with Norwegian director Roar Uthaug helming the return of the franchise to the silver screen.

The composer has appeared nonchalant when queried via twitter, even entertaining the notion. To boot, the film's IMDB page boasts McCree's involvement, although this can be determined by any public editor. Both GK films and Uthaug are following McCree on Twitter, something in the case of Crystal Dynamics' Karl Stewart and composer Jason Graves, has proved connection before.

Considering Uthaug's repeat collaboration it was originally speculated that Magnus Beite would be involved with the film's music. While it wouldn't be a stretch for a video game composer to transition to film, the possibility seems less likely in the Hollywood sphere, especially with McCree's lack of credentials in film. Roar Uthaug has also recently utilised Alan Silvestri for Allied, the latest production by GK Films.

Despite any indication towards McCree's involvement, the composer of the original Tomb Raider theme would potentially be restricted to utilising the franchise's replacement musical motif (as composed for the 2013 reboot of the series by Jason Graves). Although it is not yet clear musical elements of the latest video games in the series will translate over to the rebooted film.

Graeme Revell composed the score to the first Tomb Raider film, 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, while Alan Silvestri incorporated Nathan McCree's original video game motif for the sequel, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life (2003), both starring Angelina Jolie as the titular icon.

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.