Sunday, March 01, 2015

Wilbert Roget, II releases additional Temple of Osiris music


Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris lead composer Wilbert Roget, II today releases three additional tracks from the award-nominated video game score. The 6 minutes of newly available music can be streamed or downloaded in uncompressed WAV format via Roget II's SoundCloud. Tracks include "Pyramid of Osiris" (the tutorial level music, by popular demand) and "Of Course It's A Trap", as well as "The Priests of Sobek" by assistant composer Paul Houseman. The release of a fourth track is planned.

The Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris original soundtrack was released for free by developer Crystal Dynamics across December 2014 and January 2015 as a thank you to fans. Details are in our Community-developed Discography. Today's release features a shiny new custom-type album artwork by specialist digital artist Javier Gasco. MoTR also had the pleasure of exclusively interviewing the talented Roget, II.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Rarity: "Akaro Female Vocals" from Tomb Raider (2013)


A long requested investigation has been finally conducted for our readers - details on the only externally licensed track from Tomb Raider (2013). Composer Jason Graves was even queried on twitter as to the origins of this piece - but it is the musical work instead of Markus Bravo. The haunting Japanese vocals play near the beginning of the game from a gramophone within a flooded bunker.

"Akaro Female Vocals" from the Ryukyuan: Classical collection can be streamed at Audiosparx.com. Audiosparx acts as a licensing agent, distributor and publisher of music typically composed for use in advertising such as Hollywood trailers - serving as a vast library of readily available music and sound effects. "Akaro Female Vocals" was evidently purchased by developer Crystal Dynamics for commercial use within Tomb Raider. The piece is described as a "mysterious and exotic Japanese/oriental track, sparsely produced, emotional, poignant, quiet", with dramatic indigenous female vocals likely to have been chosen for their Japanese timbre in relation to the game's fictional setting of Yamatai.

Lara memorably asks "Music?" upon descending into the bunker located in Tomb Raider's Coastal Forest. Loosing an arrow into the gramophone even stops the tune from playing. While proven popular, unfortunately the track is not available for personal purchase (it can instead be licensed commercially for around US$80). Thanks to our readers who suggested this rarity!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Peter Connelly channels Tomb Raider for Blackguards 2 OST


Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, Chronicles and The Angel of Darkness composer Peter Connelly today releases an excerpt from his collection of work on PC-exclusive, turn-based strategy RPG Blackguards 2. Connelly's entire soundtrack to the game is included with its purchase from both Steam and Humble Store. The sample music can be streamed via the composer's SoundCloud.

In 2012 Connelly released his entire Tomb Raider catalogue via SoundCloud (The Last Revelation, Chronicles & The Angel of Darkness) including previously unreleased material. The composer was in touch with MoTR to let us know that the Blackguards 2 score is something of a spiritual successor to his music for Tomb Raider titles:

"My work on Blackguards 2 has multiple connections to Tomb Raider - it felt as though I was working on Tomb Raider again during the composition process..." - and Connelly elaborates across social media - "...when composing, I was thrown back to my Core days, so anyone who enjoys my older Tomb Raider soundtracks, particularly The Last Revelation soundtrack, will certainly enjoy this."

Connelly was last on the video game music scene for AAA Ubisoft titles Watch Dogs & The Crew (both 2014), as Composer and Audio Lead, and is next set to appear in the BEEP Video Game Music Documentary alongside fellow Tomb Raider composers Nathan McCree and Wilbert Roget, II. Feel free to like his Facebook page for updates on current projects.