Sunday, May 17, 2015

Peter Connelly channels Tomb Raider for Blackguards 2 OST

Update: The Blackguards 2: Official Soundtrack launches on digital music platforms including iTunes, Amazon and Spotify on the 1st of June 2015. [Originally posted 16th February 2015:]

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.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Lara Croft: Relic Run soundtrack features original music

Soft-released in the Netherlands, mobile-only infinite runner title Lara Croft: Relic Run features original looping music composed by Matthew Scott & Adam Shaw. Video game sound designer Shaw can be followed on Twitter, while Scott's SoundCloud hosts "Dream". The piece accompanies Relic Run's credits:

MoTR has touched base with Tomb Raider/Lara Croft developer Crystal Dynamics - unfortunately due to the contiguous nature of the tracks there are no plans for the isolated release of this music via the studio's SoundCloud à la the Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris: Original Game Soundtrack. Lara Croft: Relic Run is slated for a free-to-play worldwide release on iOS and Android platforms later this year.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

McCree débuts unreleased Tomb Raider track, "In the Dark", for the 15th anniversary of Katie Fleming's official TR fansite

Web-mistress of 15-year-old Katie's Tomb Raider, Katie Fleming, introduces "In the Dark" (McCree)

Congratulations to fellow official Tomb Raider fansite Katie's Tomb Raider for reaching the milestone of its 15th birthday! Luckily for us, web-mistress Katie Fleming has been in cahoots with original Tomb Raider composer Nathan McCree to mark the occasion by releasing a musical treat for the fans (above).

McCree today releases "In the Dark" - a track the composer "wrote in 2001 which [he] thought would be good for a Tomb Raider project". The piece premières via Katie Fleming's YouTube channel. The composer left Core Design after completing Tomb Raider II (1997), but was hired freelance to continue music development for Tomb Raider III: The Adventures of Lara Croft (1998). Nathan McCree in fact interviewed Peter Connelly as his replacement for Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (1999).

MoTR had the pleasure of interviewing Nathan in December via Video Game Music Online, where he teased the proper release of his original works. The composer is next set to appear in video game music documentary BEEP alongside Peter Connelly & Wilbert Roget, II. We have reached out to McCree for an elaborative on the new piece "In the Dark", stay tuned! Full report at Stella's Tomb Raider Blog.