Friday, April 22, 2016

The Tomb Raider Suite announced - classic soundtracks by Nathan McCree to be re-recorded and released, concert too

At PAX East today the "Lara Croft: The Undisputed Queen of Gaming" panel was held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Tomb Raider franchise. Legacy classics composer Nathan McCree (Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider II & III: Adventures of Lara Croft) was present to make a very special announcement.

The Tomb Raider Suite is a project that wil see the first three Tomb Raider soundtracks re-recorded with an orchestra at Abbey Road Studios (à la Peter Connelly's The Angel of Darkness). The resulting material is to be released commercially on CD and in digital download formats. This marks the first purchasable release of the music to the original Core Design Tomb Raider trilogy in 20 years of the franchise.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the fans, as well as me, to hear the music as I had always intended it.” - Nathan McCree

Following his work on Tomb Raider, McCree has always reflected upon the constraints placed upon him by the limited technology of 1996-1998. This collection aims to rectify the sound of the classic compositions and will also include "extensions and variations of original tracks from the first three Tomb Raider titles".

To further celebrate this release and the 20th anniversary of Tomb Raider, a live concert of the material is being organised in London for later this year. The production of the album(s) and live concert event will be covered in an upcoming documentary, Tomb Raider: Remastered, directed by Matthew Longfellow.

Peter Connelly is also featured in the recently announced "20 Years of Tomb Raider" hardback by Crystal Dynamics' Meagan Marie. The book is set to include exclusive interviews with Tomb Raider composers amongst extensive coverage of other aspects of the Tomb Raider universe.

Full Tomb Raider Suite Announcement via the official Tomb Raider Blog.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Music to our ears: chat show host Graham Norton plays actress Keeley Hawes her own voice recordings as Lara Croft

Comedy chat show host Graham Norton hosted a very special guest tonight - Lara Croft's most prolific voice actress Keeley Hawes. Hawes has graced the iconic video game character with her charm from 2006 through 2014 (Tomb Raider: Legend, Anniversary, Underworld, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light & Temple of Osiris). The Graham Norton Show borrowed an excerpt from a recording compilation (as extracted by the Music of Tomb Raider) and played the track to the British actress on-air. In the company of Hugh Grant and Meryl Streep, hilarity soon ensues (watch the show segment above).

While not strictly music, MoTR is responsible for the existence of this piece. During the construction of our Community Developed Discography and the digitally remastered Crystal Dynamics Tomb Raider Trilogy soundtracks in 2011, we stumbled across these raw recordings of Hawes and knew immediately it was too magical not to share. The full compilation of what Keeley Hawes had to go through while voicing Lara Croft's incidentals can be experienced below:

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Piano cover(s) of Rise of the Tomb Raider tracks published

Pianist Petya brilliantly covers Bobby Tahouri's "Echoes of the Past" and "Meet the Remnants" in their own arrangement, topping off the recording with a nod to the original Tomb Raider continuation motif by Nathan McCree. Apparently this is only a demo version - keep your ears listening for the full version set to "appear in the coming months". Enjoy the full demo recording below. 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.