Friday, March 20, 2015

New Rise of the Tomb Raider music featured in "Crystal Compass Radio" debut (new monthly in-show musical breaks)

Crystal Dynamics, the Redwood City studio behind the upcoming tenth franchise pillar instalment Rise of the Tomb Raider, today re-launches their Crystal Compass Podcast (previously titled "The Crystal Habit"). Not only does the podcast borrow brand new Rise of the Tomb Raider cues for use as musical interludes, but the monthly show now also boasts a dedicated musical section titled Crystal Compass Radio featuring "musical breaks with classic Crystal Dynamics tracks", hosted by Meagan Marie:

"We're excited to be back and bring in new features... something different... enjoy a little musical interlude with Crystal Compass Radio: We're going to take a quick break before the final segment of our podcast[s] and let you listen to two tracks, one classic and one current, from our titles. This episode we're going to listen to the main theme from Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, composed by Peter Connelly, followed by the "Lara Croft Overture" composed by Wilbert Roget for Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris. These two pieces have been specially chosen to lead into our Classic Crystal feature which takes a retrospective look at Tomb Raider and the allure of Ancient Egypt." - Meagan Marie, Senior Community Manager

Tomb Raider (2013) composer Jason Graves has yet to be officially attached to the AAA title Rise but is likely to return having crafted a fresh musical framework for the reboot of the series. It can be safely assumed the podcast interlude tracks have been composed for the the game - Crystal did the same for Tomb Raider pre-release. The Crystal Compass Podcast can be listened to and subscribed to at iTunes. MoTR will be covering the monthly Crystal Compass Radio features with great interest as this is the first time Crystal Dynamics have officially acknowledged their back catalogue of musical assets (acquired when the series was transferred from original Tomb Raider developer Core Design). Take a listen to the new Rise of the Tomb Raider music - suspected to the work of Graves - after the jump below:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Peter Connelly plans re-recordings & merchandise for Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, Chronicles & Angel of Darkness

Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (1999), Chronicles (2000) & The Angel of Darkness (2003) composer Peter Connelly has indicated plans to turn to Kickstarter funding for a fresh rehash of his work on the titles, as well as the commercial release of his original Tomb Raider 4, 5 & 6 soundtracks:

"I have plans... BIG PLANS... plans to set up a Kickstarter project to help fund a remake of my Tomb Raider 4 - The Last Revelation, Tomb Raider 5 - Chronicles and, with the help and / or blessing of Martin Iveson (AOD co-writer), Tomb Raider 6 - Angel of Darkness OSTs. The production will be huge and the merchandise available will be a something to pledge for..."

Pledge-dependent merchandise to follow could include digital soundtrack downloads, limited edition signed CD box sets (including both the original soundtracks and planned re-recordings), the 5.1 surround-sound Angel of Darkness soundtrack on DVD, vinyl releases and accompanying musical score on sheet to boot.

Details should follow Connelly jumping through legality hoops - but the serious intentions of the project have been intimated. If successful, the composer will be making the first standalone purchasable soundtrack releases for aforementioned titles in over a decade. With fellow classic Tomb Raider composer Nathan McCree also set to make big announcement(s), 2015 is turning out to be particularly sonorous.

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.