Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Tomb Raider Suite album Kickstarter fund to launch May 26th

Following Tomb Raider - Live in Concert's sold-out December 2016 debut, composer Nathan McCree has announced the launch of a Kickstarter approach to fund The Tomb Raider Suite studio-recording album release following his financial loss on the concert. The official Tomb Raider Suite Website also opens.

The Kickstarter aims to fund the "extraordinary new recording of Nathan McCree's original Tomb Raider I, II & III music played by a full orchestra and choir" to be released on vinyl, CD, digital download and streaming platforms. The recordings will be performed by the world renowned Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, and the album is set for release in the third quarter of 2017:

When Nathan McCree wrote the extraordinary and iconic music for the first three Tomb Raider games between 1996 and 1998, it was recorded using the synthesizers available at the time. But for 20 years he dreamt of hearing his music performed by a full orchestra and choir and with the 20th Anniversary of the release of Tomb Raider in 2016, the timing was perfect to realise his dream.

On Sunday 18th December, 2016, The Tomb Raider Suite received its World Premiere in London. Performed live by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the City of London Choir, it received a standing ovation from the nearly 2,000 fans who attended the concert. It was an unmitigated success and the final event in the Tomb Raider 20th Anniversary celebrations.

Our goal is to do a studio recording of The Tomb Raider Suite with one of England's leading orchestras in England's most famous recording studios, Abbey Road in London.

Now that Nathan's themes and cues from the first three games have been fully orchestrated for a 76-piece orchestra and 20-voice choir, it is ready to be recorded to the highest standard to release as an album in the summer of 2017.

This is a unique opportunity for all of us Tomb Raider fans to finally own and hear a world-class recording of the music as Nathan McCree had always intended it."

McCree now holds the license to his music for Tomb Raider for the next seven years and this will mark the first ever commercialisation of his work on the franchise. The Kickstarter starts May 26th, 2017, with funding tiers yet to be announced. The following promotional video has been released to spread the word:

Monday, May 08, 2017

Composer Nathan McCree interviewed by Community Manager Meagan Marie on The Tomb Raider Suite live on Instagram

Meagan Marie, Senior Community Manager at Crystal Dynamics, sat down with Nathan McCree, composer of the music to Tomb Raider (1996), Tomb Raider II (1997) & Tomb Raider III (1998), for a live interview on Instagram in McCree's Czech Republic studio. The complete video was recorded and made available later via McCree's YouTube (above), including some samples from the Tomb Raider Suite.

Marie and McCree also managed to indicate some of the Kickstarter tier rewards in their discussion:

"There'll be CDS, deluxe version CDs, Vinyls, serveral different kinds of Vinyl releases and lots of merchandise which you can buy to do with The Tomb Raider Suite. You can even come out to dinner with me, if you fancy. There's also going to be some other celebrations to attend and also Shelly [Blond]... there's lots of things there at all different price ranges. I'm pretty sure there'll be something there for everybody. So please do support the project. We do need your support on this to make it happen. By supporting the project you will be able to be a part of this historic recording." - Nathan McCree

The Tomb Raider Suite studio-recording album is set to release in Q3 2017. The first ten minutes of the interview are transcribed after the jump below!

Friday, April 07, 2017

Nathan McCree publishes live recording of "In The Blood"

Franchise legacy composer Nathan McCree (Tomb Raider through Tomb Raider III) has published a promotional video recording from Tomb Raider: Live In Concert, December 18th, 2016, featuring a new track entitled "In The Blood" from The Tomb Raider Suite.

Performed live at the Eventim Apollo in London by The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra & The City of London Choir, the piece is a new Tomb Raider entry composed by Nathan McCree, arranged by Adam Langston, conducted by Robert Ziegler & produced by David Burns & Tommy Pearson.

As well as a Tomb Raider Suite studio-recording album release, McCree is planning to have Tomb Raider - Live In Concert return for more shows. Plans for the production or release of the intended Tomb Raider: Remastered video documentary of the concert are yet to be addressed.