Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Original Tomb Raider composer Nathan McCree sets Tomb Raider suite concert for December, plans sheet music release

Original Tomb Raider composer Nathan McCree continues production of The Tomb Raider Suite, an orchestral arrangement of the scores to Tomb Raider (1996), Tomb Raider II (1997) & Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft (1998). As well as debuting the material in the form of a live concert, now confirmed to be happening in December, the project is also set to be recorded at Abbey Road Studios. An album of this recording is planned for release both on CD and in digital formats via major music retailers. McCree has also revealed plans to release original Tomb Raider sheet music, or at least the Tomb Raider main theme's arrangement, for the first time in the history of the franchise.

Nathan McCree in-studio, 1998, courtesy of Tomb of Ash

The composer has since been interviewed by recording with Respawn! on The Tomb Raider Suite in which he addresses concerns around the new sound of the upcoming orchestral arrangements. Fellow fansite Tomb of Ash scored an interview too, complete with exclusive production photos from 1998, where Nathan discusses the original Tomb Raider soundtracks. McCree has also teased a collaboration with his successor Peter Connelly, who helmed the series from Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation through The Angel of Darkness, although this isn't specific to The Tomb Raider Suite.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Exclusive retrospective interview with Ashley Revell, music editor, for the 15th anniversary of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Kiwi Ashley Revell has worked as Music Editor on his brother and composer Graeme Revell’s film scores for the majority of their careers. While Graeme rarely does interviews these days, Ashley agreed to an exclusive retrospective interview with MoTR after meeting with us at Auckland airport. Graeme Revell's right hand man was happy to reminisce on the production of the now 15-year-old score to 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, completed in a space of only 10 days after the Revell bros. were attached to the project at a very late stage. Ashley now lives in Los Angeles with his wife.

The Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - Original Motion Picture Score by Graeme Revell, featured in our commercial Tomb Raider discography, is still available from all good music retailers. Close to 24 minutes of the complete score, which MoTR had the privilege of experiencing for this reflection, remains unreleased.

Read the full interview with Ashley Revell after the jump below.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Rumour: Magnus Beite to compose Tomb Raider film reboot

Alicia Vikander will play Lara Croft in the upcoming film reboot, image courtesy of Variety

A third Tomb Raider film hot off the heels of the 2013 video game reboot has been in development for some time - ever since GK Films acquired the rights to another film adaptation of Lara Croft's adventures in 2011. MGM and Warner Bros. have since joined the project to fund and it is moving along admirably with actress Alicia Vikander being cast as the pop-culturally relevant character just last month.

Norwegian director Roar Uthaug was also attached to the title late last year and although often sought into post-production of a film, a composer will be in the pipeline. Magnus Beite (Cold Prey, The Wave) has collaborated with Uthaug for every one of his films and it's likely the director will want to utilise the fellow Norwegian for his latest piece of work. However, it is equally possible producers would see Uthaug pair with a more renowned Hollywood-composer for such a high-profile production and his entry into American film.

BAFTA-winner Jason Graves created a new thematic motif for the Tomb Raider (2013) video game reboot and musical continuity was maintained in last year's Rise of the Tomb Raider despite being helmed by the film-savvy Bobby Tahouri. It is unclear at this stage if this motif will transfer to the new film which will be inspired in some part by the recent video games.

Graeme Revell composed the score to the first Tomb Raider film, 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, while Alan Silvestri incorporated original Tomb Raider video game composer Nathan McCree's motif for the sequel, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life (2003), both starring Angelina Jolie as the titular icon.