Monday, October 01, 2018

Tomb Raider: The Dark Angel launches on Kickstarter with £180,000 target; TWO albums announced with pledge rewards

Peter Connelly's Tomb Raider: The Dark Angel crowd-funding campaign has arrived on Kickstarter! The project follows in the footsteps of The Tomb Raider Suite by requiring an all-or-nothing backing of £180,000 by November 1st, 2018. One unfortunate aspect of 2016's The Tomb Raider Suite project is that following the fundraising, the album has yet to be released to the backers - the same pool of Tomb Raider fans will need some buttering up in order to support The Dark Angel. The successfully funded project will spawn two albums: 1) Tomb Raider: The Dark Angel Symphony & 2) Tomb Raider: Remastered.

"The core of Tomb Raider: The Dark Angel Symphony is a suite of two albums: one recorded by an 82-piece orchestra at the prestigious Air Lyndhurst Studios, London, and produced by a world-class professional team led by Dr. Richard Niles (an world-renowned orchestrator for Paul McCartney, the Pet Shop Boys, Trevor Horn and more), for the most beautiful and moving Tomb Raider sound you will ever hear. The second is for an album of Peter Connelly’s original Tomb Raider scores remastered for the highest-possible sound quality."

The primary album will consist of the re-orchestrated music from Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (1999), Tomb Raider: Chronicles (2000) & Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness (2003), while the second forms the re-mastered original soundtracks of the games - their first commercially available form in the history of the franchise. Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness is also set to be released in 5.1 surround sound (as an upper tier pledge reward). Other extras up for grabs include "vinyls, the full score, posters, studio attendance, rare memorabilia, and limited-edition fan-produced items like jewellery and statuettes". Support the Kickstarter here. Full reward tiers tabulated after the jump below.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Original Game Soundtrack tracklisting detailed in special retail editions (enclosed release)

For players that have pre-ordered special retail editions of Shadow of the Tomb Raider, not only does their 48 hours of early access begin now, but Square Enix should also have emailed with a download link for the Shadow of the Tomb Raider Original Game Soundtrack upon successful registration of a copy of the game (Deluxe/Croft/Collector's/Ultimate Edition only).

The Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Original Game Soundtrack album has been catalogued in MoTR's commercial discography. Composed by Brian D'Oliveira, the soundtrack consists of 17 tracks spanning 61 minutes. Martin Stig Andersen's contributions are not included. Square Enix provide the digital format in both uncompressed fidelity and a handy MP3 package. Album artwork above and full tracklisting below:

  1. Overture (Obsession - Path of the Stars - Lara's Theme) [3:36]
  2. Ruins at Cozumel [2:51]
  3. Trinity Pursuit [3:40]
  4. Trinity Confrontation - Dr. Dominguez [1:51]
  5. Creation and Destruction [1:13]
  6. Innocent Death [2:20]
  7. One With the Jungle [2:55]
  8. Lara's Dream [6:35]
  9. Paititi (City of the Serpent) [4:24]
  10. Cenote [3:16]
  11. Return to Paititi [3:35]
  12. Sacrifice [3:20]
  13. Baptism of Fire [2:36]
  14. Hope [3:13]
  15. The Chosen [2:36]
  16. Death of the Sun [8:36]
  17. Goodbye Paititi [4:18]

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Shadow of the Tomb Raider sound & music featurette

Shadow of the Tomb Raider composer Brian D'Oliveira of La Hacienda Creative and Audio / Music director Rob Bridgett of Eidos Montreal elaborate on the sound and music of the game in the video feature above. The announcement of D'Oliveira's involvement in the upcoming franchise pillar installment alongside supporting compositions by Martin Stig Andersen precedes.

Bridgett and D’Oliveira crafted the sound and music of Shadow of the Tomb Raider over three years: "From dense jungles and bustling city hubs to terrifying tombs and underwater cenotes – the game’s rich environments come to life with an immersive and authentic audio experience". D'Oliveira even visited Mexico to collect trunk-loads of authentic instruments for his La Hacienda studio in Montreal.

D'Oliveira takes the reigns from Rise of the Tomb Raider's Bobby Tahouri and continues to incorporate the rebooted thematic motif created for Lara Croft by Jason Graves in 2013. The Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Original Game Soundtrack is to be released as enclosed in special retail editions of the game, due to hit video game retailers worldwide on September 14th, 2018.