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.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Peter Connelly announces Tomb Raider: The Dark Angel

In the same vein as Nathan McCree's The Tomb Raider Suite, the Tomb Raider: The Dark Angel project aims to re-record legacy franchise composer Peter Connelly's soundtracks to Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (1999), Tomb Raider: Chronicles (2000) & Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness (2003). The project has been in development for over two years and is being slated for funding via Kickstarter, following The Tomb Raider Suite's success in reaching 121% of its goal.

"The album will not be a direct copy of the original Tomb Raider games’ scores, although it will remain faithful to those classic soundtracks. The music will be transformed and rearranged using techniques and personnel that were simply not available or within reach 15–20 years ago. Connelly intends to bring the musical compositions and recordings up to date and provide the listener, not only a sense of nostalgia, but with a whole new experience of this familiar and much-loved Tomb Raider music." - Press release

It should be noted that "The original versions of Connelly’s pieces will also be made available, properly remastered and beautifully presented, to tie-in with the new orchestral album so that fans can enjoy the original scores in the best possible quality" - something The Tomb Raider Suite project is yet to offer for the still unreleased soundtracks to Tomb Raider I, II & III (1996-1998) in over 20 years of the franchise.

Despite the soundtrack to Angel of Darkness having been recorded at Abbey Road Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2002, Connelly promises that "all of the music, TR6 included, will be re-arranged in the same way that TR4 and TR5 will be re-mastered so they're all part of the same "family". The Last Revelation & Chronicles will benefit immensely as their soundtracks were limited by the software-instrumentation technology of the times. Personnel includes masters in their field - Dr Richard Niles, Isobel Griffiths & Tomb Raider alumnus Martin Iveson.

The Kickstarter campaign launches on October 1st, and the studio album is set to be recorded and produced at the state-of-the-art Air Lyndhurst Studios in London. Formats, distribution & pledge tiers are yet to be announced, but for upcoming information please visit the Tomb Raider: The Dark Angel website.