Monday, July 18, 2016

20 Years of Music in Tomb Raider Video Games

There are eleven Tomb Raider video games released over two decades. Navigating the music for these games could be challenging, especially if the reader/player/listener does not have a background of the games, the music, or the composers.

In celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Tomb Raider franchise, Pieter Smal wrote an article for Gamasutra that review the composers, main themes, and notable extracts from the Tomb Raider games. If you wish to familiarise yourself with the music of the Tomb Raider games, read the article here.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Dean Kopri celebrates Tomb Raider's 20th Anniversary

Legacy fan tribute composer Dean Kopri publishes a second track celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Tomb Raider. Kopri mixes variations of Nathan McCree's original Tomb Raider motif from Tomb Raider I, II, III & The Angel of Darkness into this new arrangement.

Dean Kopri has a respectable collection of Tomb Raider compositions and arrangements available to stream on his YouTube channel. Feel free to check out the composer's Facebook page too. If you are interested in submitting a fan tribute piece yourself, head over to our contact page for the full details.

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 a sheet music publication of the Tomb Raider Suite, including 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.