Sunday, August 24, 2014

Wilbert Roget, II (Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris) & legacy TR composer Peter Connelly to feature in BEEP Documentary

The BEEP project is an upcoming film and companion book documenting the evolution of video game music, launched by Karen Collins, Canada Research Chair in Interactive Audio at the Games Institute, University of Waterloo. The project is set to "give a voice to all of those musicians, programmers and sound designers that made the songs and sounds we love, and provide them with a chance to tell their own stories on how they changed history".

1999-2003 mainstay Tomb Raider composer Peter Connelly (The Last Revelation, Chronicles & Angel of Darkness) has already been revealed this week as an included interviewee. MoTR has received the exclusive privilege of announcing that Wilbert Roget, II, lead composer for the upcoming Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, will also be interviewed for the definitive documentary.

"Today, pioneering musicologist Karen Collins launched a crowdfunding campaign to develop the documentary film BEEP: A History of Game Sound and an accompanying guidebook. This documentary film will take viewers on a rich audio-visual journey through the history of game music and sound, from the minimalist sounds of 1970s and 1980s arcade classics through to the surround sound orchestral soundtracks of 2014’s latest epics. It will be published together with a book that will provide an in-depth perspective on the evolution of game audio, packed full of interviews with the pioneers of game sound." - Full PR via VGMOnline

The project has a kick-starter goal of CA$40,000 of which a significant portion has already been reached; donations can be made there if you are interested in becoming a backer. Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is due December 9th, 2014, on next generation platforms Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, with music by Wilbert Roget, II & Paul Houseman.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Wilbert Roget, II and assistant Paul Houseman composing Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris soundtrack [Updated]

While we've heard plenty of fresh Egyptian-style tunes from Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris in trailers and live demos thus far, the responsible composer is yet to be announced with an official press release from Redwood City studio Crystal Dynamics.

However, award-winning composer Wilbert Roget, II appears to have listed the sequel to 2010's Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light on his LinkedIn profile, with outing the talent in June. Cellist Sebastian Freij has also mentioned recording "arabic style cello playing" in-studio for the digital title.

Roget's works span numerous projects, having previously held the position of in-house composer for the recently liquidated LucasArts (Star Wars: The Old Republic). The composer's website indicates he is concurrently working freelance on Temple of Osiris and Dead Island 2. Guardian of Light's soundtrack consisted entirely of recycled music from Tomb Raider: Legend, Anniversary & Underworld, suggesting that the development approach to Temple of Osiris is more musically dedicated.

A soundtrack release for Temple of Osiris does not appear likely, as Guardian of Light received none (a community developed equivalent can be found in MoTR's discography). Yet 2013's Tomb Raider did mark the first commercially available soundtrack in the history of the video game franchise. There may be hope Crystal Dynamics & Square Enix do not dismiss the same treatment for the riveting new Egyptian themes Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris boasts, continuing the trend of music sales for the franchise's future.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is due to be released worldwide on December 9th, 2014, for PC and next generation systems Xbox One and Playstation 4. Physical "Gold Editions" were announced today (unfortunately no mention of an enclosed soundtrack either). Jason Graves is expected to return for the upcoming 10th sequential pillar instalment Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015).

Update: Chris Greening from has confirmed Wilbert Roget, II's attachment to Temple of Osiris. Additionally, the LucasArts alumnus has stated "I hired Paul Houseman as my assistant composer". A freelance team not dissimilar to Troels Folmann & Colin O'Malley; Houseman is a Finnish composer specialising in trailer music for film advertising campaigns. Feel free to visit his website too.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Dynamic music suites spanning the entire franchise by Kejero

Tomb Raider music fan Kejero has accomplished a massive task of orchestrating and arranging the franchise's thematic motifs into sections of dynamically interplaying music. Most of the score sections are matched by ear with their original counterparts, amongst exciting new mashups with original flare, spanning the entire Tomb Raider video game saga as well as the two major motion pictures by Revell & Silvestri.

"I've recently finished work on a unique experiment that I've been working on during the last two years: a music suite blending music from all the major Tomb Raider games and both movies, driven by a dynamic music system that allows the listener to tell the orchestra at any time to transition to a different section of the suite. It's a work of love and nostalgia, and that's what I'm hoping to evoke from all the people who love this music as much as I do." - Kejero

The talented arrangement of concatenated suites has been presented in two static (non-dynamic) forms by the names of The Sanctum of the Ancients & That Kind of Attention, each running 9 whole minutes. The resulting 18 minutes of material is an ode to the last 18 years of Tomb Raider. Furthermore, the music can be experienced how it was intended to be - as an interactive dynamic audio presentation @ Feel free to also like the muso's Facebook page.