Monday, December 08, 2014

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris soundtrack releasing for free - exclusive interview with lead composer Wilbert Roget, II

Redwood City studio Crystal Dynamics is set to officially release the Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris original soundtrack, composed by Wilbert Roget, II, in waves of eight tracks or so at a time throughout the months of December 2014 and January 2015. Eventually the entire album will be available for free via SoundCloud. The first few cues have been released today, to coincide with tomorrow's worldwide launch of the game on Xbox One, Playstation 4 & PC. Direct from the makers themselves, this is a gift of the first of its kind to the Tomb Raider community. The full track list for the album (also to be revealed in instalments) can be found in MoTR's Community Discography.

Wilbert Roget, II is the award-winning composer behind numerous projects such as indie titles Super Roman Conquest, Antiseptic and the MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic. He has assisted in-house production on many other titles for the now liquidated LucasArts. This year the composer freelanced simultaneously on both Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris and Dead Island 2. Crystal Dynamics has kindly offered MoTR an exclusive pre-release interview with the talent where Roget, II elaborates on his work for the digital Lara Croft title. Individual track notes are to feature on the Official Tomb Raider Blog, also following the interview below, the first of which is for the "Lara Croft Overture":

"The “Lara Croft Overture” presents Lara’s theme, performed on the English horn by Kristin Naigus. This was the first piece I wrote for the score, with the intention of creating a sonic guide for the rest of the soundtrack. I focused on showing the juxtaposition between Lara’s posh, educated British upbringing and her perilous archeological adventures. While most of this track intentionally steers clear of overtly Egyptian sounds, its ending introduces an Arabic flavor that characterizes the rest of the score." - Wilbert Roget, II

The complete dialogue and some exclusive production photos are available below, after the jump!

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Nathan McCree interviewed by VGMO with MoTR on his expansive video game music career including Tomb Raider I-III

Community questions were submitted to MoTR in September for a Video Game Music Online interview with legacy composer Nathan McCree (Tomb Raider I, II & III). MoTR was tasked with consolidating these questions for a formal interview with the usually quiet McCree, who has relatively recently become active on social media platforms - using them to tease an upcoming announcement for months.

Nathan McCree amended his Tomb Raider album track lists with MoTR earlier this year, featured in our Community Discography. In the interview, excerpt after the jump below, the composer elaborates on his Tomb Raider work amidst an expansive 21-year career and mentions his desire to publish his back-catalogue in future. McCree ends with a thank you for the continued support from the Tomb Raider community, promising "...something big. It’s coming.".

Friday, October 17, 2014

Rumour: Temple of Osiris soundtrack release in the works?

In regards to an official soundtrack release for the upcoming Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Redwood City studio Crystal Dynamics stated in an update today that there was "No news as of this moment". The Egyptian-themed score is being helmed by franchise newcomer and award-winning composer Wilbert Roget, II with additional assistance from Paul Houseman.

Crystal Dynamics Music Director of Tomb Raider and Audio Director on Temple of Osiris, Al Wilmer, recently teased such a release via Twitter (below). Be sure to let him know if you are interested!

Roget, II and original legacy Tomb Raider composer Nathan McCree also conversed recently on Twitter; revealing the Temple of Osiris composer "had a wonderful time revisiting and studying" McCree's work, albeit required to present a "fresh" musical direction for the Lara Croft series.

Music for 2010's Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light consisted entirely of recycled tracks composed by Troels Folmann & Colin O'Malley (from Tomb Raider: Legend, Anniversary & Underworld). While Guardian of Light's soundtrack was not released, it would be a shame to see the more musically dedicated sequel debut unaccompanied as well. Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is due on December 9th, 2014.