Saturday, September 09, 2017

Tom Holkenborg commences work on Tomb Raider (2018)

New: Alicia Vikander in Tomb Raider (2018) via Empire

It was let slip in June that composer Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL was helming the score to the upcoming Tomb Raider film reboot starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, due out March 18th, 2018. The film is heavily inspired by the 2013 video game reboot of the same name, and with filming wrapping up in Cape Town and London earlier this year, the visual tie-in is unmistakable. The question now on the tip of every Tomb Raider fan's tongue - will the film soundtrack utilise the thematic motif from the games?

Circumstantially it appears that Jason Graves, the composer tasked with crafting a new Tomb Raider theme for the rebooted game series in 2013, has already asked Holkenborg the very question via Twitter:

The Tomb Raider franchise's last silver screen adaptions, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) & Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life (2003) were accompanied by music composed by Graeme Revell and Alan Silvestri respectively. Revell had a very short time to finish the job, and legacy video game composer Nathan McCree's original Tomb Raider motif did not make it into the soundtrack. Silvestri, on the other hand, implemented McCree's motif with significant variation.

Holkenborg may not yet be able to disclose plans for the music of Tomb Raider (2018). A trailer for the upcoming film by director Roar Uthaug is surely imminent, but as goes the film advertising industry, it's unlikely to incorporate any work from Holkenborg and instead be accompanied by third party trailer score.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Tomb Raider Suite set to record album this October

Lara's been to Abbey Road before - for "Angel of Darkness" in 2002

Original Tomb Raider legacy composer Nathan McCree's more-than-successsful Kickstarter campaign, funding the live recording of his music to Tomb Raider (1996), Tomb Raider II (1997) & Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft (1998), is set to kick off this October. The Tomb Raider Suite album will result.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Robert Ziegler, will be performing McCree's work as orchestrated by Adam Langston. Recording at the world famous Abbey Road Studios is booked across five sessions for Monday & Tuesday, October 16th & 17th, 2017. The release date of The Tomb Raider Suite was slated for November 2017, but this could meet delays to allow mixing, mastering and manufacturing.

"At the moment the estimates are looking very promising. I can safely say that we will be increasing the size of the choir from 20 to 40 voices. This should have a dramatic effect on the final sound. We will also be booking a 5th recording session at Abbey Road which gives us more rehearsal time and the capacity to record more takes. This will have a significant impact on the final recording - quality being our main goal here." - Nathan McCree

Following the sold-out December 2016 debut of Tomb Raider - Live in Concert, The Tomb Raider Suite album boasts an "extraordinary new recording of Nathan McCree's original Tomb Raider I, II & III music played by a full orchestra and choir" presented on vinyl, CD, digital download and streaming platforms. The Tomb Raider Suite's album release will also mark the first independent commercialisation of the music from the classic Tomb Raider video game soundtracks in twenty years of the franchise.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Tomb Raider Suite Kickstarter succeeds at 121% funding

Tomb Raider (1996), Tomb Raider II (1997) and Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft (1998) composer Nathan McCree has successfully funded a campaign through Kickstarter to produce a studio-recording album release of The Tomb Raider Suite, marking the first commercialization of McCree's iconic original Tomb Raider music in the history of the two-decade franchise. The project was backed by 2,615 contributors at 121% of the £160,000 goal in 30 days:

"Well done everyone. What an amazing performance. Not only did we get funded we knocked it out of the park! One of the best days of my life.

And so we go to Abbey Road.Thank you for making this dream come true!" - Nathan McCree

The album follows the sold-out December 2016 debut of Tomb Raider - Live in Concert. An "extraordinary new recording of Nathan McCree's original Tomb Raider I, II & III music played by a full orchestra and choir", The Tomb Raider Suite will be released on vinyl, CD, digital download and streaming platforms. The material will be performed by the world renowned Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, and the album is set for release in the third quarter of 2017.

There is still no word on the third leg of McCree's Tomb Raider Suite Project, a documentary film tentatively titled Tomb Raider: Remastered. The composer now holds the license to his music for the next seven years, however, and anticipates taking Tomb Raider - Live in Concert on a world tour.