Monday, March 19, 2018

First Shadow of the Tomb Raider music in "Path of the Stars"

A new franchise entry in the third Tomb Raider continuation from Crystal Dynamics & Square Enix was announced last week - Shadow of the Tomb Raider launches on September 14th, 2018. "Path of the Stars" is an online puzzle open to select territories - those who can solve the puzzle have the chance to win prizes including a trip for two to attend the Shadow of the Tomb Raider Reveal Event in Los Angeles.

The "Path of the Stars" happens to feature several musical segments presumably from the upcoming video game. The track is eight and a half minutes long and we're uploading it to our YouTube peripheral for our readers to stream, but the file can be downloaded directly via the official Tomb Raider website.

Crystal Dynamics are yet to make an announcement naming the composer for Shadow of the Tomb Raider, but the track we're first hearing features the distinct thematic motif created for the rebooted franchise in 2013 by composer Jason Graves. Bobby Tahouri utilised the same theme in his score for 2015's Rise of the Tomb Raider and it's likely the composer could return to compose for Shadow.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

MoTR interviews composer Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL on the Tomb Raider (2018): Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

MoTR had the opportunity and privilege to interview Tomb Raider (2018) composer Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL on the eve of the Tomb Raider: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack release - March 9th, 2018. Holkenborg's recent blockbuster film works include 300: Rise of an Empire (2014), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) & Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). Interestingly, the prolific composer also has a history with video game soundtracks including SSX, Need For Speed & The Sims.

As for prior interviews MoTR has hosted with Tomb Raider franchise composers Bobby Tahouri, Wilbert Roget, II & Jason Graves, the floor was open to Tomb Raider community members to submit questions which were consolidated for the interview, kindly conducted by Crystal Dynamics. Unfortunately we ran a little out of time to ask a couple more of them, but have a read of the full transcript below!

We'd like to thank Tom Holkenborg, Crystal Dynamics & Warner Bros. profusely for their time and efforts. The Tomb Raider: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will release to digital retailers March 9th, 2018, with a collectable CD release launching on the same day as the film's debut on March 16th.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL reveals Tomb Raider (2018) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack track-listing & release(s)

Prolific media composer Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL has revealed the album artwork and track-listing for his upcoming Tomb Raider: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The official score album for the action-adventure film is to be released by Sony Masterworks digitally on March 9th, 2018, one week ahead of the film's release. A physical audio CD is to be released on March 16th, 2018, and is already available to order via Amazon. Track durations and album run-time are yet to be confirmed:

  1. Return to Croft Manor
  2. Seeking Endurance
  3. The Bag
  4. Path of Paternal Secrets
  5. The Devil's Sea
  6. Let Yamatai Have Her
  7. Figure in the Night
  8. Remember This
  9. Never Give Up
  10. Karakuri Wall
  11. What Lies Underneath Yamatai
  12. There's No Time
  13. Becoming the Tomb Raider
  14. The Croft Legacy

What remains to be heard is if Tomb Holkenborg has utilised any thematic motifs from the video game franchise - for example, Alan Silvestri incorporated Nathan McCree's original 1996 Tomb Raider theme into 2003's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life. We have requested a community-driven franchise-focused interview with the film-franchise's third composer, as we last facilitated with video game composers Bobby Tahouri, Wilbert Roget II & Jason Graves, but Holkenborg is yet to respond from the film sphere.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and its sequel The Cradle of Life both saw the release of dedicated various artists compilation soundtrack albums, companions to their respective score albums. There is no indication of the same for Tomb Raider (2018). However an original song accompanying the film, "Run For Your Life" by K.Flay, has also been released as a digital single today.

Tomb Raider stars Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft and hits cinemas March 16th, 2018. The Tomb Raider: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack has entered MoTR's Commercial Discography Page.