Composer Pieter Smal today publishes his academic music dissertation. The highly detailed work focuses on the "Unifying Elements in the Tomb Raider Trilogy game soundtracks"; examining the music of Legend, Anniversary and Underworld composed by Colin O'Malley & Troels Folmann.
"The Tomb Raider game trilogy was developed between 2006 and 2008 by the gaming company Crystal Dynamics. It consists of three games: Tomb Raider: Legend, Tomb Raider: Anniversary and Tomb Raider: Underworld. Crystal Dynamics hired Troels Folmann to compose the soundtracks for Legend and Anniversary. He remained as music supervisor for Underworld while the bulk of the soundtrack was composed by Colin O'Malley.
The aim of this study is to examine the use of unifying elements in the Tomb Raider Trilogy game soundtracks. These elements may unite the soundtracks in particular or the trilogy as a collective.
Perhaps the most unifying element is the Tomb Raider motif. This figure is heard sequentially and appears as thematic transformations in Underworld. Other themes heard are the main themes for Legend and Underworld." - Pieter Smal
The dissertation was completed for Smal's Bachelor of Music at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. A copy of the dissertation may be read by Academia.edu users, or by contacting Pieter Smal. All of the appended tracks can be streamed via our Community Developed Discography.