Saturday, September 10, 2016

Retrospective: The Arcade interviews Peter Connelly

Peter Connelly and official Lara Croft model Jill De Jong at Abbey Road Studios, 2002

Legacy composer Peter Connelly, responsible for helming the Tomb Raider franchise from Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (1999) through Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness (2003), the latter a joint effort with Martin Iveson, was recently interviewed in a fascinating retrospective:

"I wasn’t forced to keep anything from Nathan’s work but I thought it would’ve been a sacrilege to disregard it so it naturally became the heart or inspiration of most of my work. Obviously, I wanted to put my own stamp on things, as anyone would, which I did, but, as long as I held onto the authenticity of the original music, I knew I was onto a winner as Nathan’s music was already tried, tested and working beautifully within the franchise." - Peter Connelly

Connelly's predecessor, Nathan McCree, is set to release re-recordings of his music presented as The Tomb Raider Suite. When asked if Connelly would consider pursuing a similar project, he replied "Yes. I have a lot of these ideas playing around in my head and they need releasing". Also as part of the Tomb Raider 20th Anniversary, the full interview with Peter Connelly is available at The Arcade.

The famous pedestrian crossing at Abbey Road Studios, led by Jill De Jong

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