Two months ago, Crystal Dynamics came out with a sequel to the download-only Tomb Raider spin-off game, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Still set within the Legends timeline and not the new rebooted story, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris finds heroine Lara on a quest to Egypt where she must fight rival treasure hunters, undead warrior and ancient gods. A familiar premise and just another Tuesday for Ms. Croft, honestly.
I first took a listen to this OST upon my trip to attend MAGFest 13. It’s a fantastic orchestrated album with much grandiose elements. Upon listening, my first impression was that the music style sounded like a more subtle, toned-down mixture of God of War and the soundtrack to the movie, The Mummy. That is a good thing, by the way. Composed by Wilbert Roget, II (Star Wars: The Old Republic, Dead Island 2), the music focuses on a lot of atypical middle eastern and Egyptian theatrical motifs, such as heavy string and flute flurries and double harmonic scales, but doesn’t go out of its way to dominate the tone of the game or upstage the gameplay.
The 36-track soundtrack, which includes two bonus remix tracks (The “Isis’ Lament” piece stands out to me), is currently free for download on Crystal Dynamic’s Soundcloud, and worth a listen for anyone who enjoys some good background ambiance. Who doesn’t enjoy free music?
Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris OST – SoundcloudCrystal Dynamics, Game Music, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Original Game Soundtrack, Tomb Raider, Wilbert Roget II
Released in January 2015, the expanded soundtrack to the Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time adds 10 new tracks pulled from the archives of Presto Studios and offers a complete presentation of the music featured in the award winning game. This release follows the release of the soundtrack to the Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime and offers a superior listening experience on a reasonably priced CD.Game Music, Jamey Scott, Journeyman Project, Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time, PC, Reviews, Soundtracks
If you’re a fan of virtual reality simulations, music videos, 3D animation and rhythm games, then [NUREN]: The New Renaissance is probably something you’re going to want to keep an eye on. Having just launched it’s Kickstarter, [NUREN] is a project headed by composer Jake “Virt” Kaufman (Shovel Knight, Contra 4) along with Jessie Seeley. (voice, Double Dragon NEON, Bloodrayne: Betrayal)
According to the Kickstarter page, the game is basically a interactive music video, featuring 3D animation in real-time virtual reality. The game will feature seven distinct segments planned with musical and fully voice-acted interludes joining them together, with the Kickstarter helping to fund the guest creators that will help construct the [NUREN] world.
“[NUREN] combines influences from sources including Fantasia, Space Channel 5, TRON, Ghost in the Shell, Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”, the Animatrix, and the technically and artistically brilliant PC demo scene. Dancing robot girls, synchronized light shows, vast panoramas, and starry skies await you.”
- [NUREN] Kickstarter
The game will offer full Windows/MAC/Linux support, but the biggest draw will be for the Oculus Rift and the full VR immersion experience. The current funding goal for the project is $70,000, with pledge rewards being largely immaterial and instead offering direct access and interaction with the development team. A demo for the game will be available for all to check out via the Kickstarter page, to get a good preview before your pledge! With VR games still being new and unique territory for game developers, [NUREN] looks to have the potential to really break into the new frontier with both style and a fantastic soundtrack.
[NUREN]: The New Renaissance – KickstarterTags: Game Music, Indie Music, Jake Kaufman, Kickstarter, News, NUREN: The New Renaissance, Oculus, Video Game, Virtual Reality
It’s hard to believe that The Legend of Zelda series is only a year away from being three decades old, but one fan is getting a jump on the anniversary with the release of the electronica arrangement album, Hyrule: Melodia et Concordia.
The franchise began with the release of the first game on February 21st, 1986 to the Famicom Disk System and whose music has been echoing within the memories of game enthusiasts ever since. Hailing from Portugal, album creator and arranger Shiryu says this project has been a long time coming.
“This is my third collaboration with Meus Jogos DS and one that is way overdue because I love the music of Zelda and I often think how to best pay homage to it’s iconic themes. I hope you enjoy the finished product and that like me when making this tribute album, these bring you some really awesome memories. Thank you, Nintendo. Enjoy!“
- Shiryu via Bandcamp
The album, which focuses on electronic melodies and ambient cues, has been released to Bandcamp for four Euros (approx. $4.50 American dollars) for 15 tracks. A nice tribute to one of the most iconic franchising in gaming history.
Hyrule: Melodia et Concordia – Bandcamp
Tags: Album, Arrangements, Bandcamp, Electronic, Hyrule: Melodia Et Concordia, News, Shiryu Music, The Legend of Zelda
Have you ever heard a piece of video game music that triggered something inside you? An emotional reaction? A cherished memory? I have. In this week’s mini-feature I discuss two pieces of music that when played by a symphony orchestra had an big impact on me. The music of Chrono Cross, and Fantasy Zone.Chrono Cross, Fantasy Zone, Featured, Game Music, Nostalgia, Soundtracks for Your Soul
If you’re familiar with the world of game music arrangement, you’ve probably seen and heard your fair share of orchestral arrangement albums. Groups like Video Games Live, Distant Worlds, and the Video Game Orchestra have been providing great interpretations of our favorite game tunes for years. Another group has recently emerged to give their own take on acoustic videogame arrangements.
Performed by the Legacy Sessions group and headed by Casey Ormond and Demetri Potiris, Game Generation 5 is a project with a slightly different take on videogame music arrangement. As you may guess from the title, the focus of this album is on soundtracks from the fifth generation of game consoles. Every piece being arranged comes from the Nintendo 64, the Playstation, Game Boy, or PC titles from that era. The group playing is also a relatively small ensemble, rather than a full orchestra or rock orchestra combo. So what pieces get covered and how do these new interpretations compare to those of other groups? Read on to find out. (more…)Tags: Acoustic, Arrange Albums, Casey Ormond, Demetri Potiris, Game Generation 5, Game Music, Legacy Sessions, Orchestral, Reviews, VGM
Sony Classical will be releasing the original soundtrack for the upcoming Playstation 4-exclusive game, The Order: 1886, just a few days prior to the game’s release on February 20th. A alternate-history, Victorian-era supernatural action/shooter, The Order: 1886 is composed entirely by American composer Jason Graves (Dead Space, F.E.A.R. 3). A British Academy Award-winner, most recently having composed the soundtrack for the rebooted Tomb Raider game, Graves has experience infusing orchestral tension into action-packed sequences and creating a musical narrative for the games he’s worked on. According to Top Dollar PR, Graves will be ditching the heroic staples of French Horns and booming cinematic cues in favor of choirs and more reliance on bassy tones to create his score.
The Order: 1886 Original Soundtrack will be released digitally by Sony Classical on February 16th to iTunes.
To learn more about The Order: 1886, check out the game’s page on Playstation.comTags: Jason Graves, News, Original Sountrack, Ready at Dawn Studios, Sony Classical, The Order 1886, Video Game Music
A soundtrack that works outside the realm of anime, Terror in Resonance is a must listen for anyone who enjoys ambient musicAmbient, Anime, Electronic, Original Soundtrack, Reviews, Terror in Resonance, Yoko Kanno
A trip through the time stream that’s worth taking, the Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime is an oldschool computer game with plenty to enjoy even today, including it’s soundtrack.
Need some more chiptune music in your life? The Castle In The Darkness OST may have just what you’re looking for. Coinciding with the release of the game on Steam, the Castle In The Darkness OST is out and ready for download on Bandcamp. Like the game itself, the music plays homage to the 8-bit NES era of games. Some of the tracks even manage to sneak in some clever music references/easter eggs to the Castlevania and Final Fantasy series.
The music is written by Matt Kap, who also developed the game. That’s right, he created the game AND wrote the music. You may be familiar with his work as the pixel artist for games like The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. If you’re a fan of classic 8-bit music, this is a new album that you’ll definitely want to check out. Castle In The Darkness is currently available on Steam, and the soundtrack can be found on Matt Kap’s Bandcamp site.Tags: Albums, Castle In The Darkness, Chiptune, Game Music, Matt Kap, News, VGM
The music guest lineup for this year’s PAX East has been released. As is the tradition of PAX East, the festivities of Friday and Saturday conclude with a series of evening concerts. This year’s concert lineup includes a number of returning favorites, including Bit Brigade and the Triforce Quartet. So if you were lucky enough to acquire passes for the Boston event, you’ll be in for some excellent music to end Friday and Saturday night.
Friday’s concerts will feature the Super Guitar Bros, the Triforce Quartet, and Paul and Storm. The second night of concerts will call upon the talents of Freezepop, Bit Brigade, and MC Frontalot. If you happen to be attending PAX East 2015, be sure to make room in your schedules for each of these acts. You can check out the official PAX East site for more announcements and scheduling details.Tags: Bands, Bit Brigade, Freezepop, Game Music, MC Frontalot, News, Paul and Storm, PAX East 2015, PAX-East, Performers, Super Guitar Bros, Triforce Quartet, VGM