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Original themes by BAFTA award-winning composer Jesper Kyd
available for purchase in-game, digital download and streaming

Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier record label dedicated to video game soundtracks, and Plarium, one of the world’s fastest growing developers of social and mobile games, presents a new concept soundtrack album, “Five Worlds of Plarium” featuring the original themes composed by Jesper Kyd for Plarium’s major game worlds. With over 130 million registered users, Plarium is consistently ranked among Facebook’s top hardcore game developers. Kyd is internationally renowned for his iconic music from the historical action-adventure series Assassin’s Creed.

Five Worlds of Plarium” is a unique compilation album comprising Jesper Kyd’s distinct and yet musically diverse soundtrack themes spanning all five of Plarium’s game worlds – from sailing the high seas in Pirates: Tides of Fortune™ to the mystical world of ancient Greece in Sparta: War of Empires™ and the dark medieval fantasy of Stormfall: Age of War, to the advanced military warfare of Soldiers Inc. and the apocalyptic sci-fi of Total Domination.

“Five Worlds of Plarium” will be available digitally on iTunes, Amazon.com, Sumthing.com and all major music streaming sites on June 2, 2015. Additionally, the album is also available to purchase in-game, launching today with Soldiers Inc.™ on Facebook.

“This album includes all the main themes I’ve written for Plarium’s games over the last couple of years,” said Jesper Kyd. “It’s a really diverse collection reflecting my interest in combining different music styles but they all share a sense of creative fun and adventure. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did writing them.”

Track listing for the “Five Worlds of Plarium” album:

1. “Pirates – Tides of Fortune” (main theme)
2. “Hellas” (Sparta – War of Empires™)
3. “The Conquistadors” (Pirates – Tides of Fortune™)
4. “Outer Limits” (Total Domination™)
5. “Total Domination” (main theme)
6. “Meltdown” (Soldiers Inc.™)
7. “Zheng Shi Rising” (Soldiers Inc.™)
8. “Sparta – War of Empires” (main theme)
9. “Stormfall” (main theme from Stormfall: Age of War®)
10. “Barbarians & Dragons” (Stormfall: Age of War®)
11. “Soldiers Inc.” (main theme)

Music samples from “Five Worlds of Plarium” are streaming on SoundCloud and the album is available for order at Sumthing.com. Follow the album’s release and conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #5WorldsOfPlarium.

Plarium is dedicated to creating the best mobile and social experience for hardcore gamers worldwide. Their popular titles include Total Domination®, Pirates: Tides of Fortune™, Stormfall: Age of War®, Soldiers Inc.™, Sparta: War of Empires™, Total Domination: Reborn™ and Stormfall: Rise of Balur™ for iOS/Android. For more information, visit: http://plarium.com.

Bloodborne OST

Soundtrack CD and Sumthing.com Digital Album Available April 21

Sumthing Else Music Works and Sony Computer Entertainment America will release the Bloodborne™ Original Soundtrack as a CD album on April 21. Bloodborne™ is the latest action RPG from renowned Japanese developer FromSoftware, makers of the hit Dark Souls series, available exclusively on the PlayStation®4 system. The Bloodborne Original Soundtrack will be released to North American and European retail outlets through Sumthing Else Music Works, and for digital download from Sumthing.com.

Face your fears as you search for answers in the ancient city of Yharnam, now cursed with a strange endemic illness spreading through the streets like wildfire. Danger, death and madness lurk around every corner of this dark and horrific world, and you must discover its darkest secrets in order to survive.

Showcasing 21 tracks from the music score, the Bloodborne™ Original Soundtrack CD features nearly 70 minutes of hauntingly beautiful music performed by a 65-piece orchestra, a 32-piece choir, and multiple vocal and instrumental soloists. Recorded in London at Abbey Road and Air Studios, the score is composed by an all-star team of FromSoftware composers featuring Yuka Kitamura (Dark Souls II), Tsukasa Saitoh and Nobuyoshi Suzuki as well as guest composers including Ryan Amon (Elysium) and Michael Wandmacher (Twisted Metal). The resulting musical collaboration transports listeners to a world of dread, beauty, and despair with every note, every beat of the drum, and every vocalization.

Watch ‘The Music of Bloodborne’ behind the scenes video featuring “Cleric Beast” composed by Tsukasa Saitoh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHIkUzmNmc0

For more information about Bloodborne, visit http://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/bloodborne-ps4/.

Resident Evil Revelations 2

Sumthing Else Music Works, through its licensing relationship with Capcom, today announced that the official soundtrack for Resident Evil® Revelations 2 is now available for digital download from Sumthing.com and other major digital music sites. The Resident Evil® Revelations 2 Original Soundtrack features over three hours of original score from Capcom’s new entry in the ground-breaking survival horror video game series which has sold over 50 million units worldwide.

Defining a new musical direction for the series, the original score for Resident Evil Revelations 2 was created and supervised by Capcom’s composer and sound director Kota Suzuki (Resident Evil® Revelations, Resident Evil® 6, Resident Evil® 5) in collaboration with film composer and multi-instrumentalist Nima Fakhrara (“Gatchaman,” “The Pyramid,” “The Courier”) as well as composer and sound designer Ichiro Kohmoto (Resident Evil Revelations, Resident Evil® 0). The soundtrack was produced by Koyo Sonae. Music samples are available at Sumthing.com.

“Our main theme of focus was ‘duality of sound’ implemented through original instruments,” describes Kota Suzuki, composer and sound director of the Resident Evil® series. “We assembled this compilation with two distinct genres of sound in mind. Aiming for the overall music to deliver a broad, airy feel, while at the same time introducing acoustic instruments to create gaps within the sound, the composition reduces how quickly players grow accustomed to the music, and allows for sound effects to easily create the game’s desired atmosphere.”

Describing Capcom’s collaboration with Nima Fakhrara, a film composer renowned for creating unique instruments as the basis for his original scores, Kota Suzuki added, “We always kept aiming to provide players with a new sense of suspense and surprise with this installation. His productions possessed that particular element of darkness that worked perfectly with our[s]. After many brainstorming sessions we decided to use ‘iron’ and ‘water’ as our concepts in creating new instruments. And, after recording, we edited and mixed the sound with other tracks to create a truly unique sound…His touch was exactly what we needed to give our sound the definitive edge.”

The beginning of the Resident Evil Revelations 2 tale sees fan favorite Claire Redfield make a dramatic return. Survivor of the Raccoon City incident depicted in previous Resident Evil® games, Claire now works for the anti-bioterrorism organization Terra Save. She and Moira Burton are attending a company party for Terra Save when unknown armed forces storm the office, capture Claire and Moira and take them to a dark and abandoned detention facility on a mysterious island. Headed for the remote island in search of his missing daughter, Barry Burton meets brand new character Natalia Korda, a little girl who has a strange power that allows her to sense enemies and hidden items. Using this skill alongside Barry’s proven combat abilities, players will need to alternate between the two to survive the mysterious island and find Moira. With terrifying enemies waiting around every dark corner, players will need to use their ammo and weapon supply wisely, in classic survival horror style.

Evolving the episodic chapter set-up of the original Resident Evil Revelations, Resident Evil Revelations 2 initially released as a weekly series of four episodic downloads beginning on February 24, 2015. A full digital download option of the Complete Season is currently available to ensure fans can get access to all individual episodes now. Each episode in Resident Evil Revelations 2 includes Raid Mode content and two full playable scenarios focused on the Claire and Moira storyline as well as the Barry and Natalia campaign. The full retail disc version, including all individual episodes and all additional game content, is available now across North America.

For more information on Resident Evil Revelations 2, visit http://www.residentevil.com.

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The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter

Sumthing Else Music Works today announced the worldwide digital release of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Original Soundtrack featuring the original score from the breathtakingly atmospheric first-person mystery game focused on exploration and discovery. Created by jazz and classically-trained Polish composer Mikolai Stroinski (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Dark Souls 2 trailer), the game’s evocative music soundtrack will be available digitally from Sumthing.com, iTunes, Amazon and other digital music sites on January 27.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter soundtrack has garnered numerous accolades for its immersive and ethereal emotional quality including nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition at the 18th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards and Best Audio at the 15th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards.

Describing his process for finding the musical voice for Ethan Carter, Mikolai Stroinski explains, “I’m a pianist. Through improvisation I was trying to come up with a central theme that would capture the story of Ethan Carter. I was planning on orchestrating it once approved. As it turned out, The Astronauts loved it so much they didn’t want to add anything. And so it stayed. If you listen closely to the melodic pieces from the score, you will notice that each one is a variation of ‘Ethan’s Theme’. It borrows either the melodic shape, or the rhythms or the distinguishing melodic intervals.”

Developed by Polish indie game development studio The Astronauts, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a “weird fiction” horror focused on atmosphere, mood and the essential humanity of its characters. With its mixture of a beautiful world with the haunting and macabre, the game is catered to immersive storytelling for adult players.

You play as Paul Prospero, an occult-minded detective who receives a disturbing letter from Ethan Carter. Realizing the boy is in grave danger, Paul arrives at Ethan’s home of Red Creek Valley, where things turn out to be even worse than he imagined. Ethan has vanished in the wake of a brutal murder, which Paul quickly discerns might not be the only local murder worth looking into.

Experience in non-linear fashion, a story that combines the pleasures of pulp, private eye and horror fiction inspired by writers such as Raymond Chandler, Algernon Blackwood, Stefan Grabiński, and H. P. Lovecraft. Explore and interact with the beautiful yet ominous world of Red Creek Valley, which was created with the use of revolutionary photogrammetry technology that allows for nearly photorealistic environments.

For more information on The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter visit: http://ethancartergame.com/.

Sumthing Else Music Works, through its licensing relationship with CAPCOM, is proud to announce the digital release of Devil May Cry® Sound Box, the original soundtracks collection for one of CAPCOM’s most successful and critically acclaimed video game franchises. Featuring the original soundtracks from Devil May Cry®, Devil May Cry® 2, Devil May Cry® 3 and Devil May Cry® 4, Devil May Cry® Sound Box is now available digitally from Sumthing.com, iTunes, Amazon.com and other digital music sites.

Devil My Cry Sound Box

Debuting in 2001, Devil May Cry immediately redefined the action genre. The title captured gamers’ hearts through its stylish, over-the-top action and bad boy anti-hero Dante. Son to a human mother and a devil father named Sparda, the half-demon Dante uses his innate abilities and the powers of ancient demons to fight a one-man war against the forces of darkness and save humanity from damnation.

For more information on Devil May Cry visit www.capcom-unity.com.

SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS CELEBRATES 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF “HALO 2″ WITH BLOWOUT SALE ON ALL “HALO” ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACKS

Iconic “Halo” video game OSTs 50% off on Sumthing.com through January 2015!

Halo 2: 10th Anniversary Sale

Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier record label dedicated to video game soundtracks, celebrates the 10th anniversary of Halo 2 and upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection with a special sale on all the Halo original soundtracks. Commencing today and running through the end of January 2015, Sumthing’s entire catalog of the Halo original soundtracks, including both volumes of the classic Halo 2 soundtrack, are on sale for 50% off exclusively at http://www.sumthing.com.

Widely considered to be among the greatest video game scores of all time, the best-selling Halo 2 Original Soundtrack was released in two volumes and features the iconic music of Martin O’Donnell and his writing partner Michael Salvatori, the composers behind the award-winning Halo: Combat Evolved Original Soundtrack (winner of Rolling Stone‘s Best Original Video Game Soundtrack Award). Halo 2 Original Soundtrack Volume One also includes the original compositions by Breaking Benjamin and Incubus as well as the signature guitar sounds of revered rock guitarist Steve Vai. The album was produced by Grammy® award-winning artist, musician, producer and Sumthing Else Music Works founder Nile Rodgers.

The following Halo soundtracks are on sale from Sumthing.com:

Halo: Combat Evolved Original Soundtrack
Halo 2 Original Soundtrack Volume One
Halo 2 Original Soundtrack Volume Two
Halo 3 Original Soundtrack
Halo 3: ODST Original Soundtrack
Halo Reach Original Soundtrack
Halo Legends Original Soundtrack
Halo Wars Original Soundtrack
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Soundtrack

To start shopping visit: http://www.sumthing.com/halo-sale/.

DISNEY INTERACTIVE AND SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF “DISNEY FANTASIA: MUSIC EVOLVED ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK”

Includes new recordings of classical compositions by Bach, Dvořák, Liszt, Mozart, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi; “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” themes by Inon Zur; and music by Harmonix

Classical music recorded at Abbey Road with London Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin In The Fields, and Chamber Orchestra of London

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved

Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier record label dedicated to video game soundtracks, in partnership with Disney Interactive and Harmonix, today announced plans to release the “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Original Soundtrack,” featuring the original score and classical music selections from the award-winning musical motion game arriving October 21. Developed by Harmonix, the innovative minds pioneering new ways for users to connect to music through gameplay, “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” is a breakthrough musical motion video game inspired by Walt Disney’s classic animated film “Fantasia.” The “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Original Soundtrack” will be available for streaming, digital download and physical CD on October 21.

In “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved”, players enter the magical realms of Fantasia, selected by the legendary sorcerer Yen Sid to hone their musical and magical prowess as his new apprentice. “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” takes players on an interactive and immersive motion-controlled journey through worlds of music and magic, unleashing their creativity along the way.

The album comprises the game’s orchestral themes scored by award-winning composer Inon Zur and the music team at Harmonix, alongside new performances of classical masterpieces recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin In The Fields and Chamber Orchestra of London at the famed Abbey Road Studios.

“The Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved soundtrack is a perfect marriage of classical music and contemporary game score that will take listeners on an animated journey through the layered worlds of the modern Fantasia with the timeless feel of the original property.”
– Gwen Bethel Riley, Head of Business Affairs Music, Disney Interactive.

Tracklisting for Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Original Soundtrack:

1. Main Theme – London Symphony Orchestra (Inon Zur)
2. Toccata and Fugue in D Minor – London Symphony Orchestra (Johann Sebastian Bach)
3. Meeting The Master – Inon Zur
4. The Shoal – Emeen Zarookian, Steve Pardo
5. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Allegro) – Academy of St. Martin In The Fields (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
6. Introducing The Hat – Michael Veloso, Inon Zur
7. The Hollow – Michael Veloso, Inon Zur
8. Night on Bald Mountain – London Symphony Orchestra (Modest Mussorgsky)
9. Scout’s Theme – London Symphony Orchestra (Inon Zur)
10. The Nation – Peter Moore, Steve Pardo, Inon Zur
11. Symphony No. 9, from the New World, IV. Allegro con fuoco – Chamber Orchestra of London (Antonin Dvořák)
12. Pressing On – Michael Veloso, Inon Zur
13. The Press – Drew Olsen, Inon Zur, Steve Pardo
14. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 – Chamber Orchestra of London (Franz Liszt)
15. Asking The Moon – Michael Veloso, Inon Zur
16. The Capsule – Peter Moore
17. The Next Phase – Michael Veloso, Inon Zur
18. Making An Impression/A Malignant Force – Inon Zur
19. The Apology – Inon Zur
20. Selections from the Nutcracker (Medley) – Academy of St. Martin In The Fields (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
21. The Four Seasons: Winter, I., Allegro non molto – Academy of St. Martin In The Fields (Antonio Vivaldi)
22. Theme from Fantasia: Music Evolved – Inon Zur
23. A Familiar Friend – Michael Veloso
24. Finale – Inon Zur

A “Director’s Cut” soundtrack, will offer exclusive remixes of the classical selections and original score B-sides for collectors who want to experience Fantasia “unlocked”. The Director’s Cut will be released for digital download exclusively on Sumthing.com.

“Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” is rated “E10+” by the ESRB and will be available October 21, 2014 for $59.99 for the Xbox One and for $49.99 for Kinect for Xbox 360. For additional information about “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved,” join the Facebook community at https://www.facebook.com/fantasiagame, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @FantasiaGame and view all videos on our YouTube channel at http://youtube.com/FantasiaGame.

Game Music Connect

Sumthing Else Music Works partners with Game Music Connect 2014, the international video game music conference created for fans of music in games, aspiring and professional composers of all backgrounds and those interested in learning about the art and craft of creating today’s cutting edge video game soundtracks. Game Music Connect 2014 attendees will receive a free digital soundtrack sampler, featuring selections from Sumthing’s extensive catalogue www.sumthing.com, when they attend the second annual event at Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, London on September 24, 2014.

Game Music Connect 2014 will feature a highly distinguished and dynamic line-up of international A-list music talent including: Garry Schyman (BioShock), Jessica Curry (Dear Esther, Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs), Olivier Derivière (Remember Me), Jason Graves (Tomb Raider), Richard Jacques (Mass Effect) and David Housden (Thomas Was Alone).

Programme: http://www.gamemusicconnect2014.com/#schedule.

Speakers: http://www.gamemusicconnect2014.com/#speakers.

Tickets: http://www.gamemusicconnect2014.com/#registration.

Game Music Connect is created by BAFTA and IFMCA award-winning composer James Hannigan (Transformers Universe, Runescape 3) and veteran game audio director, composer and industry commentator John Broomhall (Forza 5, Transport Tycoon), to celebrate and explore the music of video games together and the extraordinary talent behind it. For more information, visit www.gamemusicconnect.com.

25th Anniversary “Rockcan” box set to be released digitally

Mega Man Soundtracks Vol 1

Sumthing Else Music Works, through its licensing relationship with CAPCOM, is proud to announce the digital release of Mega Man® Soundtracks Volumes 1-10, featuring the official soundtracks to the 8-bit classic series.

Previously released in Japan as part of the 10-disc “Rockcan” collection, the Sumthing Else Music Works digital release of Mega Man® Soundtracks presents the collection in ten separate volumes for $9.99 each. Volumes 1-4 are available now, with two new volumes scheduled to be released every month through November, 2014.

Mega Man® Soundtracks Volumes 1-4 are now available from Sumthing.com, iTunes, Amazon.com and other digital music sites.

For more information on Mega Man® visit www.capcom-unity.com.

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