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Enemy Front

 World premiere symphonic performance of Cris Velasco’s World War II score announced for PlayFest Music, Animation & Video Game Festival

Cris Velasco‘s original score for the new first-person shooter action game set during World War II, ENEMY FRONT, will premiere in concert at the third annual PlayFest — Music, Animation and Videogames Festival in Spain, scheduled to take place in the ancient city of Fuengirola in Málaga from September 11-14, 2014.

“We’re honored to premiere Cris Velasco’s music for Enemy Front at the 2014 PlayFest symphonic concert,” announced the festival’s director David Doncel Barthe. “A dramatic, dark and mature soundtrack, reminiscent of ’60s and ’70s war genre film music, Enemy Front is a breath of fresh air which breaks with current conventions. Velasco’s score for Enemy Front is a canto for the World War II resistance operations; A song of honor, humanity and courage.”

Developed and published by CI Games and distributed by BANDAI NAMCO Games America, Inc., ENEMY FRONT is the first truly modern WW2 FPS, featuring stunning visuals and a richly interactive combat sandbox gameplay experience. Set against the visceral backdrop of breathtaking European locales, players take on the role of American war correspondent Robert Hawkins, as he fights hand in hand with Resistance Fighters opposing the Nazi juggernaut in France, Germany, Norway, and during the Warsaw Uprising.

Inspired by the profound heroism and sacrifices of ‘The Greatest Generation,’ Velasco’s dramatic original score for ENEMY FRONT is perhaps his most emotional, inventive and powerful opus to date. “At its core, ENEMY FRONT is a story of redemption and survival,” said Velasco. “This gave me an opportunity to write the score as more of an emotional journey, rather than a typical combat score. The Warsaw Uprising is something that hasn’t been addressed in games like this before so I felt a responsibility to do it justice. I was honored to be asked to provide the music and I truly hope everyone enjoys the music as much as I enjoyed writing it.”

A prolific and versatile composer, Cris Velasco has become one of the most sought-after composers in interactive entertainment, scoring many major titles including Company of Heroes 2, Mass Effect 3, God of War Trilogy, Darksiders and Borderlands 1&2. Velasco’s music is performed in symphony concerts worldwide and has received numerous accolades including “Best Original Score” from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, “Best Original Music” nomination from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, NBC News’ “Best Video Game Music of the Year,” GameTrailers’ “Best Soundtrack of the Year” and IGN’s “People’s Choice Award – Best Overall Music.”

ENEMY FRONT will be released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on June 10 in North America and June 13 in Europe. For more information visit www.enemyfront.com.

Murdered: Soul Suspect

Two-time British Academy of Film and Television Arts award-winning American composer Jason Graves (Tomb Raider, Dead Space) provides an intense, modern cinematic score for MURDERED: SOUL SUSPECT, the supernatural detective thriller video game from Airtight Games and SQUARE ENIX.

Winner of ten E3 Awards, MURDERED: SOUL SUSPECT takes players into a whole new realm of mystery where the case is personal and the clues just out of reach.  A new take on the action/adventure genre, MURDERED: SOUL SUSPECT challenges players to solve possibly the hardest case of all…their own murder.

Renowned for his sophisticated composition style, unique musical textures and cinematic orchestral writing for blockbuster franchises such as Tomb Raider (“One of the must-own soundtracks of 2013” – Forbes) and Dead Space (“A Master of Horror” – The New York Post), Jason Graves also composes for film and television including the upcoming feature films Adrenaline and Unknown Caller.

Graves’ masterful atmospheric score for MURDERED: SOUL SUSPECT illustrates the game’s story and character arcs through a visceral hybrid approach, combining themes and textures performed by live string quartet with found sounds and experimental percussion.

MURDERED: SOUL SUSPECT sees players take the role of Ronan O’Connor, a detective with a checkered past, whose life is brought to an untimely end by a brutal and relentless killer. Unable to move on and stuck in the limbo world of Dusk, he won’t find peace until he can bring his killer to justice from the afterlife. Using his new-found supernatural abilities, Ronan is free to explore the town of Salem, Massachusetts, from his shadowy afterlife. Unable to communicate with the detectives on his case, Ronan must read the minds of the living, influencing their thoughts and actions. As part of his investigation, he must interrogate the ghosts of Salem’s past citizens to piece together the puzzle, while battling demonic spirits to save his soul and uncover the shocking truth about who is responsible for his death.

MURDERED: SOUL SUSPECT releases June 3 in North America and June 6 in Europe on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Windows PC, PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360.

For more information visit http://www.murdered.com.

Dawngate

 

Hollywood Music in Media Award winning and three-time HMMA nominated composer Jeff Broadbent (PlanetSide 2) has written and produced an ethereal, magical fantasy score for the new Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) video game DAWNGATE developed by Waystone Games and published by Electronic Arts. An experienced and versatile composer for a variety of media, Broadbent blends soaring melodies, evocative harmony, and a rich tapestry of exotic colors to create an emotional and captivating musical experience. Hear the main theme music at: https://soundcloud.com/waystone-games.

“From the early stages of meeting with the development team, observing concept art and reading the backstory, I knew that DAWNGATE was a special game that had immense potential for unique and magical creativity,” said composer Jeff Broadbent. “The beauty of the game world and depth of the characters allowed for a great deal of sonic exploration and thematic composition.

“DAWNGATE immerses players in a world of fantasy, intrigue, and mystery. In this character-driven experience, players command unique ‘Shaper’ characters and engage in team-based combat to capture spirit vitality and destroy the enemy ‘Guardians’. Join the DAWNGATE open beta at http://www.dawngate.com.

“To create the unique sound of this fantasy realm we blended the emotional expression and melodies of the orchestra with exotic and evocative colors such as ethnic winds, glass percussion, harps, and modern hybrid synthetic tones,” explains Broadbent.

Broadbent’s classical training with the orchestra (Master’s in Composition) and film scoring (UCLA program) combined with technical expertise and cutting-edge technology, allow him to compose with cinematic quality for a variety of diverse genres. In addition to scoring video games, Broadbent’s music features on prime-time television networks such as CBS, MSNBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and VH1. His latest projects include the hybrid trailer music album “Enemy Below“, featured in blockbuster movie trailers such as Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, as well as original scores for upcoming video games LEGO Legends of Chima Online and Tom Clancy’s EndWar Online.

PAX East 2014

 

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Composer Panel: PAX Condor Theatre, 12.30PM
Autograph Session: Queue Room, 1.30PM

Boston, MA – On Saturday, April 12, hear from the composers of BioShock, Borderlands, Broken Age, Destroy All Humans!, Fallout, God of War, Grim Fandango, Halo, Mass Effect, Plants Vs Zombies, Prince of Persia, Rayman, Red Steel, Sly Cooper and Wasteland 2 at the PAX East 2014 “Maestros of Video Games” panel in the Condor Theatre (12.30pm-1.30pm). Then join the composers in the Queue Hall (1.30pm-2.30pm) for an autograph session immediately following their panel.

The meet and greet / signing session will feature all the composers plus a special guest appearance from the composer of GREY GOO, Frank Klepacki of COMMAND & CONQUER fame.

The “Maestros of Video Games” are:

Garry Schyman
BIOSHOCK INFINITE, BIOSHOCK, BIOSHOCK 2, DANTE’S INFERNO, DESTROY ALL HUMANS! Series.

Peter McConnell
BROKEN AGE, PLANTS Vs. ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE, SLY COOPER Series, BRUTAL LEGEND, PSYCHONAUTS, GRIM FANDANGO, FULL THROTTLE.

Cris Velasco
COMPANY OF HEROES 2, MASS EFFECT 3, BORDERLANDS 1&2, STARCRAFT 2, DARKSIDERS, GOD OF WAR Series.

Tom Salta
HALO: SPARTAN ASSAULT, HALO: COMBAT EVOLVED ANNIVERSARY, GHOST RECON Series, RED STEEL 1&2.

Mark Morgan
WASTELAND 2, TORMENT: TIDES OF NUMENERA, FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS, FALLOUT 1&2.

Billy Martin
RAYMAN LEGENDS, RAYMAN ORIGINS, RAYMAN FIESTA RUN, RAYMAN JUNGLE RUN.

For more information:

“Maestros of Video Games” Composer Panel (12.30PM – 1.30PM)
http://east.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/maestros-of-video-games

“Maestros of Video Games” Autograph Session (1.30PM – 2.30PM)
http://east.paxsite.com/schedule/panel/autograph-session-maestros-of-video-games

International Video Game Music Conference returns to
Southbank Centre, London on September 24

Electronic Arts’ Worldwide Executive of Music Steve Schnur to Keynote
UK’s Premier Event Celebrating the Art of Composing Music for Video Games,
Speakers include composers Garry Schyman, Jessica Curry, Olivier Derivière

Following the resounding success of the inaugural Game Music Connect conference in 2013, Game Music Connect 2014 returns to The Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre, London on September 24, 2014.

Game Music Connect is for 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. Featuring interviews, practical demonstrations and roundtable discussions with some of the world’s leading composers and audio directors, the first announced speakers for Game Music Connect 2014 include music industry luminary Steve Schnur (Worldwide Executive of Music, Electronic Arts), composers Garry Schyman (BioShock Infinite), Jessica Curry (Dear Esther) and Olivier Derivière (Remember Me). Early-bird tickets are available now at http://www.gamemusicconnect.com.

Game Music Connect is founded by BAFTA and IFMCA award winner and five-time BAFTA Original Music nominated composer James Hannigan (Transformers Universe, RuneScape, Dead Space 3, Command and Conquer series, Harry Potter series) and noted game audio director, composer (Forza Motorsport 5, X-COM, Transport Tycoon), writer (develop, Audio Media), jury chair for BAFTA’s game music and audio awards, and industry commentator John Broomhall, to celebrate and explore the music of video games.

James Hannigan: “It’s a huge thrill to be back for 2014 and a great honour to have such wonderfully talented, diverse and influential guests join us for the day. As promised last year, we will be covering the innovative indie game music scene this time around, as well as continuing our focus on blockbusters and the challenges of interactive music.”

Game Music Connect 2014 will open with a keynote from Steve Schnur, EA’s Worldwide Executive of Music. Schnur’s hands-on approach with composer selection and score production has earned EA more than 50 soundtrack nominations over the last 10 years during which he has produced in excess of 100 EA soundtrack albums. With the formation of Artwerk Music Group, EA also directly signs, develops and launches artists for publishing, master recordings, sync deals and distribution.

Game Music Connect 2014 will feature a highly distinguished and dynamic line-up of international A-list music talent including:

Garry Schyman, BAFTA award-winning composer of the BioShock series, Dante’s Inferno and Destroy All Humans! Schyman was recently honored with his second “Outstanding Achievement in Original Composition Award” from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences for his intimate and experimental score to the blockbuster hit, BioShock Infinite.

Jessica Curry, BAFTA nominated composer and co-director of independent game studio, The Chinese Room. Curry’s critically acclaimed, beautifully haunting video game scores include Dear Esther, Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs and the forthcoming Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture.

Olivier Derivière, 2013 breakthrough composer of the year whose innovative scores include Assassin’s Creed IV Freedom Cry, Of Orcs and Men, and Remember Me, recently awarded “Best Original Score For a Video Game or Interactive Media Award” from the International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA).

John Broomhall reprises his role as host throughout the day’s proceedings and two-time BAFTA award-winning composer Jason Graves (Tomb Raider, Dead Space series), Ivor Novello / BAFTA nominated composer Richard Jacques (LittleBigPlanet 2, James Bond 007: Blood Stone, Mass Effect) and Game Music Connect co-founder and composer James Hannigan will return to discuss upcoming projects and participate in new presentations.

Building on the success of last year’s conference format, the day’s programming will comprise of discussions with these celebrated composers and audio directors, including insights into their diverse career paths and scoring experiences, as well as covering topics such as orchestral recording, composer representation, licensed music, indie game music and practical demonstrations of interactive music. Full details of the day’s sessions and other distinguished guest speakers, to include audio directors from leading developers and publishers, will be announced soon.

For more information and to purchase tickets for Game Music Connect 2014, visit www.gamemusicconnect.com.

Game Music Connect 2013 event website and photo gallery: www.gamemusicconnect2013.com/gallery.

Join Game Music Connect on Facebook.com/GameMusicConnect and follow on Twitter @GameArtConnect #GameMusicConnect

Featuring the award-winning composers of BIOSHOCK, BORDERLANDS, BROKEN AGE, DESTROY ALL HUMANS!, FALLOUT, GOD OF WAR, GRIM FANDANGO, HALO, MASS EFFECT, PRINCE OF PERSIA, PLANTS Vs ZOMBIES, RAYMAN, RED STEEL, SLY COOPER and many more!PAX East 2014

PAX Condor Theatre
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Saturday, April 12th
12.30pm

What does it take to write music for video games? Hear from six of the industry’s most accomplished composers with diverse musical backgrounds as they share their experiences and discuss the craft of scoring music for some of the most popular franchises in interactive entertainment.

The PAX East 2014 composer panel “Maestros of Video Games” will feature award-winning composers:

Garry Schyman
BIOSHOCK INFINITE, BIOSHOCK 1&2, DANTE’S INFERNO, DESTROY ALL HUMANS!

Peter McConnell
BROKEN AGE, PLANTS Vs. ZOMBIES 2, SLY COOPER Series, BRUTAL LEGEND, PSYCHONAUTS, GRIM FANDANGO.

Cris Velasco
COMPANY OF HEROES 2, MASS EFFECT 3, BORDERLANDS 1&2, CLIVE BARKER’S JERICHO, GOD OF WAR Series.

Tom Salta
HALO: SPARTAN ASSAULT, HALO: COMBAT EVOLVED ANNIVERSARY, GHOST RECON Series, RED STEEL 1&2.

Mark Morgan
WASTELAND 2, TORMENT: TIDES OF NUMENERA, FALLOUT 1&2, FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS.

Billy Martin
RAYMAN LEGENDS, RAYMAN ORIGINS.

Moderated by Emily Reese, Host & Producer of Minnesota Public Radio’s “Top Score” podcast. Attendees will receive a complimentary soundtrack sampler courtesy of premier video game soundtrack label Sumthing Else Music Works. The panel will be followed by a Meet & Greet / Signing Session outside the Condor Theatre.

For information on PAX East visit http://east.paxsite.com.

Original Score to Next-Gen Reboot of Stealth Video Game Series
Available on CD and for Digital Download on February 25

Thief Director's Cut Soundtrack

Preview all tracks and purchase the soundtrack right here!

Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier record label dedicated to licensing and distributing video game soundtracks, proudly presents THIEF™ Director’s Cut Original Soundtrack featuring the original music score from the highly anticipated next generation action-stealth video game published by SQUARE ENIX and developed by Eidos-Montréal, the award winning studio behind the critically acclaimed DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION®. The THIEF Original Soundtrack is scheduled for a worldwide physical release on February 25, 2014 to retail outlets through Sumthing Else Music Works, and simultaneously for digital download at iTunes, Amazon.com, Sumthing.com, and other digital music sites.

Composer Luc St. Pierre‘s dark, ominous and atmospheric original score for THIEF draws on a variety of dramatic musical influences including classical orchestra recorded with the FILMharmonic Orchestra Prague, as well as electroacoustic compositions and electronic soundscapes. Music samples are available at www.Sumthing.com.

Garrett, the Master Thief, steps out of the shadows into The City. With the Baron’s Watch spreading a rising tide of fear and oppression, a mysterious sickness grips the streets. Led by Orion, the voice of the people, the citizens rise in bloody revolution.

Garrett’s thieving skills are all he can trust as he walks the fine line between politics and the people, entangled in layers of conflict. With time running out, the Master Thief unravels a terrible secret from his dark past that ultimately threatens to tear his world apart.

THIEF is released for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on February 25, 2014 in North America and on February 28, 2014 in all other regions. For more information on THIEF visit www.thiefgame.com.

Oscar Araujo’s Epic Orchestral Score Recorded at Abbey Road
Available on CD and for Digital Download on February 25

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Preview all tracks and purchase the soundtrack right here!

Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier record label dedicated to licensing and distributing video game soundtracks, under license from Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., proudly presents Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Original Soundtrack. Featuring the highly anticipated epic original score composed by Oscar Araujo (Castlevania: Lords of Shadow) and recorded at world famous Abbey Road Studios, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Original Soundtrack is scheduled for a physical release on February 25, 2014 to North American and European retail outlets through Sumthing Else Music Works, and simultaneously for digital download at iTunes, Amazon.com and other digital music sites. An extended version of the soundtrack, the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Director’s Cut Soundtrack, includes twelve additional tracks which will be available exclusively from www.Sumthing.com.

In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, the first in the Lords of Shadow series, the origin of Dracula and his legendary connection with the Belmonts was revealed. In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, players can expect thrilling new twists to the storyline and gameplay challenges. In this shocking conclusion to the Lords of Shadow saga, Dracula returns once again, weakened and yearning for release from his immortal bonds. Facing a new and powerful threat, the vampire lord must reacquire his old powers – and only his castle holds the key. However, the famed Belmont clan also seeks his ultimate destruction.

Developed by Mercury Steam in association with Kojima Productions Studio, the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow series, which includes three titles, is a dark and vivid new re-imagining of the Castlevania mythology. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will be released for PlayStation®3, Xbox 360® and Windows PC in North America on February 25, 2014 and in Europe on February 28, 2014. For more information on Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, please visit: www.konami-castlevania.com.

Official Soundtrack to Live Action Science-Fiction TV Series Based on the ‘Heavy Metal’ Comics – Available for Digital Download on February 25

Metal Hurlant Chronicles Cover

Sumthing Else Music Works will release Jesper Kyd‘s original music score from season one of METAL HURLANT CHRONICLES, the English-language science-fiction television series based on the popular comics anthology ‘Métal Hurlant,’ also known internationally as ‘Heavy Metal’ magazine. Scheduled for a digital release on February 25, the official television soundtrack composed by BAFTA award-winning and Billboard/MTV VMA nominated composer Jesper Kyd (Assassin’s CreedBorderlandsHitman) is now available for pre-order at Sumthing.com. The soundtrack will also be released on iTunes in North America and throughout Europe on February 25.

In the lineage of cult series such as The Twillight ZoneThe Outer Limits and Tales From The Crypt, METAL HURLANT CHRONICLES is the science fiction live-action adaptation of stories from the eponymous world-renowned magazine that gave birth in the United States to Heavy Metal. From 1960s cold war drama to distant future, fantasy to medieval, METAL HURLANT CHRONICLES spans a wide range of self-contained stories linked together by an asteroid, called the ‘Métal Hurlant’, which passes close to the planet where each episode’s story is taking place, thereby changing the outcome.

“I really enjoy working on multiple genres and Métal Hurlant provides a unique creative opportunity to score every episode with its own sound,” says Jesper Kyd. “Since each story takes place in a different time (future/past) and on different worlds, the music style is always different from episode to episode. The element that ties them together is the science-fiction/fantasy genre which is present in all the episodes.”

The first season of METAL HURLANT CHRONICLES (2012) stars Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner), James Marsters (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Joe Flanigan (Stargate Atlantis), Michael Jai White (Spawn), Darren Shahlavi (Arrow), Scott Adkins (Zero Dark Thirty), and Kelly Brook (Smallville). The series is currently showing in 22 countries across Europe.

Danish composer Jesper Kyd started writing music for visual media in the European ‘demoscene‘. At 19 he became part owner of a video game company which later evolved into IO Interactive, the studio behind the Hitman series and Freedom Fighters. Renowned for creating unique scores with a diverse array of live instrumentation and manipulated sounds, Kyd’s soundtracks feature a mix of styles ranging from the iconic orchestral/electronic hybrid scores for the HITMAN series (BAFTA Original Music Award) and anthemic choral score for FREEDOM FIGHTERS, to his four evocative, brand defining scores for the history inspired ASSASSIN’S CREED series (ACII voted most popular theme music by fans in Ubisoft poll) and the post-apocalyptic themes of the BORDERLANDS series.

Kyd’s credits include the faded Americana acoustic score for Microsoft’s STATE OF DECAY, the fastest selling original game on Xbox Live Arcade, and the surreal fantasy score for the action-adventure DARKSIDERS II, created by comic book writer/artist Joe Madureira, which garnered numerous critic accolades including Entertainment Weekly’s ‘Most Played Best Songs of 2012,’ Machinima’s ‘Top 5 Songs of 2012,’ ‘Best Video Game Score of 2012′ and ‘Top 10 Best Video Game Scores Ever’ from Minnesota Public Radio.

His recent projects include the uplifting orchestral album ‘LEGACY’, the acclaimed follow-up to ‘ULTIMATUM’, recorded with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra and nominated for ‘Best Album’ in the Trailer Music Awards 2013. Kyd is currently scoring several next generation video games as well as season two of METAL HURLANT CHRONICLES starring Michael Biehn (Aliens, The Terminator) and John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings), scheduled for broadcast across Europe in 2014. For more information on Jesper Kyd visit www.jesperkyd.com and Facebook.com/JesperKydFanPage.

Here at Sumthing, we love our Original Soundtracks – they’re the best, really – but they only represent a portion of the music the gaming community has to offer.  In our quest to provide our customers with the full palette of aural video gaming goodness, we knew we needed something… Sumthing ELSE.  So here it is!  Please take a gander below to see what the Sumthing ELSE section is serving up.  Happy shopping!

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CHIPTUNES nt

This section is dedicated to the dedicated – artist and fan alike.  Chiptunes are songs created strictly through the 8-bit medium… and they’re awesome.  If you thought this art form died with the NES, you are sorely mistaken.  Artists are still pumping out brand-new jams, their quills steeped firmly in nostalgia.  You thought writing music was hard?  Well, these guys code it.   Check out what they’re capable of in the Chiptunes section.

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Video game composers are a ceaseless lot – the beat don’t stop when the games hit the shelves.  They’ve got so many trills and treble clefs spinning around in their heads, they’ve got music pouring out of their ears.  Luckily, Sumthing is there to catch that ish (gross.)  The Composer Collection is where you’ll find all the music from your favorite composers released outside of the games industry.  Browse the Composer Collection and check out what these guys are up to when the leash is off!

TRAILER MUSIC nt

Nothing (nothing!) gets you more pumped than a good game trailer – and nothing makes a good game trailer like the right song.  A song in the Trailer Music section may not be in the game itself, but after your months of anticipation – watching and re-watching that teaser – it’s forever synonymous.  Get at it.

TRIBUTE BANDS – Coming Soon!

The Sumthing team has been to many a game music show.  The talent on display at these events would blow you away – incredible musicians putting their spin on classic game themes.  Check out some of the finest acts on the scene in the Tribute Bands section.

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The Sumthing ELSE section is a work-in-progress, so please let us know if you see any glaring omissions!  And artists – if you think your music belongs in one of these niche-tastic genres, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at musicsubmission@sumthing.com !!

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