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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!

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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 !!

Music Composed and Produced by Oleksa Lozowchuk
Digital Album November 19, 2 CD Album November 26

Dead Rising 3

Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier record label dedicated to licensing and distributing video game soundtracks, proudly presents the Dead Rising® 3 Original Soundtrack featuring the original music score from Capcom’s new generation open-world zombie action video game available exclusively on Xbox One. The Dead Rising® series is one of the most popular zombie game franchises, with more than 5.4 million units sold worldwide to date. The Dead Rising 3 Original Soundtrack will be available digitally at iTunes, Amazon.com and other music sites on November 19, 2013. An expanded 99-track version of the album will be available exclusively at Sumthing.com. As a bonus, Sumthing Else and Capcom are giving away 10 tracks. To download these free tracks, visit Sumthing.com. A two disc physical edition of the album will be released on November 26, 2013.

The Dead Rising 3 Original Soundtrack features two and a half hours of original score composed and produced by Oleksa Lozowchuk (Dead Rising® 2, Dead Rising® 2: Off The Record, Dead Rising® 2: Case Zero, Dead Rising® 2: Case West) including additional music by various artists such as Traz Damji, Sascha Dikiciyan, Brian Reitzell, Celldweller, Jeremy Soule and Julian Soule, Ashtar Command, and Dave Genn.

Dead Rising® 3‘s soundtrack mashes up classic horror, dirty synths and the ’80s,” said Oleksa Lozowchuk, Dead Rising 3 Composer and Soundtrack Producer. “Blend in a dose of craziness from the city of Los Perdidos to contrast the visceral pulse of survival horror, and you end up right at home, in the world of Dead Rising.”

Available exclusively for Xbox One, Dead Rising 3 is the third installment in the celebrated franchise and introduces a blockbuster open-world action game that will define a new generation of zombie-slaying mayhem. With intense action and an unmatched level of weapon and character customization, Dead Rising 3 delivers a heart-pounding experience unlike any other as you fight for survival in a massive open world teeming with thousands of undead.

Set 10 years after the events of Dead Rising 2, Dead Rising 3 takes place in the vast city of Los Perdidos amid a nationwide zombie outbreak that’s on the brink of decimating mankind. The story follows Nick Ramos, a young mechanic with a strange tattoo and a mysterious past who must find a way to escape a city full of thousands of bloodthirsty zombies before an impending military strike wipes the city and everyone in it off the map. But Nick can’t do it alone – he must join up with other survivors to stay alive and fight their way out before it’s too late. With an immersive open-world experience, intense action, and unmatched level of weapon and character customization, a new generation of zombie-slaying fun has arrived with Dead Rising 3.

For more information on Dead Rising 3, visit www.xbox.com/deadrising3.

ZOMBIE SQUASH

Sumthing Else Music Works presents ZOMBIE SQUASH Original Soundtrack featuring the heavy metal instrumental score from ACW Games’ tongue-in-cheek mobile game for iOS and Android. The original soundtrack is written, performed and produced by Billboard-charting heavy metal musician and producer Roy Z (Tribe of Gypsies, Judas Priest), and features the voice of George A. Romero, the iconic director of Night of the Living Dead, universally recognized as the Godfather of zombies. ZOMBIE SQUASH Original Soundtrack will be available for digital download at Sumthing.com on October 29.

Best known for his production work with metal artists such as Judas Priest, Sepultura and Sebastian Bach, Roy Z’s credits include Priest’s album ‘Angel of Retribution’ which debuted at #13 on the U.S. Billboard chart. The ZOMBIE SQUASH soundtrack features Roy Z’s signature shred guitars, bass and keys, while fellow bandmate Dave Moreno (Tribe of Gypsies) provides the bombastic drums. The album is mastered by Andy Horn (Rob Halford, Sebastian Bach).

ZOMBIE SQUASH is a world where plants and vegetables like turban squash and pumpkins turn into zombie squash spawned from the evil experiments of Dr. B. E. Vil (George A. Romero), owner of a controversial bio-chemical, genetics company Monsterno Corporation. ZOMBIE SQUASH is a tower defense style game where you play as Jack Stompingtail, a fearless rabbit who fires carrots, zucchini and other garden ammo at the zombie squash onslaught! The player has to try and stop the zombie squash from taking over the world.

A fun-for-all ages action game, ZOMBIE SQUASH is available from iTunes, GooglePlay and Amazon.com. HD tablet versions of ZOMBIE SQUASH are also available for the iPad and Kindle Fire. An expanded version of the game featuring more music, more Zombie Squash and more levels will also be available for purchase on October 29. For more information visit www.zombiesquash.com.

Lords of Shadow and Mirror of Fate Original Score Albums
Available on CD and for Digital Download from October 29

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

 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, today announced that it has entered into a multiple-title licensing agreement with Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., to release the original soundtracks from the critically acclaimed action-adventure video game series, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.

Featuring the original musical score from the best-selling title in Castlevania franchise history, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Ultimate Edition Soundtrack is scheduled for a physical release on October 29, 2013 to North American and European retail outlets through Sumthing Else Music Works, and simultaneously for digital download at iTunes, Amazon MP3 and other digital music sites. An extended version of the album, the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Director’s Cut, includes twenty previously unreleased tracks which will be available exclusively from www.Sumthing.com.

The partnership announced today also includes the upcoming album release for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate Original Soundtrack, available digitally on October 29 followed by a CD release in November, and the highly anticipated Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Original Soundtrack (Q1 2014).

Developed by Mercury Steam in association with Kojima Productions Studio, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (2010) is a dark and vivid new re-imagining of the Castlevania mythology. The epic original score, composed by Oscar Araujo and recorded with the 120-piece Bratislava Symphony Orchestra, received numerous accolades including 2011 ‘Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media’ from the International Film Music Critics Association.

For more information on the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow series, please visit: http://www.konami-castlevania.com.

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