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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, iTunes, and other digital music sites.

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PAX Sphinx Theatre
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Saturday, August 30th, 5.30pm

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 titles in interactive entertainment.

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

Martin O’Donnell
Destiny, Halo

Jesper Kyd
Assassin’s Creed, Borderlands, Hitman, State of Decay

Darren Korb
Bastion, Transistor

Boris Salchow
Sunset Overdrive, Ratchet & Clank, Resistance

Sascha Dikiciyan
Mass Effect 3, Borderlands, Dead Rising 3, Tron

Oleksa Lozowchuk
Dead Rising 3, Dead Rising 2

Moderated by Emily Reese, host and 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 – details to be announced.

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 Kevin Riepl’s original score to horror/thriller film prequel available digitally on July 22

Cabin Fever Patient Zero

Sumthing Else Music Works presents the original motion picture soundtrack for CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO, the next installment to the cult hit CABIN FEVER releasing in US theaters on August 1, 2014.  Featuring an original music score by award-winning film and video game composer Kevin Riepl (Contracted, Silent Night, Gears of War), the CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available for digital download on iTunes, and all digital music sites on July 22, 2014.

CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO was written by Jake Wade Wall (The Hitcher),  directed by Kaare Andrews (Altitude and The ABCs of Death) and stars Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy), Currie Graham (Pompeii, NYPD Blue), Ryan Donowho (Soldiers of Fortune), Mitch Ryan (One Tree Hill) and Jillian Murray (Bad Ass).

CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO tells the story of a group of friends enjoying a bachelor weekend on a yacht in the Caribbean.  As they run ashore to explore a remote island, they stumble upon an abandoned research facility, where a massacre from a deadly virus is unleashed.  They must find a way to survive before the flesh eating disease consumes them all.  Their answer – an uninfected survivor:  “Patient Zero.”

“For Cabin Fever Patient Zero, I wanted the music to have a blend of atmospheric electronics, rhythmic orchestral work and a host of very dry, very gritty organic instruments,” explains Kevin Riepl.  “These instruments, which are not played in any traditional manner, created the tension throughout the film.  There’s a lot of scraping, hitting, dynamic bowing, and on top of that are the dissonant plucking notes, performed on the banjolele and violin.”

Kevin Riepl is an award-winning composer writing for multiple entertainment genres. His engaging and atmospheric scores have enhanced over twenty films, as well as blockbuster video games and TV.  Riepl’s upcoming projects include the action/thriller feature film The Night Crew starring Luke Goss, Bokeem Woodbine and Danny Trejo.

Featuring previously unreleased music by Jesper Kyd and Cris Velasco,
Soundtrack to be released digitally April 15

Borderlands 2 Volume 2

Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier record label dedicated to video game soundtracks, presents a Volume Two soundtrack featuring previously unreleased original music from the blockbuster Role-Playing-Shooter, Borderlands® 2. The Borderlands 2 Volume Two Original Soundtrack will be available digitally from iTunes,, and other music sites on April 15.

Borderlands 2 Volume Two Original Soundtrack features the remaining original music scores composed by Jesper Kyd (Assassin’s Creed) and Cris Velasco (God of War), and several tracks from Raison Varner (Gearbox Software). The Borderlands 2 team of composers created a colorful and dynamic music score fusing multiple music styles for the game’s adrenaline-fuelled combat and diverse atmospheric environments. Music samples from Borderlands 2 Volume Two Original Soundtrack are available on SoundCloud and the album is now available to pre-order at

Developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games, Borderlands 2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed four-player cooperative shooter-looter that combined intense first-person mayhem with role-playing gameplay. For more information visit or

 Soundtrack CD and Digital Album Available March 25

Infamous Second Son

Sumthing Else Music Works and Sony Computer Entertainment America will release the inFAMOUS Second Son Original Soundtrack as a CD album on March 25. Developed by Sucker Punch Productions, inFAMOUS Second Son™ is an action-adventure title available exclusively for the PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system. The inFAMOUS Second Son Original Soundtrack will be released to North American and European retail outlets through Sumthing Else Music Works, and for digital download from

Second Son is a brand new origin story in the inFAMOUS™ franchise featuring new leading superhuman Delsin Rowe. Set in the realistic Pacific Northwest city of Seattle, superhumans are now ruthlessly hunted down and caged by the tyrannical Department of Unified Protection. Having recently discovered his own superhuman abilities, Delsin is now capable of fighting back against the oppressive DUP. Enjoy the freedom to choose how you will push your awesome abilities to the limit, and witness the consequences of your actions as they affect the city and people around you.

Featuring 22 original pieces from the score, the inFAMOUS Second Son Original Soundtrack album showcases an exciting collaboration between veteran composers Marc Canham (Far Cry 2, Driver San Francisco), Nathan Johnson (Looper, Brick) and Brain (inFAMOUS™ 2, Tom Waits, Primus). The score echoes Delsin’s experiences finding and fighting his way through the forces that have besieged his city. A brilliant blend of chaotic guitars, musical sound design, and driving grooves, this innovative collection is inspired by both the plight of the game’s characters and its iconic setting.

inFAMOUS Second Son for the PlayStation® 4 will be available March 21, 2014 and is rated “T” for Teen with Blood, Drug Reference, Language, Sexual Themes and Violence. For more information about the ESRB, visit For more information about the title, visit

Original Score by Three-Time GRAMMY® Award Nominated Composer David Arkenstone

Starlight Inception OST


Sumthing Else Music Works releases David Arkenstone’s original music score from the space combat game for PC, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita, Starlight Inception™. Created by indie game developer Escape Hatch Entertainment, Starlight Inception is a space combat experience with modern strategic elements. The sweeping orchestral soundtrack by composer David Arkenstone is now available for digital download at iTunes,,, and other digital music sites.

In Starlight Inception players assume the role of a young space fighter pilot assigned to the star carrier USF Independence, deploying to hotspots throughout the Solar System during World War IV. Combining a unique blend of action with an involving storyline, Starlight Inception features ship-based combat both in space and on planets and moons, interplanetary exploration, and multiplayer dogfighting.

Starlight Inception is the latest addition to David Arkenstone’s video game scores, which include World of Warcraft’s groundbreaking expansion, Cataclysm. Music samples from the Starlight Inception soundtrack are available at

“I really enjoy the exploration feel of Starlight Inception and, of course, battle music is always fun to write!” enthuses David Arkenstone. “And I loved the different planet and moon musical opportunities. I strive to create music that enhances the experience and really puts the gamer ‘out there’.”

Celebrating the 25th year of his impressive recording career that includes more than 30 albums, 20 Billboard hits, film and television soundtracks and game scores, three-time Grammy nominee David Arkenstone has established himself as one of the best contemporary instrumental musicians of our time. This visionary continues to create distinctive tracks that inspire the imagination. A musical storyteller, David is passionate about taking his listeners on a journey, creating sonic tapestries that evoke every emotion. “I envision a place where I would like to go, or an adventure I would like to take, and let my imagination run free,” says Arkenstone.

A spectacular live concert event, “David Arkenstone’s Symphonic Adventure” is set to tour in 2014/15 and is currently a popular public television pledge drive special. The show features David’s epic new album, Lovéren, nominated for Album Of The Year and Best Vocal Album at the ZMR Awards. For more information on the composer visit

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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,,, 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

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

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


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, 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

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:

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 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 and

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!



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.


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!


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.


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 !!

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