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

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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 !!

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.


Official Game Soundtrack Now Available on Sony Entertainment Network

Ivor Novello nominated and Telly award winning composer Walter Mair scores Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s (SCEE) highly acclaimed PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) title, Killzone: Mercenary, lauded by critics as “setting a new bar of quality for FPS on handheld” and “one of the better first-person shooters, period.” Walter Mair’s music for the latest installment in the blockbuster series reflects a new story set in the Killzone universe and captures the emotional drama, fear and undying courage of war. The official soundtrack is available for digital download via Sony Entertainment Network.

Classically trained in Vienna, Walter Mair has previously created dramatic original scores for feature films such as The List,Seamonsters and Alone In The Dark as well as commercials for BMW and Mercedes-Benz. His previous video game scores include the Ivor Novello nominated Empire: Total War and Viking: Battle For Asgard.

Mair’s diverse repertoire ranges from epic full orchestral scores recorded with 80-piece choirs to intimate, small ensembles and hybrid electronic scores featuring solo instruments and found sounds. To create unique sounds for each score, Mair employs his extensive collection of analog digital synths and effect processors, blending live orchestral arrangements with experimental post-recording techniques.

Developed by Guerilla Games Cambridge, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Killzone: Mercenary for PS Vita-a new first-person shooter in the acclaimedKillzone series-throws players into a deadly firefight as part of a ruthless Mercenary faction, one taking on paid contracts from not only the dangerous ISA but the vicious Helghast as well. As the first handheld entry in the series to retain the console titles’ first-person shooter gameplay, Mercenary combines an epic single-player campaign with a substantial multiplayer offering.

For more information on Killzone: Mercenary, visit: http://killzonemercenary.eu.playstation.com/killzone-mercenary.

Game Music Connect

Game Art Connect Ltd today announced Sony Computer Entertainment Europe will sponsor the debut Game Music Connect conference to be held at Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, London on September 9, 2013. Game Music Connect is created for aspiring and professional composers of all backgrounds and those interested in learning about the art and science of composing today’s cutting edge video game soundtracks.

The premiere Game Music Connect event features a distinguished line-up of British and international A-list music talent including the award-winning composers of Sony’s Killzone trilogy (Joris de Man), LittleBigPlanet 2 and LittleBigPlanet 2: The Muppets (Richard Jacques), as well as top audio directors from both independent and major developers and publishers including SCEE’s Music Production Manager, Alastair Lindsay (WonderBook: Book of Spells).

Game Music Connect is unique,” commented Alastair Lindsay, Music Production Manager at SCE Worldwide Studios. “Having a full day event dedicated to video game music with some of the industry’s top composers and Audio Directors is not to be missed. Lifting the lid on how both composers and developers work together will give a rare insight for anyone wanting to get into the industry or even if they just have an interest in video game music.”

“We’re honoured to have Sony onboard as a sponsorship partner for Game Music Connect,” said Game Music Connect creator James Hannigan. “Having their organisation support our inaugural event is a wonderful validation and shows, as always, the importance Sony attaches to creativity and great artistic content in games.”

Game Music Connect co-founder John Broomhall added: “We’re also especially pleased that Alastair Lindsay, Music Production Manager for SCEE’s Worldwide Studios Creative Services Group, will be speaking at Game Music Connect, bringing valuable insights on how the platform holder handles music commissioning and production out of the United Kingdom.”

Alastair Lindsay will be a guest speaker on the session, “PLATFORMERS’ PERSPECTIVE Setting the music bar for next-gen games,” revealing how one of the world’s leading console game platforms maintains centralised service groups to support and augment game development teams, with music as a key component. Lindsay will discuss his role within Sony’s organisation and how they go about sourcing and working with both in-house and freelance composers including advice on the kind of skills, qualities and portfolio they expect from aspiring game music composers.

Programme: www.gamemusicconnect.com/sessions/.

Speakers: www.gamemusicconnect.com/speakers/.

Tickets: www.gamemusicconnect.com/registration/.

Game Music Connect is created by BAFTA award winner and five-time Original Music nominated composer James Hannigan and veteran game audio director, composer, sound designer and industry commentator John Broomhall, to celebrate and explore the music of video games together and the extraordinary talent behind it.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.gamemusicconnect.com.

Lost Planet 3 ‘Alien Country Music’ and ‘Score’ Double Album Available For Digital Download on August 27

Lost Planet 3

Award-winning composer Jack Wall will release the soundtrack for Capcom’s sci-fi action adventure video game Lost Planet® 3 on his label, Lost In Sound Records. Wall is best known for his rich, cinematic scores found within popular titles such as Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Mass Effect 1 & 2, Myst III & IV, Splinter Cell: Pandora’s Tomorrow and Jade Empire. Featuring 37 tracks composed and produced by Wall, the Lost Planet 3 Original Soundtrack comprises two volumes, ‘Alien Country Music’ and ‘Score’, which will be released as a single package for digital download on iTunes and Amazon to coincide with the game’s release on August 27, 2013.

The Lost Planet 3 Original Soundtrack is presented in two volumes to reflect the distinct musical approaches for the game’s soundtrack. Volume 1 features country and rock instrumentation combined with organic drum and percussion elements, infused with modern synthetic elements to create a country music of the future.

“When Spark and Capcom asked me to write alien country as roughly half of the soundtrack to Lost Planet 3, I was really intrigued,” enthuses Jack Wall. “It would be the main character’s mix tape. This is the music Jim Peyton listens to when he’s on mission in his rig – the music his wife Grace, back on Earth, sends him to remind him of home. The challenge was to make it real, but add just enough elements and context to make it seem like it is music from the future.”

As well as composing and producing the Alien Country Music, Wall performs acoustic, baritone and electric guitars on all the tracks. Joining him on this unique sci-fi musical adventure, Wall formed and recorded a band of celebrated artists including composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica) on accordion, guitarist Craig Stull (Firefly) on dobro guitar, drummer Joe Travers (Zappa Plays Zappa), vocalist Cindy Shapiro (Myst III: Exile), and cinema’s foremost harmonica player, Tommy Morgan, amongst other talented musicians. Key tracks include: “Rattlesnake,” “A Long Way Home,” “Ballad of Jim Peyton,” and “Outlaw.”

Presented as Volume 2, Wall’s cinematic score is a blend of sci-fi orchestral and acoustic themes, spine-tingling atmosphere, and synthesized ambient textures, which serves to support the game’s compelling narrative, mysterious environments and epic action sequences. Key tracks include: “Lost Planet 3 Theme,” “The Ice Planet,” “The Vorgg,” and “The Forgotten.”

“For me the score needed to be two things: mysterious and wild,” explains Wall. “If I could inject those ideas into the music for E.D.N III, I would be doing my job. I’m very excited by what we’ve put together for players. The script, acting and story seamlessly intertwine with this music to create a tangible world.”

The Lost Planet 3 soundtrack is available for digital download through Lost In Sound Records on August 27.

Samples are available at http://jackwall.net/lost-planet-3-music-player.

Nile Rodgers’ Pioneering Video Game Soundtrack Label Partners with
Landmark Video Game Music Conference Launching in London on September 9

Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier label dedicated to licensing and distributing video game soundtracks, has partnered with Game Music Connect, the new conference created for fans of music in games, aspiring and professional composers of all backgrounds and those interested in learning about the art and science of creating today’s cutting edge video game soundtracks. Game Music Connect attendees will receive a free 17 track digital soundtrack sampler download code, featuring selections from Sumthing’s extensive catalogue www.sumthing.com, when they attend the inaugural event at Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, London on September 9, 2013.

The debut Game Music Connect event features the composers of some of the best-loved multi-million selling video game franchises including Martin O’Donnell (Halo), Jason Graves (Tomb Raider), Jesper Kyd (Borderlands, Hitman), James Hannigan (Command & Conquer, Freelancer), Richard Jacques (Mass Effect) and Joris de Man (Killzone), as well as top audio directors from Bungie, Jagex, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment.

Programme: www.gamemusicconnect.com/sessions/.

Speakers: www.gamemusicconnect.com/speakers/.

Tickets: www.gamemusicconnect.com/registration/.

Game Music Connect is created by BAFTA award winner and five-time Original Music nominated composer James Hannigan and veteran game audio director, composer, sound designer and industry commentator John Broomhall, to celebrate and explore the music of video games together and the extraordinary talent behind it. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.gamemusicconnect.com.

 

Metro: Last Light

 Preview all tracks and purchase the soundtrack right here!

Deep Silver and Sumthing Else Music Works today announced that the official soundtrack for Metro: Last Light is now available to pre-order from the Sumthing Else website, iTunes and other digital retailers. Composed by Aleksey Omelchuk, it features over sixty original tracks that capture and reflect the dark and haunting atmosphere of the critically acclaimed first person shooter.

The digital release also includes four bonus tracks performed by 4A Games’ in-house metal band ‘Aranrut’ that fans of the game may have unwittingly discovered by playing the cassette tape players hidden around the game world!

The soundtrack is set for worldwide release on September 3rd, but fans can pre-order and listen to samples on Sumthing.com at  http://www.sumthing.com/p/metro-last-light/ , iTunes and other music retailers including Amazon.com.

As a bonus, Sumthing Else and Deep are giving away five evocative tracks, including Artyom’s signature theme ‘Echoes of the Past’. To download these free tracks, visit Sumthing.com here: http://www.sumthing.com/p/metro-last-light/.

For more information about Metro: Last Light, visit http://www.enterthemetro.com.

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