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VARÈSE SARABANDE TO RELEASE ‘REVELATION’ – ORIGINAL GAME SOUNDTRACK


Featuring Original Music Composed By Neal Acree

“Acree’s Asian-themed score for Revelation may be the best thing he has ever written.” – Movie Music UK

(April 26, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA) – Varèse Sarabande will release the REVELATION – Original Game Soundtrack digitally on April 29 and on CD May 27, 2016. The game features original music by Neal Acree (WORLD OF WARCRAFT, OVERWATCH). The score earned the Global Music Award (Game Music and Original Score), the Scorecast Genius Choice Vote Award, and earned nominations for a Game Audio Network Guild Award as “Best Instrumental” by the International Film Music Critics Awards for “Best Score: Video Game.” Continue reading VARÈSE SARABANDE TO RELEASE ‘REVELATION’ – ORIGINAL GAME SOUNDTRACK

LAKESHORE PRESENTS ‘BEYOND: TWO SOULS’ – ORIGINAL VIDEO GAME SOUNDTRACK


Featuring Original Music By Lorne Balfe

(April 4, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records will release BEYOND: TWO SOULS – Original Video Game Soundtrack digitally on April 22, 2016 and on CD May 6, 2016. The album features the original score by Lorne Balfe (TERMINATOR GENISYS, PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, ASSASSIN’S CREED III). Continue reading LAKESHORE PRESENTS ‘BEYOND: TWO SOULS’ – ORIGINAL VIDEO GAME SOUNDTRACK

CLIFF MARTINEZ ON THE ‘FAR CRY 4’ ORIGINAL GAME SOUNDTRACK


November 4, 2014 – Ubisoft® has partnered with film composer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Cliff Martinez to compose the original game soundtrack for its upcoming open-world, first-person shooter Far Cry 4, the much-anticipated sequel to the #1 rated shooter of 2012.* Cliff has a background in music as a former member of the award-winning rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers and has composed scores for films including “Traffic,” “Drive” and “Spring Breakers.” Continue reading CLIFF MARTINEZ ON THE ‘FAR CRY 4’ ORIGINAL GAME SOUNDTRACK

MICHAEL JOHN MOLLO SCORES THE REBOOT OF ‘STRIDER’ GAME SERIES


(February 24, 2014– Los Angeles, CA) – Michael John Mollo composed the original music for the Capcom release of STRIDER®. STRIDER® was developed by Double Helix and is available now as a $14.99 digital download title on PSN (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3), Xbox Live (Xbox One, Xbox 360) and PC (Steam).

“The approach to the music for STRIDER was to take the style and intensity of the original games from the late 80s, and breathe new life into the arrangements,” said Mollo. “I chose to feature old school synths and textures juxtaposed against modern sounds to both pay homage to the past but also move the sound of STRIDER into the 21st century.”

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PLAYFEST MOVES TO MÁLAGA, SPAIN, AND ANNOUNCES LINE UP


Unique Video Game and Animation Music Festival Announces Line-up
Featuring Music From Star Trek Video Games, and Composers Kevin Kiner, Jason Graves, Oscar Araujo, Cris Velasco, and Lorne Balfe

(July 25, 2013—Úbeda, Spain) –  The second annual PlayFest — Music, Animation and Videogames Festival, moves to Fuengirola in Málaga, Spain from September 5-8, 2013.  Playfest is a unique event dedicated to one of the fastest growing industries today that will bring together leading artists, composers and companies to participate in master classes, conferences, screenings and concerts.

This year’s concert will spotlight music from Star Trek Video Games (presented by BuySoundtrax Records) and conducted by Kevin Kiner (Star Trek: Borg), the works of composers Jason Graves (Dead Space, Tomb Raider) Oscar Araujo(Castlevania)and Cris Velasco (God of War, Mass Effect 3).  The headliner of the concert will be a special presentation of the music Lorne Balfe (Assassin’s Creed 3, Beyond: Two Souls), which he will conduct — portions of which will be selected by you – the fans!  The concert will be presented at the Fuengirola castle – a magical place for art and music to merge.

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AUSTIN WINTORY WINS “BEST ORIGINAL SCORE” FOR ‘JOURNEY’ AT SPIKE VIDEO GAME AWARDS


(West Hollywood, CA) December 10, 2012—2013 Grammy-nominated Composer Austin Wintory won “Best Original Score” for Journey at the Spike Video Game Awards hosted by Samuel L. Jackson on Friday December 7, 2012. Wintory was also nominated for “Best Song.” In addition to “Best Original Score”, Journey won “Best Independent Video Game” and “Best PS3 Video Game.” Wintory’s win at the Video Game Awards comes on the heels of his recent Grammy nomination: Austin Wintory is the first composer in history to be Grammy-nominated for a video game score (Journey) for “Best Score Soundtrack – Visual Media” since video games became eligible for the award in 1999. The young composer is nominated alongside Academy Award-winning composers John Williams (The Adventures Of Tintin – The Secret Of The Unicorn), Ludovic Bource (The Artist), Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight Rises), Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), and Howard Shore (Hugo). The Journey score album debuted this past April on the Billboard Charts higher than any previous videogame score in history, and was the #1 soundtrack on iTunes all over the world. Austin Wintory will be conducting the Journey score live at the Long Center in Austin, Texas at 7:30 PM on January 5, 2013 as part of Video Games Live. The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will air February 10, 2013 at 8/7c on CBS.

GERARD MARINO SCORES ‘THE AMAZING SPIDER MAN’ GAME


Marino Receives HMMA Nomination for Best Video Game Score for Spider-Man
(West Hollywood, CA) June 19, 2012— Award winning video game composer Gerard Marino scores Marvel’s The Amazing Spider-Man for PlayStation, Wii, Nintendo, and Xbox available June 26, 2012. Marino has just received an HMMA Award Nomination for Best Video Game Score for Spider-Man. The HMMA Awards ceremony will be held in November in Hollywood, CA. Marino is best known for composing PlayStation’s God of War series. His theme from God of War debuted at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is played around the world. His recent credits include Spider-Man: Edge of Time and DC Universe Online.
The Amazing Spider-Man video game is a continuation of Columbia’s film, following Peter Parker as he fights Dr. Otto Octavius’s army of robots in Manhattan. Using real-time navigational and combat choices, players fight crime using free-roaming and web-slinging gameplay. Gerard Marino stated, “I created three original themes surrounding the major personalities in the game. I created chaotic environments using metallic and electronic sounds with guitar, drums, and strings. Creating a repeating rock ‘n’ roll rhythm using traditional orchestral instruments, including harp and cello, I gave Spider-Man a very distinct sound. For pinnacle points of battle between Spider-Man and the robots, I reserved the use of choir voices.”
Gerard Marino is a celebrated video game composer. He has received numerous accolades for his work on God of War including the Interactive Game Award for Best Score and the Game Audio Network Guild’s “Music of the Year” Award. Marino’s orchestral suite for his theme from God of War debuted at the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. This theme continues to be performed on over five continents, including two sold out performances by the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. Gerard Marino’s other credits include contributing music to video games Fantastic 4 and The Punisher and orchestrating EA’s Medal of Honor: Rising Sun. Marino has also composed for film and television, including commercials for State Farm, the NBC 2006 Winter Olympics, and additional music for the award winning CW series Supernatural. His film credits include Amber Lake and El Padrino. In addition, Marino has scored film trailers for such notable works as I Am Legend and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

MICHAEL WANDMACHER SCORES ‘TWISTED METAL’


(Los Angeles, CA) February 10, 2012— Composer Michael Wandmacher scores SCEA and Eat Sleep Play’s Twisted Metal for the PlayStation Network. Twisted Metal is the longest running franchise in PlayStation® history. Michael Wandmacher scores the eighth installment, creating an individual theme for each character. Twisted Metal is set to be released Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2012. The soundtrack and score album will be available on Sony.
Twisted Metal combines ultimate destruction, dark humour, vehicles, and weapons that act as extensions of each character. The game follows four characters who participate in the Twisted Metal Tournament hosted by Calypso. The tournament results in one lone player, the survivor, to whom Calypso awards one wish- often money or power. However, this time Calypso has much more to offer. At the same time one player is trying to bring Calypso Industries down.
Composer Michael Wandmacher created individual themes for each character faction for Twisted Metal. Wandmacher stated, “The primary role of the music is to give each character their own sound to portray their individual struggle.” Wandmacher created Sweet Tooth the Clown’s theme and his ice cream truck’s theme using large amounts of dissonance combined with dark industrial sounds. Mr. Grimm, a modern day Josey Wales, has a biker rock theme with sad undertones imitating his need for redemption. Dollface has a distorted lullaby theme as if written by demons from hell mirroring her struggle with her physical imperfections. “For Calypso, the mastermind behind the tournament, I created an epic theme. I used gothic tones created by pipe organs, guitar, and strings,” Wandmacher stated.
Starting in commercial advertising, Michael Wandmacher quickly gained composing credits for works including film, television, and video games. His recent film credits include Bachelorette, Drive Angry, and Piranha. His other film credits include Never Back Down, My Bloody Valentine 3D and The Killing Floor. Wandmacher’s video game credits include Singularity, Over the Hedge and Madagascar. He has written and mixed music for two time Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson for the film From Justin to Kelly. Michael Wandmacher recently recorded and produced the Extended Play single “Can You Hear Me?” featuring Sarai Gavity to also be released Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2012.