Thursday, November 19, 2009

ASSASSIN'S CREED II MUSIC TO BE PERFORMED AT VIDEO GAMES LIVE IN PARIS


Debut Live Performance of Jesper Kyd's thrilling score
at Palais des Congrès on Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Los Angeles - November 19, 2009 - The music of Assassin's Creed II composed by Jesper Kyd will debut during the Video Games Live concert at Palais des Congrès in Paris, France on Saturday, November 21st, 2009. Tickets for Video Games Live in Paris are available at http://www.videogameslive.fr/.

Video Games Live is an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. Top orchestras and choirs perform along with exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists, live action and unique interactive segments to create an explosive entertainment experience.

For Assassin's Creed II, Jesper Kyd has taken the music in an adventurous new direction and crafted an immensely diverse, melodic and progressive musical palette featuring acoustic and symphonic orchestrations with emotional depth and diversity. The Assassin's Creed II Original Soundtrack is available from digital music stores including Amazon and iTunes.

Didier Lord, Head of Music, Ubisoft: "The music sounds amazing and serves the game perfectly. Jesper Kyd brought to Assassin's Creed II his magic touch, as always."

Assassin's Creed II is now available for PLAYSTATION 3 and Xbox 360 and will be released for PC in early 2010. For more information about Assassin's Creed II, please visit www.assassinscreed.com.

Monday, November 16, 2009

SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF THE BORDERLANDS(TM) ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

Music Composed by Jesper Kyd, Sascha Dikiciyan, Cris Velasco, Raison Varner and Tim Larkin

New York - November 16th, 2009 - Sumthing Else Music Works, through its licensing relationship with Gearbox Software, LLC, proudly presents the Borderlands Original Soundtrack featuring the original musical score from the highly acclaimed video game Borderlands(TM). Developed by Gearbox Software, Borderlands(TM) delivers this year's most explosive and entertaining role-playing shooter (RPS) by combining the most addictive gaming elements found in action-packed first-person shooters with the deep character development of role-playing games (RPG). The album includes music from the game composed by Jesper Kyd, Sascha Dikiciyan, Cris Velasco and Raison Varner as well as bonus music tracks by these artists and Tim Larkin. The Borderlands Original Soundtrack is released on December 8th to retail outlets through Sumthing Else Music Works http://www.sumthing.com/, and will be available for digital download on Sumthing Digital http://www.sumthingdigital.com/ and iTunes®.

“The Borderlands soundtrack was a tremendous collaborative effort between Cris Velasco and Sascha Dikiciyan, Jesper Kyd and myself," said Borderlands Audio Director Raison Varner. "From the very beginning we wanted to provide a score to Borderlands(TM) that would stand out as unique and fresh. Borderlands spits attitude from the opening scene until the end of the game and we needed to match that energy. I hope that listeners will enjoy the mix of ethnic instrumentation, heavy electronic influences and driving beats that help keep Borderlands(TM) in your face all the way through!"

Borderlands OST Tracklisting:

1. Prelude (Jesper Kyd)
2. Welcome To Fyrestone (Jesper Kyd)
3. Enter Skag Gully (Raison Varner)
4. Fighting Off The Skags (Raison Varner)
5. Removing The Bandit Threat (Sascha Dikiciyan and Cris Velasco)
6. Traversing The Deep (Raison Varner)
7. Fighting Sledge’s Minions (Sascha Dikiciyan and Cris Velasco)
8. Welcome to The Bunker (Sascha Dikiciyan and Cris Velasco)
9. Smoking Out The Bunker (Sascha Dikiciyan and Cris Velasco)
10. Burning Rubber and Shooting Bullets (Sascha Dikiciyan and Cris Velasco)
11. The Junkyard Vista (Jesper Kyd)
12. Welcome to The Trash Coast (Raison Varner)
13. The Rakkhive Emerges (Raison Varner)
14. Assaulting Krom’s Canyon (Raison Varner)
15. Battling Krom’s Minions (Raison Varner)
16. Fighting Krom and His Gun (Sascha Dikiciyan and Cris Velasco)
17. Trash The Bandits (Sascha Dikiciyan and Cris Velasco)
18. Trash The Bandits Some More (Sascha Dikiciyan and Cris Velasco)
19. Welcome To The Wastelands (Jesper Kyd)
20. Traveling To The Vault (Raison Varner)
21. Destroying the Destroyer (Raison Varner)
22. Bonus – Bring Your Guns (Jesper Kyd)
23. Bonus – Borderlands (Sascha Dikiciyan and Cris Velasco)
24. Bonus – The Old New Haven (Tim Larkin)
25. Bonus – Exploring the Mine (Tim Larkin)
26. Bonus – Exploring Overlook (Sascha Dikiciyan and Cris Velasco)
27. Bonus – The Threat At Overlook (Sascha Dikiciyan and Cris Velasco)

Featuring extensive co-op integration that seamlessly blends the single-player and multiplayer experiences, Borderlands(TM) allows players to freely join or leave each other's games at any time for collaborative mayhem or the freedom to choose to play in full single-player mode to experience the world on their own. Borderlands(TM) also includes a groundbreaking weapon generation system that offers a near infinite variety of weapons to the player. Borderlands(TM) combines these features with addictive non-stop action to form a breakthrough experience that challenges the conventions of modern shooters and RPGs.

For more information on Borderlands, please visit http://www.borderlandsthegame.com/.

For more information on Sumthing Else Music Works and its complete catalog of video game soundtracks, please visit http://www.sumthing.com/ and http://www.sumthingdigital.com/.

About Gearbox Software, L.L.C.
Gearbox Software is respected industry wide for the award winning, best-selling original and licensed video games they have developed for major video game platforms. Founded in 1999 and located near Dallas, TX, Gearbox Software is well known for the creation and development of their original blockbuster franchise, Brothers in Arms, which has sold over 7 million units. Additionally, Gearbox Software has developed games and added value to many of the industry's top franchises including Halo, Half-Life, Tony Hawk, James Bond and others. Gearbox Software's success has been enabled and supported through several key mutually beneficial business relationships with strong publishing partners including Activision, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft Entertainment, Microsoft Games Studios, Sega of America and Take-Two/2K Games. Currently Gearbox Software is in development with Aliens: Colonial Marines, published by Sega, and other unannounced AAA games for multiple platforms including the Microsoft Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Windows PC, Mac, Nintendo DS, Sony PSP and more.

About Sumthing Else Music Works, Inc.
Since its creation in the late 1990’s by the world-renowned songwriter, musician and record producer, Nile Rodgers, Sumthing Else Music Works has become the acknowledged industry leader in licensing and distributing video game soundtracks. Possessing full in-house services worldwide, from retail marketing and sales through physical and digital distribution, Sumthing is partnered with the world’s leading video game developers and publishers including BioWare, Bungie Studios, Capcom, Crytek, Eidos Interactive, Epic Games, Gearbox Software, Microsoft, Mistwalker, Rare, SEGA, Silicon Knights, Sony Computer Entertainment and Ubisoft. Their catalogue of titles includes the best selling video game soundtrack of all time, Halo 2: Volume One, as well as award-winning titles including: Halo 3: ODST, Resident Evil 5, Street Fighter IV, Halo Wars, Halo Trilogy, Gears of War 2, Fable II, Too Human, Brothers In Arms, Crysis, Advent Rising, Fable, Gears of War, Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2 Volume Two, Halo 3, Hitman: Blood Money, Hitman: Contracts, Jade Empire, Kameo: Elements of Power, Mass Effect, Red Steel, Unreal Tournament III, Freedom Fighters and many others.

Sumthing Else Music Works and Sumthing Distribution logos are copyright of their respective companies. All other names of products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Monday, November 2, 2009

ASSASSIN'S CREED II IMMERSES PLAYERS WITH EPIC MUSIC SCORE BY JESPER KYD


Assassin's Creed II Original Soundtrack available November 16th

Los Angeles - November 2nd, 2009 - Award-winning composer Jesper Kyd has created an epic soundtrack for Assassin's Creed II, the sequel to the fastest-selling new IP in video game history. Following his atmospheric score for the original Assassin's Creed, Kyd takes the music in an adventurous new direction and crafts an immensely diverse, melodic and progressive musical palette featuring acoustic and symphonic orchestrations with emotional depth and diversity. The original score was recorded with A-List musicians and a Hollywood orchestra and choir at the world-renowned Capitol Studios. The Assassin's Creed II Original Soundtrack will be available for digital download from popular music stores on November 16th.

Assassin's Creed II features a new hero, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, a young Italian noble, and a new era, the Renaissance. The game tells an epic story of family, vengeance and conspiracy set in the pristine, yet brutal, backdrop of a Renaissance Italy. Ezio befriends Leonardo da Vinci, takes on Florence’s most powerful families and ventures throughout the canals of Venice where he learns to become a master assassin. The music propels the action, captures the allure and mystery of the story and immerses players in the breathtakingly detailed settings.

Patrice Desilets, Creative Director at Ubisoft: "Jesper Kyd’s score for Assassin’s Creed II brings players into the Italian Renaissance by providing a true sense of depth for the poignant moments, while also giving a jolt of adrenaline to the action-packed sequences. We are thrilled to have Jesper Kyd back with us in making Assassin’s Creed II an epic title on all levels."

Jesper Kyd: "We created a unique musical identity for Assassin's Creed II that reflects the character and story of Ezio and elevated the music, both in terms of creativity and live production, to a whole new level."

Assassin’s Creed II is the product of over two years of intensive development by the original creative team behind the Assassin’s Creed brand. Assassin’s Creed II is scheduled to launch on November 17th, 2009 for the PLAYSTATION® 3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PC. For more information about Assassin’s Creed II, please visit http://www.assassinscreed.com/.

About Ubisoft:
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has teams in 28 countries and distributes games in more than 55 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. For the 2008-09 fiscal year, Ubisoft generated sales of 1.058 billion euros. To learn more, please visit
www.ubisoftgroup.com.

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