Wednesday, May 26, 2010

BRITISH ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER JASON GRAVES SCORES CITY OF HEROES GOING ROGUE™


Thematic Orchestral Score Immerses Heroes and Villains in Expanded Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game

Raleigh, NC - May 26th, 2010 - Award-winning composer Jason Graves has created a thematic orchestral score for City of Heroes Going Rogue™, the new expansion to the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) City of Heroes® based on the superheroic comic book genre. Classically trained and renowned for his sophisticated orchestral music, Graves composed memorable superheroic themes to immerse players in the alternative world known as Praetoria. The score reflects the game's new alignment system allowing players' characters to shift allegiances between Heroes and Villains. Developed by Paragon Studios and published by NCsoft, City of Heroes Going Rogue™ will be released exclusively for the PC in July 2010.

"With very little direction, Jason was able to anticipate the needs of our project and deliver a score which far exceeded our expectations," said Adam Kay, Audio Director at Paragon Studios. "Jason provided a soundtrack which feels contemporary while still being firmly rooted in the tradition of action film music. Juxtaposing themes provide contrast and variation capable of underscoring far more than the sum of total minutes delivered. Mostly, though, it just kicks ass!"

"Adam and I worked on our first title together a few years ago and we really hit it off," commented Jason Graves. "When he called with another opportunity to collaborate, this time on a superheroic title, I couldn't wait to get started! I'm especially excited about the main theme, "Welcome To Nova Praetoria," which immediately establishes the Going Rogue concept of choosing your side and even switching sides during the game. The theme progresses through variations of good and evil before eventually arriving at an enigmatic and unresolved conclusion. That was my way of musically illustrating that the final decision is really up to the player."

City of Heroes Going Rogue™, the first City of Heroes® expansion since the launch of City of Villains®, opens the mirror universe of Praetoria, whose bright utopian faƇade hides dark secrets. As you investigate this brave new world, searching for the truth behind Emperor Cole and his Praetorian guard, brutal foes and fierce allies emerge, turning this illusory paradise into an urban battlefield. City of Heroes Going Rogue adds the Rogue and Vigilante game alignments, enabling you to explore the shades of gray that lie between Heroes and Villains. For the first time in any super-powered MMOG, your character's moral choices affect gameplay experience and determine your character's ultimate destiny. For more information about the game visit http://goingrogue.na.cityofheroes.com.

About Jason Graves
Jason Graves is a British Academy Award-winning composer who has brought his passion for music to video game franchises such as DEAD SPACE (EA), STAR TREK (Bethesda), SILENT HUNTER (Ubisoft) and COMMAND AND CONQUER (EA). His Hollywood expertise allows him to move effortlessly between film, television and games, and he is renowned worldwide for his cinematic, immersive and award-winning music.

Jason's diverse musical background as a classically-trained composer, jazz drummer, keyboardist, guitarist and world percussionist allow him to expertly compose in many different genres of music. As a result, his game credits alone include more than eighty titles, ranging from electronic and rock to full symphonic scores. He performs world percussion and guitar on many of his own tracks and has conducted and recorded his live orchestral scores at Air Studios London, Capitol Records, Paramount Pictures, Skywalker Sound, and with the Seattle and Salt Lake City Philharmonic orchestras.

Jason's music has also been honored with three Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Award (AIAS) nominations, winning "Outstanding Achievement in Audio" for DEAD SPACE. He has received seventeen G.A.N.G. nominations and four wins, including "Audio of the Year" for DEAD SPACE, "Best Original Theme" nominations for STAR TREK: LEGACY and BLAZING ANGELS 2 and "Music of the Year" nominations for DEAD SPACE and KING ARTHUR. Jason Graves is represented by the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency. For more information visit http://www.jasongraves.com.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

MIKE REAGAN MUSIC EXPANDS BUSINESS AND MUSIC MANAGEMENT TEAM


Award-winning Film, Television and Video Game Composer Appoints Manager and VP of New Business Development

Los Angeles, CA., May 13th, 2010 - Mike Reagan Music (www.mikereaganmusic.com), the leading music creative company founded by award-winning composer, songwriter and music producer Mike Reagan, whose scoring credits include the romantic comedy UNBEATABLE HAROLD (starring Dylan McDermott and Henry Winkler), the animated television series APE ESCAPE (Nicktoons) and WOW WOW WUBBZY! (Nickelodeon and Nick Jr.) and video games such as CONAN (THQ), DARKSIDERS (THQ) and Sony's best-selling franchise GOD OF WAR, today revealed expansion measures with the appointments of Brandon Violette as Vice President of New Business Development and Jenn Shundo as Manager of New Business Development. The newly assembled team is designed to accommodate Reagan's recent expansion into television and film, while continuing his relationships in the video game industry.

An experienced project coordinator for notable Hollywood producers, Brandon Violette spearheads new business relationships for Mike Reagan Music while overseeing day-to-day operations. With a strong background in communications and extensive knowledge of the interactive entertainment sector, Jenn Shundo brings a wealth of management skills to help expand business relationships for the company.

Mike Reagan Music, located in Santa Clarita, near Los Angeles, now boasts 2 identically mirrored composition, recording and editing studios, fully equipped to record ensembles, including full percussion and horn sections. For previous projects he has recorded studio performances with artists such as Asdru Sierra (Ozomatli), Ron Blake (Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy), Denny Seiwell (Wings), and legendary Hollywood musician and percussionist Emil Richards. Reagan records live orchestral productions at the world-famous Skywalker Sound with members of the American Federation of Musicians and his select team of top Hollywood orchestrators.

An alumnus of Berklee College of Music and lecturer of Music Composition at University of Southern California's Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program, Mike Reagan has enjoyed a successful career as a composer, songwriter and music producer for visual media. His music is featured in film, television and video game projects including songwriting and production for Oliver Stone's ANY GIVEN SUNDAY and Sony Pictures / Jim Henson Productions' ELMO IN GROUCHLAND, which garnered a Grammy Award for Best Children's Soundtrack. Reagan's music for the Emmy award-winning WOW WOW WUBBZY! cartoon series received a Telly Award for Best Use of Music in Television. In video games he is most recognized for his CONAN original score touring with the Video Games Live symphony concert, the Aurora award-winning orchestral/western hybrid score for DARKWATCH and the recent bombastic smash hit DARKSIDERS. As composer for Sony Computer Entertainment's blockbuster GOD OF WAR series Reagan has been honored by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences for Outstanding Original Music Composition and the Game Audio Network Guild Award for Music of the Year and Best Original Soundtrack. Reagan is currently composing music for GOD OF WAR: GHOST OF SPARTA, Sony's surprise sequel in the GOD OF WAR series coming to PSP, as well as several projects to be announced. For more information please visit www.mikereaganmusic.com.

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