Wednesday, October 27, 2010

ASSASSIN'S CREED® BROTHERHOOD FEATURES MASTERFUL RENAISSANCE MUSIC SCORE BY WORLD-RENOWNED COMPOSER JESPER KYD


Original Soundtrack to be released November 16 on iTunes

Los Angeles, CA – October 27, 2010 – BAFTA award-winning composer Jesper Kyd has composed an original music soundtrack for Ubisoft®’s Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, the next iteration of the critically acclaimed, multi-million selling video game franchise. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is inspired by historical events during the occupation of Rome by The Borgias in 1503. Kyd’s new music score for Brotherhood draws influence and authentic instrumentation from this Renaissance period, immersing players in Ezio’s adventures to liberate Rome from a corrupt and tyrant regime. The Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Original Soundtrack will be available for digital download from iTunes on November 16, 2010, to coincide with the North American release of the game on Microsoft Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and the Sony PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system.

"Researching the history of the Borgia Family it became clear early on that Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood would require a very dark score in order to match the Borgias’ aspirations to become the rulers of Italy. The music reflects the compelling story of Ezio as a Master Assassin going up against the Borgias," said Kyd.

Kyd’s globally acclaimed score for Assassin's Creed® 2 continues to receive top honors for Best Original Music including the Gold Spirit Awards, Hollywood Music In Media Awards, GameSpot Readers’ Choice, GameSpy Editors’ Choice, Game Audio Network Guild Awards as well as recognition from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, International Film Music Critics Association, Golden Joystick Awards and Spike TV VGAs.

In Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood the critically acclaimed single player experience of Assassin’s Creed is back and better than ever as Ezio returns in an enduring struggle against the powerful Templar Order. Now a legendary Master Assassin, he must journey to Rome, center of power, greed and corruption to strike at the heart of the enemy. Defeating the corrupt tyrants entrenched there will require not only strength, but leadership, as Ezio commands an entire Brotherhood that will rally to his side. Only by working together can the Assassins defeat their mortal enemies. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is also the first time the franchise has featured a multiplayer gameplay experience, which has already received numerous industry awards.

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is a worldwide production effort led by the Ubisoft Montreal development studio in collaboration with Ubisoft studios in Singapore, Bucharest, Qu├ębec City and Annecy. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood will ship on November 16, 2010 for the Microsoft Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and the Sony PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. For more information about Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, please visit: www.assassinscreed.com.

About Ubisoft
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Thursday, October 21, 2010

AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER JAMES HANNIGAN IN CONCERT AND IN CONVERSATION AT GAMECITY 2010


One-of-a-kind Music and Gaming Event Celebrates Acclaimed Composer James Hannigan; Live Concert Performances by The Pinewood Singers and Soprano Tamara Zivadinovic

LONDON, England, October 21st, 2010 - British Academy award-winner James Hannigan, renowned for his original music scores featured in video game franchises such as Command and Conquer, Evil Genius, Harry Potter, Republic, The Lord of the Rings, Freelancer as well as contributing to the BBC sci-fi drama television series Primeval, will take part in an evening retrospective of his music for video games during GameCity 2010, the UK's leading independent video game festival held in Nottingham from 26th-30th October. Presented as both a concert and discussion, this one-of-a-kind music and gaming event takes place on Thursday October 28th, 7.30pm at the 14th Century St. Mary's Church in Nottingham. Tickets can still be purchased at www.gamecity.org.

The concert will feature a selection of James Hannigan's compositions performed by The Pinewood Singers and conducted by Allan Wilson (Sleepy Hollow, Fable), including the world premiere of Hannigan's new theme for EA's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One video game, an exclusive arrangement of the Evil Genius theme for guitar, music from Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3, Command and Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight and The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Soprano Tamara Zivadinovic, the singer of "Soviet March 2" as featured in Red Alert 3 Uprising, will also be attending the event and performing her unique and powerful interpretation of the popular Command & Conquer anthem "Soviet March" for the first time in public.

In between the concert performances, there will be a conversation with composer James Hannigan on the subject of writing music for video games, looking at the creative process from composition through to recording themes like Hannigan's "Soviet March" and "Yuriko's Theme" from the Command & Conquer series - complete with unique live demonstrations of his interactive music at work.

The concert set-list includes:

"Soviet March" - Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 (EA)
"Evil Genius Theme" - Evil Genius (Rebellion)
"The Prophet's Ascension" - Command and Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight (EA)
"Main Theme" - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One (EA)
"Rivendell" - The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest (WBIE)
"Welcome to Hogwarts" - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (EA)
"Yuriko's Theme" - Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 (EA)

For more information on James Hannigan and the latest updates please visit: www.jameshannigan.co.uk.

The James Hannigan concert is one part of GameCity 2010, the annual festival that explores and celebrates videogames culture. For full details of the festival line-up, visit www.gamecity.org.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

ACCLAIMED GUITARIST AND COMPOSER STEVE OUIMETTE RELEASES DEBUT SOLO ALBUM "EPIC"


CD Features Ten Original Tracks Spanning Multiple Rock Genres; DVD Features Behind-The-Scenes Recording Of Album and Technical How-To-Play Video Guides

New York - October 12th, 2010 - Steve Ouimette, critically acclaimed guitarist and composer, today announced he will release his debut solo album "EPIC" with Sumthing Else Music Works, the award-winning industry leader for licensing and distributing video game soundtracks. Best known for his covers for the highly successful Guitar Hero® series as well as the memorable guitar performances on hi-octane original video game scores such as Red Steel™2, "EPIC" showcases Steve's diverse repertoire and is laden with extraordinary musicianship, performed across a wide range of styles that marry cinematic elements with over-the-top guitars. "EPIC" will be released as a CD/DVD on October 26th, 2010 to retail outlets through Sumthing Else Music Works www.sumthing.com, and will also be available for digital download on Sumthing Digital www.sumthingdigital.com, Amazon MP3 and iTunes®.

"Sumthing's philosophy for artist-driven music coupled with their commitment and track record in the video game world made them the ideal partner for releasing my debut solo album," said Steve Ouimette. "The label has been incredibly supportive of my music and in helping to bring this album to life. I hope gamers and guitar music fans everywhere will enjoy these original tracks as much as I had composing, playing and recording them."

Sumthing Else Music Works is the world's leading music label for gamers dedicated to releasing the latest and greatest soundtracks from gaming's biggest franchises including Halo®, God of War®, Fable®, Gears of War®, Hitman™, Mass Effect™, Resident Evil®, Street Fighter®, Uncharted as well as exciting new properties such as Alan Wake™, Borderlands™, Darksiders™ and InFamous. Sumthing's release of the Halo® 2 Original Soundtrack Volume One is the best-selling original video game soundtrack to date. Sumthing has boosted its commitment to enhancing gamers' overall experience by acquiring many new titles to complement its current catalog of releases and is now recognized as the leader in this newly emerging music genre.

Andy Uterano, President of Sumthing Else Music Works, commented, "Sumthing is a creative outlet and distributor for various independent artists and numerous innovative music projects. We're always interested in championing unique music talent and we're excited to be releasing Steve's debut solo album to his fans throughout the gaming community and beyond."

A lifelong guitarist, composer and recording studio veteran, Steve Ouimette's passion for guitars, and the recording studio lifestyle took him on an experiential musical journey; from graduating with a B.A. in composition to owning various recording studios and a career in the video game space. Ouimette's expertise and love of playing music along with his experience in the video games industry led him to form his own music production company in 2005 and subsequently a long-standing association with the world-renowned Guitar Hero franchise. Steve Ouimette's inspiration for "EPIC" combines his guitar prowess and eclectic musical influences with the rich heritage of classic and modern rock music genres.

"EPIC" Track Listing

"Speaking In Tongues"
"El Toro"
"Lou's Revenge"
"I Saw God"
"Fear And Reverence"
"This Is Scorpion Gulch"
"The Divining Witch"
"Mr. Bones"
"Neverending Fog"
"A Dark Reversal"

Bonus Tracks (from Guitar Hero®)

"The Devil Went Down To Georgia"
"We Three Kings"
"Dueling Banjos"
"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"

Produced and engineered by Steve Ouimette, he also performs guitars as well as bass, keys and programming, with Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, Bob Seger, John Fogerty, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Santana) on drums. The bonus track covers are made available with the kind permission of Activision Publishing, Inc. The recording diaries and instructional videos featured on the DVD are also written, created and produced by Steve Ouimette.

For more information on Steve Ouimette visit: www.steveouimette.com.

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

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About Sumthing Else Music Works, Inc.
Since its creation in the late 1990's by the world-renowned song writer, 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, Epic Games, Gearbox Software, Microsoft, Mistwalker, Rare, SEGA, Silicon Knights, Sony and THQ. Their catalog of titles includes the best selling video game soundtrack of all time, Halo 2: Volume One, as well as award-winning titles including: Halo: Reach, Alan Wake, Halo: Legends, God of War III, Dark Void, Halo 3: ODST, Borderlands, InFamous, 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.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF FABLE III ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK


Blockbuster Action-Adventure Role-Playing Video Game Features Original Music Score Composed by BAFTA Nominee Russell Shaw

New York - October 11th, 2010 - Sumthing Else Music Works, Inc proudly presents the Fable III Original Soundtrack featuring the original music score from the latest installment to the action-packed and critically acclaimed role-playing video game franchise for Xbox 360. Fable III Original Soundtrack will be released on October 26th, 2010 to retail outlets through Sumthing Else Music Works www.sumthing.com, and for digital download at www.sumthingdigital.com, Amazon MP3, iTunes® and other digital music sites.

Fable III Original Soundtrack features the rich and musically diverse music score composed by BAFTA nominated series composer Russell Shaw. The Fable III score was recorded with the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra and 40-piece choir at the Slovak Radio Concert Hall in Bratislava and features solo vocal performances by international singing star Tanja Tzarovska. The soundtrack was mixed at Pinewood Film Studios, UK.

"From fairy tale to drama, action and adventure to horror, the lush, varied orchestrations combine to keep the magic of the Fable musical tradition alive," says Russell Shaw, Head of Music and Composer at Lionhead Studios. "Drawing on music styles from around the world, the Fable III soundtrack enhances the richness and diversity fans have come to expect from the Fable universe."

Fable III is the latest installment to the action-packed and critically acclaimed Xbox 360 exclusive franchise that has sold more than six million copies. In Fable III, you will be called upon to rally and fight alongside your people, ascend to the seat of power and experience the true meaning of love and loss while defending your throne. In your quest to seize power and defend your kingdom, the choices you make will change the world around you for the greater good or your own personal gain. Who will you become? A rebel without a cause, the tyrant you rebelled against, or the greatest ruler to ever live?

Fable III launches in North America on 26th October and in the UK on 29th October, 2010. For more information, visit www.xbox.com/fable3. For additional details, visit Lionhead at lionhead.com/fable3.

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

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, Capcom, Crytek, Eidos, Epic, Gearbox, Microsoft, Sega, Sony and THQ. Their catalog of titles includes the best selling video game soundtrack of all time, Halo 2: Volume One, as well as award-winning and critically acclaimed titles including: Halo: Reach, Alan Wake, Halo: Legends, God of War III, Uncharted 2, Halo 3: ODST, Dark Void, Borderlands, InFamous, 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.