Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Prominent Video Game Composers To Attend Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con, May 1, 2011


Greg Edmonson, Sean Murray, Garry Schyman,
Inon Zur To Meet Fans At Anaheim Comic Con


NEW YORK and ANAHEIM, Calif., - Music has been a huge part of video game production for years, and five composers who have created memorable themes and soundtracks for major releases such as "Bioshock," "Dragon Age," "Uncharted" and "Call of Duty: Black Ops" will be in attendance at Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con. Greg Edmonson, Sean Murray, Garry Schyman, Kevin Sherwood, and Inon Zur will meet fans, sign autographs throughout the weekend and share some of their experiences in a special panel at the event, set for May 1 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The interactive panel and demonstration session with the five will take place on Sunday, May 1, at noon.

Greg Edmonson is perhaps best known for composing the soundtrack to the cult space western TV series "Firefly," written and directed by Joss Whedon. He is also the composer for the PlayStation 3 blockbuster video game series "Uncharted," winner of Best Original Music from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Sean Murray has provided the emotional and memorable dramatic musical scores for numerous international films as well as hit television series and blockbuster video games spanning diverse genres from the gothic horror of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" and urban action of "True Crime: Streets Of L.A." to the emotionally intense themes of "Call of Duty: World At War" and "Call of Duty: Black Ops," the biggest entertainment series in history.

Garry Schyman has emerged as one of the medium's foremost composers, creator of the music for the multiple award-winning video game "BioShock," winner of Best Original Score from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, SPIKE TV's Best Original Video Game Score Award, and G4 TV's Soundtrack of the Year Award. That success led his being assigned by Electronic Arts to create the hellish, dramatic score for Visceral Games' adaptation of Dante Alighieri's epic poem, "Dante's Inferno."

Kevin Sherwood is the composer, musician and sound designer for "Call of Duty: Black Ops - Zombies," in which he displays his trademark heavy guitars. He wrote the Nazi Zombie songs "Lullaby for a Dead Man," "The One," "Beauty of Annihilation," "115" and "Abracadavre." Additionally, he wrote several of the "Dead Ops" chip tune songs and is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Inon Zur composes emotionally dynamic music for film, television, anime and video games. His credits include hundreds of episodes of "Escaflowne," "Digimon" and "Power Rangers" as well as blockbuster video game franchises such as "Dragon Age," "RIFT," "TERA," "Prince of Persia," "EverQuest," "Lineage," "Crysis" and "Fallout," for which he has received award nominations from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and SPIKE TV as well as top honors at the Hollywood Music In Media Awards.

Anaheim Comic Con will bring together thousands of fans of all ages and dozens of celebrities and industry professionals to celebrate the best in pop culture, movies, comics, toys, video gaming, television, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Among the celebrities scheduled to attend are Tricia Helfer, Alaina Huffman, Harry Hamlin, Michael McMillian, John Schneider, Adam West, Burt Ward and Chase Masterson.

Anaheim Comic Con is the fourth stop on Wizard World's 2011 North American tour, which to date has 13 events scheduled. Hours are Friday, April 29, 5-9 p.m., Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 1, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.. Tickets are available in advance online at www.wizardworld.com/anaheim.html at a savings over tickets purchased at the door. Advance adult single-day tickets are $25 ($35 on site); three-day weekend tickets are $45 ($55 on site), and tickets are free for children age 10 and under when accompanied by a paid adult (limit two children per adult). VIP packages with special entry and exclusive items are also available.

About Wizard World:Wizard World is a producer of pop culture and multimedia conventions across North America that markets movies, TV shows, video games, technology, toys, social networking/gaming platforms, comic books and graphic novels. It has the rights to the names, marks, domains, customer lists and production rights for a portfolio of pop culture and multimedia conventions.

For the most recent event information please visit www.wizardworld.com.

SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF WARHAMMER 40,000: DAWN OF WAR II THE COMPLETE SOUNDTRACK


2-CD set features anthemic orchestral music from Dawn of War II, Chaos Rising, and Retribution composed by Doyle W. Donehoo

New York - April 26th, 2011 - Sumthing Else Music Works, Inc. proudly presents Warhammer® 40,000®: Dawn of War® II The Complete Soundtrack featuring the original music scores from the sci-fi fantasy real-time strategy video game series Dawn of War® II developed by award-winning Relic® Entertainment, a division of THQ Inc. The 2-disc album includes the music from Dawn of War II®, Dawn of War II®: Chaos Rising™ and Dawn of War II®: Retribution™ composed by virtual orchestra maestro Doyle W. Donehoo. The Complete Soundtrack is scheduled for release on May 24th, 2011 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.

Dawn of War® II is set in the dark and grim distant future of 40,000 AD, and the galaxy is aflame with endless war. Humanity is led by its immortal Emperor and defended by vast chapters of Space Marines, elite armored super-soldiers. Mankind, which is in a steady state of decay, is beset on all sides by hostile alien races, some of them bio-engineered for war, some on their own path of decay or growth. In the game, you are in charge of units attempting to stem the tide of alien hoards and corrupted Space Marines.

"It is a privilege to score for the vast Warhammer 40,000 universe with its stunning cinematic visuals and broad strokes of emotions," says composer Doyle W. Donehoo. "This iconic franchise begs for huge themes and high drama, and that is what I have aspired to for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II."

Dawn of War® II won the 2010 Canadian Videogame Award for Best Audio and Dawn of War® II - Chaos Rising™ is nominated for the 2011 Canadian Videogame Award for Best Audio. For more information on Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II, please visit www.dawnofwar2.com.

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

About THQ
THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices. Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ sells product through its global network of offices located throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com. THQ, Relic and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.

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, Homefront, 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.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: WAR IN THE NORTH SOUNDTRACK


Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces that award-winning composer, Inon Zur, has penned the musical score for The Lord of the Rings: War in the North video game. Zur recently conducted a full 70+ piece orchestra and the Pinewood Singers choir at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London to record the game soundtrack session.

To date, Zur has composed the music to more than 40 video games, 15 television shows, and 10 movies, as well as many movie trailers. Recipient of numerous accolades for his work within the video game space, including a Hollywood Music in Media Award for Dragon Age: Origins, Zur's score sets the stage for this upcoming Action/RPG set in the brutal, war-torn unexplored lands of northern Middle-earth.

Developed by Snowblind Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, The Lord of the Rings: War in the North provides new story parallel to the Tolkien canon, exploring the only previously hinted at region to the North. Enriching the emotional storytelling, brutal combat, and epic exploration of the game, Zur's composition provides the compelling soundtrack as new territory is forged for one of the most significant entertainment properties of all time.

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Inon Zur composes emotionally dynamic music for film, television, anime and video games. A graduate of the Music Academy of Tel Aviv in Israel, Inon moved to Los Angeles to study the art of film music at the Dick Grove School of Music and UCLA with such luminaries as Jack Smalley, Alan Ferguson and Henry Mancini. His scores for film and television include Au Pair, Escaflowne, Digimon, Power Rangers, State of Grace and Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side. Zur's Hollywood scoring expertise combined with his flair for powerful melodic writing is widely recognized in the world of interactive entertainment. Composing cinematic orchestral music for blockbuster franchises such as Dragon Age, RIFT, TERA, Prince of Persia, EverQuest, Lineage, Crysis and Fallout, he has received international acclaim including award nominations from the British Academy (BAFTA) and Spike TV as well as top honors at the Hollywood Music In Media Awards. Variety named Inon Zur one of the top music talents in interactive entertainment.

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is an intense Action RPG video game based on the renowned works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Through innovative online, interdependent co-op play for up to three players who form their own Fellowship, the game breaks new ground as the first The Lord of the Rings video game to embrace the gritty and brutal reality of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. Exploring previously unseen lands, storylines and characters as well as those familiar from past feature films, gamers experience expansive co-op gameplay and upgradeable weapons, character customization and development, skills and special abilities. Gamers must play together or perish as they work to defeat Sauron's forces in the North. The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is slated to launch on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Games for Windows in 2011.

Monday, April 11, 2011

GARRY SCHYMAN'S MUSIC FROM "BIOSHOCK" AND "DANTE'S INFERNO" LIVE IN CONCERT AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY NORTHRIDGE


MONDAY, MAY 9th, 2011 at 7.30 PM

Presented by
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY NORTHRIDGE
MEDIA COMPOSITION AND STUDIO ENSEMBLE

Elizabeth Sellers, Founding Director and John Buonamassa, Director


GUEST ARTIST: GARRY SCHYMAN
(BioShock, Dante's Inferno)

PLAZA DEL SOL PERFORMANCE HALL
18111 Nordhoff Street, Los Angeles, CA 91330
FREE Admission, Tickets Required
Contact Ticket Office: 818-677-2488


NORTHRIDGE, CA - April 11th, 2011 - Garry Schyman's award-winning music from the video games BioShock, BioShock 2 and Dante's Inferno will be performed by the Media Composition and Studio Ensemble full orchestra at Plaza del Sol Performance Hall, California State University Northridge on May 9, 2011. The concert program also includes the first public performance of Schyman's Viola Concerto "Zingaro" (Second Movement) featuring renowned viola soloist Andrew Duckles.

"This year we are thrilled to have Garry Schyman, award-winning composer for video games (BioShock and Dante's Inferno) as our guest. The concert will include music from Garry's video game scores performed live to picture."
Elizabeth Sellers, Founding Director, Media Composition and Studio Ensemble.

The Studio Ensemble is a lab band/orchestra for the Media Composition program at CSUN. Their spring concerts feature full orchestra with both professional and student performers. Previous guest artists have included David Newman (Ice Age) and Mark Watters (2002 Salt Lake Olympics).

The concert program features the following Garry Schyman music selections:

BioShock 2 Suite
"Bathysphere" - BioShock 2
"Pairbond" - BioShock 2 Theme
"Dancers On A String" - BioShock
"How She Sees The World" - BioShock 2
"Cohen's Masterpiece" - BioShock
"The Second Circle" - Dante's Inferno
"Storm of Lust" - Dante's Inferno
"Donasdogama Micma" - Dante's Inferno
"Bella's Secret Revealed" - Dante's Inferno
"The Queen of Hell" - Dante's Inferno
"Redemption" - Dante's Inferno
"Beatrice Taken" - Dante's Inferno
"Zingaro" (Second Movement) featuring soloist Andrew Duckles
"Eleanor's Darkness" - BioShock 2

Garry Schyman started his musical composition career after graduating from USC. Just out of the university he was then employed by the legendary Mike Post and Pete Carpenter organization where he worked on the team's roster of top rated series such as Magnum P.I. and The A-Team.

As creator of the music for the multiple award-winning video game BioShock - winner of Best Original Score from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, Spike TV's Best Original Video Game Score Award, G4 TV's Soundtrack of the Year and Game Audio Network Guild Awards for Music of the Year, Best Interactive Score and Best Original Instrumental - Garry Schyman has emerged as one of the medium's foremost composers.

In BioShock you are a castaway in Rapture, an underwater Utopia torn apart by civil war. Caught between powerful forces, and hunted down by genetically modified "splicers" and deadly security systems, you have to come to grips with a deadly, mysterious world filled with powerful technology and fascinating characters. To immerse players in this captivating and haunting world Schyman crafted a combination of aleatoric elements, early 20th century writing, musique concrète, traditional tonal and late romantic styles. The score, recorded with a live orchestra at historic Capitol Studios in Hollywood, features solo violin, cello, and piano performances. Download the BioShock score here: http://downloads.2kgames.com/bioshock/BioShock_Score.zip.

Following the worldwide critical success of BioShock, Garry Schyman was assigned by Electronic Arts to create the hellish, dramatic score for Visceral Games' adaptation of Dante Alighieri's epic poem, Dante's Inferno. The orchestral score and chorus were recorded at the world famous Abbey Road Studios in London with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Metro Voices Singers.