Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"RAGE" IMMERSES PLAYERS IN EPIC POST-APOCALYPTIC WORLD WITH ORIGINAL MUSIC BY AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER ROD ABERNETHY


Raleigh, NC - September 21st, 2011 - Award-winning soundtrack composer, producer and recording artist Rod Abernethy has crafted the original music score for id Software's post-apocalyptic world in RAGE™, the latest game from the acclaimed designers of such classics as the Wolfenstein®, DOOM®, and QUAKE® series. Abernethy brought an immersive hybrid approach to scoring the highly anticipated blockbuster, employing traditional acoustic instrumentation and mixing experimental electronic sounds. RAGE is scheduled to release for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 4th in North America and October 7th in Europe.

RAGE is a groundbreaking first-person shooter set in the not-too-distant future after an asteroid impacts Earth, leaving a ravaged world behind. You emerge into this vast wasteland to discover humanity working to rebuild itself against such forces as raider gangs, mutants, and much more. Rod Abernethy's genre-bending compositions for RAGE enhance the anarchic and desolate atmosphere of the environments as well as underscoring the intense combat encounters with its hostile, twisted characters. The expansive score features various styles including: western acoustic guitars, dissonant orchestral music, eerie soundscapes and industrial electronic manipulations, all affected with an edge of danger, isolation and fight for survival mode.

Tim Willits, Creative Director for RAGE at id Software: "Rod has created an authentic music palette for RAGE and delivered a unique score that elevates the immersive quality of our game."

Christian Antkow, Audio Lead for RAGE at id Software: "Rod has an uncanny ability to take a hint of an idea and make it flourish into a fully formed composition that adds the final layer of polish, helping to bridge the gap from a game to a complete cinematic experience."

Eagerly awaited by the gaming community, RAGE is already being touted as one of the industry's most innovative first-person shooters, winning numerous awards at E3 2010, including 'Best Overall Game of Show' from IGN and three 'Best of E3' Game Critics Awards including 'Best Console Game'. Featuring intense first-person action, vehicle combat, an expansive world and jaw-dropping graphics powered by id's revolutionary idTech 5 technology, RAGE promises an experience like no other. For more information visit www.RAGE.com.

Monday, September 19, 2011

MEDIA RELEASE: JESPER KYD SCORES ASSASSIN'S CREED REVELATIONS


BAFTA WINNING COMPOSER PROVIDES MUSIC FOR
PIVOTAL CHAPTER IN UBISOFT'S EPIC FRANCHISE


Los Angeles, CA - September 19, 2011 - Following his critically acclaimed music for Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed II and Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, British Academy award-winning composer Jesper Kyd has written and produced the original score for Assassin's Creed® Revelations, the fourth installment in Ubisoft's immensely popular video game franchise, alongside music composed by Lorne Balfe. To reflect the story's multicultural setting of 16th Century Constantinople, Jesper Kyd has crafted a rich and evocative hybrid music score drawing on Greek, Renaissance and Middle-Eastern instrumentation, while combining his emotional melodic writing and acoustic/electronic styles associated with the series. Assassin's Creed Revelations will be available on November 15, 2011 for Xbox 360®, PLAYSTATION®3 and PC.

In Assassin's Creed Revelations, master assassin Ezio Auditore walks in the footsteps of the legendary mentor Altaïr, on a journey of discovery and revelation. It is a perilous path - one that will take Ezio to Constantinople, the heart of the Ottoman Empire, where a growing army of Templars threatens to destabilize the region.

Expanding upon his signature music styles for the Assassin's Creed series, composer Jesper Kyd immerses players in Revelations with a vibrant and exotic action-driven score that employs Greek and other ethnic musical influences to reflect the cultural diversity of Constantinople. The soundtrack is planned for release with the game.

Jesper Kyd's previous scores for the Assassin's Creed franchise have received top honors for Best Original Music including the Gold Spirit Awards, Hollywood Music In Media Awards, GameSpot.com Readers' Choice, GameSpy.com Editors' Choice, Game Audio Network Guild Awards as well as nominations from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, International Film Music Critics Association, IGN.com, G4 TV and Spike TV VGAs for Best Original Soundtrack.

Developed and led by Ubisoft Montreal with the support and expertise of Ubisoft studios Annecy, Massive Entertainment, Quebec, Singapore and Bucharest, Assassin's Creed Revelations presents the most immersive experience available in the series to date and the culmination of Ezio's adventure. For more information on Assassin's Creed, visit: www.assassinscreed.com.

About Jesper Kyd
Award-winning Danish composer Jesper Kyd has created some of the most memorable soundtracks in genre entertainment. Internationally renowned for composing the unique, signature music soundtracks for multi-million selling franchises ASSASSIN'S CREED and HITMAN, Kyd's compelling and distinctive scores feature a diverse array of orchestra, choir, acoustic manipulations and electronic soundscapes, immersing audiences with emotional depth often described by critics as 'rousing,' 'surreal' and 'beautiful.' In film and television Kyd has composed for a wide variety of projects and different styles including the upcoming live action TV series HEAVY METAL aka Métal Hurlant (United Humanoids) based on the French graphic novels by legendary comic book artist Jean "Moebius" Giraud; THE RESISTANCE action sci-fi series (SyFy) produced by Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures and Starz Media; STAUNTON HILL (Anchor Bay Entertainment), the full-length horror / thriller directed by Cameron Romero, son of George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead); and A PERFECT SOLDIER, the powerful real-life drama documenting the story of Aki Ra - a former child soldier trained by the Communist regime Khmer Rouge in Cambodia who dedicates his life to humanitarian efforts and removing the landmines that still inflict his country. Kyd is currently scoring the upcoming HEAVY METAL TV series and Cameron Romero's next film, RADICAL. He resides in Burbank, California and is represented by The Gorfaine-Schwartz Agency. For more information visit: www.facebook.com/jesperkyd or www.twitter.com/jesperkyd.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS RELEASES WARHAMMER 40,000: SPACE MARINE - THE SOUNDTRACK


Epic Sci-Fi Fantasy Score Composed by Sascha Dikiciyan (TRON: Evolution) and Cris Velasco (God of War Series)

New York - September 15th, 2011 - Sumthing Else Music Works, Inc. proudly presents Warhammer® 40,000®: Space Marine® - The Soundtrack featuring the original music score from Relic EntertainmentTM's critically acclaimed 3rd person action/shooter published by THQ Inc. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine - The Soundtrack is scheduled for release on September 20th, 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.

In Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine you are Captain Titus of the Ultramarines, humanity's last hope for survival in a war-ridden future. Step into the armor of this superhuman warrior and use a lethal combination of deadly weapons to crush overwhelming alien forces. Fight against the savage Orks and the unholy forces of Chaos in a brutally violent world based on one of the most popular science fiction fantasies.

Inspired by the stunning cinematic visuals and visceral gameplay of Space Marine, the renowned duo of composers Sascha Dikiciyan (TRON: Evolution) and Cris Velasco (God of War Series) crafted an expansive emotional score featuring anthemic orchestral compositions and contemporary Hollywood music production, reflecting the epic scale of this rich, sci-fi fantasy.

Set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe created by Games Workshop®, Space Marine is now available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. For more information please visit http://www.spacemarine.com.

About Sumthing Else Music Works
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: Gears of War 3, InFamous 2, Red Faction: Armageddon, Halo: Reach, Homefront, Alan Wake, Fable III, 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.

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 Space Marine
When wave after wave of savage ORKS descend upon the Forge World GRAIA, it is up to humanity's greatest warriors, SPACE MARINES, to win the planet back. SPACE MARINES are genetically modified, encased in hallowed armor and the equivalent of one hundred lesser men. They live only to defend the Imperium, and to slay its enemies in a war that never ends. CAPTAIN TITUS, along with his comrades LEANDROS and SIDONUS, leads a detachment of SPACE MARINES onto the Forge World. There, they quickly discover that the fight against the Orks is not all that requires their attention. An Imperial Inquisitor named DROGAN needs help securing an experimental POWER SOURCE, before the Orks capture it for themselves.

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, Relic Entertainment and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

GEARS OF WAR 3: THE SOUNDTRACK AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 20TH

Original Music Score by Composer Steve Jablonsky

New York - September 6th, 2011 - Sumthing Else Music Works, Inc., through its licensing relationship with Epic Games, Inc. proudly presents Gears of War® 3 The Soundtrack. Gears of War 3 is the spectacular conclusion to one of the most memorable and celebrated sagas in video games, having sold more than 13 million games worldwide. Developed exclusively for Xbox 360 by acclaimed studio Epic Games, Gears of War 3 plunges players into a harrowing tale of hope, survival and brotherhood. Gears of War 3: The Soundtrack will be released simultaneously with the game's launch on 20th September, 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.

Gears of War 3 The Soundtrack features the original music score by Steve Jablonsky who also wrote the music for Gears of War 2, Michael Bay's The Island, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Transformers movies. The veteran film composer created nearly 80 minutes of new music for the latest installment of the Gears of War franchise. The score is an impressive organic and electronic hybrid mix featuring live orchestra and choir performed by the Northwest Sinfonia and mixed by Remote Control Productions.

Composer Steve Jablonsky: "Gears of War 3 is huge. It was like scoring a summer blockbuster. I love the guys at Epic because to them, the characters and the story are just as important as the gameplay. Yes, the gameplay is awesome and badass, but there is a ton of depth to these characters, and I think that's a big part of why so many people love this franchise. Epic's commitment to story allows me to dig deeper musically and really have some fun with the score."

In Gears of War 3, players fight on as Marcus Fenix, the grizzled war hero and leader of Delta Squad. Eighteen months after the fall of the last human city in Gears of War 2, the war against the Locust rages on, but a new enemy has emerged. Deep beneath the surface, a fearsome new threat, the Lambent, is infecting the planet from within. With survivors scattered and civilization in ruins, time is running out for Marcus and his comrades as they take up their Lancers to make one last push that will ultimately decide the fate of humanity.

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 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: Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, InFamous 2, Red Faction: Armageddon, Halo: Reach, Homefront, Alan Wake, Fable III, 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.

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