Tuesday, August 27, 2013

GAME MUSIC CONNECT ANNOUNCES SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT EUROPE AS SPONSORSHIP PARTNER FOR INAUGURAL EVENT


International Video Game Music Symposium Launches
on September 9 at Southbank Centre, London

Leading Composers and Audio Directors to Explore the
Craft and Business of Composing Music for Video Games

LONDON, United Kingdom (August 27, 2013) - Game Art Connect Ltd today announced Sony Computer Entertainment Europe will sponsor the debut Game Music Connect conference to be held at Southbank Centre's Purcell Room, London on September 9, 2013. Game Music Connect is created for aspiring and professional composers of all backgrounds and those interested in learning about the art and science of composing today's cutting edge video game soundtracks.

The premiere Game Music Connect event features a distinguished line-up of British and international A-list music talent including the award-winning composers of Sony's Killzone trilogy (Joris de Man), LittleBigPlanet 2 and LittleBigPlanet 2: The Muppets (Richard Jacques), as well as top audio directors from both independent and major developers and publishers including SCEE's Music Production Manager, Alastair Lindsay (WonderBook: Book of Spells). 

"Game Music Connect is unique," commented Alastair Lindsay, Music Production Manager at SCE Worldwide Studios. "Having a full day event dedicated to video game music with some of the industry's top composers and Audio Directors is not to be missed. Lifting the lid on how both composers and developers work together will give a rare insight for anyone wanting to get into the industry or even if they just have an interest in video game music."

"We're honoured to have Sony onboard as a sponsorship partner for Game Music Connect," said Game Music Connect creator James Hannigan. "Having their organisation support our inaugural event is a wonderful validation and shows, as always, the importance Sony attaches to creativity and great artistic content in games." 

Game Music Connect co-founder John Broomhall added: "We're also especially pleased that Alastair Lindsay, Music Production Manager for SCEE's Worldwide Studios Creative Services Group, will be speaking at Game Music Connect, bringing valuable insights on how the platform holder handles music commissioning and production out of the United Kingdom."

Alastair Lindsay will be a guest speaker on the session, "PLATFORMERS' PERSPECTIVE Setting the music bar for next-gen games," revealing how one of the world's leading console game platforms maintains centralised service groups to support and augment game development teams, with music as a key component. Lindsay will discuss his role within Sony's organisation and how they go about sourcing and working with both in-house and freelance composers including advice on the kind of skills, qualities and portfolio they expect from aspiring game music composers.




Game Music Connect is created by BAFTA award winner and five-time Original Music nominated composer James Hannigan and veteran game audio director, composer, sound designer and industry commentator John Broomhall, to celebrate and explore the music of video games together and the extraordinary talent behind it. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.gamemusicconnect.com, like us at Facebook.com/GameMusicConnect and follow us on Twitter @GameArtConnect

Friday, August 23, 2013

COMPOSER JACK WALL RELEASES LOST PLANET® 3 SOUNDTRACK



Lost Planet® 3 ‘Alien Country Music’ and ‘Score’
Double Album Available For Digital Download on Aug. 27

Los Angeles (August 23, 2013) – Award-winning composer Jack Wall will release the soundtrack for Capcom’s sci-fi action adventure video game Lost Planet® 3 on his label, Lost In Sound Records.  Wall is best known for his rich, cinematic scores found within popular titles such as Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Mass Effect 1 & 2, Myst III & IV, Splinter Cell: Pandora’s Tomorrow and Jade Empire.  Featuring 37 tracks composed and produced by Wall, the Lost Planet 3 Original Soundtrack comprises two volumes, ‘Alien Country Music’ and ‘Score’, which will be released as a single package for digital download on iTunes and Amazon to coincide with the game’s release on August 27, 2013.

The Lost Planet 3 Original Soundtrack is presented in two volumes to reflect the distinct musical approaches for the game’s soundtrack.  Volume 1 features country and rock instrumentation combined with organic drum and percussion elements, infused with modern synthetic elements to create a country music of the future.

“When Spark and Capcom asked me to write alien country as roughly half of the soundtrack to Lost Planet 3, I was really intrigued,” enthuses Jack Wall.  “It would be the main character’s mix tape.  This is the music Jim Peyton listens to when he’s on mission in his rig – the music his wife Grace, back on Earth, sends him to remind him of home. The challenge was to make it real, but add just enough elements and context to make it seem like it is music from the future.”

As well as composing and producing the Alien Country Music, Wall performs acoustic, baritone and electric guitars on all the tracks.  Joining him on this unique sci-fi musical adventure, Wall formed and recorded a band of celebrated artists including composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica) on accordion, guitarist Craig Stull (Firefly) on dobro guitar, drummer Joe Travers (Zappa Plays Zappa), vocalist Cindy Shapiro (Myst III: Exile), and cinema’s foremost harmonica player, Tommy Morgan, amongst other talented musicians. Key tracks include: “Rattlesnake,” “A Long Way Home,” “Ballad of Jim Peyton,” and “Outlaw.”

Presented as Volume 2, Wall’s cinematic score is a blend of sci-fi orchestral and acoustic themes, spine-tingling atmosphere, and synthesized ambient textures, which serves to support the game’s compelling narrative, mysterious environments and epic action sequences.  Key tracks include: “Lost Planet 3 Theme,” “The Ice Planet,” “The Vorgg,” and “The Forgotten.”

“For me the score needed to be two things: mysterious and wild,” explains Wall.  “If I could inject those ideas into the music for E.D.N III, I would be doing my job.  I’m very excited by what we’ve put together for players.  The script, acting and story seamlessly intertwine with this music to create a tangible world.”

The Lost Planet 3 soundtrack is available for digital download through Lost In Sound Records on August 27.  


For more information:

About Lost Planet 3
Lost Planet 3 delivers a mix of action both inside and outside of Jim’s Utility Rig vehicle. Acting as a home away from home and offering protection from the ever changing climate, Jim soon discovers the Utility Rig’s array of tools are just as useful at taking out Akrid as they are at helping him fulfill his contract work. Outside the rig, the action switches to third person with Jim at the mercy of the elements. He’ll need to battle against hostile enemies with a mix of gun and melee based combat in order to survive all that is thrown at him.

In addition to the single player campaign, Lost Planet 3 features four online multiplayer modes. Players select either the NEVEC forces or the Snow Pirates in a series of team-based battles that not only see them take on the opposing team, but also compete against the extreme conditions of E.D.N. III and hordes of Akrid.

Lost Planet 3 is scheduled to release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC on August 27th in North America. 

About CAPCOM
Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment for game consoles, PCs, handheld and wireless devices.  Founded in 1983, the company has created hundreds of games, including best-selling franchises Resident Evil®, Street Fighter®, Mega Man® and Devil May Cry®. Capcom maintains operations in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Korea, with corporate headquarters located in Osaka, Japan.  More information about Capcom and its products can be found at www.capcom.com or www.capcom-unity.com.

Lost Planet, Capcom, the Capcom logo, Devil May Cry, Mega Man and Resident Evil are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Capcom Co., Ltd. in the U.S. or other countries.  Street Fighter is a registered trademark of Capcom U.S.A., Inc.  All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS ANNOUNCED AS OFFICIAL LABEL PARTNER FOR GAME MUSIC CONNECT


Nile Rodgers' Pioneering Video Game Soundtrack Label Partners with Landmark Video Game Music Conference Launching in London on September 9



London (August 21, 2013) - Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier label dedicated to licensing and distributing video game soundtracks, has partnered with Game Music Connect, the new conference created for fans of music in games, aspiring and professional composers of all backgrounds and those interested in learning about the art and science of creating today's cutting edge video game soundtracks. Game Music Connect attendees will receive a free 17 track digital soundtrack sampler download code, featuring selections from Sumthing's extensive catalogue www.sumthing.com, when they attend the inaugural event at Southbank Centre's Purcell Room, London on September 9, 2013.

The debut Game Music Connect event features the composers of some of the best-loved multi-million selling video game franchises including Martin O'Donnell (Halo), Jason Graves (Tomb Raider), Jesper Kyd (Borderlands, Hitman), James Hannigan (Command & Conquer, Freelancer), Richard Jacques (Mass Effect) and Joris de Man (Killzone), as well as top audio directors from Bungie, Jagex, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment. 




Game Music Connect is created by BAFTA award winner and five-time Original Music nominated composer James Hannigan and veteran game audio director, composer, sound designer and industry commentator John Broomhall, to celebrate and explore the music of video games together and the extraordinary talent behind it. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.gamemusicconnect.com, like us at Facebook.com/GameMusicConnect and follow us on Twitter @GameArtConnect.

For more information on Sumthing Else Music Works and its complete catalog of video game soundtracks, visit www.sumthing.com, like us at Facebook.com/SumthingElseMusicWorks and follow us on Twitter @SumthingDigital.

About Sumthing Else Music Works 
Since its creation in the late 1990s 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, Crystal Dynamics, Crytek, Deep Silver, Eidos-Montreal, Epic Games, Gearbox Software, Konami, Microsoft, Sega, Sony and Square-Enix.

Sumthing's 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: Company of Heroes 2, Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Judgment, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Dragon's Dogma, Jet Set Radio, Journey, Borderlands 2, Darksiders II, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Gears of War 3, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, Halo: Reach, Fable III, 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, 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, Freedom Fighters and many others.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS RELEASES SAINTS ROW IV - THE SOUNDTRACK


 Eclectic Electronic Score Composed and Produced by Malcolm Kirby Jr.
 
New York (August 20, 2013) - Sumthing Else Music Works proudly presents the Saints Row® IV - The Soundtrack featuring the original music score from Saints Row IV, the ball-busting next chapter in the Saints Row franchise developed by Volition and published by Deep Silver. Composed and produced by recording artist/musician Malcolm Kirby Jr. (Saints Row: The Third, Brooklyn's Finest, Cop Out, Pimp My Ride, The Love Guru) the original soundtrack album is now available to pre-order from the Sumthing Else website, www.sumthing.com, iTunes and other retailers.

The soundtrack is set for worldwide release on August 27, but fans can pre-order and listen to samples on Sumthing.com at http://www.sumthing.com/p/saints-row-iv/, iTunes and other music retailers including Amazon.com.

As a bonus, Sumthing Else and Deep Silver are giving away five explosive tracks, including Malcolm Kirby Jr.'s "Saints Row IV Theme" and "Saints Row (Remix)." To download these free tracks, visit: http://www.sumthing.com/p/saints-row-iv/

Composer Malcolm Kirby Jr., "Saints Row IV is such an incredible game, when Volition laid out the vision for the score I got really excited. One of the coolest things about the score to Saints Row IV is the interactive, open-world music in virtual Steelport. We had a lot of fun prototyping which elements and styles felt best as you traverse the city and use various super powers, and how the textures and layers change depending on your neighborhood as well as altitude." 

As a prolific live musician Malcolm Kirby Jr. has performed and recorded with artists such as The Campbell Brothers, Fred Wesley, Lenny Castro, Kenny Wollesen, Tommy Campbell, The Respect Sextet, Steve Gadd, John Medeski, Terrence Howard, Will Bernard and many others. In addition to performing worldwide, Malcolm Kirby Jr. has composed music for the films "Cop Out", "The Love Guru", "Brooklyn's Finest", TV shows such as "CSI", "Numb3rs", "Pimp My Ride", "Medium", "Law and Order" and Saints Row: The Third video game.

Malcolm Kirby Jr. describes the different music styles heard in Saints Row: IV, "There is definitely a huge sci-fi / electro influence on the music but I also wanted to mix in elements from modern styles such as trap, hip hop, ambient, and dub. There is also so much original music in this game for the both the cinematics and missions, with themes ranging from modern stealth combat to retro 8-bit, to epic orchestral. It's always an amazing experience working with Volition and I feel that we really created a unique signature sound that defines Saints Row IV, and the over the top insane world of virtual Steelport."

Saints Row IV will launch on current-gen consoles and PC on August 20, 2013, in North America and August 23, 2013, in the rest of the world. To learn more about Saints Row IV, visit www.saintsrow.com.

For more information on Sumthing Else Music Works and its complete catalog of video game soundtracks, visit www.sumthing.com, like us at Facebook.com/SumthingElseMusicWorks and follow us on Twitter @SumthingDigital.

About Deep Silver 
Deep Silver develops and distributes interactive games for all platforms. The Deep Silver label means to captivate all gamers who have a passion for thrilling gameplay in exciting game worlds. Deep Silver works with its partners to achieve a maximum of success while maintaining the highest possible quality, always focusing on what the customer desires.

Deep Silver has published more than 200 games since 2003, including own brands like the critically acclaimed zombie action franchise Dead Island, action role-playing games from the Sacred world, successful adventures such as the Secret Files series and the role-playing realms of Risen. Upcoming highlights from Deep Silver include Saints Row IV and Sacred 3. Deep Silver also owns the development studio Volition based in Champaign, IL, USA. For more information please visit www.deepsilver.com.

Koch Media is a leading producer and distributor of digital entertainment products (software, games and films). The company's own publishing activities, marketing and distribution extend throughout Europe and the USA. The Koch Media group has more than 18 years of experience in the digital media distribution business, and has risen to become the number one distributor in Europe. It has also formed strategic alliances with numerous games and software publishers: Bethesda, Capcom, Kaspersky Labs, NC SOFT, Sega, Square Enix and Tecmo-Koei, etc. in various European countries. With Headquarters in Planegg near Munich/Germany, Koch Media owns branches in Germany, England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the Nordic regions, Benelux and the USA. www.kochmedia.com. 

About Sumthing Else Music Works
Since its creation in the late 1990s 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, Crystal Dynamics, Crytek, Deep Silver, Eidos-Montreal, Epic Games, Gearbox Software, Konami, Microsoft, Sega, Sony and Square-Enix. 

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: Metro: Last Light, Company of Heroes 2, Tomb Raider, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Dragon's Dogma, Jet Set Radio, Journey, Borderlands 2, Darksiders II, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Gears of War 3, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, Halo: Reach, Fable III, 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, 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, Freedom Fighters and many others. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS ANNOUNCED AS OFFICIAL LABEL PARTNER FOR 2013 "PLAYFEST"


Music from Company of Heroes 2, Tomb Raider, God of War III and Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine to be Performed in Concert at Second Annual Music, Animation and Video Games Festival in Spain


New York (August 15, 2013) - Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier record label dedicated to releasing video game soundtracks, is proud to announce its affiliation as official label partner for the second annual PlayFest - Music, Animation and Videogames Festival in Málaga, Spain from September 5-8, 2013. Playfest is a unique event dedicated to one of the fastest growing industries today that brings together leading artists, composers and companies to participate in master classes, conferences, screenings and concerts.

This year's PlayFest concert will feature music from Sumthing's catalog of award-winning original soundtracks including Company of Heroes 2, Tomb Raider, God of War III and Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, presented at the historic Fuengirola castle. The award-winning composers behind the music, Cris Velasco (Company of Heroes 2, God of War III, Space Marine) and Jason Graves (Tomb Raider) will be in attendance.

A wide selection of Sumthing Else Music Works' soundtrack catalog will be available at the festival as well as free digital download cards for attendees. 

PlayFest is organized by Leitmotiv Music, with the cooperation of the City of Fuengirola and the Málaga Provincial Council. For more information visit www.playfest.es.

For more information on Sumthing Else Music Works and its complete catalog of video game soundtracks, visit www.sumthing.com, like us at Facebook.com/SumthingElseMusicWorks and follow us on Twitter @SumthingDigital.

About Sumthing Else Music Works
Since its creation in the late 1990s 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, Crystal Dynamics, Crytek, Deep Silver, Eidos-Montreal, Epic Games, Gearbox Software, Konami, Microsoft, Sega, Sony and Square-Enix. 

Sumthing's 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: Company of Heroes 2, Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Judgment, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Dragon's Dogma, Jet Set Radio, Journey, Borderlands 2, Darksiders II, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Gears of War 3, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, Halo: Reach, Fable III, 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, 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, Freedom Fighters and many others.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

DEEP SILVER AND SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS PRESENT THE METRO: LAST LIGHT OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK, NOW AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER


New York (August 14, 2013) - Deep Silver and Sumthing Else Music Works today announced that the official soundtrack for Metro: Last Light is now available to pre-order from the Sumthing Else website, iTunes and other digital retailers. Composed by Aleksey Omelchuk, it features over sixty original tracks that capture and reflect the dark and haunting atmosphere of the critically acclaimed first person shooter.

The digital release also includes four bonus tracks performed by 4A Games' in-house metal band 'Aranrut' that fans of the game may have unwittingly discovered by playing the cassette tape players hidden around the game world!

The soundtrack is set for worldwide release on September 3rd, but fans can pre-order and listen to samples on Sumthing.com at http://www.sumthing.com/p/metro-last-light/, iTunes and other music retailers including Amazon.com.

As a bonus, Sumthing Else and Deep are giving away five evocative tracks, including Artyom's signature theme 'Echoes of the Past'. To download these free tracks, visit Sumthing.com here: http://www.sumthing.com/p/metro-last-light/

For more information about Metro: Last Light, visit http://www.enterthemetro.com, like us at Facebook.com/MetroVideoGame or follow us on Twitter @MetroVideoGame

For more information on Sumthing Else Music Works and its complete catalog of video game soundtracks, visit www.sumthing.com, like us at Facebook.com/SumthingElseMusicWorks and follow us on Twitter @SumthingDigital.

About Metro: Last Light

It Is the Year 2034. 

Beneath the ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, in the tunnels of the Metro, the remnants of mankind are besieged by deadly threats from outside - and within. Mutants stalk the catacombs beneath the desolate surface, and hunt amidst the poisoned skies above. 

But rather than stand united, the station-cities of the Metro are locked in a struggle for the ultimate power, a doomsday device from the military vaults of D6. A civil war is stirring that could wipe humanity from the face of the earth forever. 

As Artyom, burdened by guilt but driven by hope, you hold the key to our survival - the last light in our darkest hour...

The plot of Metro: Last Light was written by Dmitry Glukhovsky, acclaimed author of the novel "Metro 2033" which inspired the creation of both video games. Glukhovsky personally contributed the vast majority of dialogue in Metro: Last Light. Glukhovsky's novels "Metro 2033" and "Metro 2034" have sold more than two million copies worldwide. In 2013, his latest book "Metro 2035" will be also available outside of Russia. The film rights for "Metro 2033" were bought by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), the movie is currently in development.

About Deep Silver

Deep Silver develops and distributes interactive games for all platforms. The Deep Silver label means to captivate all gamers who have a passion for thrilling gameplay in exciting game worlds. Deep Silver works with its partners to achieve a maximum of success while maintaining the highest possible quality, always focusing on what the customer desires.

Deep Silver has published more than 200 games since 2003, including own brands like the critically acclaimed zombie action franchise Dead Island, action role-playing games from the Sacred world, successful adventures such as the Secret Files series and the role-playing realms of Risen. Upcoming highlights from Deep Silver include Saints Row IV, Sacred 3 and Metro: Last Light. Deep Silver also owns the development studio Volition based in Champaign, IL, USA. For more information please visit www.deepsilver.com

Koch Media is a leading producer and distributor of digital entertainment products (software, games and films). The company's own publishing activities, marketing and distribution extend throughout Europe and the USA. The Koch Media group has more than 18 years of experience in the digital media distribution business, and has risen to become the number one distributor in Europe. It has also formed strategic alliances with numerous games and software publishers: Bethesda, Capcom, Kaspersky Labs, NC SOFT, Sega, Square Enix and Tecmo-Koei, etc. in various European countries. With Headquarters in Planegg near Munich/Germany, Koch Media owns branches in Germany, England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the Nordic regions, Benelux and the USA. www.kochmedia.com

About 4A Games

4A Games is a computer game development studio based in Kiev, Ukraine. The studio was established in December 2005 by the veterans of Ukrainian game industry, with the aim of developing premium quality computer games for high-end PCs and next generation consoles supported by the in-house developed "4A Engine". 

At the heart of the company are around 80 talented designers, programmers, artists, sound specialists and writers, with years of experience in software development and computer games in particular. 

Creative Director Andrey Prokhorov has this to say about the studio:

"The Ukrainian game development industry was formed from self-taught people, enthusiasts who learned by trial and error. Coming from various backgrounds - engineers, musicians, movie directors, painters, scientists and even the military - this diversity gives our studio a certain uniqueness in the way we create games. All new people are carefully selected to fit perfectly into the team. We never pursue quantity to the prejudice of quality, and the smaller size of our studio allows for a unique creative process in a friendly atmosphere."

About Sumthing Else Music Works

Since its creation in the late 1990s 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, Crystal Dynamics, Crytek, Deep Silver, Eidos-Montreal, Epic Games, Gearbox Software, Konami, Microsoft, Sega, Sony and Square-Enix. 

Sumthing's 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: Metro: Last Light, Company of Heroes 2, Tomb Raider, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Dragon's Dogma, Jet Set Radio, Journey, Borderlands 2, Darksiders II, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Gears of War 3, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, Halo: Reach, Fable III, 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, 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, Freedom Fighters and many others. 

Sumthing Else Music Works and Sumthing Distribution logos are copyright of their respective companies. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

© Deep Silver, a division of Koch Media GmbH, Austria

The PlayStation logo and "PlayStation" are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

INON ZUR SCORES ORCHESTRAL THEMES FOR "DISNEY FANTASIA: MUSIC EVOLVED" VIDEO GAME




INON ZUR TAKES THE STAGE AND PERFORMS MUSIC FEATURED IN "DISNEY FANTASIA: MUSIC EVOLVED" FOR FIRST TIME AT DISNEY's D23 EXPO
BURBANK, Calif. - (August 12, 2013) - Disney Interactive and Harmonix Music Systems have teamed up with award-winning composer Inon Zur to develop original music for the game "Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved," a breakthrough musical motion video game inspired by Walt Disney's classic animated film "Fantasia." To celebrate this announcement, Zur conducted some of the orchestral classics that will appear in "Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved" with the Disney Chamber Ensemble at Disney's D23 Expo, the ultimate Disney fan event, and Disney Interactive released 'The Evolution of Disney Fantasia' trailer that can now be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/FantasiaGame.

Zur, a Hollywood Music Award winning and BAFTA nominated composer, is internationally renowned for his emotionally dynamic orchestral music scores featured in film, television and interactive entertainment. Zur's rich portfolio includes epic action/adventure and fantasy scores for major video game franchises including "Prince of Persia," "The Lord of the Rings" (Classical MPR 2011 Best Video Game Soundtracks), "Dragon Age" (Hollywood Music Award Winner and Forbes' Top Ten Video Game Soundtracks of All Time), "EverQuest" and "Fallout", which earned him British Academy of Film and Television Arts and Spike TV video game awards nominations for Best Original Music ("Fallout 3").

"Working with a versatile composer like Inon Zur was critical to developing the innovative type of gameplay we are introducing with 'Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved'," said Eran Egozy, co-founder and chief technical officer of Harmonix Music Systems. "Zur's innate understanding of music's role in gaming allowed us to create original arrangements that will let players experience music like never before."


Zur composed, conducted and produced many of the original orchestral themes for the game and collaborated closely with Disney Interactive and Harmonix to produce innovative new recordings of classical symphonies by the great composers including Mussorgsky and Vivaldi. He also produced and arranged the orchestral version of Queen's iconic rock opera "Bohemian Rhapsody" for the game. Zur recently recorded these classical songs for "Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved" with the London Symphony Orchestra and The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields at Abbey Road.


"Working with Disney and Harmonix on Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved was a great adventure for me," said Inon Zur. "Recording and producing classical masterpieces, as well as writing original music that had to coexist with the works of the great classical composers presented exciting new challenges. The amazingly talented music composers and producers from Harmonix and Disney supported and guided me throughout this groundbreaking, creative process. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this world-class team and am extremely excited to share all that we've done together with you, the player."


Using Kinect™ motion control technology for Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system, and natural, controller-free gameplay, players will control the music flow from some of the industry's biggest acts. "Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved" gives players the creative power to change their favorite songs in real-time, combining the original recording and new remixed versions, or creating new layers of music via magical manipulators that allow them to change music in exciting and surprising new ways!


"Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved" will feature over 30 tracks from leading artists and classical composers, each featuring two unique remixes in addition to the original recording. The current announced artists and songs, including the just-announced classical track by Vivaldi, that will appear in the 
"Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved" video game include: 

* Antonio Vivaldi - "Four Seasons: Winter: 1st Movement"
* AVICII - "Levels"
* Bruno Mars - "Locked Out Of Heaven"
* Fun. - "Some Nights"
* Kimbra - "Settle Down"
* Modest Mussorgsky - "Night on Bald Mountain"
* Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"

"Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved," will be available for Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Kinect™ for Xbox 360® in 2014. "Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved" is currently not rated by the ESRB.

About Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.
Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., based in Cambridge, MA, and established in 1995, is the leading developer of groundbreaking music-oriented videogames. Harmonix was founded by Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy, who formed the company to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience the unique joy that comes from making music and have pioneered music and rhythm gaming in the US. For more information please visit www.harmonixmusic.com.

About Disney Interactive
Disney Interactive, one of the world's largest creators of high-quality interactive entertainment across all platforms, is the part of The Walt Disney Company responsible for the global creation and delivery of interactive entertainment, multi-platform video games, and family-focused content across all current and emerging digital media platforms. Disney Interactive produces and distributes a broad portfolio of content from Disney Interactive Games and Disney Interactive Media. Products and content released and operated by Disney Interactive include blockbuster mobile, social and console games, online virtual worlds, #1 kid's entertainment destination Disney.com and the #1 Family/Parenting portfolio on the Web.

Disney Interactive is the interactive entertainment part of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS).