Friday, September 27, 2013

KONAMI PARTNERS WITH SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS TO RELEASE CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW SOUNDTRACKS


Lords of Shadow and Mirror of Fate Original Score Albums Available on CD and for Digital Download from October 29  

New York (September 27, 2013) - Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier record label dedicated to licensing and distributing video game soundtracks, today announced that it has entered into a multiple-title licensing agreement with Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., to release the original soundtracks from the critically acclaimed action-adventure video game series, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.
 
Featuring the original musical score from the best-selling title in Castlevania franchise history, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Ultimate Edition Soundtrack is scheduled for a physical release on October 29, 2013 to North American and European retail outlets through Sumthing Else Music Works, and simultaneously for digital download at iTunes, Amazon MP3 and other digital music sites. An extended version of the album, the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Director's Cut, includes twenty previously unreleased tracks which will be available exclusively from www.Sumthing.com.

The partnership announced today also includes the upcoming album release for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate Original Soundtrack, available digitally on October 29 followed by a CD release in November, and the highly anticipated Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Original Soundtrack (Q1 2014). 

Developed by Mercury Steam in association with Kojima Productions Studio, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (2010) is a dark and vivid new re-imagining of the Castlevania mythology. The epic original score, composed by Oscar Araujo and recorded with the 120-piece Bratislava Symphony Orchestra, received numerous accolades including 2011 'Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media' from the International Film Music Critics Association. 

For more information on the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow series, please visit: http://www.konami-castlevania.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 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: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Saints Row IV, 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.

About KONAMI GROUP 
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties. Konami's titles include the popular franchises METAL GEAR SOLID, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top sellers. The latest information about Konami can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. KONAMI CORPORATION is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by Konami can be found at http://www.konami.com. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

IVOR NOVELLO NOMINATED COMPOSER WALTER MAIR SCORES KILLZONE: MERCENARY


Official Game Soundtrack Now Available on Sony Entertainment Network 

London, United Kingdom (September 19, 2013) - Ivor Novello nominated and Telly award winning composer Walter Mair scores Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's (SCEE) highly acclaimed PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) title, Killzone: Mercenary, lauded by critics as "setting a new bar of quality for FPS on handheld" and "one of the better first-person shooters, period." Walter Mair's music for the latest installment in the blockbuster series reflects a new story set in the Killzone universe and captures the emotional drama, fear and undying courage of war. The official soundtrack is available for digital download via Sony Entertainment Network.

Classically trained in Vienna, Walter Mair has previously created dramatic original scores for feature films such as The List, Seamonsters and Alone In The Dark as well as commercials for BMW and Mercedes-Benz. His previous video game scores include the Ivor Novello nominated Empire: Total War and Viking: Battle For Asgard

Mair's diverse repertoire ranges from epic full orchestral scores recorded with 80-piece choirs to intimate, small ensembles and hybrid electronic scores featuring solo instruments and found sounds. To create unique sounds for each score, Mair employs his extensive collection of analog digital synths and effect processors, blending live orchestral arrangements with experimental post-recording techniques.

Developed by Guerilla Games Cambridge, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Killzone: Mercenary for PS Vita-a new first-person shooter in the acclaimed Killzone series-throws players into a deadly firefight as part of a ruthless Mercenary faction, one taking on paid contracts from not only the dangerous ISA but the vicious Helghast as well. As the first handheld entry in the series to retain the console titles' first-person shooter gameplay, Mercenary combines an epic single-player campaign with a substantial multiplayer offering.

For more information on Killzone: Mercenary, visit:

For more information on Walter Mair, visit: www.waltermair.com.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

VIDEO GAME COMPOSER AGENCY FOUR BARS INTERTAINMENT MERGES WITH COOL MUSIC GROUP TO FORM COOL MUSIC INTERACTIVE




COOL Music To Represent Composers For
Video Game Industry's Next Generation

Los Angeles (September 3, 2013) - Bob Rice, the founder and CEO of Four Bars Intertainment, the world's premier provider of music for the video game industry and highly respected game composer agency, has announced the merger of his company with the newly formed COOL Music Interactive, part of the COOL Music Group, based in Los Angeles and London. 

Bob Rice pioneered the use of high quality music in the gaming industry and represents composers such as Inon Zur (Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved, Prince of Persia, Dragon Age), Tom Salta (Halo: Spartan Assault, Ghost Recon, Red Steel), Sascha Dikiciyan (Borderlands, Mass Effect, Tron) and Steve Ouimette (Just Dance, Guitar Hero series). Having spent decades at the forefront of the video game music industry, Rice has now decided to retire.

Bob Rice: "Darrell and COOL Music are the perfect choice to carry forth the FBI commitment of 'Great music delivered on time and within budget.' Darrell's professionalism and integrity enables COOL Music to meet and exceed the objectives of the composers and the clients they serve."

COOL Music Interactive will continue to specialize in the interactive and gaming industries, at all times looking to push artistic and technical boundaries. Its sister company COOL Music is one of the world's leading boutique film and television composer agencies representing Oscar, Emmy, BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composers; three of their composers are nominated for the 2013 Emmy Awards. Both companies will continue to offer high-end, boutique representation for composers in what is now a global business. 

CEO of COOL Music Darrell Alexander: "We are immensely proud to continue Bob Rice's visionary approach to the interactive and gaming industries; we look forward to supporting and promoting our composers across all areas of the global gaming industry. Our clients and my team are determined to be at the center of this digital media revolution". 

COOL Music's clients include Lorne Balfe (Beyond: Two Souls, Assassin's Creed 3, Skylanders: Giants, additional music on Inception, The Dark Knight), Neil Davidge (Halo 4, Massive Attack), Anne Dudley (American History X, Les Miserables), Rupert Gregson-Williams (Hotel Rwanda, Bee Movie, Over The Hedge), John Lunn (Downton Abbey), Nicholas Hooper (Harry Potter), and Daniel Pemberton (Sir Ridley Scott's new film, The Counselor), amongst others. 

A COOL Music Interactive website is currently in production and will be unveiled in the near future.

For more information on COOL Music: