Tuesday, November 26, 2013

JEFF BROADBENT RECEIVES HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARD FOR PLANETSIDE 2



Los Angeles, CA (Nov. 26, 2013) – Rising star multimedia composer Jeff Broadbent has been awarded the 2013 Hollywood Music In Media Award for ‘Best Original Video Game Score’ for his original music to the ground breaking Massively Multiplayer Online First-Person Shooter, PlanetSide®2 (Sony Online Entertainment).

The Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) recognize and honor the music of visual media including film, television and video games, as well as the music of artists from around the globe. The awards ceremony was held on November 21 at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood.

“I was honored to receive the Best Video Game Score award at the 2013 Hollywood Music In Media Awards for PlanetSide 2,” said Jeff Broadbent.  “Working with Sony Online Entertainment was a fantastic experience and I feel very privileged to have composed music for this landmark online video game.  My sincere gratitude goes out to Sony Online Entertainment and the Hollywood Music In Media Awards.”

Jeff Broadbent is a Hollywood Music in Media Award and Global Music Award winning composer whose passion for music and sound has found expression with video games such as PlanetSide 2, LEGO Legends of CHIMA Online, TRANSFORMERS: Dark of the Moon, and I Am Alive. Broadbent’s classical training with the orchestra (Master's in Composition) and film scoring (UCLA program) combined with technical expertise and cutting-edge technology allow him to compose with cinematic quality for a variety of diverse genres.  In addition to scoring video games, Broadbent’s music features on primetime television networks such as CBS, MSNBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and VH1.  His latest projects include the hybrid trailer music album, “Enemy Below” released on Position Music (with music appearing in an upcoming Jack Ryan film trailer) as well as scores for the upcoming video games, Tom Clancy's EndWar Online and EA’s Dawngate. For more information, visit www.jeffbroadbent.com.

Hailed by PC Gamer magazine as “The most ambitious shooter ever”, PlanetSide 2 is a free-to-play game where players battle in massive environments alongside and against thousands of players engaging in intense air and ground combat that spans the alien planet of Auraxis.  In PlanetSide 2, players choose to enlist in one of three unique Empires, each having their own distinct sonic approach. The imperialistic Terran Republic features authoritarian orchestra and choir, recorded by the Northwest Sinfonia. The rebellious New Conglomerate is represented by a unique fusion of blues, rock, and modern percussion. The alien-aligned Vanu Sovereignty showcases an eclectic blend of cutting-edge electronics, ethnic wind instruments, and haunting exotic vocals.


PlanetSide 2 takes all the groundbreaking features from the original game – massive multiplayer battles, distinct empires to rally around, and enormous continents where intense ground and air combat unfold – and adds features that modern gamers have come to expect of the FPS and MMO genres. PlanetSide 2 offers a truly competitive and visceral first-person shooter experience with massive warfare, massive customization and massive community.  PlanetSide 2 ESRB Rating: TEEN with Violence. PlanetSide® is a registered trademark of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. For more information visit www.PlanetSide2.com.

Monday, November 18, 2013

COMPOSER BENJAMIN WALLFISCH SCORES LIONSGATE SUSPENSE DRAMA 'HOURS' STARRING PAUL WALKER


(Santa Monica, CA) November 18, 2013  - Emmy, Ivor Novello and multiple World Soundtrack Award nominated composer Benjamin Wallfisch provides a powerful and emotional score for the dramatic thriller, HOURS starring Paul Walker (Fast & Furious) and Genesis Rodriguez (Man on a Ledge). The directorial debut of Eric Heisserer (Final Destination 5, The Thing), HOURS is a suspense drama set in the midst of Hurricane Katrina and follows a father's desperate attempt to keep his newborn daughter alive in the wake of the storm's destruction. Pantelion Films/LIONSGATE will distribute the film theatrically and on VOD in the U.S. on December 13. The HOURS original motion picture soundtrack will be released by Varèse Sarabande on December 10.  Preview samples from the score are available on SoundCloud.
 
Nolan Hayes (Paul Walker) arrives at a New Orleans hospital with his pregnant wife, Abigail (Genesis Rodriguez), who has gone into early labor. What should be one of the happiest days of Nolan's life quickly spirals out of control when the birth goes tragically wrong and Hurricane Katrina ravages the hospital, forcing an evacuation. Told to stay with his child, who is on a ventilator, and await transfer by ambulance, Nolan and his newborn are soon cut off from the world by power outages and rising floodwaters. When no one returns to help, Nolan faces one life-and-death decision after another, fighting to keep his daughter alive, as minute-by-agonizing minute passes...becoming unimaginable hours.

"I'm grateful to have Benjamin's passionate commitment to this story," said Eric Heisserer, Writer/Director. "Thanks to him, Nolan is never alone. We glimpse all the things he doesn't say through Benjamin's music. If you find subtext in the movie, it's not from my writing, but from his score."

Benjamin Wallfisch's recent features include the romantic drama Summer In February starring Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Dominic Cooper and Emily Browning; the Viking saga thriller from Vertigo Films, Hammer Of The Gods, directed by Farren Blackburn (Luther, Doctor Who); the action epic Conquest 1453, the most successful film in Turkish cinema; and the historical drama Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain starring Martin Sheen and Mischa Barton. Current projects include the Iran-set drama Desert Dancer starring Frieda Pinto (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Slumdog Millionaire) and Reece Ritchie (Hercules, 10,000 BC), and the BBC original movie, The Thirteenth Tale adapted for television by Academy Award-winning writer Christopher Hampton (Atonement), directed by James Kent (The White Queen), produced by David Heyman (Harry Potter) and starring Vanessa Redgrave. The Thirteenth Tale is set to premiere end of 2013. Relativity Media will release Desert Dancer in 2014.

Wallfisch is also known for orchestrating and conducting Dario Marianelli's Oscar® and Golden Globe® winning score for Atonement and the Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominated score for Anna Karenina. He has also worked as sole orchestrator on numerous other studio pictures such as Pride and Prejudice (Oscar® nominated, Best Original Score 2006), V for Vendetta, The Soloist, Eat Pray Love, Jane Eyre and Ridley Scott's Robin Hood. Furthermore he arranged the music for the acclaimed feature documentary Life in a Day, produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin MacDonald, and composed additional music for The Rite, starring Anthony Hopkins and also for Red Riding Hood, directed by Catherine Hardwicke of the Twilight series.

Benjamin made his scoring debut at the age of 24, composing the music for Thomas Vinterberg's Dear Wendy. This score earned him his first nomination as 'Discovery of the Year' in the 2005 World Soundtrack Awards and also a nomination for 'Best Original Score' in the 2006 Danish Film Academy Awards. His subsequent score, for Rupert Wyatt's suspense thriller The Escapist earned him a nomination as 'Best Original Film Score' in the 2009 Ivor Novello Awards and his second nomination as 'Discovery of the Year' in the 2008 World Soundtrack Awards. The score for Summer In February garnered Wallfisch his third nomination at the 2013 World Soundtrack Awards, following its release on Deutsche Grammophon to international critical acclaim, including Classic FM - "Wallfisch's lush score is sumptuously romantic and atmospheric...Glorious romantic movie music from Benjamin Wallfisch," and Film Score Monthly - "A gorgeous listening experience."

Classically trained, Benjamin is also in demand as a concert composer and conductor and has worked closely with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra, performing in venues including the Hollywood Bowl, Sydney Opera House and London's Royal Festival Hall and Barbican.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS PRESENTS DEAD RISING® 3 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK



Music Composed and Produced by Oleksa Lozowchuk
Digital Album November 19, 2 CD Album November 26

NEW YORK (November 13, 2013) – Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier record label dedicated to licensing and distributing video game soundtracks, proudly presents the Dead Rising® 3 Original Soundtrack featuring the original music score from Capcom’s new generation open-world zombie action video game available exclusively on Xbox One.  The Dead Rising® series is one of the most popular zombie game franchises, with more than 5.4 million units sold worldwide to date.  The Dead Rising 3 Original Soundtrack will be available digitally at iTunes, Amazon.com and other music sites on November 19, 2013.  An expanded 99-track version of the album will be available exclusively at Sumthing.com.  As a bonus, Sumthing Else and Capcom are giving away 10 tracks. To download these free tracks, visit Sumthing.com.  A two disc physical edition of the album will be released on November 26, 2013.

The Dead Rising 3 Original Soundtrack features two and a half hours of original score composed and produced by Oleksa Lozowchuk (Dead Rising® 2, Dead Rising® 2: Off The Record, Dead Rising® 2: Case Zero, Dead Rising® 2: Case West) including additional music by various artists such as Traz Damji, Sascha Dikiciyan, Brian Reitzell, Celldweller, Jeremy Soule and Julian Soule, Ashtar Command, and Dave Genn.

“Dead Rising® 3’s soundtrack mashes up classic horror, dirty synths and the ‘80s,” said Oleksa Lozowchuk, Dead Rising 3 Composer and Soundtrack Producer.  “Blend in a dose of craziness from the city of Los Perdidos to contrast the visceral pulse of survival horror, and you end up right at home, in the world of Dead Rising.”

Available exclusively for Xbox One, Dead Rising 3 is the third installment in the celebrated franchise and introduces a blockbuster open-world action game that will define a new generation of zombie-slaying mayhem. With intense action and an unmatched level of weapon and character customization, Dead Rising 3 delivers a heart-pounding experience unlike any other as you fight for survival in a massive open world teeming with thousands of undead.

Set 10 years after the events of Dead Rising 2, Dead Rising 3 takes place in the vast city of Los Perdidos amid a nationwide zombie outbreak that’s on the brink of decimating mankind. The story follows Nick Ramos, a young mechanic with a strange tattoo and a mysterious past who must find a way to escape a city full of thousands of bloodthirsty zombies before an impending military strike wipes the city and everyone in it off the map. But Nick can’t do it alone — he must join up with other survivors to stay alive and fight their way out before it’s too late.  With an immersive open-world experience, intense action, and unmatched level of weapon and character customization, a new generation of zombie-slaying fun has arrived with Dead Rising 3.

For more information on Dead Rising 3, visit www.xbox.com/deadrising3.

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: Dead Rising 3, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, 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.  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 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.


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

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS RELEASES BORDERLANDS® 2 DLC SOUNDTRACKS



“Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep,”
“Mister Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage,”

“Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty” 
Original Soundtracks Available November 19

NEW YORK – November 12, 2013 – Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier record label dedicated to licensing and distributing video game soundtracks, presents the original music scores from the Role-Playing-Shooter Borderlands® 2 add-on games, Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty, Mister Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, and Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep.  The Borderlands 2 DLC soundtracks will be available digitally from  iTunes, Amazon.com, Sumthing.com and other music sites on November 19.

The Borderlands 2 DLC soundtracks feature original music composed by Jesper Kyd (Assassin’s Creed), Kevin Riepl (Gears of War) and Raison Varner (Gearbox Software). The Borderlands 2 team of composers created a colorful and dynamic music score fusing multiple music styles for Borderlands 2's adrenaline-fuelled combat and diverse atmospheric environments. Music samples are available on Sumthing.com.

Developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games, Borderlands 2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed four-player cooperative shooter-looter that combined intense first-person mayhem with role-playing gameplay. For more information visit www.borderlands2.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: Dead Rising 3, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, 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.  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 Gearbox Software                                                                                     

Gearbox Software is respected industry wide for the award winning, best-selling original and licensed video games they have developed for major video game platforms.  Founded in 1999 and located near Dallas, TX, Gearbox Software is well known for the creation, development and management of its original blockbuster video game franchises including the best-selling new property of 2009, Borderlands and its record setting downloadable content, the critically acclaimed award winning Brothers in Arms series, and the Duke Nukem franchise. The company has also developed licensed video games for many of the industry’s top franchises including Halo, Half-Life, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, 007 James Bond, Aliens and others.  Gearbox Software’s success has been enabled and supported through several key mutually beneficial business relationships with strong publishing partners including Activision, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft Entertainment, Microsoft Games Studios, Sega, and Take-Two/2K Games.

Friday, November 8, 2013

COMPOSER LIOR RON SCORES “PABLO” ANIMATED DOCUMENTARY


New Biopic Chronicles Life and Work of Hollywood Artist Pablo Ferro, Titles Designer of Dr. Strangelove,
The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, Midnight Cowboy,
A Clockwork Orange

(Los Angeles, CA) November 8, 2013 – American-Israeli composer and musician Lior Ron scores Shoreline Entertainment’s newly released documentary film, “Pablo” directed by Richard Goldgewicht.  Pablo is an animated biography blended with motion design and documentary footage that tells the extraordinary saga of ‘famous unknown’ film artist Pablo Ferro, who created the iconic opening titles and montage sequences for numerous classic films (“Dr. Strangelove,” “Bullitt,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Midnight Cowboy,” “A Clockwork Orange,” “Beetlejuice,” “L.A. Confidential,” “Philadelphia”).  Narrated by Jeff Bridges and featuring appearances from Anjelica Huston, Andy Garcia, Stan Lee, Jon Voight, Leonard Maltin, and many more of his friends and collaborators, Pablo is a celebration of Pablo Ferro’s magic and creative spirit, which ultimately triumphs after a tragic-comic rollercoaster life story.  Hailed by Screen Daily as “A must for any lover of cinema,” Pablo premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and is now available on DVD and VOD.

Reflecting Pablo’s journey from pre-revolution in Cuba, to swinging New York City in the ‘60s to the New Hollywood in the ‘70s, to present day, composer Lior Ron crafted a unique score fusing Latin, Jazz and Classical music recorded with an intimate five-piece ensemble. Director Richard Goldgewicht, commented, “Lior Ron is a composer with great story sense and a broad palette that spans from Jazz, Electronic, Latin and mysterious Balkan and Middle-Eastern undertones.  He's always surprising.”  A classically trained trumpet player and accomplished live performer, Lior plays trumpet on the score.  Pablo Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available digitally on iTunes.

“We explored several different musical directions for the score,” said Lior. “A term we kept playing around with was ‘The Sad Clown’. I kept that in the back of my mind throughout the entire process.  I wanted the score to be acoustic and emotional.  I knew that I wanted to record a small acoustic ensemble, and that my trumpet would be the lead storyteller.”  The scoring sessions took place in Lior’s native Israel but he composed, mixed and produced the score at his studio in Los Angeles. “The score has lots of exotic/ethnic flavors to it and it was important for me to record musicians that have those qualities in their playing,” Lior continues.  “I recorded with some incredible musicians in Tel-Aviv, since I had performed and recorded with major artists when I lived there, and I knew exactly who I wanted to have for these sessions.” 

Born in Israel, Lior started playing trumpet at the age of 6. By age 16, he was the principal trumpet player and soloist for the Israeli National Youth Orchestra, touring worldwide. He then served three years as a principal trumpet player and soloist for the Israel Defense Force Orchestra.  Lior has also performed and recorded with some of the biggest artists in the Israeli music market, including Tomer Yosef (Balkan Beat Box), Aviv Geffen (Blackfield), “The Tonight Show Band” (Israeli TV), “American Idol” (Israeli TV) and more. In 2008, he relocated to Los Angeles to score films, television and trailers. 

Lior Ron’s music can also be heard in feature films such as Chronicle and Road To Juarez as well as worldwide trailers for Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, and Forza Motorsport 5, the first trailer released for Microsoft’s Xbox One.  As a classically trained trumpet player he has performed and recorded with dozens of artists, including multiple gold and platinum albums, television appearances and film scores.  

Lior Ron website
www.lioron.com

Pablo website
www.pablothemovie.com

Pablo trailer
www.shorelineentertainment.com/movies/Pablo.html

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Monday, November 4, 2013

ASSASSIN'S CREED IV BLACK FLAG - FREEDOM CRY FEATURES ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE BY OLIVIER DERIVIERE


Music performed by The Brussels Philharmonic and La Troupe Makandal

Paris, France (November 4, 2013) - Celebrated French composer Olivier Deriviere (Remember Me, Alone In The Dark) has created a unique musical score for Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag - Freedom Cry, the latest chapter in Ubisoft's historical action-adventure open world video game series. Set in the Caribbean at the dawn of the 18th Century, Freedom Cry is a stand-alone story about Adéwalé, a former slave-turned-assassin who attempts to save his enslaved people in Haiti. To immerse players in the game, Deriviere's sweeping emotional score features performances by a world-class symphony orchestra as well as live drums, a cappella soloists and choir performed in the tradition of Afro-Haitian ancestral music. The Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag - Freedom Cry Original Soundtrack will be available for digital download on iTunes and other digital music sites to precede the release of the game.

Composer Olivier Deriviere recorded his original score for Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag - Freedom Cry with The Brussels Philharmonic (The Artist) at Galaxy Studios in Belgium, and La Troupe Makandal, the internationally acclaimed ensemble dedicated to traditional Haitian music and dance. The troupe's distinctive drumming and vocals were recorded at Avatar Studios in New York with multiple Grammy® award-winning engineer Silas Brown. Driven by his passion to provide players with a unique musical experience that truly reflects the game, both musically and historically, Deriviere blends the orchestra with traditional Afro-Haitian musical elements to deliver an authentic score that reflects the Afro-Haitian struggle for freedom as told through Adéwalé's story. Preview samples of the score are available at SoundCloud.

Classically trained multimedia composer Olivier Deriviere has scored numerous animation, film and video game soundtracks including the widely acclaimed interactive scores for Remember Me, Alone In The Dark, Of Orcs and Men and the Obscure video game series. An alumnus of Berklee College of Music (Jazz and Film Scoring) and the National Conservatory in Nice, France (Composition and Orchestration), Deriviere has recorded with the GRAMMY® award-winning choir The Mystery of Bulgarian Voices, Philharmonia Orchestra, The Boston Cello Quartet, The Boston String Quartet, The Children Choir of the National Opera of Paris. His music has also been performed by the Cannes Symphony Orchestra, Monte Carlo String Quartet, and Utrecht Metropolitan Orchestra and Choir.

Born a slave, Adéwalé found freedom as a pirate aboard the Jackdaw where he became Edward Kenway's second-in-command. Now, 15 years later, Adéwalé has become a trained Assassin who finds himself shipwrecked in Saint-Domingue without weapons or crew. He starts to meet locals in an effort to assemble a crew and steal a ship. The more he helps, however, the more he is drawn into the Maroon slave community. Forced to face his past, Adéwalé sets out to free the slaves and bring death to their captors.

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag - Freedom Cry official trailer is available here. For more information on Assassin's Creed, visit www.assassinscreed.com.

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