Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Olivier Derivière Goes Supernova

 Olivier Derivière Goes Supernova


Hailed by MTV as "Game music's eclectic daredevil," IFMCA award-winning composer Olivier Derivière (Remember Me) continues to push the boundaries of enhancing interactive experiences through music with his latest opus for the upcoming online space video game SUPERNOVA, developed by Primal Game Studio and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment.

For SUPERNOVA, Derivière has combined his trademark electronic music wizardry with epic orchestral space themes recorded with the Philharmonia Orchestra at Abbey Road by three-time GRAMMY® award-winning engineer John Kurlander (The Lord of the Rings). Entitled "SUPERNOVA Volume 1: Through The Portal" the original soundtrack is now available for digital download on Bandcamp and other digital music sites. Preview samples of the score are available at Soundcloud.

"The musical journey of the OST follows a big crescendo from a star's birth to its supernova," explains Derivière. "Volume 1 is about the first planet, more will come as the game progressively extends its universe to new worlds. This is only the beginning."

SUPERNOVA's futuristic science fiction setting, with technology and space-faring races, offers huge gameplay possibilities. Players are transported to a universe where contests between commanders are won with unique technologies and strange alien powers. Set in the distant, space-faring future, SUPERNOVA takes an innovative approach to the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) genre by adding real-time strategy (RTS) elements and promises an exciting science fiction setting with vast potential.

Buy SUPERNOVA Volume 1 at Bandcamp

Get more information on SUPERNOVA visit http://supernovagame.com.

Get more information on Olivier Derivière visit http://olivierderiviere.com.


Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Soundcast Ep. 81 - Avengers: Age of Ultron

Soundcast Ep. 81 - Avengers:  Age of Ultron


Episode 81 - Avengers: Age of Ultron

Kristen Romanelli and David Kociemba return and join Christopher Coleman and Marius Masalar to discuss, in-depth, both the film and film score, by Brian Tyler and Danny Elfman, for Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Also, WHYBLT? is back and they share three scores you might have recently missed that you should be listening to!

Episode Highlights

00:37 — Opening and Welcome to Kristen Romanelli and David Kociemba
09:18 — WHYBLT?  Madding Crowd, Pirates and Huck Finn.
17:09 — Avengers: Age of Ultron - General film reaction
26:36 — Avengers: Age of Ultron - General score reaction
42:58 — Avengers: Age of Ultron - Spoiler film discussion
01:07:42 — Avengers: Age of Ultron - Spoiler score discussion
01:30:33 — The Final question:  Where does the score work best?

Music Selections

00:01 — "New Avengers" (Avengers: Age of Ultron) by Danny Elfman
09:46 — "Opening" (Far from the Madding Crowd) by Craig Armstrong
11:29 — "Seven Chests" (Pirates Passage) by Andrew Lockington
13:36 — "Main Title" (Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn) by Robert Gulya
16:41 — "Rise Together" (Avengers: Age of Ultron) by Brian Tyler
37:18 — "Hulkbuster" (Avengers: Age of Ultron) by Brian Tyler
42:20 — "The Battle" (Avengers: Age of Ultron) by Brian Tyler
54:28 — "Vision" (Avengers: Age of Ultron) by Brian Tyler
01:06:24 — "Wish You Were Here" (Avengers: Age of Ultron) by Brian Tyler
01:10:12 — "Outlook" (Avengers: Age of Ultron) by Brian Tyler
01:11:03 — "Red Ledger" (The Avengers) by Alan Silvestri
01:12:13 — "Vision" (Avengers: Age of Ultron) by Brian Tyler
01:06:24 — "Wish You Were Here" (Avengers: Age of Ultron) by Brian Tyler
01:40:33 — "Farmhouse" (Avengers: Age of Ultron) by Danny Elfman
01:42:30 — "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (Avengers: Age of Ultron) by Danny Elfman


Notes:

Follow Kristen Romanelli on Twitter.
Find David Kociemba at Emerson College
Follow Marius Masalar on Twitter.
Follow Christopher Coleman Twitter.



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Thursday, April 02, 2015

First track from Mad Max Fury Road by Junkie XL/ Tom Holkenborg



Water Tower Music give us a taste of one of this summer's most hotly anticipated films, MAD MAX FURY ROAD.  Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL) has composed the original score for the film and this is the first track to find its way to the internets.

It's definitely big ... and bold, just as the film looks to be itself.  Sounds like things are going to match up in that regard, but dare we hope for some memorable character moments underscored by some equally memorable motifs and themes?

What do you think of this track, "Escape"?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Superhero Soundtracks by the Golden State Pops Orchestra

Superhero Soundtracks by the Golden State Pops Orchestra



Golden State Pops Orchestra Presents
SUPERHERO SOUNDTRACKS
At The Warner Grand Theatre
Saturday, April 18th, 2015


WHAT:

A superhero is not a superhero without tights and a cape…or a rousing theme song!  The Golden State Pops Orchestra brings these iconic melodies to life in Superhero Soundtracks!  This exhilarating adventure through the soundtracks of favorite heroes includes a special segment of the concert dedicated to the recent Marvel blockbusters Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and The Avengers.  Other music to be performed includes themes from Superman, The Dark Knight, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Men and music from the new Marvel television show, Agent Carter.


WHO: 

Golden State Pops Orchestra and Choir

Special Guests:

Craig Safan (The Last Starfighter)

Christopher Lennertz (Agent Carter)

Jason Livesay (X-Men: Days of Future Past)

Plus surprise guests


WHEN:

Saturday, April 18th, 2015
8:00 PM


WHERE:

Warner Grand Theatre
478 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731


WHY:

To experience an evening of enthralling superhero music from current blockbusters to past favorites performed by the leading film music orchestra in the United States.


HOW:

Ticket prices range from $28.50 to $60.00 and they are sold through the orchestra’s website (www.GSPO.com). For additional information you may visit the website or call 310-433-8774.

http://www.gspo.com/seasons/2014/9/14/superhero-soundtracks



Thursday, March 19, 2015

SoundCast Interview - Gareth Coker (Ori and the Blind Forest)

SoundCast Interview - Gareth Coker (Ori and the Blind Forest


Interview - Gareth Coker (Ori and the Blind Forest)

Marius and Gareth sit down for a detailed discussion about Ori and the Blind Forest—the game, the score, and the incredible stories behind its four-year development cycle. Naturally, they stray off topic too, tackling the future of game audio, the role of library music in modern scoring, the power of game music concerts, and the amazing resource that Twitch has become for gamers and developers alike.

Episode Highlights

00:00 - Intro & musical background
04:20 - Getting the Ori gig
06:52 - Long development time for the game and its impact on musical development
10:00 - Moon Studio's distributed development structure
14:36 - Constant testing by the entire team and how it contributes to polish
17:07 - Musical flow on album and why the main title cue isn't on the album
20:52 - How the incredible prologue came together, and its many musical challenges
28:25 - Finding the score's musical identity; references, and how visuals inform the music
33:50 - Unifying the flavours of each location's score
35:42 - Working with the Nashville Music Scoring Orchestra
39:30 - Score excerpt from 'Finding Kuro'
40:30 - Video Games Live concerts and inspiring listeners to engage with new genres
42:14 - The landscape of recent game releases, the role of the composer, patience, and the value of immersing yourself in the project
46:58 - Whether or not new game devs recognize the potential value of great music
50:54 - How Gareth discovered Aeralie Brighton and her magnificent voice
56:21 - Library music and whether or not it's a threat to creative opportunities for composers
59:32 - What's next for game audio? What's the "next level?"
65:15 - Future projects and the way it feels to experience such a huge release
66:42 - Finishing games and how polish and process influence the way people engage with a game
69:31 - Word of mouth marketing, release schedules, and having fun "trolling" on Twitch
71:03 - Having fun "trolling" on Twitch; Twich as a platform for feedback and engagement
73:14 - Conclusion

Music Selections

00:00 - 01. Ori Lost in the Storm
16:49 - 02. Naru Embracing the Light
22:55 - 04. The Blind Forest
32:16 - 07. Finding Sein
34:47 - 22. Kuro's Tale II: Her Pain
37:33 - 09. The Spirit Tree
49:34 - 31. The Sacrifice
52:52 - xx. Ori and the Blind Forest (Launch Trailer)
61:11 - 16. Climbing the Ginso Tree
73:36 - 32. Light of Nibel


Notes:

Download Gareth Coker's score excerpt from "Finding Kuro"

Special thanks to: Greg O'Connor-Read


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Sunday, March 08, 2015

SoundCast Ep. 80 - The 2014 Cue Awards



SoundCast Ep. 80 - The 2014 Cue Awards


Episode 80 - The Cue Awards 2014 

The 7th Cue Awards are finally revealed!  Christopher Coleman, Marius Masalar, Edmund Meinerts, Richard Buxton, Thomas Medina, and Steven Sharrat, are joined by award-winning composers and record industry professionals to accept their awards.  All eleven award categories are announced as well as the winners of The Genius Choice Vote!  Additionally, Richard Buxton's spotlight on scores and composers from Asia returns with The Monkey King Award.

Episode Highlights

00:00 — Opening and Welcome to the 2014 Cue Awards
04:08 — How the Cue Awards Work
06:36 — Best Action Score: Cue Award and Genius Choice Award Winner
22:58 — What is The Genius Choice Vote?
23:35 — Best Dramatic Score: Cue Award and The Genius Choice Vote Winner
35:55 — Best Score for Television: Cue Award
38:11 — Best Score - Television: The Genius Choice Winner
45:10 — Best Score - Video Game: Cue Award and Genius Choice Winner
01:03:04 — Best Score - Animation: Cue Award and Genius Choice Award Winner
01:13:37 — Best Cue - Cue Award and Genius Choice Award Winner
01:22:55 — The Monkey King Award
01:26:31 — Record Label of the Year: Cue Award and Genius Choice Award Winner
01:36:06 — Best Theme: Cue Award and Genius Choice Award Winner
01:46:00 — Composer of the Year: Cue Award and Genius Choice Award Winner
01:50:05 — Best Overall Score: Cue Award and Genius Choice Award Winner
01:57:43 — Wrap Up and Spotlight Titles from 2014
02:11:14 — Credits and Thanks

Music Selections

00:01 — Cue the Orchestra by Marius Masalar
06:59 — Sun Wukong, The Monkey King (The Monkey King) by Christopher Young
11:35 — Niu Wo Wang, the Buffalo Demon King (The Monkey King) by Christopher Young
23:59 — Main Title (The Field of Lost Shoes) by Frederik Wiedmann
32:09 — The Imitation Game (The Imitation Game) by Alexandre Desplat
36:17 — Main Theme (Gunshi Kanbee) by Yugo Kano
38:34 — Main Theme (Game of Thrones) by Ramin Djawadi
45:50 — The Seeding (Civ. Beyond Earth) by Michael Curran, Geoff Knorr, Grant Kirkhope, Griffin Cohen
47:06 — Planetfall (Civ. Beyond Earth) by Michael Curran, Geoff Knorr, Grant Kirkhope, Griffin Cohen
47:46 — The Signal (Civ. Beyond Earth) by Michael Curran, Geoff Knorr, Grant Kirkhope, Griffin Cohen
51:49 — Planetfall Ambient Late 2 (Civ. Beyond Earth) by Michael Curran, Geoff Knorr, Grant Kirkhope, Griffin Cohen
54:49 — Xeno Titan (Civ. Beyond Earth) by Michael Curran, Geoff Knorr, Grant Kirkhope, Griffin Cohen
01:03:33 — Dragon Racing (How To Train Your Dragon 2) by John Powell
01:14:06 — The Future of Mankind (Civ. Beyond Earth) by Geoff Knorr
01:17:38 — Flying With Mother (How To Train Your Dragon 2) by John Powell
01:17:38 — Naoki Sato Suite - Arranged by Richard Buxton
01:17:38 — Son of Batman (Son of Batman) by Frederik Wiedmann
01:36:35 — A New Beginning (Civ. Beyond Earth) by Geoff Knorr
01:40:18 — Maleficent Flies (Maleficent) by James Newton Howard
01:46:24 — Opening Titles (Monuments Men) by Alexandre Desplat
01:50:43 — Two New Alphas (How To Train Your Dragon 2) by John Powell
01:50:43 — Should I know You? (How To Train Your Dragon 2) by John Powell


Notes:

Special thanks to:  Albert Tello (Costa Communications), Laura Engel (Kraft/Engel), Maria Klienmann (Walt Disney Music),  Dan Berry (Gorfaine Schwartz Agency)



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Friday, March 06, 2015

SoundCast - Bonus Track - Superhero Rumbly Bumbly



Bonus Track - Superhero Rumbly Bumbly

The crew welcomes Steven Sharrat (Tracksounds contributor) to his first SoundCast and talk recent superhero film news, rumors, and composer gossip including: Danny Elfman on the Avengers, Hans Zimmer on introducing themes for Aquaman and Wonder Woman, John Ottman on X-Men: Apocalypse and Philip Glass joining with Marco Beltrami on The Fantastic Four.

Episode Highlights

00:30 — Those Menacing Avengers
03:30 — Hans Zimmer: Aquaman and Woman Wonder themes
03:28 — Danny Elfman: Music to Avenge By?
18:59 — John Ottman: X-Men Apocalypse
21:00 — Philip Glass and Marco Beltrami on the Fantastic Four
25:32 — Wrap Up and Contact

Music Selections

00:01 — Main Title (Spider-Man) by Danny Elfman
01:25 — Rumbly Bumbly Bee (Dinosaur Diner) by Lois Young
02:39 — Flight (Man of Steel) by Hans Zimmer
07:00 — And I Thought My Jokes Were Bad (The Dark Knight) by Hans Zimmer
10:16 — End Credits (Spider-Man) by Danny Elfman
18:41 — The Future/ Main Titles (X-Men: Days of Future Past) by John Ottman
21:12 — Cassandra's Dream (Cassandra's Dream) by Philip Glass
23:24 — Main Title (The Homesman) by Marco Beltrami
26:54 — Rumbly Bumbly Bee (Dinosaur Diner) by Lois Young



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"Rumbly Bumbly Bee" (Dinosaur Diner) by Lois Young is available at Amazon.

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