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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Release of the original soundrack for Perfect Dark Zero

Sumthing Else Music Works, Inc., through its licensing relationship with Microsoft Game Studios, proudly presents Perfect Dark Zero Original Soundtrack. The soundtrack album will be released on November 8th to US retail outlets through Nile Rodgers' Sumthing Else Music Works label, the industry leader for licensing and distributing videogame soundtracks.

The Perfect Dark Zero Original Soundtrack features original musical compositions and arrangements by David Clynick who is best known for composing the cinematic music in the first Perfect Dark with Grant Kirkhope. For Perfect Dark Zero, Clynick has combined epic sci-fi soundscapes with a hypnotic, electronic dance feel that sets the pace and tone for one of the most highly-anticipated Xbox 360 launch titles.

The progressive style of the game?s surreal and melodic score is complemented with adrenaline-pumping tracks written exclusively for Perfect Dark Zero by the sexy, cutting-edge band MorissonPoe and acclaimed San Francisco house music DJs, Kepi and Kat. These artists were selected by music veteran and album producer Nile Rodgers to synergize their music with the immersive gameplay action, beautiful graphics and breathtaking special effects.

Rodgers said, "The Perfect Dark Zero soundtrack is one of the tightest, most exciting, kick ass high tech/emo/groove/dance soundtracks ever to drop. It?s gonna rock your world! This is the beginning of the future of game soundtracks. Perfect Dark Zero brings it.?

Samples of the soundtrack are now available at the official soundtrack website

Sunday, October 16, 2005

World Soundtrack Awards for Badalamenti and War of the Worlds

Angelo Badalamenti, for his score for Un Long Dimanche de Fiancialles is the winner is the winner of the Soundtrack Composer of the Year Award. These film music prizes were distributed this Saturday October 15th, for the fifth time on a row during the Flanders International Film Festival Ghent. The music of War of the Worlds by John Williams received the Prize for Best Original Soundtrack of the Year and "Old Habbits Die Hard" by Dave Stewart and Mick Jagger from Alfie was recognized for the Award for Best Original Song Written for Film.

The Public Choice Award went to Vangelis for the soundtrack of Alexander, and Michael Giacchino was elected as The Discovery of the Year 2005 for the music of The Incredibles. Sir Tim Rice gave a Lifetime Achievement Award to Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Richard Jacques completes Starship Troopers videogame

Award-winning composer Richard Jacques (Headhunter series) recently completed the original orchestral score for Empire Interactive's Starship Troopers, the ground-breaking, epic bug-blasting first person shooter capturing for the first time the chaos, action and pure adrenaline rush of the definitive blockbuster sci-fi movie.

Jacques is best-known for his anthemic and dramatic symphonic styles and was the natural choice for Starship Troopers.

Starship Troopers the videogame is the first opportunity to fully experience and expand on the events and storylines developed in Paul Verhoeven's classic movie. It is a must-buy title for fans of the Starship Troopers universe.

Jacques said, "The score is very much in keeping with the Starship Troopers movies, and a variety of new themes and musical settings have been created. It is a ?symphony of bombast? that the fans demanded".

Describing his approach to writing the major themes, he added, "The Bugs have a simple motif comprising of a rising interval, giving them a spikey edge as if they were to just come out of nowhere and lunge forward to attack. The Troopers, in contrast, have various heroic major key themes and the interplay between the two is evident throughout".

Richard Jacques? main theme for Starship Troopers premiered as a live symphony suite during the 2004 GC-Games Convention concert at Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany, performed by members of the Prague Symphony Orchestra. His symphonic music from Headhunter is featured on the ?Video Games Live? 2005 North American Tour and at the "Game On" art and culture exhibition currently touring the US.

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