Train2game News Inon Zur Album

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Award-winning composer Inon Zur, renowned for his evocative scores and ethereal songwriting for epic fantasy video game franchises such as Baldur’s Gate, Dragon Age, EverQuest, Icewind Dale, The Lord of the Rings and Rift, releases the first music video from his forthcoming original fantasy album, “Songs From The Tavern”, on iTunes and YouTube.

“Meneleya” is the first song to be released from Inon Zur’s new album and was written in collaboration with Juno award winning composer-producer Ian Nickus and singer-songwriter Mimi Page – the same team behind “The Path of Destiny” from the Dungeons & Dragons role playing game, Sword Coast Legends. Page also provides the track’s ethereal vocals and is featured in the video.

“Songs From the Tavern is my appreciative response to the many fans and their requests for an original album in the style of my music from Dragon Age,” explains Zur. “It is a natural progression from my work on RPG and MMORPG titles in the fantasy genre.”

Zur’s sophomore album “Songs From the Tavern” will feature all new material and follows the release of “Age of Sirens” (2015), a collection of previously unreleased music and arrangements.

“Meneleya” is available for viewing at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7XPaPmXQyc and can be purchased from iTunes and Amazon.

Inon Zur is a three-time BAFTA nominated composer renowned for his emotionally dynamic original music scores for film, television and blockbuster video game franchises such as Dragon Age (Forbes’ Top Video Game Soundtracks of All Time), Fallout (British Academy of Film and Television Arts and Spike TV Best Original Music nominations, Factmag’s Greatest Video Game Soundtracks), and Prince of Persi a.

Recently Zur’s original score for Fallout 4 was selected as one of the best video game scores of 2015 by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, The Game Awards, PlayStation Awards (Editor’s Choice), FACT Magazine, Paste Magazine and Classic FM. His upcoming projects include the mystical adventure game Syberia 3 written and directed by visionary series creator Benoît Sokal.

Inon’s music has been performed in concerts worldwide (Cologne, Leipzig, London, Los Angeles, Malmo, Seoul, Sydney) by top orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in London. He has recorded with The London Symphony Orchestra and Academy of St. Martin In The Fields at Abbey Road Studios and also produced and collaborated with international recording artists including Florence + The Machine (Dragon Age II).  For more information on Inon Zur visit: www.inonzur.com .

Train2Game News Adventure Time Magic Man’s Head Games music

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Award-winning composer Erik Desiderio is thrilled to share his uplifting soundtrack for Cartoon Network and Turbo Button’s virtual reality take on the Adventure Time universe with a music video reveal that features game footage alongside several musicians who perform the main theme live by combining banjo, harmonica, melodica, accordion and even whistling:

Adventure Time: Magic Man’s Head Games Main Theme Music Video

Adventure Time: Magic Man’s Head Games is developed by Turbo Button and follows Cartoon Network’s Finn and Jake on new adventures in full virtual reality for the first time. Drawing inspiration from classic platformers like  Banjo-Kazooie, players control Finn, while Jake sits in his backpack. Finn can attack enemies with his sword, or use Jake to smack creatures with his his inflated hand. Voice actors from the recent Emmy Award-winning show provide the voices in the game, which is available now.

“I was a huge fan of the show before being contacted about this project,” notes composer Erik Desiderio. “I especially enjoyed the first episode with Magic Man, who acts as the primary antagonist for this game. The playful nature of the  Adventure Time universe afforded me the opportunity to work with some of my frequent collaborators and incorporate lots of fun instruments. Somehow, though, despite their various talents, everyone insisted that they be able to whistle on the soundtrack. I had no choice but to comply and join in myself!”

Desiderio-known best for his work in film and on the SMS Racing and This Means War! videogames-was given the freedom to take the Adventure Time franchise into new waters with this soundtrack by including live performances to bring the already quirky and upbeat world of  Adventure Time to life. The featured whistler has sung on other projects and created sound effects with his mouth for the mobile game Stick to It, while the woodwind player recorded flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor sax, bari sax and also whistled on the soundtrack. The trumpet player performed trumpet and coronet. Finally, Desiderio himself played banjo, fretless electric bass, harmonica, triangle, melodica, accordion, shaker and can also be heard whistling throughout the score.

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