Train2Game News A Merry Hyrule Christmas

Materia Collective is pleased to present A Merry Hyrule Christmas, a festive collection of music paying tribute to The Legend of Zelda and several beloved Christmas carols.

Produced by Eric Buchholz (Hero of Time) with a merry band of arrangers, these clever arrangements will bring cheer to both Christmas music and The Legend of Zelda fans.

With grandiose orchestra and choir combined with epic rock stylings, A Merry Hyrule Christmas has something for everyone.

The full tracklist for A Merry Hyrule Christmas is as follows:

01. Kakariko Village

02. O Sacred Light

03. Clock Town Sleigh Ride

04. Silent Knight

05. Carol of the Goddess

06. Dragon Roost Hymn

07. Din Rest Ye Merry Deku Scrubs

08. The Twelve Days of Christmas

A Merry Hyrule Christmas is the first album to combine music from The Legend of Zelda franchise with classic holiday tunes of various genres,” comments arranger and producer Eric Buchholz. “We have Zelda music with a Christmas twist, as well as Christmas music with a Zelda twist!. My goal was to create an album of videogame music that could blend in seamlessly with classic holiday tunes. I love the idea of folks being able to ‘trick’ their parents, grandparents, and family into listening to videogame music—without them realizing it!”

A Merry Hyrule Christmas is now available on all storefronts and streaming platforms:
A Merry Hyrule Christmas on All Storefronts

Train2game News No Man’s Sky Soundtrack

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UK instrumental band 65daysofstatic today announce the official global release of their first video game soundtrack, No Man’s Sky: Music for an Infinite Universe, via Laced Records on 17th June 2016.

The release will coincide with the release of No Man’s Sky, the highly-anticipated science fiction exploration game from Guildford-based studio Hello Games, available on PS4 and PC from June 21 in North America, June 22 in Europe and June 24 in the UK.
                      
After the track ‘Debutante’ accompanied the first reveal of No Man’s Sky in 2013, the band spent over a year composing original music for the game’s soundtrack. No Man’s Sky’s procedurally generated universe is unlike anything yet seen in the gaming world, and 65daysofstatic’s sonic assault is equally ambitious.

The release itself comprises 10 tracks of original music, plus a second collection of 6 soundscapes and sound design, exclusive to Laced Records in an all-encompassing journey of almost two hours. This music, alongside a vast library of raw audio comprised of loops, sound textures and melody is currently being fed into the game’s unique music engine under the auspices of audio director Paul Weir, effectively creating a self-generating soundtrack to infinity.

Attempting to move away from the granular, soft-focus ambience often found in procedurally generated games, the in-game music aims to travel effortlessly between the minimal, barren melodies of outer space to the intense, visceral, aural squall of galactic survival. No Man’s Sky: Music for an Infinite Universe is equally grand in its ambition, an experimental and overwhelming sonic experience that pushes 65dos into new territory while retaining their innate sense of relentlessness, driving rhythm, and a tune you can hum.
                      
Work on the game’s audio will continue right up to No Man’s Sky’s release, and 65daysofstatic are immensely privileged to have been given the opportunity to work at the cutting edge of sound design and composition. Given that their involvement in the project is now reaching the two-year mark, they are equally excited to get back out on the road and bring the energy and scope of infinite space to the live arena.

65daysofstatic said; “Being involved with No Man’s Sky is as unlikely as it is exciting. Two years of our lives have disappeared into a black hole and we’ve been spat out into another dimension. The project has pushed us to explore new processes and techniques, to rethink our relationship with our own music and to essentially soundtrack every narrative thread of a ‘choose your own adventure’ novel that exists only in our minds. We’re really proud of the results, and can’t wait to release the album and play it live.”

No Man’s Sky: Music for an Infinite Universe will comprise of a ten track album including a second collection of six soundscapes, all essentially part of the same body of work. Recorded at Chapel Studios, Lincolnshire with co-producer Dave Sanderson (Reverend & The Makers), and mixed at Castle of Doom, Glasgow by Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian) in early 2015, the album will be released by Laced Records June 17th.

No Man’s Sky: Music for an Infinite Universe will be available for purchase and streaming at all major digital music retailers, as well as on deluxe double CD, 10 track double vinyl with digital download of all 16 tracks, and a deluxe vinyl collector’s edition featuring all 16 tracks spread across 4 LPs.

The artwork is currently being produced by long time 65daysofstatic collaborator, Caspar Newbolt of Version Industries (Louis CK, Alessandro Cortini, Daft Punk, Big Black Delta) and will be revealed at a later date.

Fans can now pre-order all editions of the audio-only soundtrack via the Laced Records store:
http://www.lacedrecords.com

Train2Game News Ubisoft Soundtracks

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Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier record label dedicated to releasing video game soundtracks, today announced that it has entered into a multiple-title licensing agreement with Ubisoft, to release physical editions of the original soundtracks from blockbuster video game franchises  Assassin’s Creed®,  Far Cry®,  Prince of Persia®,  Rayman®  and  Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell®.

“We’re excited to be working with Ubisoft in bringing their physical product and lineup of artists and titles to the worldwide marketplace,” said Andy Uterano, President of Sumthing Else Music Works.

Under terms of the agreement Sumthing Else will issue Ubisoft’s music catalog on CD and select titles on vinyl, commencing with the original soundtracks from its historical action-adventure series  Assassin’s Creed®  on September 25. Featuring the music of BAFTA award-winning, Billboard and MTV Video Music Awards nominated composer Jesper Kyd and Grammy award-winning, Emmy and BAFTA nominated composer Lorne Balfe, the first physical soundtracks to be released include:

   *Assassin’s Creed Original Game Soundtrack – Music by Jesper Kyd

BAFTA winning composer Jesper Kyd’s immersive soundtrack evokes the medieval Middle-Eastern setting. Set in 1191 AD, when the Third Crusade was tearing the Holy Land apart,  Assassin’s Creed  enables players to become truly immersed into the mindset of Altaïr, the game’s main character, and the rich environments of the game through Jesper Kyd’s thematic original score. The combination of cinematic compositions with Middle-Eastern acoustic instruments and vocal performances, featuring full choir and soloists, delivers a deeply meditative and spiritual aesthetic.

   *Assassin’s Creed II Original Game Soundtrack (2-CD) – Music by Jesper Kyd

Assassin’s Creed II  features a new hero, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, a young Italian noble, and a new era, the Renaissance. To reflect the change in character, story and setting for  Assassin’s Creed II, Jesper Kyd took the music in an adventurous and dramatic new direction, crafting a melodic, acoustic and progressive musical palette. The music propels the action, captures the allure and mystery of the story and immerses players in the breathtakingly detailed settings. Kyd’s multi-award winning Renaissance-inspired score features the series’ iconic theme, “Ezio’s Family”.

    *Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Original Game Soundtrack – Music by Jesper Kyd

The third iteration in the critically acclaimed series, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood was inspired by historical events during the occupation of Rome by The Borgias in 1503. “Researching the history of the Borgia Family it became clear early on that Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood would require a very dark score in order to match the Borgias’ aspirations to become the rulers of Italy. The music follows the compelling story of Ezio as a Master Assassin going up against The Borgias.” – Jesper Kyd

    *Assassin’s Creed Revelations The Complete Recordings (3-CD) – Music by Jesper Kyd and Lorne Balfe

In Assassin’s Creed Revelations, Master Assassin Ezio Auditore walks in the footsteps of the legendary mentor Altaïr, on a journey of discovery and revelation. Introducing the “Assassin’s Creed Theme”, cut-scenes and multiplayer music by Grammy winning composer/producer Lorne Balfe, recorded with a full live orchestra, and featuring a rich, evocative hybrid in-game music score by Jesper Kyd drawing on Greek, Renaissance and Middle-Eastern instrumentation, combining his emotional melodic writing and acoustic/electronic styles associated with the series.

    *Assassin’s Creed III Original Soundtrack – Music by Lorne Balfe

Assassin’s Creed III invited players to experience the untold story of the American Revolution through the eyes of a new Assassin, Connor. Designed from the ground up, Assassin’s Creed III takes one of gaming’s most beloved franchises to new heights with Lorne Balfe returning to helm the original score. “I wanted to create an epic feeling that would complement the grandeur of the visuals. This was the beginning of America as we know it today – filled with cultures from across the world. With such diversity available, I was able to bring Celtic and other musical influences into the game to further accentuate the complexities of the game itself.” – Lorne Balfe

The remaining Assassin’s Creed original soundtracks will be released on CD in October and select titles on vinyl in 2016:

    *Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Original Game Soundtrack – Music by Brian Tyler
    *Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Game Soundtrack Sea Shanty Edition – Various Artists
    *Assassin’s Creed Unity Original Game Soundtrack Volumes 1 & 2 – Music by Chris Tilton and Sarah Schachner

The licensing deal announced today also includes physical releases for the Far Cry®, Prince of Persia®, Rayman® and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell® soundtracks – release dates to be announced.

For more information on Sumthing Else Music Works and its complete catalog of video game soundtracks, visit www.sumthing.com

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Today Activision Publishing, Inc. announced the complete list of songs that will be on the Tony Hawk’s® Pro Skater™ 5 soundtrack, featuring selections from Ratatat, Yogi & Skrillex, Death From Above 1979 and many more.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 reignites the classic style and gameplay of the Pro Skater series with new levels and seamless online multiplayer.

Unlock new content, level up and take on rivals in head-to-head, high-score battles by jumping instantly in and out of online shred sessions that support up 20 skaters at the same time. Players can also create their own skateparks to share online with the community.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 is scheduled to launch on October 2nd for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One. The game is also planned for release without online play on Xbox 360 and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system in November, exclusively at GAME in the UK.

The full Tony Hawk’s® Pro Skater™ 5 track list include the songs below (the band or label’s official link to each song included, where available):

Anti-Flag
“Stars and Stripes”

Atmosphere
“Southsiders”

Black Pistol Fire
“Hipster Shakes”

Bully
“Milkman”

Cloud Nothings
“I’m Not Part of Me”

Cold Cave
“A Little Death to Laugh”

Connie Price and the Keystones
“International Hustler”

Crass Mammoth
“All 149”

Deaf Poets
“Degenerate Mind”

Death
“Keep On Knocking”

Death From Above 1979
“Virgins”

Deer Mother
“When The Wolves Come Out”

Doomtree
“Mini Brute”

Fake P
“Rorschach”

Family Force 5
“Raised By Wolves”

Four Year Strong
“Go Down In History”

Harlan
“Moment To Myself”

Hundred Visions
“Our Ritual”

Hungry Hands
“Highline”

Icon For Hire
“Cynics and Critics”

Killer Be Killed
“Wings of Feather and Wax”

New Politics
“Everywhere I Go”

Plague Vendor
“Black Sap Scriptures”

Ratatat
“Cream on Chrome”

RattBlack
“Skate Rock”

Royal Blood
“Little Monster”

State Champs
“Secrets”

Temples
“Shelter Song”

The Orwells
“Who Needs You”

The Schitzophonics
“Rat Trap”

The Sheds
“Bad things are bad”

Yogi & Skrillex
“Burial”

Train2Game News: Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen soundtracks available

Pokemon SoundtrackThe Pokémon Company International has released the classic soundtracks from Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen: Super Music Collection versions on iTunes.

The Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen: Super Music Collection features beautifully adapted and orchestrated versions of the original in-game music, composed by Junichi Masuda, Gō Ichinose and Morikazu Aoki.

The game originally launched in 2004, and the original soundtrack accompanied Pokémon Trainers on their journey across the Kanto region.

The release follows on the heels of the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y: Super Music collection release which featured enhanced versions of the game’s soundtrack.

Fans can expect more to come in 2014 from the Pokémon musical archives, including the soundtracks of:

·  Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver
·  Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire
·  Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl
·  Pokémon Black and Pokémon White
·  Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2

The  Pokémon FireRed &  Pokémon LeafGreen: Super Music Collection can be downloaded on iTunes now.