Symphony of the dark
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15 TO 20 YEARS ON, I’VE HAD PLENTY OF TIME TO WORK OUT WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN’T.
07Videogame fans have a special relationship with soundtracks. As we interact with these virtual worlds, the adventures we have become our own, and listening to the music can remind us of those special times. So we’ve got good news if you’re nostalgic for classic Tomb Raider, as The Dark Angel Symphony – a remake of the scores to Tomb Raiders 4 through 6 – smashed its £60,000 Kickstarter goal and willbemade.
“It was overwhelming, exciting, and daunting but I was a big fan of the game long before I ever worked for Core Design so had a great understanding of what made it tick,” Peter Connelly, the games’ original composer, tells us about joining the series back on Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (the fourth game). “It didn’t make it [the symphony] any easier to make, sure I didn’t kill the audio so wanted it to remain authentic with a little bit of me to spice it up a little.”
The project, set to release towards the end of 2019, will mark the joint anniversary of Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation and Tomb Raider: Angel Of Darkness at 20 and 15 years respectively.
While the project will include a remastering of the original game soundtracks, the thrust of it is a remake – a go-over of the old soundtracks. “It’s a typical trait of any composer, especially when they’re up against time and limitations so, 15 to 20 years on, I’ve had plenty of time to work out what works and what doesn’t,” Connelly explains. “To me and Martin Iveson [co-composer on Angel Of Darkness], we can hear a lot of issues with our music and we want to bring them to the level we expect to hear them at.” If it can rekindle how we felt in the temple of Horus, we’re all ears. Find out more about The Dark Angel Symphony here: bit.ly/trdarkangel.
Sixth in the series, PS2’s The Angel Of Darkness was the last Tomb Raider from creator Core Design. Two backers pledged at the ‘£2,000 or more’ level – their rewards include original Angel Of Darkness concept art.