Tomb Raider Web had the wonderful chance to speak to Tomb Raider composer Peter Connelly about his latest project “The Dark Angel” Symphony, which will feature Connelly’s music from Tomb Raider 4 to 6.
Peter, although a 100% of classic Tomb Raider fans probably know your name, some of the reboot fans may not. So, would you like to briefly introduce yourself?
Hi. I am Peter Connelly, Composer and Sound Designer for Tomb Raider 4-6 as well as other releases such as Herdy Gerdy, Assassins Creed, Watch Dogs, Project Cars 2, Driver, The Crew and South Park, to name but a few.
The original Tomb Raider music gets a lot of attention lately. Who came up with the idea to make an album featuring your precious Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, Tomb Raider: Chronicles and Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness music?
This is something that was never done, when I worked for Core Design, so it’s always been at the back of my mind, waiting for the right opportunity to come along, to help create something that people had asked me about for years.
Will the album feature exact copies of your original Tomb Raider tracks?
They won’t be exact copies, not unless they totally cried out to be… I would like them transformed as I would do them today, knowing what I know now, but it is imperative that they maintain authenticity and original to the brand. There might be one or two that are just as they should be and will remain 100% faithful but with the magical genius of our arranger, Dr Richard Niles.
How long have you been working on this project?
The idea came to me back in 2014 and I posted the idea back in 2015 on my Facebook music page which, to my amazement, had an overwhelming response so, for the last 2 or so years, this has been actively in development with a superb team behind me making everything possible and lending invaluable advice on how best to go about making it what it is.
Can you already tell us a little bit more about the upcoming Kickstarter campaign to make your album a reality?
It’s not going to be cheap, but the quality is going to be superb… this might be the only chance I ever get to do this so, if I’m to do it only the once, I want to do it right. My initial thoughts were to make it a cheap sample library studio album with the intention of a live orchestral performance if a stretch target was met but, after time, this slowly transpired to be a fully-fledged album using only the finest musicians and personnel money could buy. The orchestra along is going to take up such a HUGE chunk of the budget. All our costs will be revealed over time as we want to be as transparent as possible with what we’re spending our money on and where.
The fans are extremely excited for the pledge rewards – can you possibly already tell us something about it? Maybe a little clue that true Raiders can trace?
Naturally things like vinyl’s and posters will be available. However, we’re very proud in our unique, fan-produced items, limited in quantity. If you want any hints, then have a close look at the cracked box on our website.
Will there be a retail version of the album?
Are you planning to host any live concerts featuring the music of The Dark Angel Symphony?
Our original plan was to do a Live Concert followed with an album so, if it’s affordable and the time is right, I don’t see why not. If we make enough extra funds from the KS Campaign, it’s likely we will use these extra funds to put on a “Free” show to the first, however many people, who support us. It’s not cheap putting on a live show though so, as of right now, we haven’t totally written off the idea… please, watch this space!
Is there anything else you would like the fans to know?
We will strive to ensure this goes as smoothly as it can but, with any huge project, there are always hurdles to jump or tasks that were overlooked but we’re equipped with the right attitude and the right people to make this a success.
For further information about “The Dark Angel”, visit the official website.