Rockstar doesn’t do anything small. Everything has be big. The biggest thing ever if possible. And so it goes with the Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack, The Music of Grand Theft Auto V. The soundtrack is now available on iTunes, as a three volume attack of music (priced at $24.99) or as three distinct albums.
Volume 1: Original Music is a collection of songs created exclusively for Grand Theft Auto V. The album also includes The Chain Gang of 1974′s “Sleepwalking,” which was featured in GTA5′s “Official Trailer.”
Volume 2: The Score takes GTA5′s original score (a first for the series) and arranges it into a complete album mixed by DJ Shadow. Rockstar’s Woody Jackson worked with Tangerine Dream, and acclaimed producers The Alchemist and Oh No to produce the score.
Finally, Volume 3: The Soundtrack is a collection of previously released music that was played on GTA5′s in-game radio stations.
Complete tracklists for all three albums are available after the break. (more…)
Ryan Miller’s day job is being the lead singer of Guster, one of the greatest bands you will ever hear. When he’s not performing with Guster, Miller likes to spend his time composing film scores. His latest soundtrack is for the coming-of-age story The Kings of Summer.
The Kings of Summer is about a group of teenagers who run away from their parents and camp out in the woods. But rather than get all heartfelt and emotional, Miller saw the courage in it and looked to legendary Nintendo composer Koji Kondo for inspiration, specifically his work on Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. The film’s director, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, even acknowledges this debt in the soundtrack album’s liner notes:
“The idea was that if kids from this generation were running away into the woods, the closest experience they could draw upon would be playing an adventurous . So the sounds that are guiding an audience should reflect that.”
The Kings of Summer soundtrack is now streaming (for free) at Paste Magazine and I highly recommend giving it a listen. It will be available to purchase on iTunes, Amazon, and other digital stores this Tuesday, May 28. The film will open in theaters next Friday, May 31.
Still got leftover credit from all those iTunes gift cards you got for the holidays and don’t know what to spend them on? Well, Bethesda just made your music-purchasing decisions a whole lot easier. Starting today, you can buy the soundtracks to the following Bethesda games:
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was the first game in the series to receive a full orchestral score, but Nintendo’s Symphony of the Goddesses concert series recounts the storylines of four previous games: Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess and A Link to the Past. Nintendo has announced a new slate of stops for the tour, which will be conducted by Eímear Noone with arrangements by music director Chad Seiter.
The newly announced dates are as follows:
September 15: Toronto; Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
September 22: Minneapolis; Orpheum Theatre
October 12: Dallas; AT&T Performing Arts Center
October 18: Boston; Wang Theatre
October 25: Chicago; The Chicago Theatre
November 3: San Antonio; The Majestic Theatre
November 6: Calgary, Alberta; Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
November 28: New York; The Theater at Madison Square Garden
December 8: West Palm Beach, Fla.; Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
December 9: Miami; Adrienne Arsht Center
December 14: San Jose, Calif.; San Jose Civic
In addition to the concerts, the Nintendo World store in New York City’s Rockerfeller Plaza is hosting a series of events on Friday September 14th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Eastern Time). Fans will be able to take part in an ocarina workshop and have their photo taken with Link cosplay model Li Kovacs. The first people through the door will also receive a free goodie bag full of Symphony of the Goddesses merchandise, so get their early!
Nintendo recently announced they are teaming up with top musical acts to provide new music videos in 3D for users of its free Nintendo Video service on the 3DS.
Available for download now are “The Rifle’s Spiral” from The Shins’ new album Port of Morrow, “Sabotage” from Wale, and “So Good” from B.o.B. Additional 3D videos that will be available soon are “Skyscrapers” from OK Go, “Breakn’ a Sweat” from Skrillex, “Underneath the Sycamore” from Death Cab for Cutie, and “Save World Get Girl” from I Fight Dragons.
All 3DS owners have to do to get these awesome videos is connect their 3DS to the Internet and download the Nintendo Video application. The music videos that are currently available will download automatically!
Correction, Richie Branson loves the Squaresoft that created games like Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, and Final Fantasy VII. The nerdcore artist also gives some heartfelt advice on how the megapublisher can win back his business… in song.