Nathan McCree, the composer who wrote the score for the first three Tomb Raider games, has launched a Kickstarter to record orchestral versions of the games’ music.
Lara Croft wasn’t always the well-rounded character we know today. Way back in 1996, before writer Rhianna Pratchett got her hands on the gun-toting adventurer, she had three defining qualities. She was British, her bosoms were unnaturally pointy and she would merrily shoot endangered animals in the face.
During this era, composer Nathan McCree was tasked with creating the soundtrack to the Tomb Raider games, a role he eventually handed over to Peter Connelly. McCree has, however, recently launched a Kickstarter to record and release orchestral versions of several tracks from the first three games, dubbed “The Tomb Raider Suite”. The suite has previously been performed live in December 2016, by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. According to the Kickstarter page:
“When Nathan McCree wrote the music for the first three Tomb Raider games between 1996 and 1998, he used his favourite synthesizers available at the time. But for 20 years he dreamt of hearing his music performed by a full orchestra and choir and with the 20th Anniversary of the release of Tomb Raider in 2016, the timing was perfect to realise his dream.”
“Our goal is to make a studio recording of The Tomb Raider Suite with one of England’s leading orchestras in England’s best loved recording studio, Abbey Road in London.”
“This is a unique opportunity for all Tomb Raider fans worldwide to finally own and hear a world-class recording of this music as Nathan McCree had always intended it.”
The Kickstarter apparently has the approval of Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix, developers and publishers of the Tomb Raider games. There are a range of pledge options; £15 will get you a digital copy of the finished suite and £25 nets you a physical copy. Or if you’re feeling particularly flush, you can fork out £7,500 and become a “sponsor”. At the time of writing, with 29 days to go, the Kickstarter has reached £24,846 of its £160,000 goal.
The Tomb Raider Suite Kickstarter, which can be found here, draws to a close on June 25th.