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Friday, February 10, 2006

AKIRA IFUKUBE DIES + CD Review - The Legend of Zorro + Game Music News

Akira Ifukube has died at the age of 91. Japan's most celebrated composer will probably be most remembered for his scores for the Godzilla movies, but wrote many other film scores and classical works over many decades. Naxos recently released his Sinfonia Tapkaara, Ritmica Ostinata and Symphonic Fantasia No.1 (which was based on his music for the many monster films he scored), which was reviewed on this site, and La-La Land Records this month release his King Kong Vs. Godzilla.

CD Review - The Legend of Zorro
Music by James Horner
Sony Classical SK 97751 (EU)
15 Tracks 75:41 mins

This is probably James Horner's most enjoyable album since, well, The Mask of Zorro, largely because he naturally reuses material from that score, especially the wonderful main and love themes, one an extension of the other. All the same elements are brought to bear as in the first score, plenty of handclapping and footstamping, Flamenco guitar and Mariachi trumpets, giving the score that same swagger. It's another lengthy album but, unlike some, this one never outstays its welcome, thanks to the numerous action sequences and romantic interludes.
The 11-minute+ The Train is a real tour-de-force, a fabulous action cue, and My Family Is My Life ends the album perfectly with its variations on the main themes. Great stuff!

Game Score News




Composer/Producer records Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra for Blockbuster Military Action Shooter

New York - February 9th, 2006 - Following his work on Cold FearT and Ghost Recon 2T (main theme co-writer), Tom Salta has composed and produced the anthemic live orchestral soundtrack for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced WarfighterT, the next instalment in the smash-hit squad-based action franchise. Scheduled to ship for March 2006, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter focuses on the deployment of the Soldier of the Future - the "warfighter," into the chaos of urban warfare.

Salta has written all of the original music for the game, including the Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter main theme, which enhances the drama and emotion of the epic storyline and intense tactical gameplay action. The score was recorded with the Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra at the prestigious Bastyr Chapel in Seattle. Combining his expertise in programming and mixing hit records with the highest production values; Salta also blended contemporary electronic sounds into the score to capture the modern, hi-tech feel of the game. Visit the Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter official website via to hear a preview of Tom Salta's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter main theme music.

Manu Bachet, Artistic Director at Ubisoft, said, "Tom Salta has created an explosive 5.1 score that mixes hi-tech elements, wild rhythms, and a live symphony orchestra. Not only was he able to find the perfect alchemy, but his music supports the action perfectly, and, most of all, it brings real emotion to the gameplay experience."

In addition to these recent videogame composing and recording ventures, Salta's hard-driving electronica and orchestral grooves grace many television shows, commercials and film promos. Recording under the artist name 'Atlas Plug' (, he is currently working on the follow-up to his highly acclaimed debut solo album 2 Days or Die. For more information please visit

In Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, players will embody Captain Scott Mitchell as he commands the Ghosts and Special Forces allies equipped with the IWS in the quest to save the president of the United States, recover stolen nuclear codes and eliminate a vicious band of renegade soldiers hell-bent on unleashing catastrophe. The game unfolds entirely in Mexico City, where numerous, meticulously researched and detailed environments will deliver complete immersion into the future of urban warfare. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter will also include multiplayer and cooperative gameplay with exciting new elements, continuing the Ghost Recon tradition of setting the bar for multiplayer action.


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