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Monday, August 24, 2009


Sorry reviews have been thin on the ground the past few days. I actually only have four releases to cover at the moment and two of them are double CD presentations, which take some to absorb. But, rest assured, the first review should appear in the next few days. In the meantime, here's the latest from Top Dollar PR:-

Dead Space and Star Trek Composer Creates Hybrid Score for
Large-Scale Sci-Fi First Person Shooter Video Game

Raleigh, NC - August 24, 2009 - BAFTA award-winning composer Jason Graves
has created an original music score for the intense first-person shooter SECTION
8 developed by TimeGate Studios. Renowned for his cinematic and prolific orchestral
music on video games such as Dead Space and the Star Trek franchise, Graves delivers
a powerful and anthemic score for SECTION 8 featuring vintage synth and guitar elements
blended with orchestra to portray the futuristic, sci-fi setting of the game. SECTION
8 is being released by SouthPeak Games for Xbox 360 and PC on September 1st, 2009.
"SECTION 8 was a great opportunity to combine my three musical passions: orchestra,
electronics/synths and guitars," said composer Jason Graves. "It was so much fun
playing guitar and tweaking my analog synths. I treated them as additional members
of the orchestra, sometimes taking the spotlight and other times adding textural

SECTION 8 gives players unprecedented strategic control over the battlefield, employing
tactical assets and on-demand vehicle deliveries to dynamically alter the flow of
combat. Set at the crossroads of a growing insurrection among its colonies, Earth
dispatches the elite 8th Armored Infantry to turn the tide. Utilizing advanced powered
armor suits, these brave volunteers are the only ones crazy enough to smash through
enemy defenses and drop directly into the battlefield from 15,000 feet, earning
them the nickname "Section 8."

"The music focuses on the two primary locations of the game," added Graves. "One
is more orchestral in nature and the other has a hybrid rock edge to it. TimeGate
gave me a lot of freedom to try different things - it was refreshing to experiment
with such a diverse sound palette."
For more information about the game please visit

About Jason Graves
Jason Graves creates award-winning music for film, television and video games. He
has scored more than 150 commercials, 90 television shows, movie trailers, and feature
films, conducting orchestras at Capitol Records, Paramount Pictures, Skywalker Sound,
Seattle and Salt Lake City. His music has been awarded three Telly's, an Addy,
nine Silver Reels, a Gold Case Award, and a Cable A.C.E. Award. Jason's music for
video games has been honored by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts
(BAFTA) and received three Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Award (AIAS)
nominations, winning "Outstanding Achievement in Audio" for DEAD SPACE. He has
received seventeen G.A.N.G. nominations and four wins, including "Audio of the Year"
for DEAD SPACE, "Best Original Theme" nominations for STAR TREK: LEGACY and
BLAZING ANGELS 2, "Music of the Year" nominations for DEAD SPACE and KING
ARTHUR and "Soundtrack of the Year" for THE HOBBIT.
For more information visit

About TimeGate Studios
TimeGate Studios is a world-class game development studio that boasts a record of
huge success since its founding in 1998. Headquartered in Sugar Land, TX, TimeGate
has released seven award-winning products; three of which are based on TimeGate-owned
intellectual properties. In addition to its Section 8 development efforts, TimeGate
is currently creating several new original properties that have yet to be announced
for next-generation platforms. For more information please visit

About SouthPeak Games
SouthPeak Interactive Corporation develops and publishes interactive entertainment
software for all current hardware platforms including: PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment
system, PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment
system, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii(TM), Nintendo
DS(TM) and PC. SouthPeak's games cover all major genres including action/adventure,
role playing, racing, puzzle strategy, fighting and combat. SouthPeak's products
are sold in retail outlets in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. SouthPeak
is headquartered in Midlothian, Virginia, and has offices in Grapevine, Texas and
Leicester, England.


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