Composer Peter Connelly has relaunched the Kickstarter campaign for Tomb Raider: The Dark Angel Symphony. The original Kickstarter closed last night after falling short of its £180,000 target, but fans have been thrown a lifeline with a renewed campaign, as Peter Connelly explains in his latest video…

For those of you unfamiliar with the project, it’s an ambitious re-imagining of the soundtracks from the classic Tomb Raider games The Last Revelation (TR4), Chronicles (TR5) and The Angel of Darkness (TR6). The original plan was for the scores to be re-arranged and re-recorded with a live orchestra, however the current plan is for Peter Connelly to recreate the music using synths, samplers and libraries in his own studio, with a more modest Kickstarter target of £60,000.

That being said, there is still a possibility of the original plan’s revival. A number of stretch goals have been included in the new campaign, meaning that if the project exceeds its target and hits £180,000, a full orchestra and studio will be enlisted. Moreover, if the campaign reaches £300,000 or more, the music will be performed at a special live concert, with free tickets being issued to the first 1,500 backers.

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And as with the first Kickstarter, a number of juicy pledge rewards are being offered across various tiers, starting with a £20 pledge that offers a full download of the re-imagined tracks (as well as a full set of the originals) through to a dizzying £3,500 pledge that includes an intriguing array of Lara Croft goodies, including some original Angel of Darkness concept artwork, handwritten notes from the game’s development, statuettes, pendants, and lots more. This time around, backers also have the option of choosing specific add-ons to their main pledges, with additional items such as A1 posters, t-shirts and printed full-score sheet music being offered.

The finished recordings are expected to span several CDs, so it’s worth making some space on the shelf 😉 If funded, it’s hoped that the finished product will be ready to ship in December 2019.

So there you go. I think this is definitely a project worth backing if you’re a classic Tomb Raider fan, and anyone who’s ever played those games will know what a significant and evocative contribution the soundtracks made. (It’s hard to watch the closing moments of AOD without a tear in my eye…)

Click here to back the project and select your pledge amount. The campaign ends on December 3rd.

Read my interview with composer Peter Connelly here.

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