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The Chronicles Of Spellborn Features Original Score By Leading Video Game Composer Jesper Kyd

By Randall Larson     April 13, 2006

The Chronicles Of Spellborn
© Spellborn International NV
Spellborn International NV. announces that Jesper Kyd, the internationally acclaimed composer whose video game credits include Freedom Fighters and the Hitman series, has created the original music score for the massive multiplayer online role-playing game, The Chronicles of Spellborn. Kyd's score for Spellborn is an inspired blend of organic and ethereal musical landscapes embroidered with theatrical orchestrations that provide an emotional connection for the player and fully immerses them in the post-apocalyptic dark fantasy world of Spellborn.

Since the art and environments designed for The Chronicles of Spellborn have been developed with such involving attention to detail, the producers of Spellborn did not want a generic fantasy score and felt a purely orchestral pallet would not reflect the true nature of Spellborn. Their vision demanded they seek out a more unique, multi-layered, vanguard style.

"We knew a mix of diverse musical textures would better serve our game than simply using an orchestra, so we approached Jesper Kyd who is renowned for his versatility as well as producing scores that go beyond the traditional mould," explains Matthew Florianz, Sound Designer for The Chronicles of Spellborn." Jesper has fashioned the kind of grandeur usually associated with the cinematic sound of an orchestra, though he only used analogue sounds and solo instruments, and delivers a deeply emotional impact with a minimum of bombast. His elaborate, cerebral and intuitive treatment was exactly what we were looking for."

Barry Hoffman, Spellborn International NV.'s Marketing Manager added, "Jesper Kyd is a composer with the rare combination of having a recognizable personal style, a good feel for what speaks to a mass audience and the ability to translate mood and emotion into music. Just as he has done in the action and stealth genres before, Jesper Kyd brings extraordinary creativity that will not only captivate Spellborn players but will also appeal to a broader spectrum of music lovers and soundtrack fans."

Music samples from The Chronicles of Spellborn are available at www.tcos.com  

About Jesper Kyd: Jesper Kyd's dedication to create scores that transcend traditional repertoires has gained him international critical acclaim and numerous accolades from the arts and entertainment industry. Kyd's hybrid electronic and live choral score for Freedom Fighters earned him the GameSpot award for "Best Original Music in a Game" and nomination for "Best Use of Sound in a Game" at the Billboard Digital Entertainment Awards. His fusion of minimalist electronica and dark orchestral and choral grooves featured in Hitman: Contracts was awarded best "Original Music" by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts at the 2005 BAFTA Games Awards. Hitman: Contracts also won the 2005 Game Audio Network Guild award for "Best Cinematic Audio." For more information, see: www.jesperkyd.com  

In addition to Kyd's orchestral score, the Dutch gothic metal band Within Temptation will contribute exclusive songs for The Chronicles Of Spellborn.

"When we were asked if we were interested to write music for a computer game which is being developed in The Netherlands, we didn't have to think twice," said the band on their web site. "We all are enthusiastic gamers. Whether at home or on tour, computer games are prefect to relax and sometimes they even inspire our music." www.withintemptation.nl  

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