Tuesday, April 22, 2014

HOLLYWOOD MUSIC AWARD WINNING COMPOSER JEFF BROADBENT SCORES FANTASY GAME DAWNGATE




Portland, OR (April 22, 2014) – Hollywood Music in Media Award winning and three-time HMMA nominated composer Jeff Broadbent (PlanetSide 2, I Am Alive) has written and produced an ethereal, magical fantasy score for the new Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) video game DAWNGATE developed by Waystone Games and published by Electronic Arts.  An experienced and versatile composer for a variety of media, Broadbent blends soaring melodies, evocative harmony, and a rich tapestry of exotic colors to create an emotional and captivating musical experience.  Listen to the main theme music: https://soundcloud.com/waystone-games/dawngate-main-theme.

“From the early stages of meeting with the development team, observing concept art and reading the backstory, I knew that DAWNGATE was a special game that had immense potential for unique and magical creativity,” said composer Jeff Broadbent. “The beauty of the game world and depth of the characters allowed for a great deal of sonic exploration and thematic composition.”

DAWNGATE immerses players in a world of fantasy, intrigue, and mystery.  In this character-driven experience, players command unique ‘Shaper’ characters and engage in team-based combat to capture spirit vitality and destroy the enemy ‘Guardians’.  Join the DAWNGATE open beta at http://www.dawngate.com.

“To create the unique sound of this fantasy realm we blended the emotional expression and melodies of the orchestra with exotic and evocative colors such as ethnic winds, glass percussion, harps, and modern hybrid synthetic tones,” explains Broadbent.

Broadbent’s classical training with the orchestra (Master's in Composition) and film scoring (UCLA program) combined with technical expertise and cutting-edge technology, allow him to compose with cinematic quality for a variety of diverse genres.  In addition to scoring video games, Broadbent’s music features on prime-time television networks such as CBS, MSNBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and VH1. His latest projects include the hybrid trailer music album “Enemy Below”, featured in blockbuster movie trailers such as Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, as well as original scores for upcoming video games LEGO Legends of Chima Online and Tom Clancy's EndWar Online.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Matthew Llewellyn Composes Ominous Orchestral Thrills for Chiller's Deep In The Darkness



Opens in select theaters April 29 and airs on Chiller May 23, Soundtrack to be released by MovieScore Media

(April 14, 2014) Sherman Oaks, CA - Emerging film composer Matthew Llewellyn (Dead Souls, additional music for John Dies At The End, Far Cry 3) crafts a rich, thematic orchestral score for the Chiller Network original feature film, DEEP IN THE DARKNESS, opening in select theaters April 29 and airing on Chiller TV May 23. Llewellyn's traditional orchestral score for DEEP IN THE DARKNESS was recorded with the Slovakia National Symphony Orchestra and the soundtrack will be released digitally by MovieScore Media to coincide with the film's theatrical release on April 29, followed by a CD release on Kronos Records simultaneous with the Chiller TV broadcast in May.

DEEP IN THE DARKNESS marks Matthew Llewellyn's third feature for Chiller, a division of NBC Universal, following his critically acclaimed score for the 2012 feature DEAD SOULS - "one of the most impressive genre scores we've heard" (Screamworks Records). His sweeping, ominous score evokes classic drama and horror scores, combined with Llewellyn's contemporary yet traditional orchestral textures.

Based on the best-selling novel by Michael Laimo, DEEP IN THE DARKNESS stars Sean Patrick Thomas (The Fountain) and Dean Stockwell (Quantum Leap) and is produced by Andrew Gernhard and Zach O'Brien for Synthetic Cinema International (Dead Souls, Remains). The film is written by John Doolan and directed by Colin Theys.

"Deep in the Darkness is a movie driven by atmosphere and a pervasive sense of looming evil," explains director Colin Theys. "Matthew Llewellyn's score is, as always, an absolutely integral part of the mood and tone of the film. The sound palette at once delivers the feeling of a classic, grand orchestral score and a modern, eerie horror film.  It paints the portrait of a beautiful, idyllic New England town where evil lurks just out of sight."

Dr. Michael Cayle thought leaving the chaotic lifestyle of New York City behind for the quiet, small town of Ashborough would bring his family closer together. Soon after arriving, however, he discovers the town's deepest secret: a terrifying -- and controlling -- race of creatures that live amongst the darkness in the woods behind his home.

"Llewellyn found a delicate balance that feels original and intense at the same time, taking the film through some dramatic twists and turns," adds Theys. "Matthew is delivering world-class scores that elevate the films they help to drive."

Preview music samples from the DEEP IN THE DARKNESS score: 

See DEEP IN THE DARKNESS in New York theatres April 29, Los Angeles theatres April 30 and on Chiller May 23. For more information visit www.chillertv.com.

About Matthew Llewellyn
Film composer Matthew Llewellyn's musical repertoire is grounded in the traditions of symphonic music for cinema as well as the modern movie making experience. Llewellyn has been an integral member of composer Brian Tyler's team working on high profile projects such as IRON MAN 3, THOR: THE DARK WORLD, NOW YOU SEE ME, THE EXPENDABLES 2, and FINAL DESTINATION 5. Llewellyn composed additional music for the critically acclaimed video game FAR CRY 3 and Don Coscarelli's (Bubba Ho-Tep, Phantasm) film JOHN DIES AT THE END which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. He also provided musical arrangements for the hit video games ASSASSIN'S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG, ARMY OF TWO: THE DEVIL'S CARTEL and CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 3.

Recently branching out with his own composing career, Matthew Llewellyn has scored three feature films for the Chiller Network, a division of NBC Universal, including DEEP IN THE DARKNESS, DEAD SOULS, and REMAINS. His dramatic orchestral scores for DEEP IN THE DARKNESS and DEAD SOULS were both recorded with the Slovakia National Symphony Orchestra. The DEAD SOULS soundtrack was released in 2012 by Screamworks Records and MovieScore Media and his forthcoming DEEP IN THE DARKNESS soundtrack will be released by MovieScore Media in partnership with Kronos Records in May 2014.

Matthew Llewellyn graduated from the Scoring for Motion Picture and Television program at the University of Southern California as well as receiving a Bachelors of Music degree in Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music. Born in California but raised in Minnesota, Llewellyn has played piano since the age of six and guitar from the age of fourteen. He also plays mandolin, bouzouki, ukulele and bass. For more information on Matthew Llewellyn, visit the composer's website at www.matthewllewellyn.com.

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