news\ Sep 27, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Rise of Nations DVD Game Soundrack Release




Sumthing Else Music Works, Inc., through their continuing game soundtrack partnership with Microsoft Game Studios, is pleased to announce their latest release: “Rise of NationsTM” Original Game Soundtrack, the first game soundtrack to be released on DVD in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS (Digital Theater Sound) 5.1 surround sound. 


The soundtrack will be manufactured and released to stores in the U.S. through legendary producer and artist Nile Rodgers’ Sumthing Else Music Works record label on June 24, 2003, under their existing licensing agreement with Microsoft Game Studios. Sales, retail marketing and distribution of the soundtrack will be facilitated through Sumthing Distribution, another Nile Rodgers company.


“Rise of Nations” is a new real-time strategy game from acclaimed game maker Brian Reynolds, designer of PC game classic “Civilization II.”. The game, which ships in North America on May 20, 2003, blends the epic scope and depth of turn-based gaming with the pulse-pounding thrill and speed of real-time strategy games.  “Rise of Nations” brings to life 6,000 years of history from the ancient age to the information age — not just in warfare but in city building, trade and diplomacy. Despite the long timeline in the game, “Rise of Nations” is designed with the casual audience in mind by allowing gamers to move through the game quickly.


Veteran Composer and Producer Duane Decker describes the soundtrack as a combination of world music with unique cinematic music styles that will transport the listener to various locales around the world.  It features some very expressive performances on rare, ethnic instruments and mixes in modern elements to form an intriguing musical world tour.  Nile Rodgers, Executive Producer of the Rise of Nations soundtrack and CEO of Sumthing, adds that "Every time I hear this score in the 5.1 format I feel like a world traveler sensing cultural nuances panoramically. The 360 degree musical trip immediately transports me back to the game experience. However, as much as I love the game, just listening to the music through my home theater system is an experience unto itself."


The “Rise of Nations” Original Game Soundtrack DVD will, in addition to the Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 versions, also contain the original in-game stereo mix and the Rise of Nations opening cinema, and other features not available in the game including nine bonus music tracks and an interview with Duane Decker (Composer & Producer of the Rise of Nations score) and Nile Rodgers with photos of Nile and Duane.  The “Rise of Nations” Original Game Soundtrack DVD can be played on any DVD player and on the Xbox with a DVD remote.  The DTS version is preferred by audiophiles for its higher sonic fidelity but will only play back on DTS equipped systems.


Nile Rodgers is very excited about this first DVD release, particularly in light of their previous major soundtrack successes, “HaloTM: Combat EvolvedandAge of MythologyTM.”  Also, in keeping with the partnership’s commitment to excellence and consistently enhancing the overall gaming experience, Nile sees “Rise of Nations” as the first in an expanding line of game soundtracks that will be produced and manufactured in the Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 surround sound formats.  “This will become the new standard for future XBoxTM video game system and PC game soundtrack releases.”


Award winning record producer Nile Rodgers is one of the most prolific music producers in history. Nile's production accomplishments include such diverse artists as Diana Ross, Madonna, David Bowie, Duran Duran, The B52's, David Lee Roth, Grace Jones, Mick Jagger and many more. Records produced by Nile Rodgers have sold well over 100 million worldwide. As a founding member of the perennial Rhythm & Blues dance band, Chic, Nile co-wrote many of its big hits including "Le Freak" and "Good Times", as well as "We Are Family" for Sister Sledge. In addition to records, he has also scored or produced music for numerous films, including "Coming to America," "Thelma and Louise," "The Flintstones," "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Rush Hour II" as well as a variety of television shows and commercials. Nile is a board member of several organizations including the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).



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