Lakeshore Records to Release Rod Abernethy's THE UPWARD TURN
Lakeshore Records will release Rod Abernethy's new album, entitled The Upward Turn digitally on January 29, 2013. Abernethy has earned numerous awards for his video game work on such titles as RAGE, Dead Space, The Hobbit, TERA an Dead Head Fred.
Though best known for his works composing for The Game world, it was the real world that inspired The Upward Turn. "I love recording found objects," said Abernethy, "creating unexpected tones and rhythms from everyday items that aren't normally considered 'musical'."
"Many of these tracks started as a simple idea of recording a single sound of a found object and manipulating, time stretching and pitch shifting it. Then I layer these sounds with acoustic and virtual software instruments," Abernethy described.
Award-winning composer and musician Rod Abernethy crafts authentic and memorable music scores for visual media including video games, advertising and television. His rich musical repertoire encompasses traditional acoustic and ethnic scores, unique hybrid soundtracks fusing electronic and organic elements, as well as dramatic music written for orchestra and choir.
Abernethy's music-for-picture traverses multiple genres while maintaining an authenticity, originality and Integrity which he customizes for each project. He is perhaps best known for his acoustic and electronic instrumentation combined with cinematic scoring. The dark, action-orchestral score for RAGE (Bethesda Softworks). The edgy, action-driven score for WHEELMAN (Tigon Studios) Starring Vin Diesel immerses players into the Barcelona setting with flamenco orchestrations. The eclectic and sublime atmospheric score for DEAD HEAD FRED (Soundtrack available on iTunes), inspired by the game's 'twisted noir' setting, blends cinematic orchestrations with a dark panorama of jazz, southwestern guitar, ambient, rock fusion and other seemingly disparate music styles into a cohesive and alluring listening experience. The critically acclaimed score for THE HOBBIT, combining traditional Celtic music with sweeping orchestra, won G.A.N.G.'s Best Soundtrack Award.
His music productions enhance numerous high profile video games such as RAGE, DEAD SPACE, ALPHA PROTOCOL, TERA, EAT LEAD, WHEELMAN, DEAD HEAD FRED, THE HOBBIT and RISE OF THE KASAI as well as promotional trailers for DARKSIDERS, WARHAWK, LINEAGE II and PRINCE OF PERSIA. Rod's music has also been featured in programming for major networks including ABC, CBS, Discovery Channel, ESPN, Fox, G4, HBO, Nickelodeon, TLC and PBS. As a signed artist he has recorded in major studios around the world for record industry giants Warner Bros., Elektra, Atlantic, and MCA Records and collaborated with legendary producers Paul Rothchild (The Doors, Bonnie Raitt), John Anthony (Roxy Music, Queen) and David Lord (Peter Gabriel, Tori Amos, Tears for Fears, The Pretenders).
A music graduate from the University of North Carolina, Rod maintains a cutting-edge recording studio facility that boasts an extensive collection of vintage amps, guitars and mics. Rod is a voting member of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS). He also serves on the Board of Directors of The Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.), the non-profit organization dedicated to promoting game audio, as well as a Peer Panelist for the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (A.I.A.S). He is a frequent and prominent speaker at the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, and was the Keynote speaker at the Montreal International Games Summit- 2012 in Montreal, Canada.
Lakeshore Records presents Rod Abernethy The Upward Turn, available digitally on January 29, 2013.