Music Spotlight #3: Troels Brun Folmann

APRIL ISSUE: ISSUE #26

I have quite a few music spotlight posts lined up because there is so much music in this ginormous universe to choose from, and so much to listen to. Honestly, I think my ears are going to give up on me pretty soon with all those noises drumming into it constantly. I knew that I wanted to write about Troels Brun Folmann at some point though, and I guess today is that day. This is what my fingers are deciding to type, so I’m going to let them continue.

Name: Troels Brun Folmann
Born: 10 January 1974
Nationality: Danish

Thank you to this channel here for providing us with the music 
of Tomb Raider!

Troels Brun Folmann specializes in epic orchestral music and his work is featured in a range of productions, including video games, in particular, a few titles from the Tomb Raider series. The most notable to me is Tomb Raider Legendwhich soundtrack I have listened to countless times. He also worked on Tomb Raider: Anniversary, and some other games too such as Transformers: Fall of Cyberton and Project Snowblind.

I’m mainly going to be sticking with Tomb Raider: Legend for today, just because it is definitely in my top 5 for favourite game soundtracks. Ever. Honestly, you’re really missing out if you haven’t heard these.

Even from the get-go, you can’t go wrong. The Main Theme sets the atmosphere and frankly, is absolutely beautiful. It makes me shiver, and I don’t shiver often.

Continuing on with soundtracks that give me unnatural goosebumps, there’s also this one. I’m always at a loss for words with this type of music, especially because of the voices. It’s so hauntingly angelic in a way. In adventure-action games such as Tomb Raider, where you explore the world pretty much, this sort of music is perfect. I would take this soundtrack with me if I explored the world to be honest.

Even though they’re obviously pretty similar, I listened to both of these when I needed to relax or calm myself down. They’re pretty simple, but they’re so soothing. Croft Manor is such an iconic place though. A huge mansion which is home to Lara Croft, and from the storyline of Legend, was inherited from her father. I remember playing Legend and roaming around the place and trying out some gymnastics and swimming, and for some reason, this really blew my mind. I loved it. Maybe it’s because I would fail dramatically if I tried it out in my room, so the video game version of leaping and doing tricks was the next option.

As for something a tad more upbeat, I really think this was great for racing on a motorbike and defeating enemies (and with that wonderful voice singing and helping you along too. I hope she wasn’t singing on a motorbike beside Lara at the time.)

Of course, I shouldn’t just provide you all with Tomb Raider: Legend stuff, although to me personally, it is undoubtedly the best. There is some great music in the other games too though, and I also had a listen to Project Snowblind’s music, which I was actually nicely surprised by (but then again, this is Troels Brun Folmann we’re talking about.)

This one is pretty neat in my opinion. This kind of proves that Folmann has a style, and this reminds me of Tomb Raiders music in a way.

For the end of this post, I’ll return to Tomb Raider games for a second, and leave you with a few more. Because you can’t have too much Tomb Raider in my opinion.

It always makes me wonder what the behind the scenes must have been like when creating these scores. Like, was everyone serious? Was it fun? Was it jokey? I guess we’ll never know (unless there’s an article about it somewhere. I’m sure there is. I really need to do more research.)

And also here’s the bear theme. Just because.

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

 

 

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