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Stockholm, Sweden - September 2, 2010– EMI Music Publishing Scandinavia and internationally renowned audio house Dynamedion has written, licensed and produced the original Asian score for Kane&Lynch 2: Dog Days TM , Square Enix’ chart-topping third-person action game developed by IO Interactive.
EMI Music Publishing Scandinavia was brought onboard by IO Interactive to supervise and consult on the vocal and instrumental music for the game’s Shanghai and Chinese levels. To capture the unique, gritty style of the game, EMI Music Publishing Scandinavia enlisted the talent of veteran German composers Dynamedion, whom it exclusively represents in select territories. In liaison with EMI Music Publishing Scandinavia, Dynamedion created 23 authentic-sounding Asian tracks for the game and recorded vocal talent singing in Mandarin backed up by a number of musicians performing Chinese instruments including percussion, Shakuhachi, Fue, violin and Pipa.
EMI Music Publishing Scandinavia’s VP Sales Andreas Olsson said“Scoring Kane&Lynch 2 was all about combining the appropriate talent with IO Interactive. The game’s presentation and level design is enriched by the custom-made Asian songs, which add a decidedly authentic and emotional dimension to its Far East locations.”
"Our goal was to have the soundscape within Kane&Lynch 2 really complement and support the immersive environment we were creating and EMI and Dynamedion really delivered the needs of our project," said Niels Jørgensen, general manager IO Interactive.“Not only do the Asian compositions enhance the tension in the game, but they also lends weight to the overall atmosphere and storyline of the title.”
“Andreas and I worked on our first production together a few years ago and we really hit it off,” commented Pierre Langer, audio director at Dynamedion. "When EMI presented us with the opportunity to collaborate, this time on a massively popular action game franchise, I knew we would be required to deliver something really unique. I'm especially excited about the Chinese pop songs that we created; they really help establish an authentic, Asian feel in the game."
Here's what the press has had to say about the Kane&Lynch 2: Dog Days sound track so far:
”The atmosphere is further enhanced by Asian inspired pop music blasting from in game radios and intercoms, giving it an almost John Woo movie feel in certain situations.”– Co-Optimus
“Gorgeous audio”– Official Xbox Magazine UK
“The music also is exceptional and sounds authentic...”– Thumbpad Australia
“…the audio is another stand-out component of the experience.”– AceGamez
About EMI Music Publishing Scandinavia
EMI Music Publishing Scandinavia is a leading provider of music content and services for creative businesses including advertising, films, TV, merchandising and video games. In the video game industry, the company provides music services to a number of high-profile Nordic video game developers including Remedy Entertainment, IO Interactive, Legendo Entertainment and Nordic Games. For more information, visit www.emisound.com.
Dynamedion is a veteran provider of audio that specializes in creating outstanding original music and sound for the video game, movie and television industries. It specializes in vocal, live orchestral and synthetic style“Hollywood sound”. To better serve its clients, Dynamedion has developed its own production technique to breathe life into synthetically based soundtracks, creating a more vivid sound experience. Dubbed“Mixed Music Mode“, it involves blending basic sampler data and additional live instrumental and vocal recordings to create a unique composition precisely tailored to the individual project. Dynamedion is based in Germany and provide audio on an ongoing basis to a number of high-profile clients in the video game, movie and television industries including Electronic Arts, EMI Music Publishing Scandinavia, UbiSoft, THQ, NBC, Warner Brothers and Universal Pictures.
About Kane&Lynch 2
Available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC, Kane&Lynch 2: Dog Days delivers ground-breaking art direction, relentless action gameplay and innovative multiplayer, redefining the action shooter experience making it the standout shooter of 2010. Developed by IO Interactive and published under the EIDOS brand portfolio by Square Enix, in its debut week of release, Kane&Lynch 2: Dog Days went straight to No.1 in the UK All format Charts.