Fremont, CA - January 19th, 2010 - WaveGroup ( www.wavegroup.com), best known for its long history in music game development, including it's contributions to the original Guitar Hero™ and Rock Band™ games, today announced licensing agreements with major recording artists including renowned guitar virtuoso Steve Vai as well as acclaimed rock bands such as Widespread Panic, Reverend Horton Heat and Gov't Mule, to distribute their music in Rock Band™. WaveGroup will work with the artists' original recordings, transforming them into playable Rock Band™ tracks, then releasing the music through the Rock Band Network Music Store. WaveGroup brings years of experience in music game development to the Rock Band Network initiative, and is working closely with Harmonix Music Systems during the beta period to develop this new way of distributing music to the masses.
"WaveGroup is the premiere production team for interactive music videogames and I was thrilled to partner with them on my songs," said guitar icon Steve Vai. "Now I can jam with people in the comfort of their own plastic!"
Will Littlejohn, President/CEO of WaveGroup commented, "We're honored to be working with such amazing musicians, and bringing their music to RBN. Our job is to make the music look and feel authentic in the Rock Band™ environment. As musicians ourselves, we go to great lengths to make the experience of playing these songs fun and engaging."
WaveGroup is currently working with the following artists as well as other well-known acts to be announced:
Reverend Horton Heat
Assembly of Dust
Jet Black Kiss
WaveGroup is the undisputed leader for audio production in the music game genre, playing an integral part in the creation of many award-winning projects including Harmonix's Rock Band™, winner of the Best Soundtrack award at the 2007 Spike TV Video Game Awards; Guitar Hero™ II, winner of the Best Soundtrack award at the 2006 Spike TV Video Game Awards; the original Guitar Hero™, winner of the Best Soundtrack for both the 2006 BAFTA Games Awards and the Spike TV Video Game Awards, 2005 Best of Show at E3, along with 5 D.I.C.E. awards. For more information on WaveGroup please visit www.wavegroup.com.
Founded in 1995, WaveGroup is a global leader in audio production for multimedia, providing creative, production and technical services and delivering world-class soundtracks for feature film, television, animation, commercials, interactive titles, and more. As one of the foremost audio facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area, WaveGroup has also produced hundreds of projects for clients such as Disney, TBS, ABC, Electronic Arts, Fox, LucasArts, Activision, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Netflix, NASA, Simon&Schuster, and Apple. Sporting ten ProTools suites in an 8,000 sq. ft. facility, the company employs 15 highly talented sound designers, editors, mixers, composers, and producers. For more information please visit: www.wavegroup.com.
About Harmonix Music Systems, Inc
Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., based in Cambridge, MA, and established in 1995, is the leading developer of groundbreaking music-oriented videogames. Harmonix was founded by Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy, who formed the company to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience the unique joy that comes from making music and have pioneered music and rhythm gaming in the US. For more information please visit www.harmonixmusic.com.
About MTV Games
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