Jesper Kyd’s LEGACY from Fired Earth Music
The seventeenth volume from Fired Earth Music comes from renowned composer Jesper Kyd, below is the official press release from FEM, along with a teaser video of the album.
The follow up to FEM007 ‘Ultimatum’, ‘Jesper Kyd’s LEGACY’ is a collection of ten breathtaking, evolving,epics. Small yet powerful intros steadily evolve through atmospheric journeys into massive epic themesthat span a multitude of emotions and moods: ethereal, supernatural, uplifting, inspiring, apocalyptic, romantic and heroic. Piano and guitar themes, emotive strings, heart-pounding percussion and sound design make this a classic ‘Kyd’ album.
Tracks ‘Rainmaker’, ‘Eidolon’, ‘Evermore’ and ‘Phantasm’ feature the beautiful ethereal vocals of Melissa
Kaplan, the iconic voice from Assassin’s Creed theme ‘Ezio’s Family’ and hit trailer track ‘Aphelion’ from
Kyd’s previous Fired Earth Music Album, Ultimatum, released in 2011.
No vocal versions and strings only versions of all tracks.
Stems available on request.
‘Jesper Kyd’s LEGACY’ is available for licensing in Europe through West One Music Group and in the USA
through their exclusive representative APM Music. Also available through iTunes.
For more information please visit firedearthmusic.com or contact Hannah Vice:
BAFTA award-winning and MTV VMA nominated composer Jesper Kyd creates memorable and immersive
soundtracks for visual media.
Internationally renowned for composing unique, thematic music soundtracks for METAL HURLANT CHRONICLES,ASSASSIN’S CREED, ASSASSIN’S CREED II, ASSASSIN’S CREED BROTHERHOOD, BORDERLANDS, BORDERLANDS 2,DARKSIDERS II, HITMAN 2: SILENT ASSASSIN, HITMAN: CONTRACTS, HITMAN: BLOOD MONEY and FREEDOM
FIGHTERS, Kyd’s compelling and distinctive scores feature a diverse array of musical instrumentation including orchestra, choir, soloists, acoustic manipulations and electronic soundscapes, immersing audiences with emotional depth often described by critics as ‘rousing,’ ‘surreal’ and ‘beautiful.’ In film and television Kyd has composed for awide variety of projects and different genres including the live action sci-fi TV series METAL HURLANT CHRONICLES (Sony Pictures TV) adapted from the French graphic novels ”HEAVY METAL” by legendary comic book
artist Jean “Moebius” Giraud; THE RESISTANCE (SyFy) series produced by Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures and Starz Media; STAUNTON HILL (Anchor Bay Entertainment), the debut horror/thriller feature directed by Cameron Romero, son of George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead); and A PERFECT SOLDIER, the powerful real-life drama documenting the story of Aki Ra – a former child soldier trained by the Communist regime Khmer Rouge in Cambodia to be an instrument of war – who dedicates his life to humanitarian efforts and removing the landmines that still inflict his country.
Spanning from his iconic symphonic scores for the HITMAN series and the anthemic choral score for FREEDOM
FIGHTERS, to the post-apocalyptic wasteland themes of BORDERLANDS, and his epic adventure scores for the
history-inspired ASSASSIN’S CREED series, Jesper Kyd constantly evolves his craft as a leading artist for creating
stylish and inspirational original soundtracks. His scores for ASSASSIN’S CREED, ASSASSIN’S CREED II, ASSASSIN’S
CREED BROTHERHOOD, HITMAN: BLOOD MONEY, HITMAN: CONTRACTS, FREEDOM FIGHTERS, HITMAN 2 have
received international acclaim and recognition from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, Billboard Digital
Entertainment Awards, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Best Original Music Winner), Game Audio
Network Guild Awards (Music of the Year Winner), Hollywood Music In Media Awards (Best Original Score Winner),
International Film Music Critics Association Awards and MTV Video Music Awards.
Following his BAFTA award-winning music for the HITMAN series, Kyd’s next assignment was to provide the rich
and melodic sound for what would become Ubisoft’s flagship franchise, ASSASSIN’S CREED, created by visionary
developer Patrice Desilets. Kyd’s cinematic score for Altair’s Middle-Eastern story delivers a deeply meditative and
spiritual aesthetic with dramatic effect. For ASSASSIN’S CREED II, set during the Italian Renaissance, Kyd took the
music in an entirely new adventurous direction, crafting a melodic, acoustic and orchestral music score combined
with ethereal, evocative and operatic female vocal performances; this unique mix of sounds has since become
widely recognized as the core signature sound of the franchise. The music propels the action, captures the allure
and mystery of Ezio’s story and immerses players in the breathtakingly detailed settings of Renaissance Italy.
Further employing authentic instrumentation from one of the most fascinating periods in history, Kyd’s original
score for ASSASSIN’S CREED BROTHERHOOD sets a darker musical tone to reflect master assassin Ezio’s mission to
liberate Rome from the corrupt and tyrant regime of the Borgias. For the climactic conclusion to Ezio’s story,
ASSASSIN’S CREED REVELATIONS, Kyd composed a rich and evocative hybrid music style drawing on Greek,
Renaissance and Middle-Eastern instrumentation, encompassing the key cultural influences of Constantinople,
while combining his emotional melodic writing and acoustic/electronic styles associated with the series.
Kyd’s emotionally dynamic score for the post-apocalyptic action-adventure DARKSIDERS II, created by comic book
writer/artist Joe Madureira and Vigil Games, combines dark ethereal themes and melodic fantasy with sublime
atmosphere that enrich the player’s cinematic journey through each of the unique realms. DARKSIDERS II follows
the exploits of DEATH, one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, during his epic journey through various light
and dark realms as he tries to redeem his brother WAR, the horseman who was blamed for prematurely starting
A constant original talent in music and media who brings his invention and passion to enhance the uniqueness of each project, Kyd is currently scoring several new projects to be announced.
Jesper Kyd resides in Burbank, California and is represented by The Gorfaine-Schwartz Agency.
You can listen to the full album on Fired Earth Music’s site.