Atari Press Release
Driver: Parallel Lines Soundtrack Revealed
NEW YORK, March 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) today revealed first details about the soundtrack to its forthcoming Hollywood-style action-driving blockbuster Driver: Parallel Lines. Alongside over 70 legendary tracks which bridge the game's dual gameplay eras -- 1970s and today -- with effortless cool, the soundtrack will include a number of exceptional world-renowned artists from the worlds of hip hop, punk rock and dance to provide brand new music exclusively for Driver: Parallel Lines. The music and artists have been chosen to reflect the two distinct gameplay eras as well as New York City, which has been the inspiration and source to so much of the world's music.
Working with Nimrod Productions Ltd, one of the most established audio production companies in the video game industry, Atari has selected some of the top artists to supply new exclusive material for Driver: Parallel Lines including Public Enemy, Grandmaster Flash, Suicide, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arthur Baker, Mylo, Paul Oakenfold, Lifesavas featuring Vernon Reid and the Audio Bullys. Interviews with some of the artists involved in Driver: Parallel Lines are available exclusively for subscribers to the official website http://www.atari.com/driver.
In addition to the brand new exclusives, the two eras will be underscored by a remarkable roster of legendary music, with David Bowie, Blondie, Iggy Pop, WAR, The Temptations, Funkadelic, Marvin Gaye, Parliament, and Average White Band amongst those scoring the 1970's era, and bands including The Roots, LCD Soundsystem, TV on the Radio, Kaiser Chiefs, Secret Machines, The Dead 60's lend their visceral sounds to the New York cityscape of 2006.
"In taking the successful and stylish Driver brand to iconic New York City in the 70's and today, we wanted to make sure the soundtrack captured and evoked the setting to really elevate the experience," said Stephen Baer, Senior Product Manager, Atari, Inc. "The soundtrack for Driver: Parallel Lines draws on an incredible mix of legendary and new talent to create the perfect complement for riveting gameplay."
"The melting pot of the New York music scene stretches across so many musical boundaries that it seems to effortlessly create an infectious mix, from obscure 70's gems to classic tracks, and important new bands to the modern day musical heroes," said Marc Canham, co-founder of Nimrod and the game soundtrack composer and music producer for Driver: Parallel Lines.
Developed by award-winning studio Reflections Interactive, Driver: Parallel Lines is the next installment of Atari's legendary action-driving franchise. Players can modify and juice up cars while engaging in the most thrilling Hollywood-style car chases ever across a free roaming, stylized New York City with over 35 diverse missions, no loading times, incredibly realistic driving physics, and a brand new story set in 1978 and 2006. Forthcoming Hollywood-style action-driving Driver: Parallel Lines will be available for PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and Xbox(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. A must-have title for action driving fans, Driver: Parallel Lines Limited Edition will include a separate soundtrack CD featuring tracks written exclusively for the game from music legends Grandmaster Flash, Public Enemy, Arthur Baker and other breakthrough artists. Further information about the Limited Edition will be revealed prior to launch. For more information about Driver: Parallel Lines and to sign up for exclusive content including weekly artist interviews, trailers and more, visit http://www.atari.com/driver. Additionally, the site features a live MP3 player where visitors can select and play tracks from the game soundtrack.
Marc Canham is co-founder of Nimrod Productions Limited. Nimrod is one of the most established and successful audio production companies in the video game industry. Over the last five years Nimrod has developed a composition, production and orchestral team that is responsible for some of the most groundbreaking and original game soundtracks to date.
Having cut their teeth in the music industry the pioneering composer-production team of Marc Canham and Rich Aitken formed Nimrod Productions in 2000. With over 40,000,000 video game sales demonstrating Marc's instinctive composition style and Rich's detailed and contemporary production techniques this complete team of forward-thinking audio minds have made a huge impact in the world of game audio with their edgy orchestral soundtracks to more contemporary sounding scores and licensed soundtracks. Working from their top-flight studio headquarters in Oxfordshire Marc and Rich have developed Nimrod and the NSO in to one of the most respected orchestras, composers and production houses in the music business.
Soundtracks include: '24' The Game, Driv3r, Driver Parallel Lines, Getaway -- Black Monday, Act of War, Gran Turismo, Stuntman, TOCA Race Driver 3 and Vietcong to name just a few. http://www.nimrodproductions.com
New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company's 1,000+ titles include hard-core, genre-defining franchises such as DRIVER(TM), The Matrix(TM) (Enter The Matrix and The Matrix: Path of Neo), Stuntman(TM) and Test Drive(R); and mass-market and children's franchises such as Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues(TM) and Dora the Explorer(TM), and Dragon Ball Z(R). Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext -- ISIN: FR-0000052573), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit http://www.atari.com.