Fremont, CA â€“ October 18th, 2007 â€“ Today WaveGroup (www.wavegroup.com), the award-winning collective of musicians and studio professionals who produced the song recordings for the video games Guitar Heroâ„¢, Guitar Heroâ„¢ II, and Guitar Heroâ„¢ Encore: Rocks The 80sâ„¢, announced The Guitar Heroâ„¢ Recordings will be available for digital download on October 23rd, 2007. Millions of Guitar Heroâ„¢ fans are intimately familiar with these recordings and now have a new way to enjoy them. WaveGroup has partnered with digital distribution company INGrooves to secure distribution for the seven volumes of The Guitar Heroâ„¢ Recordings on music download sites including AOL, iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, and Yahoo!.
WaveGroup produced virtually all of the music for Guitar Heroâ„¢, Guitar Heroâ„¢ II, and Guitar Heroâ„¢ Encore Rocks The 80sâ„¢ and worked closely with Harmonix Music Systemsâ„¢ and Red OctaneÂ® to develop the original playable guitar parts. To optimize the playerâ€™s gameplay experience, WaveGroup arranged, performed and produced enhanced versions of many songs, adding cool guitar solos, interesting guitar flourishes, and custom endings. Dozens of musicians, producers and mixers were involved in the creation of the 97 songs which are all included in The Guitar Heroâ„¢ Recordings:
Â° The Guitar Heroâ„¢ Recordings Volume I
Â° The Guitar Heroâ„¢ Recordings Volume II
Â° The Guitar Heroâ„¢ II Recordings Volume I
Â° The Guitar Heroâ„¢ II Recordings Volume II
Â° The Guitar Heroâ„¢ II Recordings Volume III
Â° The Guitar Heroâ„¢ 80s Recordings Volume I
Â° The Guitar Heroâ„¢ 80s Recordings Volume II
Please visit www.wavegroup.com/gh_songlists for the complete songlist of each volume.
â€œIt was a blast recording these great rock tunes and we wanted to make the Guitar Hero versions available to everyone,â€ said Will Littlejohn, President/CEO of WaveGroup and Lead Music Producer for Guitar Heroâ„¢, Guitar Heroâ„¢ II, and Guitar Heroâ„¢ Encore Rocks The 80sâ„¢. â€œIn addition to experiencing these tracks when playing the games, weâ€™re excited that fans can now load up the in-game renditions on their iPods.â€
WaveGroupâ€™s in-demand recordings from Guitar Heroâ„¢ and Guitar Heroâ„¢ II have garnered numerous awards including Best Soundtrack at the Spike TV Video Game Awards, Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, and Best Soundtrack at the BAFTA Games Awards.
A leader in the production of audio content for multimedia, WaveGroup provides creative, production and technical services and delivers world-class soundtracks for feature films, television, animation, commercials, interactive titles, and more. Prior to working on the Guitar Heroâ„¢ franchise, WaveGroup served as the music producers and mixers for the Karaoke Revolutionâ„¢ series of games developed by Harmonix Music Systems and published by Konami. 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, Fox, LucasArts, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Netflix, NASA, Simon & Schuster, and Apple. Sporting ten production suites and a 600 sq. ft. tracking room, the company employs 15 highly talented sound designers, editors, mixers, composers, and producers. For more information please visit: www.wavegroup.com.
RedOctane, Inc. is a publisher, developer, and distributor of interactive entertainment software, hardware and accessories. The company offers its interactive entertainment products in versions that operate on the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system console from Sony Computer Entertainment, Xboxâ„¢ video game system from Microsoft, and on personal computers ("PC"). RedOctane's leading software product offerings include Guitar Heroâ„¢ for the PlayStation 2. RedOctane also designs, manufactures, and markets high quality video game peripherals and accessories and has won awards for the IgnitionÂ® Dance Pad and the Guitar Hero SGÂ® Controller. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, RedOctane is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision, Inc. RedOctane is a registered trademark of Activision Publishing, Inc. More information about RedOctane and its products can be found on the company's website, which is located at www.redoctane.com.
About Harmonix Music Systems, Inc:
Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., a division of MTV Networks, based in Cambridge, MA, and established in 1995, is a 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
Guitar Hero and Guitar Hero II are trademarks of Activision Publishing, Inc.. These recordings are neither endorsed, nor sponsored by, nor affiliated with Activision Publishing, Inc. WaveGroup and WaveGroup Recordings are trademarks of WaveGroup Sound. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners.