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February 26, 2021
Brian Tyler’s 2010 Score for LEGO UNIVERSE Finally Gets a Soundtrack Release
From DVolution Music comes the premiere soundtrack release of Brian Tyler’s score to the video game LEGO UNIVERSE, which he composed in 2010.
LEGO Universe was the company’s first ever massively multiplayer online game launched in October 2010, with a soundtrack composed by Brian Tyler and additional music by John Harman and Richard Dekkard. The soundtrack to LEGO Universe was the first video game soundtrack composed by Tyler. It was recorded with the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, but due to scheduling constraints, Tyler ended up overseeing the entire recording live from a studio in Los Angeles using video and audio streaming between the countries.
The LEGO Universe theme went on to be used at the entrance at LEGOLAND® parks across the globe and proved to be very popular with fans. Despite its popularity, the soundtrack has never been available to purchase or stream until now. As the landmark anniversary approached, Tyler and Dekkard came together to completely remaster the score, which is now available across popular digital music stores and streaming services. The album will also be available on YouTube featuring a special behind the scenes video retrospective. Patrick Stewart, who served as narrator for the game, will also appear in this video.
On the remaster, Tyler said: “I’m really proud of the music and I’m proud of the game. I am asked all the time ‘Is it going to be available? and earnestly thought to myself ‘I hope it is!’ I really wanted that for the fans, so I was not going to miss a beat in terms of helping get this out there to the world.”
In IGN’s review of the score in 2010, Nick Kolan wrote: “In LEGO UNIVERSE – the music takes the cake. In every area of every zone, there is a new, usually orchestral, track that completely sets the mood for the area. Even better, each piece of music plays for a good long while before it loops. Whenever you think it can’t go anywhere, it surprises you and takes a turn. Even the pirate theme, which could have easily been an annoying little ditty, is melodious and a joy to listen to. The entire soundtrack is a really great blend of fun, atmospheric and catchy, and I can’t say a negative thing about it. Even the musical snippets like playing the organ at the Pirate camp, or using the boom box item ooze with quality.”
Listen to a featurette from 2010 on the recording of Tyler’s score, below: