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Get to Know Anne Dereaux by Matthew Ponder

“We can all relate to how it feels to be broken by life, and I wanted to create a larger narrative about what happens when one is repeatedly broken. What makes good people do bad things, as a result of personal heartbreak, or as result of being disenfranchised. What are the consequences? I created a character to tell that story, Lolita. When you listen, try to imagine this as the score of a movie; following the life of a good girl who got hurt a few too many times, and took a few wrong turns.”

-Anne Dereaux

Listen to and Purchase Book of Lolita, the debut EP from Anne Dereaux

Red Dead Redemption Song by Matthew Ponder

This morning, the latest gameplay trailer for Rockstar’s highly anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2 was released much to the delight of gaming loyalists worldwide. Already projected to break numerous records, this title may very well become the new paradigm for the future of open world gaming. Its predecessor launched in 2010 to critical acclaim and with its captivating story, larger-than-life characters and gritty action sequences, one can see why this game is considered a classic.

The Old West has always been a point of interest in civilized society. There is an undeniable mystique to the outlaw mentality; an age-old archetype that’s been adapted for modern series like HBO’s West World and various spaghetti westerns and anime. Rockstar has likely developed a narrative parallel to much of what we love about the frontier (if not light years ahead of it). As a result, the protagonist of this prequel- Arthur Morgan, will be free to exercise the duality of his nature while exploring scenic vistas, hunting, robbing, bartering and more.

Today’s release was visually stunning and now we’ve seen a glimpse of how far visual presentation has evolved. Each of these components are vital to an immersive gaming experience but none more important than the soundtrack. Red Dead Redemption is one of the first games of its kind to incorporate an original score. Woody Jackson who is known for his composing on other Rockstar titles along with films like The Devil Wear Prada will hopefully return for RDR2 along with Bill Elm. José Gabriel González is another name worth noting when discussing the level of talent to be found in a Rockstar release as revolutionary as Red Dead Redemption. Gonzalez’ track, ‘Far Away’ won best song in a game in 2010.

If you’ve been impatiently waiting for this game since 2010, only 25 days remain until you can live out your wild, western fantasies in what should be a gaming masterpiece.