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3/13/14

Rod is featured in the Artist Spotlight for Soundiron, one of the world's leading creators of virtual instruments and sample libraries.

10/31/13

Rod scored the new Marvel Game Dark Reign for iPhone/Android and it get's Editor's Choice from IGN.

9/19/13

Rod's new album Dark Evolutions will be released on West One Music of London.  The orchestra was recorded live in Budapest with the Budapest Studio Orchestra.

7/1/13

Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger has been getting great reviews including this one on Digital Trends.

6/29/13
Pacific Rim for iOS and Android

Giant robots and alien monsters again!   Rod just finished the soundtrack for Pacific Rim for iOS and Android by Reliance Games, check out it:  Pacific Rim Trailer

4/29/13

Call of Juarez: "Gunslinger" release set for May 22nd.  Gunslinger features music by Rod in this new western game by Techland, the creator of the acclaimed Dead Island series.

3/4/13

Fun new interview with Fears Magazine

W3Schools.com

3/1/13

Great feature on the making of The Upward Turn

W3Schools.com

2/14/13

"Certain Proof" airs nationally on STARZ, March 3rd. Thanks to Ray and Susan Ellis of Footpath Pictures for asking me to score the film, it's an incredible view into the life of three incredible kids.  

2/2/13

Rod will be a featured speaker at this year's Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco, his talk is titled "The Art of Music and Sound Desigin In Games".  Rod will explore how video games music and sound have become an art form.

2/1/13

The new blog is up and running on Tumbler, check it out:  http://rodabernethy.tumblr.com/

1/29/13

Lakeshore Records will release Rod Abernethy’s new album, entitled The Upward Turn on January 29, 2013, available on iTunes and Amazon.

10/20/12

Rod was chosen to be the Audio Track Keynote Speaker at this year's Montreal International Games Summit to be held in Montreal, Canada November 12-15.

7/14/2012

Rod releases his latest album, "The Upward Turn".  Available on Bandcamp

10/12/12

Get out yer Six-Guns and come a' runnin'!!!   I'm helping my good friend Pawel Blaszczak compose the new scores for Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger.

6/5/12

Dreamworks has released Madagascar 3 / The Video Game.  Based on the movie, the game was created for PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii by D3Publisher and Monkey Bar Games with music by Rod Abernethy.  In stores now.

3/3/12

After a long wait for stateside MMORPG fans, TERA is finally avaiable in the U.S.  Rod composed over 120 minutes for the awarded winning game created by Bluehole Studios and Enmasse Entertainment.  The scores were recorded live with the Northwest Sinfonia at London Bridge Studios in Seattle.

2/12/12

TERA is chosen as one of IGN's most anticipated PC games of 2012

11/22/11

A new in-depth online interview with Daniel Kayser for The Comet

11/21/11

Post Magazine features Rod talking about scoring for RAGE and other games.

October 18, 2011

The scores for RAGE have won a nomination in the 2011 Hollywood Music & Media Awards for Best Original Score - Video Game.  The awards are held in Los Angeles on November 17, 2011.

September 21, 2011

RAGE is due for release on October 4th!  Take a look at the worldwide press release for RAGE composer Rod Abernethy.

August 21, 2011

Get a preview of the scores that composer of RAGE Rod Abernethy created in "The Legacy of ID"...a great inside look at ID Software featuring RAGE and the creators of the game. What a dream gig, thank you ID!

July 13, 2011

Earth Defense Force 2017 is in stores!  The reviews are in, Gamespy says "Earth Defense Force is a great game in it's own right, like nothing else on the 360".  Be sure to check out new tracks for EDF 2017 on the music page.

July 11, 2011

Every so often a special project comes along like no other that I've composed for before.  Certain Proof is a feature documentary by Ray and Susan Ellis about three children living with severe communication and physical disabilities, who struggle against society in an emotional battle to prove their worth.  It's already getting special viewings at the Vail Film Festival,  Dances With Films and the Seattle True Independent Film Festival.  I'm very proud to have worked with these two incredibly talented filmmakers of Footpath Pictures on this important and touching film.  

June 10, 2011

Check out photos of Rod and RAGE at this year's E3 2011

June 10, 2011

RAGE is nominated for Best Of Show at this year's E3 2011

February 2, 2011

Read the in-depth interview with Rod about composing for games, film and TV with Time+Space, one of the world's leading suppliers for musical hardware and software for over 20 years.

January 13, 2011

GameTrailers.com puts RAGE in their Top 10 of the most anticipated games of 2011!

January 3, 2011

Check out the latest game trailer for RUNESCAPE, the vastly popular MMORPG created by Jagex Games Studio.

November 19, 2010

Though the console and PC versions won't hit until 2011, you can get your first taste of id's Rage on your choice of iPhone or iPad.  Being hailed as the best looking iPhone/iPad game ever, download it and get a taste of things to come...

October 28, 2010

Rod scores the TERA Halloween teaser "GET TERA-IZED".   Rod composed for TERA, a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game developed by Bluehole Studios in Korea.  Due for release in 2011.

October 12, 2010

Rod is a panelist at the 129th international AES (Audio Engineering Society) Convention in San Francisco in November.  Moderator Scott Selfon will host "Taking Care Of Business" with five of the video game industry's top audio production companies.  If you're at the show, please stop by and say hello!

October 1, 2010

Rod is scoring EARTH DEFENSE FORCE for D3 Publisher and Vicious Cycle Software.  Insect Armageddon continues to follow the rich history of addictive gameplay that made this franchise a cult classic.  Due for release in 2011 on PS3 and Xbox 360.

September 28, 2010
Monday Night Football on ESPN

Rod composed and produced a brand new arrangement of the Monday Night Football theme, airing each Monday night on ESPN

August 4, 2010

Rod is featured in Mix Magazine and MixOnline

June 18, 2010

RAGE wins IGN's award for Best Overall Game at E3 2010 in Los Angeles, CA.  Rod is composing the entire score for RAGE, currently under development by id Software and published by Bethesda Software.

May 14, 2010

Rod is creating an original soundtrack for  Despicable Me: The Game for D3Publisher and Universal Pictures. Coinciding with the animated film's debut and mirroring its premise of a supervillain (voiced by Steve Carell) plotting to steal the moon,  Despicable Me: The Game lets you "experience the thrill of being downright despicable".   Despicable Me: The Game will launch on the Wii, DS, PSP and PS2 this July. 

March 26, 2010

Rod composed for TERA, a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game developed by Bluehole Studios in Korea.  Recorded live with the Northwest Sinfonia in Seattle, Rod's music sets the tone for TERA's beautiful environment of fast paced intense battles.  Due for release in summer 2010.

March 13, 2010

1up.com features Rod's panel at GDC 2010 

March 8, 2010

Rod leads this GDC panel exploring how the music of first generation 8-bit games was created and what makes it so well loved by gamers of all ages. What makes those old 8-bit tunes still so endearing, instantly recognizable and still fun to listen to? He will explore the glory days of game music, how it was created under unbelievable technical restrictions compared to today's production standards. He'll also explore how the modern day composer and audio director can use many of the same concepts and techniques used in first generation in today's music. The panel takes place on Friday, March 12th at the Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco. Click here.

March 8, 2010

"Sonny Tang" from EAT LEAD: The Legend Of Matt Hazard is nominated for "Best Original Instrumental" in the Game Audio Network Guild Awards. Winners will be announced at the 8th Annual G.A.N.G. Awards show during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Friday, March 12th.  The EAT LEAD soundtrack is available for digital download on iTunes. Click here.

December 19, 2009

The original soundtrack of Eat Lead-The Return Of Matt Hazzard is now on iTunes!

September 7, 2009

Rod composed for Sega's exciting new thriller Alpha Protocol and collaborated with world reknown recording artist/producer BT who composed the Alpha Protocol main theme. Many of the tracks were recorded live with the Northwest Symphonia at the Bastyr Chapel in Seattle. Obsidian will take you on a journey they hope will meld the aura of the three JBs -- Jason Bourne, Jack Bauer and James Bond. Players take on the role of Michael Thorton, a special agent who has been betrayed by his superiors and hunted by his own country for perhaps knowing too much. Available for the PC, PLAYSTATION 3, and Xbox 360 in spring 2010.

August 13, 2009

Rod scored and mixed the new trailer for Darksiders: Wrath of War being developed by Vigil Games and published by THQ and rated a 9.2 on Gametrailers.com. The trailer features War, one of the Four Horsemen of The Apocalypse on the rampage.

Darksiders: Wrath of War

May 4, 2009

Rod is interviewed by Todd Harvey of the10K.com about his score for Wheelman and his long and successful career in the music industry. 

March 30, 2009
Dead Space wins 2009 BAFTA, GANG and GDCA awards

Rod is proud of his involvement in the award winning DEAD SPACE game. Rod says, “Beginning with the fabulous live recording sessions at Skywalker to the 2009 BAFTA ‘Best Original Score’, the 2009 Game Audio Network Guild’s ‘Audio Of The Year’ award, and the Game Developer’s Choice Award for ‘Best Audio’, I’ve enjoyed watching Don Veca and the entire EA audio team accept the awards with well deserved pride.”

January 23, 2009
Wheelman is coming in 2009

Rod and Rednote created scores for The Wheelman being developed by Tigon Studios U.K. and Midway Games. The game takes place in Barcelona, and the developers at Midway’s Newcastle studio are really focused on making this the ultimate car-chase game. Gamer-actor Vin Diesel will star in the “entertainment property” that will manifest itself as an MTV/Paramount film and a next-gen Midway game in spring 2009.

December 12, 2008

Rod and Rednote are scoring Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard, a third-person shooter with a sense of humor for the Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 being developed by Vicious Cycle Software and D3Publisher. 

Visit the website: Eat Lead

July 21, 2008

Read the latest feature of Rod in July’s Computer Music: The State Of Play

June 13, 2008
Transformers Animated with Rod and Rednote

Activision signed on Rod Abernethy and Rednote to score the latest game for Transformers Animated. The scores will be based on the music from the new popular TV series. The game is due for release in October 2008.

February 7, 2008
EA announces Dead Space

Rod and Rednote Audio are helping develop the music and live orchestral scores for Electronic Arts’ Dead Space, EA’s new upcoming Horror Sci-Fi game set in the cold blackness of deep space. The game’s atmosphere is soaked with a feeling of tension, dread and sheer terror. Check out the official website: Dead Space

January 17, 2008
Dead Head Fred Nominated for Best Soundtrack Of The Year

Dead Head Fred has been nominated for “Best Soundtrack Of The Year” for the 2007 G.A.N.G. Awards. Rednote also received nominations for Blazing Angels 2/Best Original Instrumental, Transformers/Best Handheld Audio and Dead Head Fred/Best Handheld Audio. The G.A.N.G. (Game Audio Network Guild) Awards are being held February 14 during the Game Developers Conference February in San Francisco.

September 11, 2007

“One of the hottest areas in our industry is original music for video games. We present a look at the art, craft and business of video games as seen through the eyes of the industry’s most popular and in-demand composers.”

Rod Abernethy and Rednote Audio have been profiled in Film Music Magazine, world’s leading trade magazine for the film, television and multimedia music business. In the article “The World of Video Games” they discuss their current titles, how they interact with clients, and what it’s like to compose for AAA titles.

July 1, 2007

Based on Paramount Pictures’ live-action feature film, Transformers: The Game lets gamers control the outcome in the battle for Earth as they choose to protect it as Autobots or destroy it as Decepticons and experience the unstoppable power and massive scale of their favorite robots in disguise.

Rod has completed music for several different Transformers titles, all based on Micheal Bay’s feature film. The soundtracks are heavy with filtered beats and distorted guitars, each featuring unique slants on the Transformers universe. Visit the official website.

“The music and sound effects are outstanding…” – Game Chronicles

June 10, 2007

Best of the Best: A Tribute To Game Music is now available at Game Music Central, a brand new online music store and community dedicated to people with a passion for games and game music. This exclusive Collector’s Edition CD features 18 tracks by award-winning video game composers, including Rednote performing a tribute to Zanarkand from Final Fantasy X.