Finding Dory: Just Keep Swimming
I am pleased to announce that Finding Dory: Just Keep Swimming has been awarded the Editor's Choice Award from Children's Technology Review. This award is given to the highest quality children's products in the interactive media category. It was my pleasure to write more than 20 minutes of score for this title.
VagaBond: Best Original Score
On November 15th, at the Studio City International Film Festival, the pilot/short that I worked on earlier this year ("Vagabond") won Best web series and Best Original Score. I really enjoyed scoring this project along with my writing partner Peggy Duquesnel Malbon, who wrote a great main title theme and played some beautiful piano.
I've also been working on some other exciting projects that I'll be able to announce soon.
Top Score Interview
Host Emily Reese recently interviewed Billy for Minnesota Public Radio's Top Score.. In this program, Emily talks with Billy about writing scores with comedic and jazz elements, and plays examples of two very different scores.
Disney's Planes: Fire & Rescue
Billy has written the score for the Disney video game Planes Fire & Rescue. It's a mini-game that will be released this fall. Developed by Game Machine Studios and published by Little Orbit.
Maestros of Video Games
Billy will be one of the speakers for the PAX EAST 2014 Maestros of Video Games composer panel. Moderated by Emily Reese, Host & Producer of Minnesota Public Radio's "Top Score". Attendees will receive a complimentary soundtrack sampler courtesy of premier video game soundtrack label Sumthing Else Music Works. The panel will be followed by a Meet & Greet / Signing Session in the Queue Room.< /p>
Rayman Fiesta Run
Rayman Fiesta Run (music by Billy Martin and Christophe Heral) has been nominated for a G.A.N.G Award for Best Handheld Audio.
Rayman Legends, score by Billy Martin and Christophe Heral, has been nominated by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences for
Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition. Rayman Legends is nominated for a total of four awards. In a side note, Rayman Fiesta Run is nominated for Casual Game of the Year.
I'm very proud to be in this group of nominees!
The game is out and getting rave reviews. Here's
what the critics are saying about this Legendary game:
- IGN: 9.5/10, "Platforming Genius"
- GameInformer : 9/10, "Top-notch Gameplay"
-GameSpot : 9/10, "An Unabashed Delight"
You can listen to a sample of Billy's music from the game here.
Here is a great review of the Rayman Legends OST, music by Billy Martin and Christophe Heral. Perfect 10/10 score!
Max's Pirate Planet
Rayman Jungle Run
Rayman Jungle Run (music by Billy Martin and Christophe Heral) is Apple's 2012 App Store Game of the Year
Rayman Jungle Run has also been nominated for two AIAS awards: Causal Game and Mobile Game of the year.
Savvy shoppers will notice that it is significantly less expensive on iTunes than it is on Amazon.com...
Rayman Origins has been released and has gotten great reviews. The soundtrack CD, music by Billy Martin and Christophe Heral, is included in the special Collector's Edition of the game. Here are some preview videos of the game and the music:
Billy orchestrated all of the music for a new Disney World attraction. The Fantasyland area of the park is being expanded to nearly double its original size. The music is all being recorded here in Los Angeles.
Billy has been writing for Rayman! Ubisoft is re-embracing Rayman as an unofficial mascot and giving him a game without the Raving Rabbids. Rayman was the star of the first Ubisoft release in 1995. Watch the gameplay demo from the E3 Ubisoft press conference. The score in the demo is mostly Billy's except for the banjo music. It includes my arrangement of the original Tetris theme.
Game Informer says, "Spoiler: It looks really, really fun."
Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion
Billy wrote all of the music for this game. It will feature a large cast of popular characters from Cartoon Network’s original programming. Players will be able to choose from a variety of hit animated characters from the network’s most popular shows including, Ben 10 Ultimate Alien, The PowerPuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Codename: Kids Next Door, Chowder, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, and The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. Visit the official site.
Ben10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction
Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction involves Ben traveling to iconic real-world locations in search of ancient Galvan artifacts to save the Earth from total destruction by a mysterious cosmic storm. Players will control Ben and up to 10 alien heroes including Ultimate Big Chill, Ultimate Spidermonkey, Ultimate Echo Echo, Ultimate Swampfire, Ultimate Humungousaur, Four Arms (PS3), and Rath (X360) . It comes out on October 5, 2010.
Billy scored all of the cinematics for this game. See and hear the final boss battle here
Tom and Jerry
Billy did all of the orchestration for this Tom and Jerry DVD movie, Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes (Warner Brothers). It is scheduled to be released in August.
The score is being recorded here in Los Angeles on March 31st.
Toy Story Mania!
Toy Story Mania! was released today, September 15th, exclusively on the Nintendo Wii™. Toy Story Mania! has rapid fire shooting galleries and minigames while featuring the iconic characters and humor from the popular Disney/Pixar Toy Story franchise. My music has been associated with Toy Story since winning the 2002 G.A.N.G Award for the score to the PC game Disney/Pixar Learning 2nd & 3rd Grade w/Buzz Lightyear.