Karen O crafts theme song for "Tomb Raider" game
Karen O crafts theme song for "Tomb Raider" game Karen O performs at the David Lynch Foundation Music Celebration at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Karen O is crafting a new theme song for the latest "Tomb Raider" video game. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Karen O crafts theme song for "Tomb Raider" game
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Karen O is teaming up with Lara Croft.

Karen O is the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman. She was nominated for a best original song Academy Award last year for "Moon Song" from "Her." She created a new theme song for the video game heroine that will be featured in "Rise of the Tomb Raider." It is the upcoming follow-up to the 2013 title that rebooted the action series.

"I think they wanted to bring on the melodrama with this song," said Karen O during a recent interview. "They wanted something emotional with a dramatic build. It's kind of the theme of Lara's creation myth. It's the moment that defines her becoming an icon. It was really juicy stuff for me. I'm really into making melodramatic songs."

The track is titled "I Shall Rise." It will be released digitally and featured at the end of "Rise of the Tomb Raider." It will also be used in an advertising campaign for the game, out Nov. 10 for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Karen O also created the soundtrack for "Where the Wild Things Are." She said working on the tune was not unlike creating music for films.

"I just focus on the material I'm given and tune into the emotions of the piece," said Karen O She is joined by guitarist David Pajo on the track. "I've always been inspired by films and storytelling. I was in film school before the Yeah Yeah Yeahs became my career. I've always connected with mixing narrative and music together."

When she first set out with producer Tristan Bechet to make the song, Karen O hoped to create an anthem similar to Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive." Despite making a song for a "Tomb Raider" game," she was more inspired by changing diapers then hunting for treasure. Karen O became a first-time mother in September.

"I'm in this massive transition where I just brought a life into the world," she said. "It's redefined my concept of myself. I kind of got reduced to rubble in the process of it. I feel like I can relate to a heroine who is up against all kinds of physical and emotional adversity. I have this new perspective on women and motherhood."

Karen O said she's solely focused on raising her son at the moment. It's unlikely the Yeah Yeah Yeahs will be getting back together in the near future. The rock band released their last album, "Mosquito," in 2013. She also probably won't be playing "Rise of the Tomb Raider," though her brother might take a crack at it.

"When we were young, I used to watch him play games that had more of a story, like 'Final Fantasy,'" she said. "I would actually get really emotional invested in them. I would cry when he would win. I've never played games, but I really respect the artistry of them. Nowadays, it just seems like they're on a whole other level."

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Why is music so important to video games?
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  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    11/10/2015 - 09:07 p.m.

    It is interesting to see that Karen O was interested in video games since she was young. I was never interested in Tomb Raider so I have no idea what the music sounds like. I also did not know that Karen O was into making melodramatic songs.
    Why is music so important to video games?
    Answer: Music is so important to video games because it makes it more dramatic.

  • richarddoly-
    11/11/2015 - 03:29 p.m.

    Karen O from the yeah yeah yeahs created a new theme song for the latest game in the "Tomb Raider" franchise "Rise Of The Tomb Raider". The track is titled "I Shall Rise" and the game was released November tenth. However she will not be making any more songs any time soon because she has recently become a mother.

  • johnc-wes
    11/12/2015 - 09:23 a.m.

    Music is better because it makes it more intertaining so it won't be boring and the story was very nice.

  • richardp-wes
    11/12/2015 - 09:23 a.m.

    It makes the game more entertaining and they would be boring without the music.i like this article because it is interesting

  • joshuaw2-hor
    11/12/2015 - 09:58 a.m.

    Music is so important in video games because it adds to the build up of the game and give you a good feeling.

  • ericy-1-mci
    11/12/2015 - 11:33 a.m.

    The reason why it is so important is because it makes it feel different when playing. For example: Sad songs will make it really emotional and dubstep, hard rock, and electronic will make it intense and make the gamer feel like he/she is in the game.

  • stevenh-mci
    11/12/2015 - 11:34 a.m.

    Music is important in video games because it can make the gamer feel what the character is feeling, music in video games can also build am atmosphere to it, music can make the situation that the character(s) are in more intense and make them feel like the gamer is a part of it. Music in video games can make the situation that the character(s) are feel more realistic and believable.

  • thomasw3-hor
    11/13/2015 - 09:49 a.m.

    Music is so important because it brings excitement to video games.

  • maddyc-Orv
    11/13/2015 - 01:48 p.m.

    Music is so important to video games because without it, the game would just have a character walking around. With music you can know if a chase scene is about to happen to
    if a character is about to die. Music also just adds so much to the video game experience.

  • nathank-jac
    11/16/2015 - 04:35 p.m.

    games really do need music to make it more dramatic.
    with music games are a lot more or less scary.
    I really hope you can agree with this too

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