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 forthcoming 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, the moment that defines her becoming an icon. It was really juicy stuff for me. I'm really into making melodramatic songs."

The track, titled "I Shall Rise," will be released digitally and featured at the end of "Rise of the Tomb Raider," as well as in an advertising campaign for the game, out Nov. 10 for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Karen O, who also created the soundtrack for "Where the Wild Things Are," 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, who 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 originally 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, so 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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  • travisb-fel
    11/17/2015 - 02:18 p.m.

    Music in video games is important because it creates a mood, like if yo die, sad music, or if you beat a level happy music. Also it can get lonely when you are playing alone and have nothing to listen to, but the sound of your character constantly dieing.

  • callans-fel
    11/17/2015 - 02:19 p.m.

    Music is so important to video games because they bring the game play to a whole new level. If you are in a dramatic scene or event in a video game, it is boring without the music. It"s just like movies: the more dramatic the music is, the better or more dramatic a video game is.

  • kyleighp-fel
    11/17/2015 - 02:19 p.m.

    Music is so important to video games because it breaths life into them. A video game without sound would be lifeless and boring.

  • coled-fel
    11/17/2015 - 02:20 p.m.

    CTQ: Music is so important to video games because it gives an atmosphere to video games, where as without the music, a sad scene may seem dull and boring.

  • garretta-fel
    11/17/2015 - 02:20 p.m.

    Music is really important to video games because the music in the games help draw attention to the game.As well it helps the game player stay focused.

  • mattv-fel
    11/17/2015 - 02:20 p.m.

    Music is VERY important to games. Music can set a happy, sad or scary atmosphere. (There are more possibilities, these are only a few.) Music can help exceptionally. If you don't have music, you would have a very hard time creating atmosphere.

  • kolbyd-fel
    11/17/2015 - 02:20 p.m.

    Music is so important to video games because it can give it suspense.

  • mimir-fel
    11/17/2015 - 02:21 p.m.

    Music is important to video games because they set another element for the game, bringing another life for the virtual games.

  • johnj-fel
    11/17/2015 - 02:22 p.m.

    Music is important to video games because it sets the mood for the game. Such as a action movie has fast music and a scary movie has slow creepy music.

  • hollyk-fel
    11/17/2015 - 02:22 p.m.

    Music is importent to video games because it sets the mood or in other words pace of the video game. Also the music basically tells the story to some video games.

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