Ages of Empire’s Stephen Rippy releases solo album

Singer-songwriter Stephen Rippy has released his tenth solo album, Mainland Static, through Sumthing Else Music Works. The ten-track album combines band performances (including vocal and guitar performances from Rippy himself) with a thirteen-piece string section recorded at Abbey Road Studios. A preview is featured below:

Having headed the audio department of Ensemble Studios, Rippy is best known for his work on the Age of Empires franchise, Age of Mythology, and Halo Wars. Since the studio’s closure, Rippy has worked on several Zynga titles and original albums. His latest album can be downloaded here and physical copies will be available from CDBaby.

Posted on May 20, 2014 by Chris Greening. Last modified on May 20, 2014.

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2 Responses to Ages of Empire’s Stephen Rippy releases solo album

  1. It’s good to see Stephen Rippy still working, as I LOVE his music in Halo Wars! I’m not all that familiar with his Age of Empires material, or his Age of Mythology work, for that matter. But what little I’ve heard through samples of iTunes etc sounded awesome! & his band, The Presumptions is some good stuff too!

    With a decent archive of music behind him, it’s nice to see him finally stepping out of the shadows & doing a solo album, after a long period of time in the background.

  2. I was surprised to learn that this is actually his tenth solo album — he’s very prolific as a solo artist. However, the work seems to be very different from his game works and goes mostly for an indie pop/rock sound. I really recommend his Age of Empires/Mythology scores. I’m honestly not a big Halo follower, so haven’t listened to Halo Wars closely.

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