Composer Penka Kouneva is known as an exceptional talent and “an artist of uncommon passion” (NPR). Her scoring credits include the games Prince of Persia and Transformers, The Mummy VR game, mobile games (Chime Sharp, Cookie Jam 2, Mayhem), VR experiences (Hades) and feature films (Sony Pictures’ Devil’s Whisper). Penka also composed for the American Astronauts on a $30M NASA exhibit Heroes and Legends, permanently housed at the Kennedy Space Center. Her score for its 3D films and AR installations was recorded with large orchestra. Her stand-alone artist CDs have been released on Varese Sarabande (The Woman Astronaut, Rebirth of Id). Penka is a winner of the Sundance Composer Fellowship, Game Audio Network Guild’s 2015 Recognition Award and other honors. She is passionate about innovation, storytelling, and mentoring.
About Rebirth of Id on Varese Sarabande
Rebirth of Id is a full-length orchestral album. It contains four tone poems (Penka defines them as “EPs”), each telling its own story in a different genre. The structure of this exciting new work breaks the mold of her previous full-length concept albums. The first EP (futuristic Sci-Fi dystopia) tells the story of a young woman leader in a land suffering from severe drought. We shift to a traditional orchestral style for the second EP, music appropriate for a period piece or war drama. The third section of the album is music for a supernatural romantic thriller; four compositions all based on the same theme tell a story of time-travel by way of a Virtual Reality device. The fourth and final EP features diverse musical styles unified by Penka’s command of the hybrid orchestral approach to cinematic fantasy. All the EPs contained in Rebirth of Id address Penka’s central quest for artistic growth by musically illustrating the concepts of life, death, love, duty, perseverance and destiny.