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Dave Lowe releases & remakes his classic retro-gaming music including a full orchestral recording of Frontier Elite 2 at Abbey Road.
Dave Lowe releases & remakes his classic retro-gaming music including a full orchestral recording of Frontier Elite 2 at Abbey Road.
Dave Lowe releases & remakes his classic retro-gaming music including a full orchestral recording of Frontier Elite 2 at Abbey Road.
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£35,000 STRETCH GOAL - SLEEVE NOTES!

If we hit £35,000 we will add sleeve notes to the album - booklet with personal notes and photographs about the recording sessions and thoughts about each track! Makes the physical albums all that more special!

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ADD TO YOUR REWARD TO RECEIVE EXTRA GOODIES*:

£10 - Frontier Single - Exclusive to Kickstarter & handstamped

£15 - per extra T Shirt (Brown, Yellow or Dark Grey)

£50 - Source Code & Uncle Art unique Driver Disk

add ons only for those already on a postage reward, not download

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Some Press:

Find a SIX page spread all about Dave Lowe and his work in this month's Retro Gamer Magazine - out now! #SIXpages

6 page spread in Retro Gamer Magazine
6 page spread in Retro Gamer Magazine

Dave Lowe talks to Bob Fischer at BBC Tees in this fun chat about the old days & the new days of computer game music.

Scene World Podcast Chat with Dave and Holly about the Kickstarter, music and every David Lowe on the internet being stalked by Joerg for 12 years...
LISTEN HERE

'THEY WERE OUR GODS' interview with Dave and Holly
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COMPETITION! 

Get your remix of Beneath A Steel Sky on the album!! The catch? You have to do it on the Amiga in 68K and send it in on a Floppy! Get the source code and driver floppy disk to enter! Details HERE!
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Bit Of Background

Dave Lowe AKA 'Uncle Art' composed, converted and programmed the music for over 70 game titles in the 80s and 90s. Some of the really big ones too such as:

+ Frontier Elite 2
+ Starglider 1 & 2
+ Carrier Command
+ After Burner
+ Microprose F1 Grand Prix
+ Street Fighter 2 (Amiga Custom Version based on Arcade version)
+ Beneath A Steel Sky

And about 65 more! He was revolutionary in the technology, enabling fully recorded studios samples to be compressed to a 4 bit sample and played out of the Atari ST's volume control! For more info on the technical achievements of Uncle Art please read HERE

It all started when Dave bought a ZX81 and learned to program. This still hangs proudly on the studio wall.
It all started when Dave bought a ZX81 and learned to program. This still hangs proudly on the studio wall.

UNCLE ART TODAY

Now Dave works with his daughter - Holly Jazz Lowe who is also a professional musician and singer songwriter.Together they work as Uncle Art Music and are wanting to get back into the gaming music world, but first they have a mission from the past to complete first.

They're here on Kickstarter because they want to make an album called 'A Temporal Shift' of Dave's better known original gaming music pieces but done in the way the pieces were always meant to sound. Dave enjoyed the challenge of the limited technology at the time from a programming point of view but wishes he could have had the chance to present the music in the way he heard it in his head. 

Sometimes this would have been full metal, dirty sounding music or heart-racing exciting rock or like in the case of Frontier - a full piece orchestra!

A Temporal Shift - Exclusive artwork by Patrick Burke
A Temporal Shift - Exclusive artwork by Patrick Burke

FRONTIER ELITE 2 ORCHESTRAL RECORDING AND SINGLE

This brings us onto one of the main pinnacles of this Kickstarter project - the recording of the Main and Second theme of Frontier with the Chamber Orchestra Of London (a highly acclaimed session orchestra responsible for the themes from Halo 4, Harry Potter films and Downton Abbey) at the famous and greatest sounding studio, Abbey Road! 

It became clear in making the audio teaser for this Kickstarter that to try and record the Frontier main theme true to its original intended form in any other manner than a full orchestral piece was just impossible. So recording with a real London orchestra in one of the world's best sounding studios was the only justice to be done for it. It's too good not to give it the treatment it deserves.

The pieces will be professionally orchestrated and true to the strident, original nature. The 'Main Theme' will then be taken and released as a single in the Classical charts. This time next year it could be sitting in the Classic Fm 'Hall Of Fame' where it belongs!

Recording at Abbey Road - zebra crossing photos will be mandatory!
Recording at Abbey Road - zebra crossing photos will be mandatory!

WHERE, WHEN AND HOW

The album will be mainly recorded at the Uncle Art studio near Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK. However, the orchestra and drums will be recorded at Abbey Road. The funds raised will go toward the cost of the orchestra which takes up half the budget already. The money will also finance session musician fees, artwork, pressing and postage costs for all the rewards available and of course Kickstarter fees. 

It is a big project but with two of them working on it they hope to be able to deliver the final project by March 2016. The budget required on here is the bare minimum needed to actually do this. They decided against including the orchestral recordings as stretch goals because this is the only way the Frontier pieces can be tackled. Anything raised above the target goal will enable them to dedicate more time and energy to this project to enable it to be completed faster. In an ideal world they would like to have this completed and the rewards shipped before Christmas 2015. 

The idea of this Kickstarter project is not just to simply create an album, which people can essentially pre-order from here, but it is to serve as a showcase for Uncle Art. So that they might be able to become not only part of gaming music's history, but part of its future too. 

Dave and Holly working together in the Uncle Art Studio
Dave and Holly working together in the Uncle Art Studio

REWARDS

To be a part of this project, please make your pledge at the reward level of your choice! There are CD's, Vinyls, T Shirts and Bonus signed CD's containing Dave's original gaming music, as it was all, in one signed, collectible place! This CD will also contain rarities and bootlegs from the Uncle Art archives. In the higher rewards there are also limited availability of these Bonus CD's being signed by Jez San - creator of Starglider and huge name from the era. There are also chances to come to the Uncle Art studio and also to Abbey Road, to witness first hand the orchestra recording these Frontier Elite 2 themes, which will be something really special to behold!

Holly sporting an Uncle Art Music T Shirt in the studio on a day before the heater was on!
Holly sporting an Uncle Art Music T Shirt in the studio on a day before the heater was on!

TRACKS ON THE ALBUM

We are wanting to do the album of Dave's original gaming music so that we don't have to worry about licenses for covering other people's compositions. The tracks that we have had multiple requests for so far that we have the license to are as follows. We may run polls and see which tracks people are really interested in that aren't on the list too. Updates will be coming about confirmed tracks.

Frontier - Main Theme
Frontier - Second Theme
Starglider 1 – Sample version
Starglider 1 - Title Screen 'Games'
Starglider 2 full length cassette theme
Carrier Command full length theme
ISS Amiga loading theme 
After Burner - Amiga / ST version
Night Shift Title Theme
Microprose F1 Grand Prix Main theme
Double Dragon 2 ( all pieces c64 version only )
Midwinter 2
Beneath A Steel Sky - Loading screen on Amiga theme
Rasputin – Two titles from the game: title theme and 'God Don't Bleed

Risks and challenges

You may well know that this isn't our first Kickstarter! We started one, then had to cancel it after 10 days when we realised we had to change some fundamental things about it, and then the second one we ran its full course and it fell short of the funding goal by an agonising 5%!
We were completely new to Kickstarter when we started and it's been a steep learning curve. We're hoping that this time we have got a much clearer and concise project and that we have conveyed with much more clarity to our backers the details of this project.

So for us, we find this marketing side of Kickstarter the biggest obstacle of all.

That's not to say that this isn't a big and ambitious project, because it is. But it's a field that we are completely at home in with decades and decades of experience of writing, recording and producing music behind us. We've worked together on most recording projects ever since I - Holly entered the music business with demos I made in the Uncle Art studio with Dave when I was aged 16. We've worked in all the big studios across London (Townhouse, Olympic, Metropolis, Sphere, Air, Rak, The Barge, Konk) and we're used to working to deadlines and within budgets whilst constantly creating wonderful music.

The orchestral side is the only part we aren't overly experienced in. We've worked with big professional orchestras and it was great, and we've tried cutting corners in the past and worked with string players who would double up and string players who on paper - should have been great players, but together as a section they just did not sound good. It's such a fine and delicate art and for such an exposed piece of purely orchestral music like the Frontier pieces we aren't willing to cut corners and risk the quality and risk the money put in by our backers on anything below what the professional AAA game companies use on a daily basis. This is why we are working with COOL Music Ltd. to manage the orchestral side of things so we are in very good hands here.
Nobody wants this to sound as good as us and we are artists so we are precious and excited and huffy about our work. This is why we will not cut corners and will not turn in anything that we are not completely happy and excited about.

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    STANDALONE SOURCE CODE & DRIVER FLOPPY DISK - This is also the disk you need for the Source Code Remix Competition!

    A hand stamped Uncle Art authenticated copy of the Uncle Art Amiga driver and source code for Dave Lowe's Amiga title screen music to Beneath A Steel Sky. Requires DevPac2 or similar to run.

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    SIT IN ON THE MIX!

    Come join us with a PLUS ONE in the studio on a mixing day (mixing days often turn into re-recording days as we decide we hate everything on there and start again!). Hearing the tracks blasting out of the NS10 speakers at full volume can be pretty exciting. Be a part of the creative mix vibe!

    Your name will also be added to the album credits as 'Mix Consultant'.

    The studio is near Scarborough, North Yorkshire (nice fish and chips and great arcade machines on the seafront!)

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    ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE STUDIO!

    Come join with your PLUS ONE in the legendary ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS for the orchestral recording day in London. To hear a 38 piece orchestra playing the Frontier themes live in front of your ears and eyes will be a very special one-off experience for all of us!

    We will also have the studio all day after the orchestra and will be recording the drum sessions and possibly some other instrument sessions too - it's going to be vibey and a very unique experience! You only live once!

    We'll have to do a mandatory zebra crossing photo too (bagsy the barefoot one!) which we will include in the final artwork!

    We estimate the studio session to be October / November 2015 though this is subject to change.

    (Oh and you get everything in the rewards up to the £80 reward of your choice too)

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    SIGNED CANVAS ARTWORK - signed by the artist & Dave Lowe

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    Handstamped & signed CD single of Frontier

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    UNIQUE CUSTOM RINGTONE PACK - of whatever you want! Recorded by THE GREEN HEAD from Cybermorph! Or whatever from the Uncle Art archive! Unique to you!

    SOURCE CODE DISK including every single music data .blk for every piece of music found on the Amiga disks!

    SIGNED CANVAS ARTWORK - signed by the artist & Dave Lowe

    SIGNED PRINT OF FRONTIER SINGLE COVER

    Handstamped & signed CD single of Frontier

    3 x Vinyl - Signed by Dave Lowe

    3 x CD - Signed by Dave Lowe

    3 x BONUS CD Signed by Dave Lowe and
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    3 x Uncle Art Music T Shirt

    Thank You credit in album credits including CREATE YOUR OWN RECORD LABEL which will be credited as a contributing label for A Temporal Shift.

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    MORSE CODE MASTER!!

    You get to decide what the secret Morse Code message in the remade Starglider 2 will be! Don't worry - we'll convert it to the Morse Code, you just need to tell us secretly what it will say!

    Plus everything in the £1000 reward

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    WRITE MISTY FOR ME!

    The download, T Shirt, Bonus CD, Album CD & Vinyl (both signed)

    PLUS Uncle Art Music (Dave and Holly) will compose a piece of music for you. You can use this piece of music in a game or a film or just to have as a work on its own and the publishing will be split 50/50 between yourself and Uncle Art. You can give a brief including the film or game you would like it for as you would normally to a composer, or if you want it on its own you can give as much or little of a brief as you like!

    The track will be sent direct to you as a high quality wav on a flash drive

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