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Reformation will be a definitive set of Matt Gray C64 games soundtrack remakes, produced by the acclaimed C64 musician himself.
Reformation will be a definitive set of Matt Gray C64 games soundtrack remakes, produced by the acclaimed C64 musician himself.
Reformation will be a definitive set of Matt Gray C64 games soundtrack remakes, produced by the acclaimed C64 musician himself.
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Reformation C64 Track Remakes by Matt Gray (Last Ninja 2)

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 Last Ninja 2 image above used with the kind permission of System 3.

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EVERY LEVEL 1+ BACKER NOW RECEIVES A BONUS DOWNLOAD CODE FOR THE FULL VERSION OF MY 2014 REMAKE OF ROB HUBBARD'S CLASSIC SANXION LOADER aka THALAMUSIC.

LISTEN TO THE PREVIEW BELOW>>>

Stretch goals >>>>

      NEW STAGGERED STRETCH GOALS

ALL OF THESE HAVE NOW BEEN REACHED

This is now a staggered stretch goal and as each small goal is hit, then I will remake an additional track by my favourite C64 musicians the legendary Rob Hubbard & Martin Galway AND now Chris Huelsbeck will remake one of my C64 Tracks and Chris will remake a further track of mine together with Audun Sorlie and "Hotline Miami" & "Spelunky" composer Eirik Suhrke working as a production team. I will also in turn remake a classic Chris Huelsbeck track.

This is how it will work -

  • £61,500 - The replacement Rob Hubbard track, as Sanxion is now a given. This will be a mystery track chosen by myself at a later date.  THIS HAS NOW BEEN REACHED.
  • £63,000 - Green Beret Loader by Martin Galway. THIS HAS NOW BEEN REACHED.
  • £64,500 - A Chris Huelsbeck classic chosen by myself and remade by me also. THIS HAS NOW BEEN REACHED.
  • £66,000 - Arcade Classics by Rob Hubbard.THIS HAS NOW BEEN REACHED.
  • £67,500 - Rambo First Blood Part 2 Loader by Martin Galway. THIS HAS NOW BEEN REACHED.
  • £69,000 - A Matt Gray track remade by Chris Huelsbeck.THIS HAS NOW BEEN REACHED.
  • £70,500 - Knucklebusters by Rob Hubbard. THIS HAS NOW BEEN REACHED.
  • £72,000 - A Matt Gray track remade by Chris Huelsbeck, Audun Sorlie and Eirik Suhrke. THIS HAS NOW BEEN REACHED.
  • £73,500 - Arkanoid by Martin Galway. THIS HAS NOW BEEN REACHED.
  • £75,000 - All the above remakes on a physical CD for Level 2+ backers. Level 1 will be downloads only. THIS HAS NOW BEEN REACHED.

 £40,000 – SID STRETCH WAS REACHED AND NOW THE £50,000 STRETCH HAS ALSO BEEN REACHED TO GIVE ALL LEVEL 2+ BACKERS THE REFORMATION AND LAST NINJA 2 BADGES.

This goal has now been hit, and the album will now become a 3 disk set, because I will produce six new SIDs for a real Commodore 64 (and obviously put them on audio CD as well). Anyone opting for the Last Ninja 2 picture disk will now effectively have FOUR CDs - LN2 picture disk + Double album disks + SID disk. Level 2+ backers will also receive the Reformation and Last Ninja 2 badges as we pass through the £50k barrier.

£60,000 – BOX SET STRETCH WAS ALSO REACHED TO GIVE ALL BACKERS THE EXTRA TEN REMAKE TRACKS.

This goal has now been hit, so I will add a further CD with another 10 remakes from my games soundtracks to make the album a TRIPLE CD.

So backers of Level 2 will get a triple CD album + SID disk whilst backers of Level 3 and upwards will get FIVE disks - Triple album disks + SID disk + LN2 picture disk. Level 1 backers will get downloads of Reformation includng the ten remakes and the SIX new SIDs and also the Sanxion Remake download.

Chris Huelsbeck
Chris Huelsbeck
Audun Sørlie & Eirik Suhrke
Audun Sørlie & Eirik Suhrke

 Stretch important notice

“Please note that if stretch goals are reached, the estimated delivery times will increase by three to four months”

Special thanks to Mark Cale at System 3 for kind permission to use images and logos relating to Last Ninja 2, Tusker, Dominator, Vendetta and Bangkok Knights.


An Introduction

In 1986 when I first set out to write music on the Commodore 64, I was mindful of the impressive catalogues from legends like Rob Hubbard and Martin Galway. The SID chip was a fully working synth capable of sounds that even now are impossible on other synths. However, it only had 3 monophonic channels and Rob and Martin pushed it to its limits. They set the bar high.

At the time I wasn't sure if I'd be able break through into games music, let alone compete with them. But after a few early hiccups, 1987 saw my entry into the industry with well received SID tracks including Quedex for Thalamus and Driller for Incentive. Soon, I found my SID music was in demand.

In 1988, I was lucky to have the opportunity to produce the whole soundtrack for System 3's Last Ninja 2, the sequel to a C64 mega-smash. I was given free rein to produce the coolest music I could. The game was an international smash selling millions of units.

But that was then, and I was amazed to discover some 25 years later that there was still a thriving global community of SID and LN2 fans listening to the original tracks, and producing remixes and remakes.

I started to imagine just how far I could have developed my game soundtracks if I had the technology then that was available now. The boundaries were now limitless.

What if I revisited some of the soundtracks and remade them? What if I used elements of the original SIDs but enhanced the areas where I had to compromise originally?

When Chris Abbott of C64Audio.com suggested a Kickstarter, I decided on a "trial run" of just one track to demonstrate to both myself and the fans that it could work. The result was "The Central Park Loader Theme 2014 from The Last Ninja 2" https://mattgray1.bandcamp.com/track/central-park-loader-theme-2014-from-the-last-ninja-2

The preview racked up 5,000 plays on Soundcloud in 2 days (a feat normally reserved for much bigger artists and releases). I also received a ton of high praise and messages from fans (thanks!), And so it was that I decided I should take the time to shoot for a bigger project - an extended album of remakes based on my best loved C64 tracks.

"Reformation" will be an extensive album of hopefully-stunning new remakes, featuring all of my best C64 tracks, plus stretch-goal surprises.

Last Ninja 2 gameplay image used with the kind permission of System 3.

What do you get?

This Kickstarter is about two main products.

1) “Reformation” a double remake album with around 18-20 of my most popular tracks. This will also be the basis of the digital download.

 The track listing will be open to some revision but there will almost certainly be

  • At least 6 tracks from The Last Ninja 2
  • At least 2 tracks from Tusker
  • At least 2 tracks from Dominator
  • Driller
  • Bangkok Knights
  • Hunter's Moon
  • Vendetta
  • Maze Mania
  • Quedex
  • Motocross
  • Treasure Island Dizzy
  • And others

System 3 game logos above used with the kind permission of System 3.

2) “Last Ninja 2” a standalone picture disk CD with a booklet containing the entire Last Ninja 2 soundtrack remade by me. It will be highly collectible, and it will never be re-pressed. 



Digital download of the LN2 album will be available to LN2 CD backers, but not as a pledge on its own.

Last Ninja 2 image above used with the kind permission of System 3.

But there are plenty of reward options to add in to your pledge.

How about this Limited Edition Picturedisk 12" Vinyl Version?


Last Ninja 2 image above used with the kind permission of System 3.

Or go for the definitive Limited Edition of everything. Just 300 of these will be produced.

Last Ninja 2 image above used with the kind permission of System 3.

What do the production costs involve?

Production costs will obviously include CD mastering and manufacturing, packaging design and production and postage costs. On the recording front I'll be playing a lot of the music myself,but I'll also be utilising various top class session players for certain tracks to provide additional drums, guitars, bass, keys and strings. That not only involves session costs, but also recording studio costs. To keep some costs down I will be mixing the album myself (don't worry I've successfully mixed a number of hit records). Obviously this project will take up the vast majority of my working life for anywhere between 9 to 12 months and like everyone else I have living expenses and bills to pay. Undoubtedly if you the backers are providing the financial means to make this album happen, then I will be required to focus almost exclusively on creating and producing it to the highest standard. That's a full time commitment, but if we can reach the funding goals then I can fulfill that.

And there's more

In addition to my efforts and those of various top level session musicians I will involve in the recording of this album, there will be contributions on the design and artwork front by C64 all round fan Sam (Bitmap Books) Dyer and Trevor Storey. Sam also designed the graphics for this Kickstarter page and don't they look great?

So the end product will not only sound great - it will also look great.

I'm really looking forward to producing this album. All we need now is for plenty of others to really want to see and hear it happen too.

Thanks

Matt Gray

Artwork Note

All images or logos relating to System 3 games are used with the kind permission of System 3.

Please note that the artwork and designs are place holders and not necessarily the final designs and may differ from those shown on the end product. This obviously applies to the T Shirt reward and LN2 album.

GamesYouLoved

Special thanks to GamesYouLoved who have been major supporter of me and this album project. GamesYouLoved is born out a love of retro games of every description from your childhood. By being reminded of the retro games through images and video, what people say about them and things you were doing at the time, you are unlocking these memories to see, share and enjoy. They love retro gaming!

Sub: www.youtube.com/user/gamesyouloved

Follow:  https://twitter.com/gamesyouloved

Facebook: www.facebook.com/gamesyouloved

Website: http://www.gamesyouloved.com/

Funstock are Europe's Number One Retro Gaming Destination and home to products such as the Neo Geo X, Dingoo and JXD handheld. Funstock will be the exclusive retailer for the CD version of the Reformation album.  

Follow: https://twitter.com/FunStockGames

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/funstockgames

Website: http://www.funstock.co.uk/

And some acknowledgements to just some of the many other people who have supported and assisted with this project so far.

 www.c64audio.com

http://www.bitmapbooks.co.uk/

 http://smilastorey.wix.com/trevor-storey

http://www.c64.com

 http://www.longplays.org/news.php

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVi6ofFy7QyJJrZ9l0-fwbQ

www.effective-group.com


www.ascapestudios.com

reset.cbm8bit.com

http://theywereourgods.com

http://www.sound-of-games.com/

 www.fusionretrobooks.com

 www.radio-paralax.de

 http://atlantis-prophecy.org

 www.slayradio.org

 http://scenesat.com/promote

Also special thanks to Chris Abbott, Sam Dyer, Games You Loved, Funstock, Hugh Riley, Trevor Storey, Gerhard Weihrauch, World Of Longplays, Guy Mille, Paul Campbell, Andy Roberts, Michael Stoeckemann, Filipp Issa, Jan Zottmann, Andreas Wallstrom, Ascape Studios, Matt James, Mat "Mayhem" Allen, Kevin Tilley, Paul Morrison,  Chris Wilkins, Radio Paralax, Retro Radio, David "Jazzcat" Simmons, John “Ziphoid” Carehag at SceneSat Radio, Slay Radio, Retro Revival Radio, Anthony at Elite Archives and Mat Recardo.


£61,500 - The replacement Rob Hubbard track, as Sanxion is now a given. This will be a mystery track chosen by myself at a later date.

£63,000 - Green Beret Loader by Martin Galway.

£64,500 - A Chris Huelsbeck classic chosen by myself and remade by me also.

£66,000 - Arcade Classics by Rob Hubbard.

£67,500 - Rambo First Blood Part 2 Loader by Martin Galway.

£69,000 - A Matt Gray track remade by Chris Huelsbeck.

£70,500 - Knucklebusters by Rob Hubbard

£72,000 - A Matt Gray track remade by Chris Huelsbeck, Audun Sorlie and Eirik Suhrke

£73,500 - Arkanoid by Martin Galway

£75,000 - All the above remakes on a physical CD for Level 2+ backers. Level 1 will be downloads only.

Risks and challenges

Whilst this is a large project to undertake, it's a very achievable goal. Remaking so many tracks will be time consuming, but I have almost 25 years experience in the recording industry and I have a good knowledge of what sort of timescales are needed to accomplish this album. I'm well used to delivering to targets from years in the games industry and through the recording of singles and albums for release. If the funding goal is reached then work will start almost immediately.

For the initial goal of a double CD album with 18-20 tracks, there will be a 7-8 months recording and production schedule. Mixing each track as I go, the final result will be a matter of review and then release.

For the stretch goal of a triple CD album with 30 tracks plus 6 brand new totally original exclusve SID only compositions, a 11-12 month recording and production schedule will be required. To give some idea of SID compositions timescales, all 13 Last Ninja 2 SID's were completed within 3 months of work.

For both goals there will be a month to manufacture and distribute the album.

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    Level 1 - Full quality digital download of all tracks from Reformation, including the tracks from all stretch goals (but not the Last Ninja 2 CD).

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    Level 2 – As Level 1, but with a copy of the Reformation CD album/box-set with booklet. Also includes the pre-shipping digital download of finished tracks. Does not include the Last Ninja 2 CD, but will include all stretch goal tracks.

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    Level 3 – As Level 2, but with an extra Last Ninja 2 soundtrack remake CD (picturedisk) in a thin jewel case. This soundtrack will never be re-pressed, and will be highly collectible.

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    Level 4 - As Level 3 but with an added Special Edition Vinyl 12" Picture Disk of The Last Ninja 2 album which will be signed by Matt.

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    Level 5 – As level 3, except the album/box-set and booklet will be packaged in an exclusive limited edition "software" box with the CDs enclosed in imitation C64 diskette sleeves. The first disk sleeve in each package will be signed personally by Matt Gray. There will be only 260 of these produced with 7 being allocated to higher levels of pledges and 3 kept by Matt. Backers will also receive an invitation to the official launch party (subject to venue availability).

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    The Matt Gray & Hugh Riley Signed C64 Visual Compendium Bundle - Just 10 of these available and you get the Reformation CD along with The Last Ninja 2 Remake CD together with Commodore 64 A Visual Compendium by Sam Dyer of Bitmap Books along with all stretch goal extra rewards and to round it off the book and CDs will be signed by both Matt Gray and the artistic legend that is Hugh Riley. To also have the T-Shirt add £25. To also have the 12" Vinyl Picture disk add £15 To have both the T-Shirt & 12" Vinyl Picture disk add £37. Neither the vinyl or T-Shirt will be signed however.

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    VIP Level – As Level 6 plus your name on the credits of the Reformation CD inlay booklet as an official VIP backer. Also you will receive an invitation to the official launch party (subject to venue availability). This level will be limited to just 20 backers. If you want to add the Last Ninja 2 12" Vinyl Picture Disk then add £15

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    VIP Plus Level - A copy of the Limited Edition Box Set as in Level 5 complete with Reformation and Last Ninja 2 CDs. The T-Shirt with finished album artwork. The 12" Vinyl Picture disk of Last Ninja 2 Remakes. A thank you credit on the Reformation inlay booklet. A signed copy of the manuscripted in-game music for Central Park from Last Ninja 2 presented in a deluxe folder. Also you will receive an invitation to the official launch party (subject to venue availability). Whilst this level is higher cost wise than the original VIP level, backers and/or upgraders from that original level will still be prioritised in the inlay credits in the order they originally pledged with a special thank you as an early bird VIP backer.

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    Executive Level – As Level 5 plus a personal meeting with Matt for lunch in London and your name on the credits of the Reformation CD inlay booklet as an Executive Producer. Just 5 of these will be available and the cover of the CD will feature a personalised autograph and thank you message by Matt. Includes both the T-Shirt & 12" Vinyl Picture disk. A signed copy of the manuscripted in-game music for Central Park from Last Ninja 2 presented in a deluxe folder. Also you will receive an invitation to the official launch party (subject to venue availability). Please note that travel expenses will be down to the successful backer.

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    Personal Choice Level – You get all the CDs including LN2 with the upgraded box and diskette sleeves packaging, the 12" Vinyl and the T-Shirt AND you can choose a known SID track for me to Remake as a studio production and have your name down as Executive Producer on that track. This will be download only though and shared with all Level 2+ backers and delivered after the main project is complete.

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    The top level of reward: everything in Level 5 plus both the T-Shirt & 12" Vinyl Picture disk, and Matt will compose a unique track for you. You can use it in your game, movie, short film or just enjoy it yourself. The recording will be yours to own and the publishing will be shared 50/50 between yourself and Matt. You are free to specify the mood or genre of the music. Also a signed copy of the manuscripted in-game music for Central Park from Last Ninja 2 presented in a deluxe folder.Also you will receive an invitation to the official launch party (subject to venue availability).

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Funding period

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