Many of you know me, George Oldziey, as the composer for many historic video games, but probably most notably 3 games from the iconic Wing Commander series. I've been blessed to have very dedicated fans of my music for many years, and I would like to offer them the opportunity to participate in this historic endeavor.
The initial goal of $35,000 is to record a 9 1/2 minute suite of music from Wing Commander 3 and 4 featuring a full 80 piece orchestra and 40 voice choir. The recording will most likely be done in either Prague or Bratislava, both homes to amazing game and film scoring orchestras, some time during the summer of this year. There will also be an additional 5 minutes of music included in the initial goal, the pieces of which will be chosen by those who pledge at the highest levels.
We will also institute a series of stretch goals beyond the initial amount to hopefully record more of my Wing Commander music while we have the musicians at the ready. Since the orchestra and engineers will already be set up (and I'll be there too!), we could record another 15 minutes for approx. another $12,000 (target of $47,000), and then another additional 15 minutes of music at a $59,000 target! That could potentially get us up to a whopping 45 minutes of orchestral Wing Commander music!
The video will give you more info about me and this project.
UPDATE 3/19!!! You may see above that the next target for an additional 15 minutes with the orchestra and choir is $47,000. I could probably work out a deal with an orchestra contractor to have an orchestra stay another hour or two instead of the typical 3 hour session (which would buy that extra 15 minutes) if we get to an amount above the $35K but not quite to $47K. Unfortunately that's something I can't say for sure until I know what the total amount turns out to be. NEVERTHELESS, if we get past the target amount I WILL DO MY ABSOLUTE BEST TO BRING YOU AS MUCH WC MUSIC WITH ORCHESTRA AS CAN BE AFFORDED BY THE FINAL AMOUNT. And if for some reason it's still not enough to book more orchestral music I WILL DELIVER 5 MINUTES OF DIGITALLY ORCHESTRATED MUSIC FOR EVERY $1000 WE REACH ABOVE THE TARGET! I wish I could do that for free, but I'd have to take time off from other professional pursuits to accomplish that :) Any additional music will also be available at the $50 level and up (download) and on the CD ($100 level and up). Of course another scenario could be using the extra funds to record with someone like the London Symphony instead of Prague or Bratislava. I'll keep you posted on that!
One last note about the rewards; I added the $20 digital download reward after I'd already launched the campaign, and pledges were made at several levels very quickly. Once that happens Kickstarter doesn't allow one to edit the text of a reward level. But rest assured, ANYONE pledging at levels above $20 will also be eligible for a digital download if they so choose!
I will update everyone very frequently on the progress of this exciting adventure!
Risks and challenges
I have EXTENSIVE experience orchestrating and recording large scale game and film projects, and have learned to deal with all the potential pitfalls involved. I've also released several projects on my own record label, Bus Biscuit Records, so manufacturing and releasing the actual CD won't be a problem. I will be VERY clear and transparent, should we surpass our initial goal and start heading into stretch goal territory, about what level of production we have reached.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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