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You choose the tracks, we play the music. You get the CD, we get to eat. Everyone wins.

We're arranging, performing, recording, and producing a fan-selected album of some of the best music from video games and anime!

As a motley assortment of talented and passionate musicians, we are fully prepared to use as many or as few instruments as necessary to make the best possible video game and anime music covers. With drums, bass, guitars, piano, saxophone, violin, cello, electric cello, flute, and vocalists, we have plenty of options to guarantee our recordings will be a completely unique -- and optimally awesome -- take on your favorite anime and video game tunes! Oh, and we've done a few EPs already as well as several live performances.

All that's left is to choose the music for this new album. That's where YOU come in.

Each backer will have the opportunity to vote on the music selections. For every dollar you pledge, you get 1 vote, up to a maximum of 100 votes per person. That means if you give us $50, we'll count your vote 50 times.

For variety, we’ve created three categories of music for you to vote on. The final album will be a total of 8 tracks compiled by taking the highest-voted song group in each category.

Here is what you will be voting on!

Which group of kickass tracks would you like to see on the album?

Group 1

  • Our Mega Man Medley (music from Mega Man 2, 3, & 9)
  • "Frog's Theme" from Chrono Trigger
  • "The Man with the Machine Gun" from Final Fantasy VIII

Group 2

  • An all-new arrangement of Final Fantasy battle themes
  • An all-new medley of Mega Man themes (from Mega Man 2, 3, & 5)
  • "Go Dark" from Darker Than Black

Group 3

  • "The Moon Theme" from DuckTales
  • "Chemical Plant" from Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • "Jungle Theme" from Contra

Which group of nostalg-tastic tunes would you like to see on the album?

Group 1

Group 2

  • "Birth of the People" from Actraiser
  • "The Egg and You" from Cowboy Bebop
  • "Onett Theme" from Earthbound

Group 3

  • An all-new medley of themes from Zelda
  • "Robe des Champs" from Evangelion 2.0
  • "Saving the Dam" from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Which group of, shall we say, "rainy day" songs would you like to see on the album?

Group 1

  • "Voices" from Macross Plus
  • "Tina's Theme" from Final Fantasy VI

Group 2

  • "Lilium" from Elfen Lied
  • "Brothers" from Fullmetal Alchemist

Group 3

  • "Sora" from the Escaflowne movie
  • "Sadness and Sorrow" from Naruto

You'll have noticed that a few of the choices involve new medleys. If one of those is chosen, we'll ask for your input on what to include. So what are you waiting for; help us put this album together already!

Voting

After pledging, we will send you a link and a unique access code for you to cast your vote. We'll track how much you pledged and (with the help of a fancy spreadsheet and some code) count your vote the proper number of times.

We'll also post daily (starting on 6/18/12) the current votes both here and on our website so you can see what people are choosing!

Rewards

Outlined to the right, but a picture's worth a thousand words, right? Here are a few more details on the goodies you can get in addition to voting on the track list and getting a copy of the end result:

$5 & up / Spruce up your desktop with a set of hi-res wallpapers of one of our limited-edition poster designs.

Desktop wallpaper design. Art by Christine Liao.
Desktop wallpaper design. Art by Christine Liao.

$15 & up / A download of our (first) studio EP featuring Goodnight Julia from Cowboy Bebop, Aria di Mezzo Carattere from FFVI, and Canta Per Me from Noir. Get a physical copy starting at Tier 8.

$20 & up / A download of our live EP featuring Theme of R.O.D. from Read or Die OVA, You Were There from Ico, Kuro from Darker Than Black, and Gravity from Wolf's Rain. Get a physical copy starting at Tier 8.

Tier 7 ($50) / We know you've been looking for a snazzy black tee to add to your wardrobe; consider it done when you snag an official Hideo t-shirt at this level (available again starting at Tier 11). Sizes for both guys and gals.

Tier 9 ($75) / A signed-by-whoever-you-want-to-sign-it (within reason) print of both of our 11" x 17" limited-edition posters. One is the same design as the wallpapers, the other looks like this:

Art by Jessica Fong.
Art by Jessica Fong.

Tier 10 ($75) / Comic lovers, this one's for you: a signed-by-whoever-you-want-to-sign-it (within reason) copy of part 1 of 3 of Blackwell, our graphic novel. Check out the first few pages here:

Preview: Blackwell, Part 1 - The Stranger
Preview: Blackwell, Part 1 - The Stranger

$125 & up / The new item at this level is a personal thank you note from our fearless leader, Blair Baker. You might not think this is all that cool, but her random doodles tend to look like this:

Spike from Cowboy Bebop.
Spike from Cowboy Bebop.

$175 & up / An 8.5" x 11" archival quality print of our comic's cover art, sans text. You can totally frame it and put it up on your wall.

Cover art for Blackwell, Part 1. By Jessica Fong and Christine Liao.
Cover art for Blackwell, Part 1. By Jessica Fong and Christine Liao.

Tier 13 & 14 / These levels have rewards in a specific location: San Francisco, CA, USA. Sadly, we don't have transporters yet, so you'll need to figure out another way to travel if you're not a local. (Is there a Kickstarter for inventing a transporter yet? It would be SUPER useful.)

And with that, we at Team Hideo say: help us put this album together already! ^_^

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