Sorry I haven't been doing more updates during the recording process. I've been literally working 20 hours a day on the album (along with a team of others!). Been preparing and recording like CRAZY!! I got to Skywalker Ranch on Sunday and started the editing process early Monday morning. Everything is going great and we start mixing on Sunday.
Some of these tracks have almost 300 musicians on them!! Nier in particular has 15 percussion tracks alone!! The editing process is INTENSE as we try to line up every note together! Imagine!! There are literally HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS if not MILLIONS of individual notes being played on this album. But I can honestly say that this is my favorite one so far. I can't wait for everyone to hear it!
And speaking of that... I haven't told ANYONE yet about which Zelda: Breath of the Wild track will be on the album. UNTIL NOW!!
Keep in mind... this is NOT mixed at all!! This is just the pure sources coming out of the mixing console. This is how we edit and synchronize everything before we start mixing.
Arrived in Prague yesterday and we started recording the orchestra today!
Tomorrow we will be doing a live stream of the recording session! We'll be doing just strings & woodwinds. I record all of the brass, percussion, piano, choir, soloists, etc. separately. Gives me a lot more flexibility when we're mixing the music.
Here are the different local times for the stream depending on where you are located...
Thursday, July 26 @ 8am US Pacific Thursday, July 26 @ 11am US Eastern Thursday, July 26 @ 4pm UK GMT Thursday, July 26 @ 5pm Prague
Here's a pic in the control room of me and our biggest backers (Josh & Ravi from Poutination) who came out to Prague to join us in the fun! These are the guys who MATCHED all of the final days pledges and allowed us to add that 11th tune! Tomorrow our $10K backer David Moore will be joining us as well!
Hope you'll be able to join us tomorrow. If not... we'll be posting the stream on the LEVEL 6 Kickstarter page so you'll be able to see/hear it whenever you'd like.
It's been over a month since my last update and with less than 3 weeks away from recording in Prague, Czech Republic I wanted to fill you in on a bunch of super exciting stuff!
You may have heard that I have become the president of Intellivision and that we have announced a brand new game console! Crazy right! Intellivision was my favorite game console growing up and it's a huge honor to be steering the company into the 21st Century and to make a huge difference in the game industry as I see a HUGE gap in the way the industry has moved... and I intend to plug it! :) You can learn a bunch more about the new system from our press release on the Intellivision website here: www.IntellivisionEntertainment.com Make sure to sign up to the mailing list if your interested in finding out more info directly. We also have a Facebook page where we post a lot of interviews and information as well: https://www.facebook.com/IntellivisionEntertainment/
In case anyone was wondering, this will not affect Video Games Live and it will absolutely keep going! 2018 is actually our BIGGEST year yet! 56 shows! (and a new album!). I'm just going to start scheduling shows for 2019 on weekends from now on.
Now... on to LEVEL 6 news!
I'm super happy to announce that I've secured the INCREDIBLE singer/songwriter/pianist/recording artist Charlotte Martin to perform on LEVEL 6! She will be lending her amazing talents to Nier and Earthbound/Mother! I've known and worked with Charlotte for over 14 years. In fact, if we have any Advent Rising soundtrack fans here... you can hear Charlotte singing & playing on the "Greater Lights" song we wrote together. She is literally one of the most talented people I've ever met and worked with. And I've worked with a LOT!
Here's one of her music videos from her "On Your Shore" album released in 2004.
She writes, performs and sings all of her songs... but here's a stunningly powerful solo performance/arrangement of the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses" that she recorded:
And for those of you aspiring to be vocalists yourself... Charlotte actually gives in person and/or Skype vocal lessons at really affordable rates! You can check out her vocal coaching website here: https://www.somethinglikeavoicelesson.com/ Make sure to tell her Tommy sent ya! :)
Here we are meeting last week about LEVEL 6.
Can't wait for everyone to hear what we're cooking up!
I'm also super proud to announce that my good friend and famous Italian opera singer Maurizio Tassani will be singing on Nier & Earthbound/Mother as well! Check out Maurizio doing my most favorite operatic song (Nessun Dorma) made famous by the legendary Luciano Pavarotti.
I always joke with him and tell him he looks like Mel Gibson! :)
And finally... in regards to the cover art... I once again have AMAZING NEWS!!!
Last year I posted realistic Pokemon artwork which was created by the super talented Joshua Dunlop. The VGL post was seen by over 7.8 million people with over 42,000 shares and over 6,700 comments! I vowed on that day that if I could ever get Joshua to do an album cover for me... I would do whatever it took! Here is a link to the Video Games Live Pokemon art post: https://www.facebook.com/VidGamesLive/posts/10155035347323390
Well, it is with GREAT HONOR that I announce today that Joshua WILL in fact be creating the cover art for LEVEL 6!!!
I'm super excited and we've already started working together on ideas and how to represent the Video Games Live logo into some kind of crazy modern space robot way. Kinda like what he did with Magnemite here!
I'll be sending video updates of the recording process in Prague and we'll even do a LIVE broadcast during one of the sessions! As soon as I figure out the timing of everything I'll let everyone here know. I'll also be working with Charlotte next weekend so if we have time, we will try to put together a quick video for everyone.
Thanks for the continued support, trust and belief in what I do. I can never fully express the amount of gratitude I have for everyone here who allows me to fulfill my dreams.
Well, it came to do the wire and I'm happy and excited to announce that the 4 final tracks for the LEVEL 6 album & documentary are the following...
Zelda: Breath of the Wild Classic Arcade Medley Nier: Automatica The Last of Us
Missing out by a mere 9 votes was the Legend/Secret of Mana.
But I will be sending out the Add-On e-mails next week... so if another $25,000 is raised (very possible!) then Legend/Secret of Mana will be added to LEVEL 6 as well! With over 3,200 backers already... that is less than $8 more per person to get Mana on there. I will be making a lot of digital and physical stuff available in the Add-On's so I'm hoping to get that 12th track!
There were 5 tracks that were less than 20 votes from being the 4th track. Incredible when you think about 2,500 people voting. So let me go ahead and make this announcement NOW! I would like to confirm that for the LEVEL 7 album (whenever that may be)... the following tracks WILL be on the album...
Legend/Secret of Mana (if it doesn't make it on LEVEL 6) MegaMan X Persona
Super Mario Bros. 2
Ori & the Blind Forest
So lots to look forward to!!
Here are the FINAL voting stats...
And here is the FINAL TRACKLIST for LEVEL 6!
Tomb Raider Pokemon - "Gotta Catch Em All"
Final Fantasy X - To Zanarkand
Metal Gear Solid
Classic Arcade Medley
The Last of Us Nier: Automatica Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Wow! This is gonna be EPIC!!!!!! Super excited that I get to work on this all summer!!
Thank-you so much for everyone who voted. Now I have 2 months to create 3 more arrangements from scratch and prepare the other 8. I will of course be sending Updates along the way.
In the meantime... I'll be finishing up the Add-On store for anyone interested and will be sending out the link next week. Let's see if we can get that 12th Mana track!