Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I've been working away on the project and just finished up the CLASSICal GAMES IN CONCERT (Live from Paris) album! It is an 18 instrument acoustic live performance that we did in Paris, France over the summer. There are 17 live tracks (with the incredible Eimear Noone conducting!) and it's all Classic Games from the 20th century (nothing past 1999). 8 people worked on making the new arrangements for a smaller ensemble and they came out really fun! During the performance we even had members of the audience come up and play the games live during the performance.
I hope you enjoy this raw acoustic version of the first ever performance of this show.
It will automatically be in your Video Games Live: LEVEL 6 Humble Bundle link.
And although it was only supposed to be an .mp3 download, I included both the .mp3 version AND the uncompressed 16-bit, 44.1KHz version as well! (CD quality).
Should be getting the final signatures on the CD's & albums in a few weeks. Will keep you posted as to the progress and will send pictures & videos.
Just wanted to give you the fantastic news that Video Games Live: LEVEL 6 debuted at #5 on the Billboard Charts this week! Mighty fine company with Bocelli & Sarah Brightman (my mom is very proud that I'm with them!!) :)
It's our highest debut ever (we previously debuted at #8 & #10). As of this week, the album is available EVERYWHERE! Here's a link to pass around and share that takes you to all the different places it's available: http://smarturl.it/level6vgl
You should have all received an e-mail from Humble Bundle letting you know that your Reward pages are now available!
Wait til you hear the BONUS ROUND 4 album! I think it's the BEST one yet! And for those in the $25 tier or higher... you're gonna LOVE the Donkey Kong Country: Piano + Player 2 album. Instead of just doing a straight piano album... we added a bunch of other solo instruments INCLUDING original DKC composer David Wise on Alto Sax!!!
Check out the album cover!
For those in the $10 tier... fear not... the album will be available for purchase in all the normal digital distribution locations (Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, etc.) in January.
For the Video Games Live: LEVEL 5 Collector's Edition we added 5 epic live tracks AND I even included the World Premiere video (and .mp3) of our Okami arrangement!
For those who received the 24 bit, 96KHz uncompressed .wav versions of LEVEL 6 ($25 tier and higher)... you are in for a treat!! The fidelity of the 24/96 is stunning! Throw away those .mp3's! This is how the album was meant to be heard! I spent over $10,000 to make sure I could make this available (separate mastering, extra time spent mixing, recording, etc.)... so please take advantage of listening in this format. I promise you it will make a big difference.
Everyone received the digital Press Kit, Pics & Promos from a lot of our tours between 2016 - 2018. Please make sure to check out that package (it will show up under the EBOOK section of your Humble Bundle page). I included a whole bunch of random (and hopefully interesting) stuff. Even a few of our travel itineraries to give you an idea of how crazy our schedule is sometimes. :)
Please make sure to explore both the AUDIO and EBOOK section of your Humble Bundle page. We are still working on a few of the digital things such as the LEVEL 6 Documentary and CLASSICal GAMES IN CONCERT album (and a few others), so as soon as those are completed I will send you an e-mail letting you know they have been added to your Humble Bundle page. We are also waiting to record the customized Ash Ketchum voice because a few folks haven't completed the survey yet. If you haven't yet done so... PLEASE DO SO NOW!
In regards to any physical products, we are again still waiting for some of the surveys to be filled out, so if you haven't yet done that PLEASE DO SO IMMEDIATELY! I've been hard at work producing all of the content mentioned above... and in the meantime, physical products are still being gathered, manufactured and in some cases signed. You should be receiving them in the beginning of 2019. I tried my hardest to get them out to folks before Christmas... but it just wasn't possible because of the late survey's and schedules of the composers for signing. I'm using a professional shipping company this time around, so everything needs to be shipped to them and then shipped out at the same time.
Without your help, none of this would have been possible. Thank-you again and I hope you enjoy the music as much as we had making it!
Sorry for the radio silence over the past few weeks. We did 7 shows all across Europe, then a show in Texas and I'm leaving for the airport in about 30 minutes to do 4 shows in NY this week! PHEW!!
Here's the update on everything...
90% of the folks have filled out the surveys (yay!). 10% have not (boo!). :) I really need everyone to complete their survey's as I can't start sending out all of the physical packages until they are complete. And for the higher levels, I can't start recording the Veronica Taylor/Ash recordings. So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE fill out those survey's ASAP if you could. Thanks!
ALSO!!! I will be LOCKING OFF the ability to add an "Add-On" to your order. I need to lock that down on Friday! So if you have NOT filled out your survey you will NOT have the ability to add anything to your order after Friday.
Regarding the Digital Rewards... just finalizing most of the other digital reward tiers and will be working a lot through Thanksgiving (that's next week for all the non-U.S. folks) to ensure that most of your full Humble Bundle digital Rewards will be sent out. Mostly everything will be there by the end of the month... except the Documentary video which takes a little longer. Everything has been filmed (SO MANY GREAT INTERVIEWS WITH IMPORTANT INDUSTRY FOLKS!!!) but it will take about a month to cut together, get the fx/titling, mix the audio, master, color correct, digitize, etc., etc.. Trying my best to complete and send the Documentary before Christmas!!
In regards to the physical packages... I have all the albums at my house (they look AMAZING!!!)... but I'm still in the process of getting the "signed" versions signed by people. Being away and on tour has made that process more than a little challenging. I'm also waiting for the Pokemon vinyl's to be completed... they take longer than the CD's. My goal is to have everything completed and ready to send out by the end of November at the latest.
And finally... the album will be released to the public on November 30th. So you folks are STILL the only people on the planet who can hear it! :) So please don't illegally post the album anywhere as it would really hurt our ability to do what we do. Thank-you! Everyone has been super respectful so far and we REALLY appreciate it!!!
Thanks! Please feel free to leave questions in the comment section below. Although I'll be insane busy performing 4 shows in a row in 3 different cities across NY this week... I will try my best to answer the questions to the best of my ability.
As you may already know... you have been sent your survey's for the Video Games Live: LEVEL 6 project! Some of you would have received a question that said...
"Our ADD-ON store is NOW OPEN! Incredible deals and reduced pricing on EVERYTHING we have!"
In the empty box given... just put anything. It doesn't matter. In order to get everyone the ability to get to the ADD-ON section, I needed to ask a question for a "survey" and you need to enter something in that box. Sorry for the hassle... it was my little fix around having digital only backers have the ability to order physical add-on stuff as well. :)
Please feel free to leave any questions you may have below.
All of the CD's and other physical products have been ordered and will be arriving right before we leave for our big 3 week fall tour starting in Europe (Paris!)... then we go to Texas and then 4 in NY! As soon as I return from those trips I'll be collecting all of the composer signatures for everything before sending them out. So expect the physical items to reach you by the end of November. In the meantime, I've been building the DIGITAL pages on Humble Bundle and gathering all of the additional digital content for all the different tiers. I hope to be starting to send all the digital stuff by the end of October.
Wanna see a 3D interactive digital render of the CD? Check it out HERE!
The LEVEL 6 album will be launched digitally to the rest of the world (iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, etc.) in mid November. So you folks are still the ONLY people in the world to exclusively have the album! Please help me and the LEVEL 6 backer family by not sharing the music illegally. Thanks!