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25+ of the game industry's best composers unite to create a unique original 5.1 album celebrating great game audio. Sponsored by DOLBY.

WELCOME TO MY PROJECT TO CELEBRATE THE HEROES OF VIDEO GAME MUSIC!

IF YOU MISSED OUR KICKSTARTER, FOR A LIMTED TIME YOU CAN STILL PRE ORDER THE DVD FROM THE HEROES OF VIDEO GAME MUSIC OFFICIAL WEBSITE BY CLICKING HERE http://www.heroesofvgm.co.uk

PROJECT UPDATES ARE HERE                                        http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1998295508/heroes-of-video-game-music-album-and-dvd/posts

Music and sound design is something that's close to my heart, especially when it's used to bring video games to life. We've come a very long way since the early electronic bleeps of the first home consoles, and the games produced today boast stunning surround sound and fully orchestral scores that rival anything found in the movies.

But for some reason, game audio is still something that's not really recognised for what it is - an incredibly creative and often technologically challening process that greatly determines how much a player is engaged and immersed in their game.

Rik Ede at the project's official studio "The Chairworks"
Rik Ede at the project's official studio "The Chairworks"

I've been incredibly lucky over the last 20+ years to work with some of the best games composers and sound designers in the business, during my time working for the likes of Psygnosis, PlayStation, Dolby and DTS, and I reckon it's finally time to bring these unsung heroes into the light and celebrate their creations and their contributions.

So I'm bringing together more than 20 artists on to one album to celebrate my personal heroes of video game music. But they're not just MY heroes - the calibre of composers who have agreed to take part is immense and their work includes some of the highest profile, biggest-selling games of the last 30 years. Take a look at the artist list below and you'll see what I mean. We've got the people behind the likes of Gears of War, Myst 3, World of Warcraft, Wipeout, Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Gran Tursimo, Mortal Kombat, Populous, GoldenEye 007 and even Sensible World of Soccer.

THE ARTISTS

Artists confirmed at Kickstarter launch (credits as composer and/or sound designer):

  • ROBIN BEANLAND (Donkey Kong Country, Conker's Bad Fur Day, Killer Instinct)
  • STEVE BURKE (Kameo: Elements Of Power, Jetpac Refuelled, Viva Piñata)
  • ALEXANDER BRANDON (Unreal, Deus Ex, Neverwinter Nights)
  • JOHN BROOMHALL (X-COM, MechWarrior 3, Transport Tycoon)
  • TRACY W. BUSH (World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo)
  • BOB & BARN (MediEvil, SWIV, Killzone Mercenary)
  • PEDRO MACEDO CAMACHO (Star Citizen, Audiosurf, A Vampyre Story)
  • MIKE CLARKE (Destruction Derby, Formula 1, Switch Galaxy,Wip3out)
  • STUART DUFFIELD (G-Police, RC Revenge, SX3, Dakar 2)
  • RIK EDE (Novastorm, Wipeout HD, Lander, Singstar)
  • MATT FURNISS (Mortal Kombat, Excite Bike 64, Alien 3)
  • GAVIN HARRISON (Catcha Catcha Aliens, Gunslugs, So Hungry)
  • TIM HAYWOOD (Shadow Man, Alien Vs Predator Requiem, Burning Rubber)
  • ROB HUBBARD (Monty On The Run, Commando, Sanxion, Kentilla)
  • CHRIS HUELSBECK (Turrican, Turrican 2, Turrican 3)
  • MOTOHIRO KAWASHIMA (Streets Of Rage Series, Sonic (8 Bit), Shenmue)
  • MARK "TDK" KNIGHT (Populous, Dungeon Keeper 2, F1, Grid)
  • ALASTAIR LINDSAY (Tempest 2000, The Getaway, Singstar)
  • NATHAN McCREE (Tomb Raider 1,2 & 3, Silent Hill Downpour, Bubba 'n' Stix)
  • GRAEME NORGATE (Killer Instinct 1,2, Perfect Dark, Timesplitters 1,2, Crysis 1,2)
  • JASON PAGE (Rainbow Islands, Gran Turismo, Gods, Chaos Engine)
  • SPECIAL EFFECT ALL-STARS (Charity that helps disabled people create music & play games)
  • JAMEY SCOTT (Gears Of War 1,2,3, Unreal Tournament, Journeyman Project 3)
  • JEROEN TEL (Turbo Outrun, Golden Axe, Mortal Kombat, Myth)
  • JONATHAN VD WIJNGAARDEN (Fairytale Fights, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams
  • TIM "CoLD SToRAGE" WRIGHT (Wipeout, Lemmings, Shadow of the Beast 2&3)

Some examples of these artists' work are right at the bottom of this page.

SO, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO CREATE?

With your help, we'll be creating a unique piece of audio history by bringing these award-winning musicians together on one album for the first time. Between them they'll create a host of new and re-worked tracks that will celebrate the wealth of styles and genres that we've seen in games across the decades. There'll be some classic chip-tune styling in there, as well as some of the more cinematic, orchestral tracks too, and everything in between. We're hoping to create at least one new piece that features contributions from ALL of our artists, something that will be a truly international collaboration. And we'll also have a couple more really unusual artist surprises to announce soon so keep checking back.

We'll also be producing a DVD version, that will feature extra tracks as well as behind-the-scenes footage of the mixing and mastering of the album, video diaries and messages from the artists, amongst a wealth of other cool stuff. And if you opt for one of the rewards that allows you to join us in the studio then you may well feature here too!

In addition, I'm also going to be bringing my 20+ years of experience to bear by remixing every track in glorious Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. I've spent most of my career in game audio, both composing, mixing and mastering tracks for games such as GTA: Vice City, Wipeout HD and Singstar, and also as a surround sound evangelist for Dolby themselves, helping to pioneer the inclusion of the very best audio technology in all the major consoles. Composers are, by their very nature, very precious about what they create but I've been humbled by their willingness to let me loose on their tracks and re-mix for this project. I'd like to think that's because they trust that I'm not only going to treat their work with respect but that my reputation for making absolutely no compromise in quality will make their tracks shine as they deserve.

HOW DO YOU KNOW I CAN DO THIS?

Well, apart from my credentials in games audio creation, and my extensive experience working in surround sound, I'm delighted to announce that Dolby are the official sponsor of the project. They have total faith that we can pull this off and they've agreed to come on board as a sponsor, offering us help and support as well as agreeing to host our launch event at their exclusive new Dolby Atmos-equipped exclusive Theatre in Soho, London. This will be an amazing night, where we'll get to hear the whole album in its entirety for the first time and you could be one of the exclusive elite to hear it with us! (Pledge now though because spaces are really limited!)

*Dolby and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?

We know there are a lot of game music fans out there so we've tried to create a range of rewards that will appeal to you. If you'd just like to help us on our way with a smaller pledge then you can get yourself one of the first copies of the finished album, either as a download or a DVD, or even both! 

Join Rik at "The Chairworks" recording studio for a game music masterclass!
Join Rik at "The Chairworks" recording studio for a game music masterclass!

Apart from the album itself though, we've also come up with some once-in-a-lifetime rewards for those real audio aficionados. Perhaps you're an audio student and you'd like to learn how it's done, straight from the experts - then you can join us in the studio for an exclusive workshop with myself. Or perhaps you're already a little more experienced and you fancy joining me to create a custom mix of your very own - that's an option too.

Ooooh, Shiny, Shiny Gold Disk! Hang it proud whilst playing it loud! (mock-up)
Ooooh, Shiny, Shiny Gold Disk! Hang it proud whilst playing it loud! (mock-up)

Or maybe you're not musically minded yourself and just like to appreciate the creativity - then maybe you could opt for one of our exclusive gold disks or perhaps you can run to pledging for the signed album artwork that's going to tour the world visiting every featured artist along the way. We've got a handful of tickets for our London Soho launch with Dolby up for grabs. Very few people get to experience this type of event at this venue so join us on the red carpet to celebrate!

HOW WILL WE USE YOUR MONEY?

The main bulk of what you pledge will go direct to paying for production costs and some of the physical costs involved in creating a DVD album. We'll obviously be spending a little of it on promotion and creating the reward items for you too, but I'll be giving my time for free throughout production, as will the artists involved. There's really no other way that an album like this could ever come into existence.

I'm really excited to hear the new tracks that these amazing artists will come up with but none of them will get to power up their instruments without your help so please have a look around the project page and help us create a truly unique piece of audio history.

Help me show the world why these artists are truly Heroes of Video Games Music!

PROJECT UPDATES ARE HERE:


Check out this section regularly for new videos and news updates.

SOME EXAMPLES OF THE ARTISTS' WORK

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The main risk on this project is simply down to the availability of the artists themselves. They've all generously agreed to take part in their own time so if any of them get tied up with work from their day jobs then there's a chance that delivery of a few of the tracks might slip slightly. Overall though, we think it's pretty realistic that we can gather and mix everything in time for a January launch next year.
We had originally set our funding goal (in an earlier Kickstarter project) at £22K but as we now have The Chairworks on board as an official studio sponsor, and Dolby as the project's official overall sponsor, our production costs have been significantly reduced, so we're relaunching now with a more appropriate funding goal.

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    GAMES MUSIC FAN *************************************************You'll get our eternal thanks and the appreciation of the Heroes of Video Game Music for helping us to celebrate their work. You'll also get a Games Music Fan listing in the credits.

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    AUDIO ALLY ******************************************** Stand up for the Heroes of Video Game Music by becoming an Audio Avenger. You'll receive a digital download edition of the final album, featuring over 20 tracks supplied in stereo as MP3s and as Flac files. You'll also get listed in the credits as an Audio Ally.

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    AUDIO AVENGER ************************************************* Become an Audio Avenger to take up the cause in glorious 5.1 surround sound*. You'll receive a deluxe digital download edition of the Heroes of Video Game Music album, featuring all 20+ tracks from the 'Ally' edition, plus .ac3 Dolby Digital surround versions. You'll also receive exclusive pre-mixed demo tracks, and will be listed as an Audio Avenger in the credits. *Requires connection to a suitable surround music system via spdif to experience 5.1 surround, will also play on any software DVD player.

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    DIGITAL DEFENDER *************************************************Fly the flag for the Heroes of Video Game Music by becoming a Digital Defender. You'll receive a DVD edition of the Heroes of Video Game Music album (in 5.1 surround sound and stereo), including additional tracks and video features that will only be available to Kickstarter backers. You'll get all the audio tracks as both MP3 and Flac in stereo too, and will be listed in the Digital Defender section of the credits.

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    DOWNLOAD DEFENDER *************************************************A full downloadable version of the Digital Defender DVD, including bonus audio and video content and credits listing as per Digital Defender reward. NOTE: album will be supplied as a single LARGE downloadable DVD disk image (ISO) and will play in any software DVD player or burn to your own DVD disk. The download will not contain DRM.

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    TUNE CHAMPION *************************************************Fly your true colours as a Tune Champion and receive a deluxe edition of the Heroes of Video Game Music DVD in an exclusive limited edition embossed case, along with a souvenir poster. This edition will only be available to Kickstarter backers, and you'll be personally mentioned by Rik in the Video Roll Call of Thanks that will appear on the disk.

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    DELUXE SIGNED EDITION *************************************************Get the embossed limited edition DVD plus the standard DVD signed by Rik Ede and at least 5 of the artists! Complete with a souvenir poster. This edition will only be available to Kickstarter backers, and you'll be personally mentioned by Rik in the Video Roll Call of Thanks that will appear on the disk.

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    FUTURE HERO OF VIDEO GAME MUSIC *************************************************Fancy yourself as a future Hero of Video Game Music? Join Rik at the famous Chairworks studio in Leeds, UK (the project's official studio) for a half-day workshop*, including an exclusive hands-on demonstration of mixing music for games. He'll run through some of the methods and tools used to create great games audio and you'll also get to hear a sneak preview of some of the tracks on the album. An amazing opportunity for anyone considering a career in video game music. Will also receive Audio Avenger download and Digital Defender DVD editions of the album, and be named in the Video Roll Call of Thanks. *Lunch included but travel costs will be the responsibility of the attendees. Estimated date for Workshop Autumn 2013, to be arranged with backers.

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    ACCESS ALL AREAS *************************************************Ever wanted an Access All Areas pass? Come and spend a whole day in the studio with Rik, and at least one of the artists, watching them bring the project to life. See and hear them record, edit and mix at least one of the tracks from the album and get a sneak preview of many of the others. You'll get to feature in one of the video diaries that will appear in the final extras, be named in the Video Roll Call of Thanks, and receive Audio Avenger download and Digital Defender DVD editions of the finished album. *Lunch included but travel costs will be the responsibility of the attendees. Estimated date for studio day Autumn 2013, to be arranged with backers.

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    GAME MUSIC GOLD *************************************************Get your hands on some game music gold with this signed and framed gold disk style limited edition disk, which will be signed by at least five of the artists. You'll also receive Audio Avenger download and Digital Defender DVD editions of the album, and be name-checked as a Gold Game Music Supporter on Rik's Video Roll Call of Thanks. Hang it proud while playing it loud and be the envy of all your gaming friends with this truly limited piece of history in the making. Estimated delivery January 2014.

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    RED CARPET ROYALTY *************************************************Take on a regal role to support the Heroes of Video Game Music and you'll not only receive one of the Game Music Gold Disks but you'll also get a VIP invitation to the once-in-a-lifetime album launch event, to be held at Dolby's prestigious Atmos Equipped London theatre in Soho*. You'll get to meet Rik and the artists and enjoy the full red carpet treatment for the evening. It'll be attended by as many of the artists that can make it, as well as the press and other VIPs, and will include the premiere play of the whole album in glorious 5.1 digital surround sound. You'll also receive Audio Avenger download and Digital Defender DVD editions of the finished album, and will be name-checked as a Red Carpet King or Queen in the Video Roll Call of Thanks. *Travel not included. Estimated delivery January 2014.

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