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PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE: IT'S NOT OVER!

INSANELY too close to stop now! Please follow THIS LINK to keep up to date with the plan. 
We will return very soon!

Thanks to all our backers for their amazing support! It's incredible! See you very soon!

It's just ANOTHER mission!

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News / Articles

* ORIGINAL GAMING MUSIC BONUS CD

Thanks to a nice little studio time deal with our artist, we can now throw into the rewards a BONUS CD of the Collected Works of Dave Lowe - signed. Thanks to everyone who said they'd help us recover our Amiga hard drive we can now get some of the original game music direct from source code. And we will fill up as much Dave Lowe computer game music from the originals so including conversions he did and also some rarities and bootlegs from the studio! This will be a really cool CD and all of Dave's work in one place, signed with some lovely artwork to remind you of the halcyon days of his gaming music! Just to reiterate - this is NO LONGER A STRETCH GOAL BUT PART OF THE MAIN FUNDING! Check to see which rewards are eligible!

*DOCUMENTARY

A behind the scenes documentary of the making of the album and recording at Abbey Road and the Uncle Art studios is now part of the main funding goal! - See down the bottom of this page for more details! It's free to all backers as a digital download and everyone at £55 and above reward levels will be credited in the film.

*MINDWIPE EXPLAINS EVERYTHING UNCLE ART

Mindwipe has done an Uncle Art special program to take you through the whole history of Dave Lowe's work and also about everything to do with this Kickstarter including all the latest additions to it! Great vid!
Watch on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/QjpPczeKLBw

*INTERVIEW WITH US BOTH

Interview with us both about this Kickstarter project at  'They Were Our Gods' 

Please check the UPDATES section for latest news too including uncovered Bootlegs from the Uncle Art archives! :) 

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Uncle Art Kickstarter Poster by Chris Abbott
Uncle Art Kickstarter Poster by Chris Abbott
A Temporal Shift album cover by Patrick Burke
A Temporal Shift album cover by Patrick Burke

The Project

   

In the 80s and 90s, my dad Dave Lowe who also went under the name 'Uncle Art' made music for computer games. His techniques were pioneering in his constant quest to not let the music be compromised by technology. He even had vocals on the Atari ST's AY chip which was thought impossible because the AY chip was incapable of sampling, instead he used bespoke look-up table to squash the fully studio recorded audio into a 4 bit sample and used the machine's volume controller of 0-15 to move the speaker cone equivalently to the 4 bit sample to create the music he'd recorded. And that's how you were able to hear "STAAAAARGLIDER" singing out of your Atari ST in 1987! More information about the technical achievements of Uncle Art Music can be found on our website here.

Some of his famous game titles include:

+Elite II Frontier & Elite III 
+Starglider 1 & 2
+Afterburner
+Carrier Command
+Street Fighter 2 (Amiga Custom Conversion)
+IK+ (Amiga conversion original composer: Rob Hubbard)
+Beneath A Steel Sky
+Microprose Formula One Grand Prix
+Incredible Shrinking Sphere (ISS)

I know these games and the music that accompanied them (often as a separate cassette to play along with the game - ahh those were the days!) are held in a special place to some people - myself included! As someone who was games testing for my dad since I was 9, I'm a gamer through and through, but there's something really special about the music in particular to those early games. People on the internet and in person when they find out who my dad is always ask:

"Are you going to remake the tracks?"

Well now this question can be answered with a yes!

We're going to make a release an exclusive Limited Edition Kickstarter album called 'A Temporal Shift'. The album will contain remakes of my dad's most famous tracks and also very excitingly, full live orchestral recordings of his Elite II Frontier Main Theme and Second Theme. We're going to record these with The Chamber Orchestra of London. 

The remakes will most likely include the following although the tracklist is not set in stone and by all means we are open to taking opinions and polls from the backers to see what they'd like to hear on there. 

Elite Frontier - main and second themes (recorded with real orchestra)
After Burner
Starglider 1
Starglider 2
Carrier Command
Incredible Shrinking Sphere (ISS)
Night Shift
Rasputin (first ever Uncle Art game music project!) 
Formula 1 Grand Prix
Midwinter 2

Please note the teaser you can hear on the video is only short pieces interwoven as a showcase of different styles and tunes that we're talking about for this project. On the album each piece will be much longer, although we may still choose to interweave some of them. 




These remakes are really exciting to us. What my dad was always trying to do was to not let technology limit the music, which is why there were vocals and reggae breakdowns and melodies that stay with you forever! Generic was never in the Uncle Art ethos! And now - we have all the scope in the world! Between the two of us we play nearly every live instrument going and we are sooo psyched about creating tracks that do the compositions proper justice. I'm talking Pink Floyd-esque atmospheres of meta-galactic space and orchestrations to bring down Jericho and all manner of mad things to splatter about in there! We might even take some of the chip-tune stuff from the C64 and sample it in, use banjos and harpsichords and trash cans and filthy bass sounds and intricate vocal harmonies and counterparts. The possibilities are just limitless and we're really looking forward to showing people what we can do today!

A Temporal Shift will be pressed on a special Kickstarter limited edition CD and Vinyl. We're only going to press (as close to as possible) the number of people who have backed it in Kickstarter, so having this limited edition CDs and Vinyls shows that you backed it from the beginning. In fact, it's pretty much the only way of getting a copy since it's only for the fans on Kickstarter! You can only buy it if you back it!

There will be a high quality download that will stay up forever however you get to buy it at a discounted rate by backing it here on Kickstarter. 

Even if any of the tracks go on to be licensed in any future projects, this physical album will not be for sale anywhere else other than on here. 

There are also Uncle Art Music t shirts in the rewards (we wear ours in the studio all the time, sad as we are!) 

Uncle Art T Shirt as worn by me in the studio (before the heater kicked in!)
Uncle Art T Shirt as worn by me in the studio (before the heater kicked in!)

We are really keen to have mind-blowingly good presentation for the CD and Vinyl so the artwork is really important to us. We have our artist confirmed now and will start to showcase you his work as we go along as he will work bespoke for the project. 


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Included in the main funding is now a documentary made by my sister and Dave's daughter - Lucy Lowe. She's going to make a behind-the-scenes documentary. It will be free to all backers and backers who pledge £55 and above will be credited in the film. 

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Risks and challenges

Some of you may know that this is version 1.2 of this Kickstarter due to some technical issues but we feel much more comfortable with what we face now: remakes of the originals and orchestral recordings of the Elite Frontier themes. Technical difficulties aside from the original project, we were aware that many of our backers were mainly interested in the orchestral Elite recordings and as this was a stretch goal in the old project, we felt it a bit unfair that a large proportion of our backers were backing something that might not happen. So we feel this is the best of both worlds for everyone now: an album of remakes INCLUDING the orchestral recordings and a stretch goal for the collected works of the original game music plus some bootlegs.

As far as risks or challenges go, it's getting Kickstarter right that really is the hardest part and we've learned a hell of a lot from the first 10 days of the first one. Making the music is the fun part - We've left ourselves a lengthy amount of time in case of any big problems. I do work away and around the world a lot but we tend to work in the studio in blocks as opposed to whimsically every day, which makes it a lot more focused.

The orchestral side of things is being greatly taken care of by the guys at COOL Music Ltd. who manage the orchestral recordings of game and film music literally every day. In fact they even represent many game composers in an agent field, so we are really in very good hands with them.

As I said - the Kickstarter is the hardest part, and reaching the funding goal is the most risky bit! But we have been so warmed and encouraged all of our backers from the V1.0 project that I know you guys will help us as much as possible hit those goals.

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    SIT IN ON THE MIX!

    Come join us in the studio on a mixing day (mixing days often turn into re-recording days as we decide we hate everything on there and start again!). Hearing the tracks blasting out of the NS10 speakers at full volume can be pretty exciting. Be a part of the creative mix vibe!

    You of course get all of the rewards up to this level too.
    Your name will also be added to the credits as 'Mix Consultant'.

    We estimate the mix days to be in September 2015 though of course this is subject to change.

    The studio is near Scarborough, North Yorkshire (nice fish and chips and great arcade machines on the seafront!)

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    Orchestral Maneuvers in the Studio!

    Come join us on the orchestral recording day. This will be either at Abbey Road or Angel Studios in London depending on the stretch goals achieved. To hear a 38 piece orchestra (possibly 50 piece depending on funding reached) playing the Frontier themes live in front of your ears and eyes will be a very special one-off experience for all of us!

    If we do it at Abbey Road we'll have to do a mandatory zebra crossing photo too (bagsy the barefoot one!) which we will include in the final artwork!
    (Oh and you get everything in the rewards up to the £150 pledge too)

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    The download, T Shirt, CD & Vinyl (both signed)

    PLUS Uncle Art Music (Dave and Holly) will compose a piece of music for you. You can use this piece of music in a game or a film or just to have as a work on its own and the publishing will be split 50/50 between yourself and Uncle Art. You can give a brief including the film or game you would like it for as you would normally to a composer, or if you want it on its own you can give as much or little of a brief as you like! The track will be sent direct to you as a high quality wav on a flash drive.

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