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An orchestral album based on the soundtrack to Pokémon Red Version and Blue Version, two of the best selling RPGs of all time.
An orchestral album based on the soundtrack to Pokémon Red Version and Blue Version, two of the best selling RPGs of all time.
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A Cinematic Approach to Pokémon Music

Ahhh! There's nothing more nostalgic than hearing the 8-bit tunes of your favorite childhood video games brought to life through lush, orchestral arrangements, as evidenced by the rising popularity of video game concerts like Video Games Live, Distant Worlds: music from Final Fantasy, and Play! A Video Game Symphony. But there's one video game series close to my heart that hasn't received enough recognition from these musical circles...

Through my project Pokémon Reorchestrated, I've made it my duty to reinvent the music of the handheld Pokémon RPG series in the style of traditional movie scores, making downloadable mp3 versions of my arrangements available to the public for free via my website and streaming them on YouTube for all Pokémon fans to hear.

Now I think it's finally time to tackle the soundtrack to the games that started it all: Pokémon Red and Blue Versions for the Game Boy. For the next few months, I'll be arranging every memorable Pokémon theme on a journey from Route 1 to Indigo Plateau, and through the magic of highly-realistic, sampled orchestral instruments and the help of a few LIVE solo instrumentalists, a complete album of FREE, beautiful, cinematic arrangements called "Kanto Symphony" will emerge.

Here's a teaser track of what's to come on the album--a haunting arrangement of the ghostly Lavender Town:

We will need some help. Any pledge you can make toward Kanto Symphony will go toward paying the incredibly talented live musicians I've assembled from around the world to be featured as a cohesive, human element on what might otherwise be an album based on "replicated" orchestral sounds.

But I'm not asking you to do it for free! Not only will you earn some awesome rewards (including bonus tracks, a physical copy of the album, plushies and trading cards from my personal collection), you will also be ensuring that Kanto Symphony will have some of the best talent in the Pokémon fan community playing music on the album--wait, are you laughing? What, seriously! People often underestimate the epicness of the Pokémon series and its music, and I'm here to show them otherwise!

Don't believe me? Check out the rest of my YouTube channel for more music from Pokémon Reorchestrated! And stay tuned to updates for more on Kanto Symphony's soloists. Let's show the world that Pokémon's influence is here to stay. After all, it's more than just a franchise. It's a way of seeing the world through a lens of adventure, learning, and true friendship--something I feel many games fail to offer nowadays.

Thank you for taking the time to check out my project, watch my videos, and listen to my music! :D If you have any questions, feel free to message me! I'll be building an FAQ based on your inquiries.

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  • Kanto Symphony's soloists will be introduced sometime this month through a series of Musician Spotlights--in the meantime here are our confirmed soloists:

    Michaela Nachtigall - 1st violin (http://www.youtube.com/watch…)
    John Streese - 2nd violin (http://www.youtube.com/watch…)

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  • I estimate Kanto Symphony to be completed by the end of summer 2012 / early fall 2012, but who knows! It could be finished earlier. As a cushion, I've set early delivery dates for the digital album, physical albums, and bonus tracks to Oct. 2012. The free download to the general public will go live a week or two afterward.

    Also, I mixed up the dates for the $1 and $10 pledges! The reward for backers who pledge $10 is marked as being delivered by Jan. 2012, but this only counts for the special mention portion (unless I miraculously ship everyone's awards that month AND finish the album by then). The $1 donors will also get the special mention in January.

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    A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the Kanto Symphony album before it's released + a special mention on the website.

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    All of the above + A SIGNED POKÉMON TRADING CARD from my personal collection.

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    All of the above + BONUS TRACKS FROM KANTO SYMPHONY that will not be released through the PREO website or YouTube, including new, original themes for the legendary Pokémon Mew and Mewtwo composed entirely by me, and old favorites like Jigglypuff's Song and the Poké Flute melody!

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    All of the above + A PHYSICAL COPY of the Kanto Symphony album.

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    All of the above + A SPECIAL EDITION KANTO SYMPHONY T-SHIRT featuring my design of a certain Fire-type Pokémon that also happens to be a dragon but not really.

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    All of the above + MONTHLY SNEAK PEEKS at in-progress tracks for Kanto Symphony *and* A SPECIAL MENTION on the physical album.

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    All of the above + A SIGNED KANTO SYMPHONY POSTER to hang on your wall/door/cat/whatever! These are pretty rare, so catch 'em while you can!

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    All rewards offered between $1 and $100 + early access to POKÉMON MUSIC JOURNEY, an in-the-works YouTube playthrough series that examines the music of the Pokémon series.

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    All rewards offered between $1 and $100 + the RAIKOU PLUSH DOLL from my legendary beast trio of Pokémon plushies.

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    All rewards offered between $1 and $150 + the SUICUNE PLUSH DOLL from my legendary beast trio of Pokémon plushies.

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    All rewards offered between $1 and $250 + the ENTEI PLUSH DOLL (featured in the PREO Kickstarter video!) from my legendary beast trio of plushies.

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    All rewards offered between $1 and $250 + the GAME BOY ADVANCE & COPY OF POKÉMON LEAFGREEN I was playing in the Kickstarter video.

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    All rewards offered between $1 and $250 + I will draw and color A TRAINER VERSION OF YOU AND YOUR FAVORITE POKÉMON for digital print. Example of my artwork: http://rexbati.deviantart.com/art/Pallet-Goodbye-260729714

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    All rewards offered between $1 and $250 + I will COMPOSE AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF MUSIC FOR STRING QUARTET inspired by whatever theme you'd like, made exclusively for you and you alone (shipped on a signed CD).

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    All rewards offered between $1 and $250 + I will arrange COMPOSE AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF MUSIC FOR FULL ORCHESTRA, to the same quality as the tracks from Kanto Symphony. This track will be exclusively yours and yours alone to listen to (shipped on a signed CD).

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    All rewards offered between $1 and $250 + I WILL COME AND PERFORM music for you on my digital piano, live at your house! If you live more than 4 hours from my place, you will also need to cover my travel expenses. If you have any questions, please message me!

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