Chris Huelsbeck will create the Turrican Soundtrack Anthology Limited Edition Box Set on 3 CDs with new recordings and arrangements.
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Funding for the project ends on June 3rd and it will not be possible to reserve or buy the limited edition box set after that date!
Chris Huelsbeck presents the Turrican Soundtrack Anthology project and fundraiser!
The back story:
It’s been almost 20 years since I released the acclaimed Turrican Soundtrack Album and I have been thinking about a worthy follow-up for quite some time now. I would love to create an awesome and extensive new edition, with all new recordings, but I can’t do it without your support! Creating and producing any new album and especially one of this magnitude is a very time consuming and budget-hungry matter--but counting on you and all my other fans out there, it can be made possible!
Details about the project:
I’d like to create a Turrican Soundtrack Anthology Limited Edition Box Set, with nearly all of the music from the Turrican Series of Games. At least 3 CDs will contain these brand new, pristine studio recordings. Even music pieces that were featured on the 1993 Turrican Soundtrack CD will be newly recorded and arranged to update their sound. Highlights will include for the first time: the whole 'Turrican 2 Title', 'Credits' (all versions), 'Metal Stars', 'Tower of Morgul', 'Unidirectional Flight', 'Concerto for Laser and Enemies' and 'Hall of Heroes' - all as full length recordings/arrangements.
Some special compositions (including the 'T2 Title', 'The Great Bath' and 'Concerto for Laser and Enemies') will be recorded as a new arrangement with live Symphonic Orchestra for an additional bonus. The WDR Radio Orchestra & WDR Radio Choir have an exciting new game music concert scheduled for November 16, 2012 in Cologne, that will feature these pieces (this event is not depending on the success of this campaign and will happen in either case). Btw: This is the same orchestra and recording facility that made the acclaimed Symphonic Shades concerts and album possible, and the recordings will be edited & mixed separately from the live concert, so the quality will be exceptional.
The Limited Edition Box Set:
The final product will be a gorgeously packaged true limited edition Box Set, numbered by the manufacturing plant, and personally signed by me. The set will never be produced in this form again after the project is completed!
Also planned is exciting new artwork for the Box Set, cover, and inside booklet as well as a new large poster. Here’s a preview demo of what it "could" look like (thanks to Halil Ural, who created this fan art and gave me permission to use it for the preview), but new artwork will be specifically created for this project:
So how do we exactly make this all happen?
I made a complete calculation for the budget that includes my work time in the studio (6+ months), orchestra recordings, CD manufacturing, shipping, art prints and other items and we would need to raise at least $75k. If we reach this goal, the project can and will be produced--including the 3+ CD Limited Edition Box Set, new artwork, as well as some special goodies/rewards for supporters who want to donate even more to the project. If we don’t reach this goal, then nobody will have to pay anything and the project cannot happen. However, I believe that this level is attainable: we would need about 1500 supporters who are willing to reserve an awesome 3+ CD Limited Edition Box Set and for a $50 (about 38 Euro) pledge! On a side note: nearly 10,000 people own the original Turrican Soundtrack CD, so we know that there are enough fans out there. You can also further help to make this happen by spreading the word about this project and make this a viral campaign!
What if we go even higher?
If we get even more supporters and a higher budget, I will add more live orchestra recordings and more music (and expand the Box Set with an additional CD for more tracks). I also have really exciting extra perks for the pledge levels above $50, check them out!
Keep in mind, you have absolutely nothing to lose if you pledge and we don’t reach our goal. But if we do succeed, you’ll know that this project can and will be made and that it will be an incredible and epic follow-up for the original Turrican Soundtrack for its 20th anniversary!
Production Team & Info:
Chris Huelsbeck - Project Creator, Composer, Arranger & Producer
Jan Zottmann (Amiga Immortal Series) - Co-Producer, Liner Notes, PR
Thomas Boecker (Merregnon Studios/Symphonic Shades) - Co-Producer, Orchestra Production, PR
Rudolf Stember - Video Production
Halil Ural - Art
Celal & Ogan Kandemiroglu - Art
Junkboy - Vinyl Art
Kaspar Zenklusen (Relation SCT) - Graphical Layout
Sound of Games - Support, PR
synSONIQ Records - Shipping & Handling
Trademark notice: Turrican is a trademark of Factor 5 - Eggebrecht, Engel, Schmidt GbR ("Factor 5"), used with friendly permission.
Thanks to Julian Eggebrecht, Thomas Engel and Holger Schmidt for their support!
Thanks also to Halil Ural and Mohammed Z. Mukhtar ("Mohzart") for the demo art, Gerhard Weihrauch for the Turrican game video clips/screenshots and T.R.Schmidt for the Turrican audio clip recordings.
We will be shipping from Germany, so if you order from another country, you "may" be responsible for possible import duty or taxes for receiving the package of the Album and other goodies. But the shipping and invoice value will be only for covering the cost of manufacturing of the items, not your full pledge amount, so we don't expect major problems for you.
Below you can find the Q&A section (Please send any questions you have and I will do my best to include them here):
Your credit card would only be charged after a successful funding campaign, so nothing needs to be paid if we don’t reach our goal!
In order to make this really special, a lot of work from myself as well as other people has to go into it, and then there are a number of costs for the orchestra recordings, artwork creation, booklet layout and printing, and last but not least, the Box Set manufacturing. But together I believe we can do this, and I'm super excited about this project!
I plan to be finished and shipped by December this year. Now, if we get more funding than anticipated and add additional live orchestra recordings and more tracks/CDs, the release could be pushed into the beginning of next year, but still in time for the 20th anniversary of the Turrican Soundtrack CD.
Yes, you can help spread the word about it, and you can also send suggestions and comments about this campaign and help me choose possible bonus tracks.
I will make a digital download version of the album available some time after the initial release of the box set, but keep in mind that the project cannot be made at all if we don’t reach our funding goal. So if you can pledge at least $25 for the download option, the campaign/project has a much better chance of success.
The whole project can only happen if we meet our goal of raising the budget necessary to cover the costs. This is why there will be only a limited edition of the box set, which will be numbered, signed and distributed only to fans who pledged at least $50. After June 3rd, there will be no way anymore to reserve a box set!
Kickstarter doesn't allow multiple pledges by a single backer and I did not want to clutter the rewards with too many levels and options. I'm planning to allow backers to pre-order additional box sets through my main website for a limited time after the funding campaign becomes successful. Check out update #5 on the updates page for more detailed information about this option.
Addendum: Now that the budget is safe, we made an option available to contribute through Paypal and bank transfer - go to http://turricansoundtrack.com/paypal for more information!
Unfortunately, a credit card is currently the only way to pledge directly on Kickstarter. You could ask a friend or family member if they have a card and can help you out or get a prepaid credit card (that even works virtually online, see UkashNEO for example: http://www.ukashneo.com/ - thanks to the Double Fine Adventure guys for the tip!). Just make sure your prepaid card has at least 1 dollar more (or a few Euro more because of the fluctuating exchange rate) than your pledge level. The good thing about pledging with a card instead of bank transfer, money order or cash, is that it's more secure and the fact that you would not be charged anything if the budget goal of the campaign is not reached by the deadline.
Please add at least $10 more for shipping of the box set outside of Germany/Internationally. This also applies to the new Memory Stick reward at $75.
At the higher levels/pledges ($100 or more), worldwide shipping is already included.
I pledged $25 for the download version, but now I think I would rather have the box set. Can I pledge another $25?
Yes, you can change your pledge any time until the end of the fundraising campaign.
I pledged $25 for the download version of the album, but I don't like the lossy mp3 format. Can I get lossless audio files like the FLAC format?
Yes, we will give you the option to download mp3 or FLAC or both!
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Pledge $5 or moreYou selected
Support the project, make it happen and get a big virtual "Thank You" from Chris! You will get one bonus Turrican music track (even before the campaign is over) and I will choose one track of the final album for you to download + a special set of 3 Turrican ring-tones suitable for mobile phones. Until the campaign ends, you can change or increase your pledge any time to get to the other levels and additional perks.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or moreYou selected
All rewards of previous levels + download the finished (3 CD equivalent) album as high quality mp3s, including a digital PDF booklet. Get a personal thank you email from Chris!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or moreYou selected
You get the Limited Edition Album 3 CD Box Set, numbered and signed! Also download the finished album in advance (as soon as the master is shipped to the manufacturer) as high quality mp3s with digital booklet + all rewards of previous levels! (For shipping of the Box Set outside of Germany, please add 10 USD)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $75 or moreYou selected
All rewards of the previous levels (except exclusive rewards) + you get a USB memory stick with the original game music, recorded from the real hardware systems in the highest quality (and in mp3 & FLAC file formats). The memory stick will have a unique and cool design, fitting for the project.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or moreYou selected
All rewards of previous levels (except exclusive rewards) + a large poster and autograph thank you card, both signed by Chris + Preview version music downloads during the production!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $150 or moreYou selected
EXCLUSIVE REWARD: Multiple Box Set package with 3 Box Sets + 3 individual download codes for the digital album & booklet, ringtones & campaign bonus track from the $5 level. *Important!!: this level is only intended for a pooled pledge of 3x $50, but does not include the previous awards (the poster for example) - it does however include everything at and below the $25 reward level.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $200 or moreYou selected
All rewards of previous levels (except exclusive rewards) + a Thank You credit (your name) in the booklet + T-Shirt with the final artwork or logo (you'll have some choices and you can select a size)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $250 or moreYou selected
New Vinyl special: You'll get a collectible vinyl single with an original sound version (faithfully recorded from a real Amiga) Turrican game music on one side, as well as a special retro-style remix on the other side, specifically prepared for this medium (guaranteed no euro-dance). These tracks will not be available as part of the box set or the standard download version of the Turrican Soundtrack Anthology. Additionally to your vinyl, you can also download these tracks as mp3/FLAC to conserve your record (exclusive for this level and above). The cover will also have its own special 4-color artwork. You will even get your name printed on the inside sleeve! All rewards of previous levels are included as well, of course (except exclusive rewards).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $300 or moreYou selected
20 backers All gone!
EXCLUSIVE REWARD: 2 guaranteed reserved tickets to the November 16th 2012 Concert in Cologne (Tickets will be mailed in July/August) + all rewards of previous levels (except other exclusive rewards)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or moreYou selected
All rewards of the previous levels (except exclusive rewards) + special supporter booklet credit and personalized supporter thank you certificate + Chris is sending you a digital photo holding up a thank you sign with your name in front of the Golden Gate bridge + meet Chris personally during a game industry event (GDC or Gamescom for example) where we can go for lunch, coffee or meet at a landmark (other events for a meeting may be available - just ask).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,500 or moreYou selected
14 backers All gone!
Exclusive reward: Get a hand-crafted wooden mechanical music box (playing "The Great Bath") + all rewards of the $500 level and below (except other exclusive rewards) + Framed Large Poster Artwork signed by the whole production team (as well as an additional unsigned poster ) + special framed and personalized Supporter Thank You Certificate + a Skype conference session with Chris about the status of the project (at the halfway point) + Invitation to the Project Supporters Dinner Party meeting with Chris on November 16th 2012 in Cologne (does not include travel costs) + Chris composes a personal mobile phone ring tone in the Turrican music style and records an answering machine/voice mail message for you!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $3,000 or moreYou selected
1 backer All gone!
All rewards of the previous levels (except exclusive rewards) + the very first Limited Edition Box Set (No. #1) from the production line + a last remaining music box (one of the 6 that were reserved for the team) + V.I.P. Supporter Credit in the album booklet + 2 Tickets to the November 16th 2012 Concert in Cologne and a personal lunch or meeting with Chris on the same day or by special arrangement + Chris composes a full piece of music (up to 5 minutes) exclusively for you, for your game project or whatever you need it for!Estimated delivery:
- (49 days)