About this project
Update #11: 24 hours until our online party and celebration of the fundraising success!
Read more about this on the update page!
No credit card available? Paypal is now an option to participate and contribute to the project: http://turricansoundtrack.com/paypal/
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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