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Nintendo Underdogs Reorchestrated (or NUREO for short) is a fan-driven project dedicated to re-imagining twenty of the very best Nintendo songs as epic orchestral scores without losing the spirit of the original tracks. Fan projects like Pokémon Reorchestrated, Zelda Reorchestrated, and the Banjo-Kazooie Symphony have already proven game music as a force to be reckoned with, and I’m here to take the same love and passion to the rest of the Nintendoverse!
Nintendo’s most recognizable tunes have already been orchestrated by some group or another, so instead of orchestrating the main Mario theme, Pokémon theme, and other all-stars, I’ve decided to set my sights on some of the less famous music from Nintendo’s library. After all, fan-favorites and hidden gems all deserve their time in the spotlight... So I’m here to give it to them!
What music will be in NUREO? There are very few songs set in stone for the album, because I have a list of over 150 songs that I'd like to reorchestrate eventually. But there really are no guidelines to what Nintendo music constitutes an "underdog." I'm digging into themes as obscure as Joy Mech Fight and themes as famous as Super Mario Bros. 2, so there's going to be an incredible variety for all Nintendo fans to enjoy.
Why Kickstarter? Like similar fan projects, NUREO will use a library of high-quality MIDI samples to mimic a realistic, fully orchestral sound. I currently have a small library of basic orchestral MIDI instruments, which I use to create the music you can hear in the Kickstarter video above. But unfortunately, these samples can often sound too synthetic and unrealistic. The funds I hope to raise through Kickstarter will go directly towards upgrading my music software so that NUREO will finally achieve a rich, authentic orchestral sound.
Where will the money go? I'm asking for $6000 to fund NUREO, and I'm going to use it to cover many different things. The vast majority of that money (right around $4,800 for the number people) will go towards updating my sound library with professional orchestral samples that far outclass what you've heard in the video. Amazon and Kickstarter can then take up to 10% of the raised funds as service fees, which brings my expenditures up to $5400. I've also set aside a small fallback fund, which accounts for the unlikely event that 4% of all donated pledges (which is twice Kickstarter's average) are rejected by creditors, bringing me up to $5640. The remaining $360 will go towards fulfilling backer rewards—that is, producing and shipping CDs, shirts, and the other goodies you can see in the fancy little bar to your right.
If you’d like to know more about the project, be sure to watch the video above, and check the FAQ at the bottom of the page. If you’re thinking about backing the project, just pop on over to that convenient little bar to the right of the page, and you’ll see all the special backer rewards you can get. Thank you so much for your support!!
$7000: Live Soloists!
NUREO will include several live-recorded solos from talented musicians, including Jules Conroy (better known as FamilyJules7x), Marc Papeghin, Jake McCoy, and many others, so that the album sounds more beautiful than ever!
Brian Scheid, also known as Archaois, will provide a watercolor-style piece of artwork to accompany each track in the album, as well as two full-scale pieces of Nintendo-themed artwork for you to enjoy! Brian is the talent behind the artwork you see above, so you can be sure that it will be top-notch stuff.
$8000: Guest Arrangements!
Eric Buchholz, a composer who has worked on live concerts such as The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses and PLAY! A Video Game Symphony, as well as Zelda Reorchestrated’s Twilight Symphony, will contribute an additional track to the album!
Braxton Burks, long-time composer behind Pokémon Reorchestrated and its many albums, and orchestrator for the upcoming game, Bacon Man: An Adventure, will contribute a guest arrangement of the heart-wrenching “Love Theme,” from the cult hit Mother 3!
$?????: A Secret to Everybody!
I don’t ever dream of making it past $8000, but with your love and support, who knows? If this project makes it far enough, you can expect something crazy awesome. I have a few ideas in mind, but we’ll cross that bridge if we get there ;)
Nintendo Underdogs Reorchestrated is not is officially associated with Nintendo or any of its affiliates. I am, however, working with the incredible team at Loudr to ensure that all music included in NUREO is properly licensed. Not only does this mean that NUREO will be available through Loudr and iTunes, but it ensures that the original copyright holders receive proper royalties for NUREO’s music.
*This section will be continually updated as more NUREO news rolls in!*
UPDATE 3/27/2014 — I will be at PAX East 2014. If you're interested in meeting up to talk about NUREO or just to hang out, send me a message!
UPDATE 4/20/2014 — I've announced four songs that will be on the official album, and there's even a new demo for teh hypez. Click the link to your left to check it out. There's one week left, so let's get excited!
Nintendo Life — "Another awesome way Nintendo fans will get to jam out"
GenGAME — "Beautiful reorchestrated versions of [Nintendo's] many great tunes"
Risks and challenges
Well, I have a list of over 130 songs I'd like to orchestrate, so probably the hardest challenge I'll have to face over the course of this project is deciding how to narrow it down to twenty for the album!
Levity aside, as with any other artistic or heavily tech-based project, there's always the possibility that something could go horribly wrong. Luckily I keep my music projects and sample libraries backed up on multiple external hard drives, which means that even if something breaks, my progress will not be lost. In the unlikely event that everything I own spontaneously combusts, most software developers keep detailed records of accounts and purchases, so it shouldn't be much trouble to reacquire my software. And if global warming kills us all, I probably won't be able to finish... But you wouldn't be able to listen, either.
Lastly, I am nothing if not a perfectionist. I will review and tweak a song countless times to make sure that there's not a single thing that dissatisfies me in the very least. On the one hand, this means that producing the album will likely take quite a while, but on the other hand, the final product will be nothing short of incredible.
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