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Johto Legends is a cinematic, orchestral recreation of the soundtracks to the Game Boy classics Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver.
Johto Legends is a cinematic, orchestral recreation of the soundtracks to the Game Boy classics Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver.
Johto Legends is a cinematic, orchestral recreation of the soundtracks to the Game Boy classics Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver.
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Johto Legends: Music from Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver

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Johto Legends is a one-hour orchestral arrangement album featuring the timeless music of Pokémon Gold and Silver!

It will explore the story of a young Pokémon Trainer's epic journey across the scenic Johto region, where they'll grow in strength alongside their Pokémon friends as they take on the Johto League, go head-to-head with the nefarious Team Rocket, and encounter the legendary guardians of Johto — all told through a stunning musical narrative.

Update June 4: WOW! We reached our $40k stretch goal! Our next stretch goal is $45k for a guest performer's symphonic rock track! News soon :)

Update June 1: Yahoo! We're funded! We've added a new stretch goal for the final 3 days: $40K - Record Epic Brass for Johto Legends (French horn, trombone, trumpet) Let's do it!

Update May 30: We've added tiers for a vinyl version of the album -- $90 for backer-only vinyl and $100 for CD + backer-only vinyl! Please note: if you pledged at the Rocket Executive ($200) tier or Master Trainer ($500) tier, you will be getting 1x vinyl at no additional cost (no need to up your pledge).

Here is a preview of tracks from Johto Legends! Please note that these are synthesized mockups with instruments that will be re-recorded by a team of 7 incredibly talented video game musicians, adding a new dimension to the tracks.

These musicians have performed for video game concerts like Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions and The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses — and some of their performances can be heard in games like Destiny, Dragon Age, Tomb Raider, and Minecraft:

  • Patti Rudisill - Violin
  • Michaela Nachtigall - Viola
  • Andrew Stern - Cello
  • Laura Intravia - Flute, piccolo
  • Kristin Naigus - Oboe, English horn, bassoon, ethnic winds
  • Peter Anthony Smith - Clarinet
  • John Robert Matz - Trumpet
  • Daniel Romberger - Trombone
  • Marc Papeghin - Horn

Braxton Burks is a Seattle-based composer and arranger of video game music. He has successfully funded two Pokémon albums on Kickstarter: Kanto Symphony, a fully orchestral re-imagining of music from Pokémon Red and Blue, and Double Team!, an anthology of Pokémon tunes across the series performed by live string orchestra and piano. Both albums have landed on the Billboard® charts and gained international recognition.

Sebastian Wolff is the founder and director of Materia Collective, an organization of over 600 composers, arrangers, performers, and other artists who share a passion for video game music soundtracks. Sebastian is also a co-founding member of Loudr, a music licensing and distribution platform working to reinvent and revitalize the music industry for the emerging generation of music lovers, creators, and enablers.

  • May: Fundraising and arranging
  • June: Arrangements finalized, sheet music preparation
  • July: Remote recordings by musicians
  • August - October: Post-production: mixing, mastering
  • November: Manufacturing
  • December: Release!

After accounting for expenses ranging from soloist recordings to manufacturing physical CDs for Johto Legends, the budget breakdown for our $30,000 goal looks something like this: 

 

Johto Legends - Budget Breakdown
Johto Legends - Budget Breakdown

 

Once Johto Legends has been completely finalized, our backers will be the first to know! Links to download digital rewards will be distributed alongside our global launch on iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify, and various other music outlets*! For non-backers, physical albums will likely go on pre-sale prior to digital launch, with the goal being to ship out the same time as digital launch. If physical album manufacturing is delayed, digital launch will remain on schedule. Those who pre-order a physical album will receive a digital download at no additional cost.

*Store availability is subject to change. Final graphics and art may vary.

Pokémon Gold Version and Silver Version, the music from the games, and related ​Pokémon​ properties are © 1999 the Pokémon Company International, Inc. or its affiliates (TPCI). Materia Collective LLC, its affiliates, and Braxton Burks are in no way affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with TPCI with respect to this project. Musical compositions are © 1999 TPCI and will be used with permission. 

Johto Legends is ™ and © 2017 Materia Collective LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Risks and challenges

This isn't our first crowdunding project, and like many of you, we don't like project delays that stretch on for years. As with previous projects, we are entirely committed to our promised deadlines, and we know we can hit them.

The toughest challenge in realizing this album will be assembling and mixing recordings from our soloists into our 'virtual' orchestra to reproduce a live orchestral performance. To ensure the final product is convincing, we have hired a professional audio engineer to 'place' the players in the same sonic space as our virtual orchestra and master the tracks to the highest quality attainable.

While we understand delays are common in the Kickstarter business, we are fully committed to our production schedule and promise to deliver an unforgettable musical experience! The only delays we might anticipate would likely occur during the post-production or manufacturing stages, which can sometimes involve scheduling conflicts between the creators and other involved parties. With clear communication and good planning in advance, there shouldn't be any unforeseen delays.

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