About this project
The music of Pokémon Red and Blue was the childhood soundtrack of millions of people: sweet, charming Pallet Town, eerie Viridian Forest, four ferocious battle themes... every track from these games is deeply embedded in countless hearts and minds across the world.
7/13 - *ONE MORE SAMPLE!*
S.S. Anne - Arr. Mark Benis/Trevor Alan Gomes
7/12 - *TWO NEW SAMPLES!*
Pewter City - Arr. Trevor Alan Gomes
Rival Appears - Arr. Trevor Alan Gomes
Piano Collections: Music from Pokémon Red and Blue seeks to honor the musical legacy of Pokémon through thoughtful, nuanced piano performances on a scope never before attempted. Featuring the work of ten professional arrangers, over thirty tracks from the games, and prominent guest star Kyle Landry, the album will take listeners on a comprehensive musical journey through the world of Pokémon Red and Blue.
Road to Viridian City - Arr. Trevor Alan Gomes
Trevor Alan Gomes is a Los Angeles-based pianist, composer and arranger. He has worked extensively with Disney as their SoCal audition accompanist and has assisted with orchestration of numerous feature films, including Skyfall and Finding Dory. He recently produced/arranged/performed Piano Collections: Chrono Trigger with Materia Collective, and orchestrated a track from Xenoblade Chronicles for Video Games Live.
Kyle Landry is a world-renowned pianist, most known for his immense catalog of solo piano performances on YouTube. He plays a wide variety of genres with a particular bent toward video game and film scores. He recently gave his first live solo concert in New York to much acclaim.
Caleb Parker is an Los Angeles-based freelance engineer and producer. Some of his past clients include Lego, Knott's Berry Farm, Brotherhood Workshop and Damien Lawson (of The Voice).
Sebastian Wolff is the founder and creative director of Materia Collective, an organization of over 600 composers, arrangers, performers, and other artists who share a passion for video game music. He empowers artists and creators to live sustainable and rewarding careers at the intersection of music, tech, and gaming industries.
While many of the arrangements are written by Trevor, a team of top-notch professional arrangers was assembled to make this endeavor possible: Laura Platt, Julia Seeholzer, Mark Benis, Kyle Landry, Steven Melin, David Peacock, David Russell, Sebastien Skaf, and Sebastian Wolff.
Jigglypuff's Lullaby - Arr. Trevor Alan Gomes
So much of the music from Pokémon Red and Blue is iconic that we decided to create a piano album that pays tribute to nearly every track from it. In creating piano renditions of these tracks, we didn't want to simply take the exact notes from the game and play them on piano; rather, we wanted to explore them in ways that were fresh and inventive while still maintaining the character of each. The tracks will be in the order you hear them in the game (with a few exceptions) in order to emulate the feeling of the journey from Pallet Town to Indigo Plateau.
Pallet Town - Arr. Steven Melin
While we are already underway with arranging and recording the album, we've realized that in order to pull it off on the level we would like, we need your support. Kyle Landry will be flying out soon to record his portion of the album, and when he does, we would like to record the duets on two state-of-the-art grand pianos in a top notch studio in Los Angeles!
We have tentatively booked a studio at The Village and need your help to make this happen. We'd also like to professionally film the recording to produce some incredible videos for your enjoyment.
There are also many more ambitious ideas and potential reward tiers we have in mind, including the production of physical CDs, vinyl, and much more. If this Kickstarter surpasses our initial goal, we'll continue to add stretch goals to the very end!
Battle! Gym Leader - Arr. Trevor Alan Gomes
The budget for our $3,000 goal is pretty straightforward:
- $2,400: Studio rental/studio expenses
- $600: Professional filming and editing
Whatever we receive beyond that amount will be used for all kinds of various exciting additions, so keep an eye on any stretch goals we add going forward!
If we can hit $20,000, we will produce not only the initially planned 30 tracks, but EVERY music track from Pokémon Red and Blue (and Yellow!). The way we've broken it down, this would be roughly 45 (you read that right) tracks! It will not only be the "Ultimate" Pokémon Red/Blue piano album... it will be complete. Definitive. EVOLVED.
Along the way, however, we will gradually add tracks. Keep in mind that we haven't revealed what the original thirty were, so to make sure all your favorites are on the album, help us reach $20,000! Fufufufufu....
- ~UNLOCKED!!~ $6,000 - Silph Co. / Guidepost Theme / Victory! (Gym Leader Battle)
- ~UNLOCKED!!~ $9,000 - Celadon City / Poké Flute / Pokémon Mansion
- $12,000 - Cinnabar Island / Victory! (Trainer Battle) / Welcome to the World of Pokémon!
- ~UNLOCKED EARLY!!~ $15,000 - ~Exclusive Vinyl from iam8bit~
- $18,000 - ???? / ???? / ????
- $20,000 - ???? / ???? / ????
This is a pretty fast project, but we're ambitious and we know we can do this with your support!
- June/July: Recording/mixing/mastering
- August: Post-production/marketing/artwork
- September: Album release!
Pokémon Red Version and Blue Version, the music from the games, and related Pokémon properties are © 1996 the Pokémon Company International, Inc. or its affiliates (TPCI). Materia Collective LLC, its affiliates, and Trevor Alan Gomes 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 © 1996 TPCI and will be used with permission, and mechanical royalties paid to composers and copyright holders at applicable statutory rates.
Risks and challenges
Producing an album like this requires working at an absurdly fast rate and staying calm and collected in the studio. Kyle and Trevor will have very limited time to work with once we start recording, but because of our extensive experience with recording in the past, it should be no problem.
As far as any sorts of delays are concerned, the biggest risks would lie in the manufacturing of any physical materials we end up producing. We are committed to providing you with exactly what you are promised in as timely a manner as possible, so if there are any delays, we hope you'll bear with us!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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