In honor and celebration of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night’s 20th anniversary, we are re-envisioning our favorite music from the game in the form of live symphonic orchestra and choir recordings, and giving tribute to the music by Tomoko Sano (佐野 朋子), Michiru Yamane (山根 ミチル), Akira Souji (荘司朗), Rika Muranaka (村中りか), and Jeff Lorber.
Today on October 30th, we released the first volume of Resurrection of the Night, a 13-track album you can listen to now to get an idea of what Alucard's Elegy will sound like. The album features nearly an hour of music from the standard game and ending, reorchestrated by Wayne Strange and Tim Stoney.
The album features the soloists and musicians Ro Panuganti, Katelyn Isaacson, Laura Intravia, Kristin Naigus, Michaela Nachtigall, Chad Schwartz, Bonnie Bogovich, and many others whose efforts brought some of the performances to life.
We look forward to doing so much more with a live orchestra and choir, and the second volume will feature a new set of tracks that will become the second act--or inverted castle--of this midnight saga.
IMPORTANT NOTE. Backers who pledge at the Alucart's Album tier or higher will receive their digital download of Volume 1in the beginning of December 2017. You will NOT be required to wait for the completion of Volume 2.
Richter Belmont’s plan has surely been eradicated, yet still the darkness remains. Our dream for the second volume is even larger. Resurrection of the Night: Alucard’s Elegy will delve deeper into Alucard’s tragic story as he bears witness to his mother’s heinous execution, exposes Shaft’s stronghold over the vampire hunter, and ultimately, reunites with his father, Dracula.
To truly capture the additional musical narrative that needs to be told, we plan to record a professional choir and orchestra. Like the first volume, the completed album will be available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, and other digital platforms*. Physical copies on CD and vinyl will also be produced!
We hope you will join us on our quest to raise $30,000 and bring this dream to life. You won’t go unrewarded.
Our goal to hire some of the best musicians is not a new ambition, and Materia Collective is no stranger to large orchestra projects!
In 2016, we raised over $50k to create and record a licensed orchestral re-imagining of the Ocarina of Time soundtrack with a 64-piece symphonic orchestra.
We recorded one of the world’s leading session orchestras, and Hero of Time has rocked the soundtrack charts -- all through your support.
We are Tim Stoney, Wayne Strange, and Sebastian Wolff, and we are the Resurrection of the Night team!
Tim Stoney is a British composer currently writing music for film and video game trailers, alongside other projects such as Resurrection of the Night. His most recent track placement in a trailer was for Assassin’s Creed: Origins: Order of the Ancients.
He has worked in collaboration with Wayne Strange on some Video Games Live cues, and also provided additional resources and arrangements for The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses and BT Electronic Opus.
Wayne Strange is an orchestrator, a composer, and a fierce Castlevania fan from the Philadelphia area, currently working for Video Games Live. He's provided the scores for several cues, including Super Mario World, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, and Cave Story. In the past he was an additional arranger for The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses and BT Electronic Opus. He also provided additional orchestrations and score prep for Star Trek: The Video Game and God of War: Ascension.
Early on, he studied voice performance and music theory at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and later Game Design at Camden County College. His favorite Castlevania games are Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night.
Sebastian Wolff is a pianist and orchestrator, and founder of Materia Collective. Materia Collective is a label, publisher, and video game music community that licenses, distributes, and releases game music-related projects including arrangement albums, original soundtracks, and sheet music. The aim of the group is to give video game music – and the fantastic community who shape and create it – a place in the spotlight.
Sebastian is also a co-founding member of Loudr, a big data music rights platform that empowers artists, labels, distributors, and music services to solve complex metadata and rights issues in today’s evolving digital landscape.
We have the next year mapped out with some of the major milestones. We are giving ourselves some extra time with the production, as we hope to record both choir and orchestra!
- Arranging/Orchestration: November 2017 - March 2018
- Scheduling/booking/contracting: November/December 2017
- Score preparation: January - March 2018
- Choir and orchestra sessions/recording: April/May 2018
- Music editing: June 2018
- Music Mixing/Mastering: July/August 2018
- CD, vinyl, reward manufacturing/digital distribution: August/September 2018
- Album release: October 2018!
We mentioned that you won't go unrewarded, and we have several exclusive rewards and experiences planned for your support!
From special thanks, to CDs, to backer-exclusive vinyl editions of the album, we believe that there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re a die-hard Castlevania fan, vinyl collector, or simply impassioned by bringing more video game music projects to life, we hope that some of these will pique your interest.
With our base goal of $30,000, we will be able to record a choir, and produce physical copies of the album (CD and vinyl). Beyond that, we have a few special bonuses that we hope to unlock with your support!
- $30,000: We complete the second volume of Resurrection of the Night and produce the 10-track Alucard's Elegy album! This includes recording the choir, and producing CDs and vinyl copies!
- $40,000: We add another track to the album!
- $50,000: We add another track to the album!
- $60,000: We add another track to the album!
- $100,000: This is our biggest stretch goal: affording a full orchestra recording session. This is quite a bit higher than previous amounts, but the combined cost with the choir and orchestra will make this a worthy goal to reach! Help us get there!
You may have heard about this project on any of these fine news sources, blogs, and magazines!
- http://www.gameblog.fr/news/71367-castlevania-13-morceaux-de-symphony-of-the-night-rearranges- http://gameramble.com/Symphony-Of-The-Night-Soundtrack-Receives-Orchestral-Re-Imagining
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenges with any large project are the logistics and organizational aspects.
This will be our fourth crowdfunding project, following three successful and acclaimed music projects! As with previous album projects, the producers and Materia Collective are entirely committed to our promised deadlines, and we know we can hit them.
We have taken lessons from previous projects and have a much better understanding of how to best allocate budgets, plan and organize all the details and nuances, and how to best fulfill the vision we are promising!
Like you, we don't like project delays that stretch on for years, or that don’t keep their backers informed. We will aim to give regular project updates throughout the entire process. The only delays we might encounter are delays during post-production or manufacturing stages, which can sometimes involve scheduling conflicts between the creators and other involved parties.
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