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Mega Ran's joining forces with Japan's chiptune scene for the ultimate chip-hop remix tour, documented on Blu-ray.

UPDATE (JULY 12, 2013) - 130% FUNDED!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
 NEW BACKERS: 
Download the Nocturnal Cantata album and DN3's OCHOBITES album in UPDATE #1!

STRETCH GOALS:

  • funded - A Hiversaires Rap Remix with Aliceffekt, plus Blu-ray featurette, AND new *secret* EP Release!
  • funded - A full music/video collaboration between Mega Ran and Castlevania SOTN composer Michiru Yamane!
  • funded: Omodaka rap remix and Blu-ray featurette on the Ape Escape series soundtracks
  • $14,000: Ray's the Dead rap remix with SEXY-SYNTHESIZER and Blu-ray featurette.

And More to Be Announced!

Greetings and salutations! I am Random, better known as Mega Ran, and I make music... about my loves, like video games. 

Three years ago, I resigned from my career as a teacher in order to put my full effort into making music, and it's been an unreal ride ever since.

Time to take it to another level. To the Land of the Rising Sun. To Japan.

This campaign has more levels than Super Meat Boy. DJ DN3 and myself have booked a two-week tour through Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.  We will be performing alongside some of the greatest chiptune musicians in the world, amazing game creators and cover artists, including the composers of STREET FIGHTER 4, STREETS OF RAGE 3 and APE ESCAPE!  All of it is lined up to be captured in 4k resolution video for a Blu-ray documentary.  Now we just have to fund the trip. I'm no stranger to touring overseas straight punk rock style, so this should be fun.


Above, Daikanyama M Opening Night and Sabaco Finale video interviews with game composers Aliceffekt and Motohiro Kawashima.  

Live Game Boy remixes with NNNNNNNNNN and DJ Master Kohta at 1H1D!!! vol.31, Cafe la Siesta, Kyoto.

The Kickstarter project video update in 1080p HD resolution.

Here's a look at our MEGARANJAPAN.com tour schedule:

6/19  OPENING NIGHT @ Daikanyama M, Tokyo
with Aliceffekt, Hige Driver and Professor Sakamoto

6/20  WITH DENSHI KAIMEN @ Kiwa, Tokyo
with special guest SEXY-SYNTHESIZER

6/21  CHEAPBEATS @ Heavy Sick, Tokyo
with Cheapshot, Omodaka, Bun, Hally, Lazerbeat, m7kenji

6/22  PICO PICO CAFE @ Kichijouji, Tokyo
with Bun and special guest Michiru Yamane

6/23  1H1D!!! Vol.31 @ Cafe la Siesta, Kyoto
with DJ Master Kohta, NNNNNNNNNN, TRIENNIA

6/24  MADMILKY RECORDS @ Game Bar Continue, Osaka
with NNNNNNNNNN, TORIENA

6/27  FINALE @ Sabaco, Tokyo
with Kplecraft, Motohiro Kawashima, Kunio, Lazerbeat, m7kenji, Nacky

6/28 THUMBS UP @ Yokohama, Tokyo
with Volta Masters

6/29 MEGA ROCK FAN FESTA, @ Lapin et Halot, Tokyo
with Hally, Bun, Robokabuto, Tappy 

Of course tour and production costs add up, so I'm counting on you, Kickstarter backers, to help make history! 

Here's a visual aid for the project costs, starting with roundtrip airfare ($2,500), studio costs ($1,800) and disc manufacturing ($1,500) for our intended CD, Blu-ray and vinyl releases, as well as booking venues in Tokyo ($1,000), equipment rental and travel.

Why Kickstarter? 

Crowdfunding through Kickstarter has allowed myself and my producers to manage the risks involved in producing ambitious multimedia projects on a manageable scale. 

This project is sharing with backers innovative game-inspired music and hip-hop from passionate composers, arrangers and performers.  This amazing opportunity requires the support of backers in order to meet the production requirements of an international, independently funded collaboration.

Backing this project will lead to some amazing perks:

  • A Mega Ran Remix album with songs re-imagined by chiptune artists
  • A Blu-Ray disc featuring concert and interview footage
  • Custom cover songs and freestyle shootouts for our supporters
  • Limited edition music albums exclusive to Japan
  • Tickets to special events in Tokyo
  • AND STRETCH GOALS including new collaborations, vinyl, special limited releases, first looks at my other monthly releases and making-of featurettes with prominent indie game creators


So to make this happen, we need AT MINIMUM a total of $10,000. And as you may know, if we don't get that, we get nothing. So it's Japan or Bust! 

If we DO make that goal, we'll be adding stretch goals to commend your generosity. As an added incentive: I'll give my new Castlevania album Nocturnal Cantata to all backers pledging $20 and over, instantly!  Have it already?  You'll also get the instrumental tracks or any other album you might be missing. 

Thank you so much for your support!  Arigatou!

-Raheem "Random" Jarbo

FEATURED ARTISTS (The Players)


Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We have done extensive preparation to overcome the challenges of booking venues to perform together with our tour partners in Japan. Any unforeseen setbacks to the remix album and documentary are ready to be tackled by our extensive team of musicians, translators and videographers dedicated to making the Mega Ran Japan Tour a success.

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    ARIGATOU! In addition to our sincere thanks, you get access to backer-only updates and surprises.

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    Digital Copy of DN3's "Ochobites" album and a facebook/twitter shout out from Ran.

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    Digital copy of the Mega Ran Tour Remix EP, digital copy of DN3's "Ochobites" album and facebook/twitter shout out.

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    DIGITAL MUSIC LEVEL: Japan Tour EP and full LP download, digital Ochobites album, digital "Castlevania: Nocturnal Cantata" album + Instrumentals, and twitter/facebook shout out.

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    DIGITAL VIDEO BUNDLE: You'll get the Documentary as m4v files for iPhone and iPad mobile devices, digital versions of the Tour EP & LP, Nocturnal Cantata + Instrumentals and OchoBites, as well as a facebook/twitter shout out.

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    CD PLEASE: The Mega Ran Tour Remix LP on CD and a signed postcard mailed to you, the Documentary as m4v files, digital versions of the Tour EP & LP, Nocturnal Cantata + Instrumentals, OchoBites, and a facebook/twitter shout out.

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    BLU-RAY LEVEL: The Tour Documentary on a Blu-ray disc and a signed postcard mailed to you, the Documentary as m4v files, digital versions of the Tour EP & LP, Nocturnal Cantata + Instrumentals, OchoBites, and a facebook/twitter shout out.

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    JAPAN ONLY - Ticket to the private Pico Pico Cafe show June 22 in Tokyo. A signed postcard HAND DELIVERED to you, the Documentary as m4v files, and digital releases of the Tour EP & LP, Nocturnal Cantata + Instrumentals and OchoBites album, as well as a facebook/twitter shout out.

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    CD+BLU-RAY PACK: Mega Ran Japan Tour CD + Japan Tour documentary on Blu-ray and a signed postcard mailed to you. The documentary as m4v files, digital releases of the Tour EP & LP, Nocturnal Cantata + Instrumentals, OchoBites, and a facebook/twitter shout out.

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    THIS OR THAT: Exclusive copy of the Rokko Chan Soundtrack 2-CD album featuring remixes by tour partners OR signed special triple-pack 3-CD "Mega Ran In Language Arts" set. A commemorative Mega Ran Japan tour poster OR Exclusive 1 1/4 inch Tour Button. A personally recorded freestyle shout out and your name in the documentary credits. Japan Tour CD, Documentary Blu-Ray disc and a signed postcard mailed to you. The Documentary as m4v files, digital releases of the Tour EP & LP, Nocturnal Cantata + Instrumentals, OchoBites, and a facebook/twitter shout out.

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    THIS AND THAT: Tour Poster AND 1 1/4 inch Tour Button commemorating the tour. Rokko Chan Soundtrack 2-CD OR Signed special triple-pack 3-CD "Mega Ran In Language Arts" set. Japan Tour CD, Documentary Blu-ray disc, and a signed postcard mailed to you. Personally recorded freestyle shout out, the Documentary as m4v files, your name in the documentary credits, digital releases of the Tour EP & LP, Nocturnal Cantata + Instrumentals, OchoBites, and a facebook/twitter shout out.

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    COMMEMORATIVE PACKAGE - A custom 8GB USB Flash drive containing tons of music by Mega Ran and the Japan Tour's participating musicians. A T-shirt, poster and 1 1/4 inch Tour Button commemorating the tour. The Japan Tour CD, Documentary Blu-Ray and signed postcard mailed to you. The documentary m4v files and your name in the credits, digital releases of the Tour EP & LP, Nocturnal Cantata + Instrumentals, OchoBites, and a facebook/twitter shout out.

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    COLLABORATORS CDS - Signed CDs by tour partners Bokkadenci, Bun and DJ Master Kohta, along with Random's complete physical discography. USB Drive, The documentary Blu-ray, m4vs, your name in the credits, 1 1/4 inch Tour Button, and a signed postcard. Your choice of Tour T-Shirt or Poster. Plus digital copies of Japan Tour EP & LP, Nocturnal Cantata + Instrumentals, and twitter/facebook shout out.

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    BEATS BY DN3 - Tell DJ DN3 your favorite video game, and he'll flip a song from the soundtrack into a sweet beat for you. You also get the Documentary Blu-Ray/m4vs/your name in the credits, USB, Limited Edition Tour T-Shirt, Tour Poster, 1 1/4 inch Tour Button, CD of the Tour Remix LP, CD and digital copies of the Tour EP & LP, Nocturnal Cantata + Instrumentals and Ochobites.

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    LIMITED EDITION JAPAN DISCS: Chiptune CD releases available only in Japan, including POP! by SEXY-SYNTHESIZER, HIGEDIUS GAIDEN by Hige Driver and DS GOA by Kuske of Kplecraft, as well as Random's Japan-Only Releases "Randomonium" and "Forever 8 Bit." Also includes the 8GB Tour USB, Your choice of Rokko Chan Soundtracks 2 CD set or Language Arts 3 CD set.  The Tour CD, Documentary Blu-ray, T-shirt, Poster, 1 1/4 inch Tour Button and signed postcard sent to you. A freestyle shout out, m4v files of the documentary, your name in the credits, digital releases of the Tour EP & LP, Nocturnal Cantata Digital + Instrumentals and OchoBites.

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    ALL OF THE THINGS - Full Physical CD Discography by Mega Ran and DJ DN3, Rokko Chan Soundtracks 2 CD set AND Language Arts 3 CD set, Tour USB Flash drive, recorded freestyle shout out, tour T-shirt, tour poster, 1 1/4 inch Tour Button, Tour CD & Documentary Blu-ray/m4v files, your name in the doc credits and a signed postcard mailed to you. Digital releases of the Tour EP & LP, Nocturnal Cantata + Instrumentals, OchoBites, and a facebook/twitter shout out.

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    FAMICOM! Ran will pick you up a Famicom or Super Famicom from Japan and a game of your choice, and sign it (if you'd like) and send it to you. You also get the Tour LP CD, Documentary as a Blu-ray/m4v files/your name in the credits, a personalized freestyle shout out, a signed postcard mailed to you, digital releases of the Tour EP & LP, Nocturnal Cantata + Instrumentals, OchoBites, and a facebook/twitter shout out.

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    COMIC CHARACTER+MEGA BUSTER - YOU (or a character you create) will become a character that appears in the Mega Ran: Random Lyricism Webcomic by J1Studios! Also includes the signed plush Mega Buster that Ran uses on stage! You also get the Tour LP CD, Documentary as a Blu-ray/m4v files/your name in the credits, a personalized freestyle shout out, a signed postcard mailed to you, digital releases of the Tour EP & LP, Nocturnal Cantata + Instrumentals, OchoBites, and a facebook/twitter shout out. Check out the comic at j1studios.com.

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    RHYME & DINE - This will get you into a show and ON THE STAGE at Ran's next show in your area. You'll get a mic, and sing a song together, so I hope you know the lyrics. Shy? we'll have a pre- or post-show dinner at your favorite spot, on me. Also includes Tour CD, Documentary Blu-ray/m4v files/ your name in the credits, a signed postcard mailed to you, digital releases of the Tour EP & LP, Nocturnal Cantata + Instrumentals, OchoBites, and a facebook/twitter shout out.

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    YOUR OWN SONG - Got a game tune in your head? Mega Ran and DJ DN3 will "flip it" and turn it into a full song... for use however you'd like! Pick the game, even the topic, and we go to work. Also includes Tour CD, Documentary Blu-ray/m4vs/your name in the credits, a signed postcard mailed to you, digital releases of the Tour EP & LP, Nocturnal Cantata + Instrumentals, OchoBites, and a facebook/twitter shout out.

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    BEAT SCHOOL. You'll get ten 30 minute sessions via skype or Google Hangout, where Ran and DN3 will show you all their secrets, hints and tips and tricks on how to make beats, seek out samples, and drop rhymes. This won't guarantee you're a star, but it'll be a lot of fun. You also get the Tour CD and Documentary Blu-ray/m4v files/your name in the credits, a signed postcard mailed to you, digital releases of the Tour EP & LP, Nocturnal Cantata + Instrumentals, OchoBites, and a facebook/twitter shout out.

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    STUDIO EQUIPMENT - A SIGNED piece of equipment from Ran and DJ DN3's Studio! DJ DN3's SP-505 Groove Sampling Workstation was used to create many of the banging beats in Ran's catalog, and it can be yours. Don't know how to use it? DN3 will teach. OR... take Ran's mic and interface, last used to record the "Mega Ran 10" album. Also includes Tour CD, Blu-Ray Documentary/m4v files/your name in the credits, a signed postcard mailed to you, digital releases of the Tour EP & LP, Nocturnal Cantata + Instrumentals, and a facebook/twitter shout out.

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    EXECUTIVE SUITE - OVER 20 CDs by Mega Ran + remix album collaborators, including Japan-Only discs from Ran's Japanese label River City, a SURPRISE Gift Bag from our travels in Japan, a CUSTOM SONG over a video game tune of your choice, and of course the Tour CD, Blu-ray documentary/m4v files, your name in the credits. YOUR NAME will be mentioned on the final track of the finished Tour LP. If you like, a 5 minute skype call with Ran and DN3 discussing the project.

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    PARTY AT YOUR PLACE! Fire up the games and keep the fridge stocked, because Ran and DN3 are comin' at you! We'll perform, play games and watch your Netflix, then crash on the couch afterwards. Also includes Tour CD and Blu-ray Documentary/m4v files, a signed postcard mailed to you, digital releases of the Tour EP & LP, Nocturnal Cantata + Instrumentals, OchoBites, and a facebook/twitter shout out. (Additional fees apply for non-US visits)

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