We are the Boston based Video Game Orchestra. Over the past 4 years, we have been putting on exciting live shows featuring video game music in Rockestral (that is, Rock + Orchestral) style at PAX, Anime Boston, Boston Symphony Hall, and numerous other events in the US.
So here’s a shout out to our fans, old and new. We appreciate all of you who came to see us live and gave us feedback on what you expect from us. We heard you and are planning to record our upcoming concert on October 7th, ~Live At Symphony Hall~.
....However, in order to achieve our goal, we need your support!
Recording a whole group that consists of more than 100 musicians, mixing all the tracks, and having them ready to distribute in the highest quality possible, do require extra funding to get us into the execution phase of the project. Now here’s how we plan to make the best out of your support.
The Concert: Boston Symphony Hall will once again be filled with the vibrant world of video game music, and give the audience a unique musical experience.
It will be a night that promises to create memories and inspire young and old, as music from Final Fantasy, Grandia, Kingdom Hearts, Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid and Chrono Trigger will be featured throughout the night, and the audience will be joined by 4 special guest composers: Yoko Shimomura (Kingdom Hearts), Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy XII), Noriyuki Iwadare (Grandia) and Kinuyo Yamashita (Castlevania)!
Tickets are available at www.bso.org
Our Goal: We are aiming for $30,000 to deliver an album with the most exciting arrangements of your video game music favorites, including Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Castlevania, and more, presented with first class art and premium booklet. We hope to release the album by April, 2013.
Budget and Production: Your pledges will be used for recording, licensing, mixing, mastering, and printing, in addition to anything associated with the distribution of the album. Anything above 30k will be spent on promotions and other future projects. Do note that we are financing this project without any support, not even from the concert and the budget only contributes to making of the album.
Well, that is out plan! In addition, as rewards, we will also produce a Making-Of documentary for the concert with composer and producer comments and even your participation! We hope you can be a part of it and cannot thank you enough for all the love you have been showing us these years. Let’s make this dream come true. We will definitely keep you posted on the journey of making it happen!
Who is the VGO?
Founded by Japanese born guitarist Shota Nakama, VGO came to be from Nakama's greatest passions in life, live performance and video games, and the belief that their worlds could not only be combined, but that new life could be brought to the endearing classics that fans for years have heard in the background of their favorite video games.
VGO is comprised by a group of the very best of Boston based musicians, both young and established talents alike, as well as individuals from around the world. VGO does not limit itself to being a strictly classical orchestra and choir, uniquely integrating a rock band ensemble into their group to bring true innovation to their multicultural soundscape, and ensuring the most diverse takes on many classics of video game music.
The VGO has performed to sold out crowds and venues since 2008 at events such as Anime Boston, PAX Prime, PAX East, and Boston Symphony Hall. In 2012, they served as the official orchestra for Distant Worlds in Boston, conducted by Arnie Roth, and have played on stage with names such as Nobuo Uematsu and Masashi Hamauzu.
What is Rockestral music?
Rockestral music is a term coined by the VGO to describe their unique style, combining a full orchestra and full rock band together with attention and care to sound and proper arrangement. This results in a vary diverse selection of soundscapes and atmosphere. Some arrangements calls for full orchestra, some only a rock band, others a combination, but all songs require deep, thoughtful arrangements and great respect to the source material. Rockestral style is made to bring out the best in each and every piece.
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