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VGO is recording a LIVE ALBUM of the ultimate ROCKESTRAL GAME MUSIC concert, and bringing it to you!

04/10/2012: Bonus track pledge + Stretch goal info

01/10/2012: Last Week! + Live video from PAX 2012

26/09/2012: Message from Kinuyo Yamashita!

23/09/2012: CD Tracklist and New Pledge Rewards!

17/09/2012: Thank you message from Shota Nakama and Guest Announcement!

15/09/2012: Look Who's Talkin' #2: Protomen and Danimal Cannon

13/09/2012: Look Who's Talkin' #1: Jonathan Coulton

06/09/2012: The Beginning Of Our Journey!

Hello Friends!

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.

~Live at Symphony Hall~ October 7th
~Live at Symphony Hall~ October 7th

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!

VGO at PAX East 2010
VGO at PAX East 2010

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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    Not only you get a physical copy of the CD, but also a custom USB drive with the MAKING OF video in HD. (International shipping +$5)

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    DIGITAL PACK: Album with digital booklet and the bonus tracks along with a download code for the Making of documentary and exclusive photos from the concert only in for this reward!

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    You get a signed CD WITH BONUS TRACKS!, a custom USB containing MAKING OF video in HD, and an exclusive VGO T-shirt. (International shipping +$5)

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    Have your concert program SIGNED by the guest composers plus everything mentioned above! (International shipping +$5)

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    You get the physical copy of the CD with YOUR NAME included in the booklet in a special thank you section listed alongside the GUEST COMPOSERS! You also get the custom USB drive with the MAKING OF video in HD and T-shirt.

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    MULTIPLE CD Set package with 3 Physical CDs and 3 download codes for the complete digital album. This reward allows you to receive the album and give away to your friends! Sharing is caring!

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    Man, it is getting up there! You get a FREE ticket to the October 7th show and all the goodies mentioned above.

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    You will get a VIP TICKET that allows you to meet and greet the guests after the show. Plus, you get all of the above rewards!

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    Come and see us performing the show!!! Get a pair of FREE tickets + an exclusive version of the album containing BONUS TRACKS and MAKING OF video in custom USB Drive.

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    VINYL SPECIAL: You'll get a collectible color jacket vinyl with a selection of tracks from the concert album and of course the CD with the full tracklist! This is your rare opportunity to own orchestrated video game music on an LP record!

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    Your INTERVIEW will be in the MAKING OF VIDEO at the show. Also, you get a copy of the CD, custom USB Drive, a VIP ticket at our show, and the album with bonus tracks!

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    Man, it is getting up there! We will create TWO STRING QUARTET ARRANGEMENTS of your favorite video game music, record it professionally and send a signed CD to you!

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    Amazing..... We will create TWO BAND ARRANGEMENTS of your favorite video game music! The format will have not only our fantastic rock band section but also solo violin, sax, and other solo instruments! You could choose a vocal song, too. Of course we will record this professionally and send a physical copy to ya!

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    Wow! Thanks for even reading this far. For this last but not least pledge.... We will create & record TWO ARRANGEMENTS of your favorite video game music with our chamber group format, which includes our rock band, solo instruments, and string quartet! We will also perform this arrangement at the next convention we are going to in 2013! The professionally made, signed CD will be sent to you.

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