Music and sound are parts of the video game experience that often get forgotten about. But you'd sure notice them if they were absent.
A new Kickstarter campaign started by ex Sony/Psygnosis composer (and "Dolby surround sound evangelist," apparently) Rik Ede has the eventual aim of creating a download and DVD album of tracks that celebrate video game music in all its forms, from its dawn in the 1980s to the spectacular orchestral compositions that accompany triple-A titles today.
The project aims to include contributions from a wide variety of legendary composers from throughout gaming's history. So far, confirmed artists include Alexander Barron (Unreal, Deus Ex), Robin Beanland (Donkey Kong Country, GoldenEye 007, Killer Instinct), Tracy W Bush (World of Warcraft, Diablo II), Tim Haywood (Shadow Man), Nathan McCree (Tomb Raider, Silent Hill: Downpour), Rob Hubbard (too many '80s Commodore 64 classics to mention) and Tim Wright, aka CoLD SToRAGE (Wipeout, Lemmings, MTV Music Generator). The lineup also includes composers working with less well-known contemporary indie developers and other retro artists such as Jeroen Tel.
Here's a track from Ede himself:
"I've had the privilege of working with some of the world's best game composers and sound designers over the last 20 years," says Ede, "and they truly are the unsung heroes of the development process. I'm hoping that this project will start to shine a light on their considerable talents and allow gamers to appreciate the vital role they play in bringing games to life."
The project is sponsored by Dolby and the Leeds, UK-based recording studio The Chairworks, but is seeking to raise £7,000 to contribute to recording and mixing expenses. The Kickstarter campaign will, as usual, offer a variety of backer rewards ranging from the ability to attend workshops at The Chairworks or even mix a track for the album. Dolby is also footing the bill for a launch event in London, UK, where the album will be performed using Dolby's new Atmos surround sound technology; the entire album will be mixed in 5.1 surround for those who like their music to be all around them.
The Kickstarter campaign for the project runs until midnight UK time on Sunday July 28. Find out more and pledge your support -- if you want to, obviously -- on the official page.