Heroes of Video Game Music kickstarter seeks to fund an album of classic gaming tunes

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Rik Ede’s right, video game music is rarely given the recognition it deserves. The music beating beneath the surface of our favourite games is a core part of our enjoyment and compulsion to continue playing. That’s why Ede, a composer and audio producer who’s worked in the industry for more than two decades, is seeking funds to produce an album celebrating some of the finest composers working in the video games today.

Ede’s only looking for £7,000 to produce the album: Dolby and the artists are donating their time to the project; the funds are there to cover the cost of the mixing studio and the production of the DVD album.

Check out the list of artists who are currently attached to the project:

  • Robin Beanland (Donkey Kong Country, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Killer Instinct)

  • Steve Burke (Kameo: Elements Of Power, Jetpac Refuelled, Viva Piñata)

  • Alexander Brandon (Unreal, Deus Ex, Neverwinter Nights)

  • John Broomhall (X-COM, MechWarrior 3, Transport Tycoon)

  • Tracy W. Bush (World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo)

  • Bob & Barn (MediEvil, SWIV, Killzone Mercenary)

  • Stuart Duffield (G-Police, RC Revenge, SX3, Dakar 2)

  • Rik Ede (Novastorm, Wipeout HD, Lander, Singstar)

  • Matt Furniss (Mortal Kombat, Excite Bike 64, Alien 3)

  • Gavin Harrison (Catcha Catcha Aliens, Gunslugs, So Hungry)

  • Tim Haywood (Shadow Man, Alien Vs Predator Requiem, Burning Rubber)

  • Rob Hubbard (Monty On The Run, Commando, Sanxion, Kentilla)

  • Mark “TDK” Knight (Populous, Dungeon Keeper 2, F1, Grid)

  • Alastair Lindsay (Tempest 2000, The Getaway, Singstar)

  • Nathan McCree (Tomb Raider 1,2 & 3, Silent Hill Downpour, Bubba ‘n’ Stix)

  • Graeme Norgate (Killer Instinct 1,2, Perfect Dark, Timesplitters 1,2, Crysis 1,2)

  • Jason Page (Rainbow Islands, Gran Turismo, Gods, Chaos Engine)

  • Special Effect All-Stars (Charity that helps disabled people create music & play games)

  • Jamey Scott (Gears Of War 1,2,3, Unreal Tournament, Journeyman Project 3)

  • Jeroen Tel (Turbo Outrun, Golden Axe, Mortal Kombat, Myth)

  • Jonathan VD Wijngaarden (Fairytale Fights, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams

  • Tim “CoLD StoRAGE” Wright (Wipeout, Lemmings, Shadow of the Beast 2 & 3)

If you don’t recognise at least a few of those games then you’ve picked a potted path through gaming history, there’s a vast spread of genres of both games and music scores in there. So, hopefully, most tastes should be catered for.

This isn’t the first time Ede’s tried to fund this project. Last month he launched the project with a funding goal of £22,000 and pulled the plug on it with a day left on the calendar having only raised £5,000. The £15,000 reduction in target’s been achieved by having the mixing studio come on board as an official sponsor, rather than simply be booked out for the project.

You can read more about the project over on the Kickstarter page.