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Reformation C64 Track Remakes by Matt Gray

A definitive set of Matt Gray C64 games soundtrack remakes

London, United Kingdom

To hear all the latest preview tracks from this album go to
 Matt Gray's Soundcloud page link below.

Matt Gray C64 Soundcloud

The production of this album boxset is almost complete and will feature 6 CDs worth of music for those pre-ordering the main album and the LN2 Soundtrack album. Currently delivery date estimate is Mid April.

 Last Ninja 2 image above used with the kind permission of System 3.

 


EVERY LEVEL 1+ BACKER NOW RECEIVES A BONUS DOWNLOAD CODE FOR THE FULL VERSION OF MY 2014 REMAKE OF ROB HUBBARD'S CLASSIC SANXION LOADER aka THALAMUSIC.

LISTEN TO THE PREVIEW BELOW>>>


ALL OF THESE STRETCH HAVE NOW BEEN REACHED

  • £61,500 - The replacement Rob Hubbard track, as Sanxion is now a given. This will be a mystery track chosen by myself at a later date.  THIS HAS NOW BEEN REACHED.
  • £63,000 - Green Beret Loader by Martin Galway. THIS HAS NOW BEEN REACHED.
  • £64,500 - A Chris Huelsbeck classic chosen by myself and remade by me also. THIS HAS NOW BEEN REACHED.
  • £66,000 - Arcade Classics by Rob Hubbard.THIS HAS NOW BEEN REACHED.
  • £67,500 - Rambo First Blood Part 2 Loader by Martin Galway. THIS HAS NOW BEEN REACHED.
  • £69,000 - A Matt Gray track remade by Chris Huelsbeck.THIS HAS NOW BEEN REACHED.
  • £70,500 - Knucklebusters by Rob Hubbard. THIS HAS NOW BEEN REACHED.
  • £72,000 - A Matt Gray track remade by Chris Huelsbeck, Audun Sorlie and Eirik Suhrke. THIS HAS NOW BEEN REACHED.
  • £73,500 - Arkanoid by Martin Galway. THIS HAS NOW BEEN REACHED.
  • £75,000 - All the above remakes on a physical CD for Level 2+ backers. Level 1 will be downloads only. THIS HAS NOW BEEN REACHED.

 £40,000 – SID STRETCH WAS REACHED AND NOW THE £50,000 STRETCH HAS ALSO BEEN REACHED TO GIVE ALL LEVEL 2+ BACKERS THE REFORMATION AND LAST NINJA 2 BADGES.

£60,000 – BOX SET STRETCH WAS ALSO REACHED TO GIVE ALL BACKERS THE EXTRA TEN REMAKE TRACKS.

This goal has now been hit, so I will add a further CD with another 10 remakes from my games soundtracks to make the album a TRIPLE CD.

So backers of Level 2 will get a triple CD album + SID disk whilst backers of Level 3 and upwards will get FIVE disks - Triple album disks + SID disk + LN2 picture disk. Level 1 backers will get downloads of Reformation includng the ten remakes and the SIX new SIDs and also the Sanxion Remake download.

Chris HuelsbeckChris Huelsbeck

 

 Stretch important notice

“Please note that stretch goals were reached, the estimated delivery times will increase by three to four months”

Special thanks to Mark Cale at System 3 for kind permission to use images and logos relating to Last Ninja 2, Tusker, Dominator, Vendetta and Bangkok Knights.


 

An Introduction

In 1986 when I first set out to write music on the Commodore 64, I was mindful of the impressive catalogues from legends like Rob Hubbard and Martin Galway. The SID chip was a fully working synth capable of sounds that even now are impossible on other synths. However, it only had 3 monophonic channels and Rob and Martin pushed it to its limits. They set the bar high.

At the time I wasn't sure if I'd be able break through into games music, let alone compete with them. But after a few early hiccups, 1987 saw my entry into the industry with well received SID tracks including Quedex for Thalamus and Driller for Incentive. Soon, I found my SID music was in demand.

In 1988, I was lucky to have the opportunity to produce the whole soundtrack for System 3's Last Ninja 2, the sequel to a C64 mega-smash. I was given free rein to produce the coolest music I could. The game was an international smash selling millions of units.

But that was then, and I was amazed to discover some 25 years later that there was still a thriving global community of SID and LN2 fans listening to the original tracks, and producing remixes and remakes.

I started to imagine just how far I could have developed my game soundtracks if I had the technology then that was available now. The boundaries were now limitless.

What if I revisited some of the soundtracks and remade them? What if I used elements of the original SIDs but enhanced the areas where I had to compromise originally?

When Chris Abbott of C64Audio.com suggested a Kickstarter, I decided on a "trial run" of just one track to demonstrate to both myself and the fans that it could work. The result was "The Central Park Loader Theme 2014 from The Last Ninja 2"https://mattgray1.bandcamp.com/track/central-park-loader-theme-2014-from-the-last-ninja-2


The preview racked up 5,000 plays on Soundcloud in 2 days (a feat normally reserved for much bigger artists and releases). I also received a ton of high praise and messages from fans (thanks!), And so it was that I decided I should take the time to shoot for a bigger project - an extended album of remakes based on my best loved C64 tracks.

"Reformation" will be an extensive album of hopefully-stunning new remakes, featuring all of my best C64 tracks, plus stretch-goal surprises.

Last Ninja 2 gameplay image used with the kind permission of System 3.

What do you get?

This Kickstarter is about two main products.

1) “Reformation” a double remake album with around 18-20 of my most popular tracks. This will also be the basis of the digital download.

 The track listing will be open to some revision but there will almost certainly be

  • At least 6 tracks from The Last Ninja 2
  • At least 2 tracks from Tusker
  • At least 2 tracks from Dominator
  • Driller
  • Bangkok Knights
  • Hunter's Moon
  • Vendetta
  • Maze Mania
  • Quedex
  • Motocross
  • Treasure Island Dizzy
  • And others

System 3 game logos above used with the kind permission of System 3.

2) “Last Ninja 2” a standalone picture disk CD with a booklet containing the entire Last Ninja 2 soundtrack remade by me. It will be highly collectible, and it will never be re-pressed. 



Digital download of the LN2 album will be available to LN2 CD backers, but not as a pledge on its own.

Last Ninja 2 image above used with the kind permission of System 3.

But there are more reward options to add in to your pledge.

How about this Limited Edition Picturedisk 12" Vinyl Version?


Last Ninja 2 image above used with the kind permission of System 3.

Blu-Ray & USB Upgrade

All Level 3 and above backers of the Reformation project have the option to upgrade so that you can have a Blu-Ray and/or USB stick with all Reformation tracks from all discs (Including the Last Ninja 2 soundtrack) along with any bonus tracks such as Sanxion remake mixes, Dominator 2 EP and the full Brighton Back In Time 2015 track I produced plus lots of Work In Progress mixes with production notes all at 24/96. And in addition 24/96 versions of the vinyl master for LN2 Soundtrack. Also there will be a video interview with myself conducted this year and Chris Abbott has kindly offered the footage of FastLoaders doing their LN2 set at BIT Live 2015.

So the content will be:

1. The full Reformation & Last Ninja 2 Soundtrack albums at 24/96.

2. Sanxion (Thalamusik) Remake (Both Mixes) at 24/96.

3. Dominator 2 EP (3 tracks) at 24/96.

4. Brighton Back In Time Live 2015 Theme at 24/96.

5. Last Ninja 2 Soundtrack Vinyl Masters at 24/96.

6. Work In Progress mixes from the albums production process at 24/96 along with production notes and decision explanations.

7. Video interview with myself conducted in 2014.

8. Video footage of the FastLoaders LN2 set at Brighton BIT Live 2015.

All this will be available on a single Blu-ray disc (shrink wrapped) for an additional £24 to backers at Level 3 or above (Reformation & LN2 Soundtrack).

If you prefer a USB stick with my printed signature on it then the same content can be ordered for £35.

If you want both the Blu-ray and the signature USB then you can order that for a special price of £42.

And there's more

In addition to my efforts and those of various top level session musicians I will involve in the recording of this album, there will be contributions on the design and artwork front by C64 all round fan Sam (Bitmap Books) Dyer and Trevor Storey. Sam also designed the graphics for this Kickstarter page and don't they look great?

So the end product will not only sound great - it will also look great.

I'm really looking forward to producing this album.

Thanks

Matt Gray

Artwork Note

All images or logos relating to System 3 games are used with the kind permission of System 3.

Please note that the artwork and designs are place holders and not necessarily the final designs and may differ from those shown on the end product.

GamesYouLoved

Special thanks to GamesYouLoved who have been major supporter of me and this album project. GamesYouLoved is born out a love of retro games of every description from your childhood. By being reminded of the retro games through images and video, what people say about them and things you were doing at the time, you are unlocking these memories to see, share and enjoy. They love retro gaming!

Sub: www.youtube.com/user/gamesyouloved

Follow:  https://twitter.com/gamesyouloved

Facebook: www.facebook.com/gamesyouloved

Website: http://www.gamesyouloved.com/

And some acknowledgements to just some of the many other people who have supported and assisted with this project so far.

 www.c64audio.com

http://www.bitmapbooks.co.uk/

 http://smilastorey.wix.com/trevor-storey

http://www.c64.com

 http://www.longplays.org/news.php

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVi6ofFy7QyJJrZ9l0-fwbQ

www.effective-group.com


www.ascapestudios.com

reset.cbm8bit.com

http://theywereourgods.com

http://www.sound-of-games.com/

 www.fusionretrobooks.com

 www.radio-paralax.de

 http://atlantis-prophecy.org

 www.slayradio.org

 http://scenesat.com/promote

Also special thanks to Chris Abbott, Sam Dyer, Games You Loved, Funstock, Hugh Riley, Trevor Storey, Sasa Asas, Jason Moon, Gerhard Weihrauch, World Of Longplays, Guy Mille, Paul Campbell, Andy Roberts, Michael Stoeckemann, Filipp Issa, Jan Zottmann, Andreas Wallstrom, Ascape Studios, Matt James, Mat "Mayhem" Allen, Kevin Tilley, Paul Morrison,  Chris Wilkins, Radio Paralax, Retro Radio, David "Jazzcat" Simmons, John “Ziphoid” Carehag at SceneSat Radio, Slay Radio, Retro Revival Radio, Anthony at Elite Archives and Mat Recardo.

 

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