2016 is a very special year for me. Not only is it 30 years since I began my professional career as a video game composer, but it also marks the 25th anniversary of legendary platform game Turrican II. As one of my most popular soundtracks ever, I wanted to create something very special to celebrate these anniversaries, and so Turrican II – The Orchestral Album was conceived! Thanks to the generous support of 1,331 backers on Kickstarter, we got the funding needed to commit to the project and we have decided to continue our crowdfunding here.
Megafounder helps us to get more fans involved, without taking away from all those who helped invest in the campaign and made it possible in the first place. It also gives us a great ongoing opportunity to reach our stretch goals, which mean more art and music for everybody.
Mock-up examples for the Collector's Edition CD and Double Vinyl
Turrican II – The Orchestral Album will feature nearly an hour of completely new, never before heard, orchestral arrangements of ten of the most popular pieces of music from Turrican II. Tracks planned for the album are The Final Fight, The Desert Rocks, Traps, Exploring Secret Dungeons, The Great Bath, Concerto for Lasers and Enemies, The Wall, The Final Challenge, The Hero and Freedom. All backers will get to hear Turrican II’s orchestral beauty from December this year, with the live orchestra recordings scheduled for October.
FILMharmonic Orchestra Prague
We’re very lucky to have secured the hugely talented FILMharmonic Orchestra Prague to perform the music. They are one of the most sought after recording orchestras in Europe and have previously worked on several video game projects, such as the Final Fantasy Orchestral Album and soundtracks to games such as The Elder Scrolls Online, Civilization: Beyond Earth and Halo Wars.
One other aspect that makes Turrican II – The Orchestral Album special is its artwork. We’re working with a very talented team of illustrators and designers to recapture the beauty of the original game. There will be all brand new pieces of art which recreate key scenes from throughout Turrican II in a distinctive Manga style, as originally intended by the game makers.
We’re currently busy working on these and while we only have a few images ready to share, we can assure you there will be many more beautiful pieces for the finished product. These will all be showcased in the CD booklet, however, those pledging for the Deluxe Collector’s Edition Box will receive them as gorgeous, high quality, glossy Fine Art Prints (31,5 x 31,5 cm each); the perfect way to follow Bren McGuire on his adventures!
In-progress mock-ups, turntable not included
To help me produce the album I will be working closely with Thomas Böcker, Roger Wanamo and Jonne Valtonen at Merregnon Studios, the team behind some of the most critically acclaimed orchestral video game albums and concerts in the world (Final Symphony, Symphonic Fantasies). They are world experts in the field and some of you may remember their work on both the Turrican Soundtrack Anthology and my previous orchestral concert and album, Symphonic Shades.
Previous award-winning productions of Merregnon Studios
We want to create a truly high-quality Collector’s Edition of Turrican II – The Orchestral Album that will include not just the CD and extensive production notes, but also feature a double Vinyl of the album and exclusive new artwork on the packaging. Also, I will compose a brand new Turrican II style track, recorded with original Amiga hardware, that will be exclusive to the Collector's Editions! These will be produced to the highest standards possible and will be strictly limited to 1,000 individually numbered copies only. We will not be producing anymore Collector’s Editions outside Kickstarter and Megafounder, so backing the project on these platforms will be the only way to secure one.
Collector's Edition including CD and Double Vinyl (mock-up)
We are also offering both physical CD and digital download tiers as well. Higher tiers will come with full score PDFs, high quality limited edition Fine Art Prints (31,5 x 31,5 cm each) of the artworks, signed prints of pages from the score and even a slipmat. We have professional shipping plans in place to make sure that all physical rewards are delivered in a timely fashion when they are ready.
For more details on the rewards, please check our updated chart below.
Note: Megafounder includes tiers up to $150 only.
On Megafounder, the $150 tier does not come numbered between 0101-0200.
From previous Kickstarter campaigns we discovered it’s much better to use any potential extra income to improve the quality and scope of the existing planned products, rather than adding more and more items and potentially losing focus on what people originally pledged money to support. For that reason, we’re concentrating on just two Stretch Goals for Turrican II – The Orchestral Album, but very important ones nevertheless.
Stretch Goal 1: $100,000 (Reached!! :)
Even more artwork! We will work to produce additional beautiful, original artwork for all the physical album packaging. In addition to the already planned images, we intend to add one specially themed artwork for each of Turrican II’s five distinct game worlds. Even better, Collector’s Edition backers can enjoy the art across an extended Vinyl package, featuring six instead of four pages. Not only that, the final Deluxe Edition Collector’s Box will come with five instead of three exclusive edition prints.
Stretch Goal 2: $150,000
More music! Reach this stretch goal and we will ask all our backers to vote for two additional Turrican II pieces to be arranged for the live orchestra recordings. We will also book a session with professional singers, so that we can add a live choir to some of the featured music.
We will be shipping from Germany, so if you order from another country, you may be responsible for possible import duty or taxes for receiving the package of the Album and other goodies. For more information on the shipping, please also check the Q&A of this campaign. All the artworks shown as part of the Turrican II - The Orchestral Album campaign are in-progress mock-ups created by the artists. They do not represent finished work and may still change significantly before completion of the project.
Trademark notice: Turrican is a trademark of Factor 5 - Eggebrecht, Engel, Schmidt GbR ("Factor 5"), used with friendly permission. Thanks to Julian Eggebrecht, Thomas Engel and Holger Schmidt for their support! All other trademarks and product names/titles appearing on the page are the property of their respective owners.
How are you going to orchestrate the original music? Will I still recognize my favorite melodies? With Roger Wanamo and Jonne Valtonen, we have two of the most experienced and globally renowned arrangers of video game music working on the project. Our goal is to faithfully translate the original music to live orchestral pieces. If you ever listened to Symphonic Shades (my concert tribute) or the orchestral Turrican Anthology Suite, you know what quality to expect. As the respected website Video Game Music Online concluded in its review: “This suite is a pure love letter to the series.”
How about a Turrican Live Concert? Absolutely, we would love to produce a concert, and with Merregnon Studios we have the right team to make it happen. While we cannot promise anything at this point, we can now show orchestras that there is an interest in such event, so please help us and spread the word!
How are you going to handle the shipping? To avoid any damage to your products, we are working with a professional shipping service based in Berlin, Germany. They will handle the shipping with care, and ensure it arrives safely to your home.
Are shipping costs included in the prices? Shipping costs are not included yet, as they greatly depend on the backer’s delivery address. Megafounder calculates these during the pledging process. Shipping will be from Germany.
Are you confident you will make the delivery dates? While we can’t legislate for every unforeseen circumstance, we can promise that all our team members have reserved their time for the Turrican II - The Orchestral Album exclusively, and will focus solely on working on this particular project. The orchestra sessions in Prague are confirmed and booked too, so we are ready to go and deliver on time.
Can we request a track from the game for the album? Not only one - but two! If our campaign reaches the $150,000 Stretch Goal, we will invite our community to vote for two additional tracks to be orchestrated. The Turrican Soundtrack Anthology campaign received more than $175,000 from fans all over the world, so there’s every chance of reaching this.
Will you be doing any tracks from other Turrican games? Sorry, but for this campaign, we are planning to exclusively focus on Turrican II as we celebrate the game’s 25th anniversary this year. But if there is enough an interest from the community and Turrican II - The Orchestral Album is a success, there is always the chance for another project covering more music from the Turrican series later.