I remember the first time I discovered an orchestral arrangement of a Final Fantasy tune. I was surfing the web back when MP3s were just sort of starting to come out, and I found a couple of files. One of them was actually part of Symphonic Suite, and the other one was a crazy samba version of the Chocobo theme.
I literally thought I had found some sort of secret thing.
Of course, it wasn’t secret. It was a huge area of fandom that I had yet to discover fully. There are many orchestral arrangements of formerly 8-bit video game tunes, and many of them are hair-raising fantastic. Going to the Final Fantasy Distant Worlds concert was one of the best musical experiences of my life.
Buuuut there’s always that ONE tune that you wish would be orchestrated, but hasn’t been. After all, orchestras are expensive; you need to hire the musicians, rent the practice space, rehearse, etc. It’s a complicated process.
Until now! (God I hate that line…)
Thanks to the brilliant idea of Thomas Kresge, the United Video Game Symphony is close to being a reality! In his model, after a Kickstarter funding, a giant group of video game fans like you will get the chance to vote on what you want orchestrated. After collecting about 18 pieces, the arrangers (of which I am one) will get the voting results and begin arranging. The concert will be held sometime in mid-2014 in the Washington D.C. area (venue TBD). If you can’t be there in person, you’ll be able to watch it live streaming on the internet and buy the CD later.
If this sounds as awesome to you as it does to me, you must go to the Kickstarter webpage right now and throw your life’s earnings at it. This project is ambitious, but think about what a couple of video game nerds are undertaking here; we want to hire a group of talented, professional symphony members and have them put on a concert at a major venue.
I hope you’ll take a moment to spread the word, contribute if you can, and just get as excited as I am about hearing your favorite video game pieces orchestrated by some of the best players in the world.