Legendary video game composer Tommy Tallarico, with the help of an equally legendary whose-who of his fellow composers, created the Video Games Live concert series in 2005. There weren’t too many people in the music industry at the time that felt a live orchestrated concert dedicated solely to video game music would be a success. Not only would Tollarico and company prove them wrong, but Video Games Live quickly grew into a global phenomenon with several yearly shows taking place all-over the world.
Of course this would eventually result in the release of two albums featuring the best pieces performed during the concerts. Video Games Live: Level 1 (released in 2008) and Video Games Live: Level 2 (released in 2010) were both successful in their own right, with Level 2 even debuting at #8 on the Billboard charts.
Three years have past since the release of the second album and during this time, fans have been wondering, “Will there be a Level 3?” The answer is simple but due to a very harsh reality the music industry now faces, it’s also a disappointing answer. Due to the rise of the Internet, consumers aren’t willing to purchase as many complete albums as they used to and because of this, record labels are taking fewer chances when it comes to which albums they produce and they see Level 3 as too risky to invest in. Especially since Tallerico wants to dedicate that particular album to songs that aren’t the most popular or recognizable but rather songs that are sentimental favorites among the live audiences.
So it seemed Video Games Live: Level 3 would never be produced, that is until now.
Tallerico has launched a Kickstarter campaign with the hopes of raising the $250,000 needed to help fund the album’s production and distribution.
Here’s what he had to say regarding his decision to turn to Kickstarter:
“Years ago I was told that no one would enjoy video game music, let alone a world touring symphony show set to songs from video games. Audiences from around the globe have made Video Games Live the number one attended video game concert series in the world and helped our first two albums crack the elusive Billboard Charts.
“This time around I wanted to create a video game soundtrack that was really special and doesn’t have all of the games and music that people have been recording now for years. But the music industry doesn’t believe there is market for an album like this, even after all of the ongoing success of Video Games Live. To create this album I’m asking for the support of game music fans from around the world, so we’re going to Kickstarter to see who is right, the music industry or video game fans.”
Video Games Live: Level 3 will include songs from such classic games as Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross, Shadow of the Colossus, Pokemon, WoW, Skyrim, Metal Gear, Journey, and Bioshock, just to name a few.
The campaign launched on August 14 and a total of $95,935 has been raised as of this writing. If you're interested in lending your support to the project, you have until September 13 to make your pledge.
For details regarding pledge tier rewards and additional stretch goals, or if you just want to learn more about the campaign, click here
As a fan of Video Games Live myself, I wish Mr. Tollerico and the rest of VGL team the best of luck with this campaign.
Source: Press Release