Esteemed videogame music composer Chris Huelsbeck has launched a Kickstarter for an Orchestral Album of Amiga classic Turrican 2’s soundtrack, timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the game’s release.
Huelsbeck, who is also celebrating his 30th year as a game composer, is seeking $75,000 to help cover the costs of arranging, recording and producing the album. Pledge levels vary: pledge $5, and you’ll receive a download of one of the tracks from the final album. $30 nets you a physical copy of the album, along with a collector’s booklet featuring all-new artwork inspired by the game. And for $1,500 you can get to sit in on one of the recording sessions with the orchestra, receive the conductor’s baton, a page from the final orchestral score (signed by Huelsbeck), 3 art prints, and a special edition collector’s set on vinyl, and everything from all the previous pledge tiers. You’ll have to front up your own travel fees though, so you’ll need to bear that in mind if you’re a Turrican 2 superfan.
As well as composing the music for Turrican 2, Huelsbeck has worked on over 80 projects over his 30-year career. Some of his work has featured in the Star Wars: Rogue Squadron series, Giana Sisters, and classic PS1 shooter Tunnel B1.
The Kickstarter runs until May 28th, and at time of writing, the campaign has managed to raise $$9,513 of its $75,000 goal. Huelsbeck has had plenty of success with Kickstarter in the past – back in 2012, he managed to raise over $175,000 to produce a 4-disc anthology of the Turrican series’ soundtrack. If you want to back the campaign, or just want to learn more, you can find the Kickstarter campaign here.
If you’ve not heard of Turrican 2 before – and given that it came out 25 years ago, that’s entirely possible – here’s what you missed out on. Who wouldn’t want to hear this performed by a full orchestra?