A new registered charity has been created to help preserve 8-bit
computer game music for future generations.
“8-Bit Symphony” aims to
arrange, perform, promote and preserve Commodore 64 and other 8-bit game music via orchestral recordings, worldwide concerts or score performances, chipmusic awareness events, scorebooks, retro-museum showings, and other exciting projects.
The charity’s first recording project is being funded by a Kickstarter.
8-Bit Symphony Pro is a double CD album of classic 8-bit music, recorded by the Czech Studio orchestra in Prague .
This follows the recent successful
concert of C64/Spectrum/Amstrad music, 8-Bit Symphony – Hull 2019,
performed by Hull Philharmonic Orchestra at Hull City Hall, a
performance made possible by the kind support of Hull College and its
CEO Michelle Swithenbank. Footage from that concert and interviews with the team will shortly be broadcast during a segment on BBC1’s “The One Show”.
The charity has been founded by Chris Abbott of C64Audio.com.
C64audio.com has been publishing music and representing game music composers since 1997.
Past successful Kickstarters run by C64Audio.com have included orchestral scores, live concerts, CD, DVD and Bluray, games, and even books.
“It’s a really exciting time!
After our recent success in Hull we want to be able to bring more music
to the fans and celebrate the talent of composers. The charity will help
ensure that Commodore 64 music (and more) can be performed and enjoyed, like Zelda, Tomb Raider and Mario already are, all over the world.
If we don’t preserve the music, it will be lost forever to history”
“Our biggest goal would be to eventually reach the Albert Hall.
Wouldn’t that be amazing?
That journey started decades ago… though we’d also settle for London Symphony Orchestra and the Barbican too…!”
The Kickstarter starts on the 9th August and can be found at 8-bit-symphony.com