For Immediate Release
Los Angeles, California – March 22, 2013 – After achieving industry-wide success as a composer with his acclaimed score for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, as well as recent contributions to worldwide gaming phenomenon World of Warcraft and its latest installment, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, British Academy Award-winning composer Jeremy Soule has announced a Kickstarter campaign to fund his first classical symphony, titled “The Northerner.” The work will span nearly an hour of orchestral music inspired by the far North, revisiting the energies Soule poured into his most recent game scores while expressing his unique musical vision with a stunning array of technology and live musicians. The Kickstarter campaign surpassed its modest funding goal of $10,000 in a mere 24 hours, and only 6 days later exceeded $50,000, showing intense demand for such a work, ranging from those interested in the classical arts, to a new, surprising audience – videogame fans. Additional funding will be used to bring even more live elements to the recording of “The Northerner,” with a stretch goal announced on March 20th with hopes of receiving additional funding, upwards of $100,000, to record at an esteemed recording facility.
Regarding this innovative and unexplored means to fund the arts, Soule muses, “I think Beethoven and other classical greats would have been quite interested in Kickstarter. It really is a great way to bolster the arts and involve passionate people in the creative process. This could be a modern lifeline to the concert hall.”
While still yet incomplete, the symphony has already garnered interest for performance by several of the world’s greatest orchestras.
Soule, whose music can be heard in nearly 100 videogames that in total have moved over 60 million copies worldwide, is no stranger to working with world-class orchestras. On several titles, including the acclaimed Harry Potter franchise, his orchestral scores have received enthusiastic responses from both critics and fans alike, while his work on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets have won a variety of awards from numerous organizations including ASCAP, the Global Music Awards, the British Academy of Film and Television Awards, and MTV among many others.
“Jeremy Soule is one of the world’s premiere composers that young people know and recognize. As a producer for an orchestral videogame concert that has drawn out fans and sold out venues ranging from New York City’s prestigious Theater at Madison Square Garden, all the way to the world famous Sydney Opera House, I can attest that the interest in orchestral music is alive and well among younger audiences. Jeremy’s effort to channel the energy from his popular video game work into something new, is a natural next step in the evolution of the classical genre.” states Jeron Moore, producer for Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses tour.
The success of this campaign raises many interesting questions about the future of classical music. With the number of patrons willing to fund the arts in decline, Soule is breaking into new territory by allowing individuals to take part in the process at a more grassroots level, generating a shared investment that will provide even more inspiration for artists to create and pave new roads. Announcements and updates regarding the project will be announced via the “The Northerner” Kickstarter campaign page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/499808045/from-the-composer-of-skyrim-soule-symphony-no-1 Jeremy Soule is represented by The Max Steiner Agency: http://www.maxsteineragency.com/
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