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Video Game Composers Create A Charity Album For...Musicians

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The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund has gathered together a brand new charity album, titled Novum Initium, to help benefit career musicians dealing with illness, disability, and old age. Unfortunately, sick guitarists aren't as guilt inducing or adorable as those sad kittens on late night television, so they have another trick to get people excited for this soundtrack - all the music comes from video game composers.

Novum Initium will feature original work from such industry notables as Sam Hulick (Mass Effect), Neal Acree (World of Warcraft), Garry Schyman (Bioshock), Aubrey Ashburn (Dragon Age), Jason Graves (Dead Space), Tom Salta (Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands), and Chad Seiter (The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony). And that's not even half the list of contributing artists.

"We reached out to our friends in the video game industry and were overwhelmed with the response," explains composer and album co-producer Jason Graves (Dead Space). "This is obviously something everyone can relate to. As full-time composers, we are self-employed contractors and there's no such thing as 'time off' or 'paid vacation.' If we don't work, we don't get paid. Medical bills can add up quickly. That's the whole impetus behind the album."

Novum Initium will be available through iTunes and Amazon starting December 6th, just in time to gift it to that music loving dork in your life. While a charity for musicians may not be the most glamorous benefit work, at least there's some amazing tunes to be had.

4 Comments

JTSpender said:

Links? :P

Also, it's kind of amusing/unfortunate that you just picked out Amazon and iTunes from the list of places this is being offered. It's also being sold on Bandcamp (among other places), and Bandcamp is kind of the digital music sales platform of choice for a lot of game music bands & the game music community. (See: just about every Audio File Friday :P). I mean, sure, iTunes is iTunes, but who buys music off of Amazon anyway? ;)

Dryden said:

Okay, true, but let me offer this counterpoint - who *buys* music, anyway?

Of course, I'm not suggesting people steal a charity album, but, well, it'll happen.

Rob Max said:

Dryden,

Thanks for the posting on our most recent compilation, Novum Initium. Working with the gaming composer community has been an awesome experience.

I thought I would try to add to the guilty kitty factor - our nation and music community has seen an exponential increase over the last few years of financial hardship due to illness and disability. Sweet Relief helps pay for urgent medical treatments related to cancer, MS, heart disease, mental illness etc. Did you ever wonder why we see so many homeless people with instruments in their hands? We hear from a few dozen musicians every week and the situations are heartbreaking.

The response from the gaming community has been fantastic this week - many thanks for the terrific support.

One more thing. My kids say i am xxKingxxNoob and suk at playing MW3, Black ops,Halo etc. But I am not giving up on video games or helping musicians in need.

Regards,

Rob Max
Executive Director
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

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