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.