Support: Kickstarter fundraiser for Shinshu In Bloom: An Okami Remix Album

On the official Kickstarter page, Citron says, "It's awe-inspiring how well done and immersive [the Okami soundtrack] is. I want to, potentially, bring this amazing soundtrack to someone who wouldn't have heard it otherwise."San Francisco based musician Zachary Citron, AKA Zencha, is looking for supporters to help fund production of a fan made, jazz-hop remix album of music from the game Okami. Shinshu In Bloom, Zencha says, will be 14 tracks from the Capcom game Okami, rearranged in the style of "underground/Jazzy hip-hop."

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Perks for donating to the project include pressed copies of the album, and higher donor tiers can look forward to limited edition artwork and posters.

As a fan of a variety of beautiful but incredibly niche games such as Okami, I have felt first hand the fervor and passion with which fans cling to such once in a lifetime experiences. Perhaps this is why less popular titles always seem to be a haven for the more experimental musicians out there. This fusion of jazz music and hip hop beats all in tribute to Okami may be a perfect complement to a game with a small but diverse crowd of fans.

The Shinshu In Bloom: An Okami Remix Album project will be funded if at least $1,500 is pledged by Sep 5. Enjoy two preview tracks from Shinshu In Bloom below.

April is Support OverClocked ReMix month


So I am a bit late to the party, but did you know that April is Support OCR Month? I assume if you read my little site, you are probably aware of OverClocked ReMix. I will give a brief synopsis though for the uninitiated.

OverClocked ReMix is a video game music rearrangement site that has thousands (THOUSANDS!) of new takes on classic video game songs. From new to old, obscure to famous. The songs are in every style imaginable as well, from western, to orchestral. Metal, to acoustic, and even some samba. Oh yeah, and did I mention all this music is available 100% free to download? Not to mention all the amazing full albums they release such as the recent Summoning of Spirits album. All this is available at the one and only ocremix.org.

So now that you newbies are sufficiently informed about what OCR is, and I assume are already over there downloading some of your favorite tracks if you are new to the site. This month is the big fundraiser to support David Lloyd and all the amazing people who are constantly plugging away at the site. Not to mention the tons of incredible musicians who have made OCR what it is today. To help out this incredible pillar in the community (one can argue there might be no community without these guys) head over to ocremix.org and look to the left of the page under the "Support OCR" section and you will see a paypal link, donate any amount you feel appropriate, 1 dollar, 1 million dollars (for any millionaires who may be perusing this site). Every little bit counts and goes directly to maintaining the site and paying hosting and server fees.

If any project in the VGM world was deserving of your time and money it may be this. I can personally say that the GM4A site wouldn't be here if I hadn't discovered OCR back in 2001 or so. The site not only opened me up to tons of amazing artists, but also many genres, video games, and VG composers. The site is an incredible resource and I can go on and on about it to no end. Please donate something to the site, especially you folks who have been downloading near every single release for years much like I have.

I would also like to personally thank David Lloyd, Larry Oji, the judges panel, and every single amazing person who has had music featured on the site over all these years. The site is incredible and no amount of thanks or money I send their way could ever be enough for all the hours (probably weeks really) of amazing music I have heard from everyone there. I hope to see OCR working hard and doing great work for many years to come.

Josh Whelchel releases compilation to raise money for cancer research and helping victims of cancer.


So recently video game musician Josh Whelchel contacted me about not just an important album, but the most important album ever! Well okay, maybe I am being a little over dramatic, but hopefully it has your attention, because it is something highly important none the less! The gist of it is that Josh Whelchel has collected some well known and up and coming musicians from the world of VG composing and VG inspired music to contribute to an amazing album. Artists like Mustin and Jay Tholen, not to mention VG composers like Kyle Gabler (World of Goo) and David Saulesco (Eternal Daughter). The album is solely dedicated to helping raise money for cancer research and helping victims of cancer. You can order the album right now at Whelchel's Relay For Life drive page. The album is ten dollars for a digital copy (which also comes with an exclusive bonus album of music by Josh Whelchel) and a donation of $25 gets you a spiffy physical copy to be proud of! Read Whelchel's words below for all the info and a full rundown of all the artists!

Relay for Life is a national event where participants all around the country raise money on behalf of the American Cancer Society and honor victims of cancer. The event is responsible for raising millions of dollars annually that goes directly to funding cancer research, lab materials, and to helping victims of cancer. In addition to raising money, participants in the relay spend the night walking laps adorned with luminaria commemorating survivors and victims of the disease. The event that we are supporting is through the University of Cincinnati and will be held on April 24th, 2009 at 6:00pm EST. It is our goal to raise over $1,500 by this time! (We can get there faster if you ask your company if they will match donations!)

Last year, I managed to raise over $800 for the American Cancer Society by offering my latest soundtrack to anyone who donated over $5. This year, I'm hoping to raise even more money, and I've got new plans to help me do so. In an effort to do so, I've gotten together with a selection of extremely talented composers and musicians to help assemble an exclusive album for this year's fund raiser.

Anyone who donates $10 or more will receive an exclusive digital copy of this album. Donating $25 or more will not only get you the digital album, but it will also score you a physical copy of the album that will be sent to you absolutely free. The entirety of your donation goes to the American Cancer Society, and all of the expenses are being covered out of our pocket. In addition, all donations are tax-deductible!

The exclusive relay for life album will contain music from:
Mustin of OCRemix.org fame and head of Mustin Productions,
Karen Kosowski, fabulous singer and producer,
Jimmy Hinson, talented composer and arranger for OCRemix.org (big giant circles),
Kyle Gabler, fantastic composer from 2D-Boy and for World of Goo,
Alec Holowka, composer for the successful independent game Aquaria,
David Saulesco, super talented Swedish composer known for the Eternal Daughter soundtrack,
Inez S. deDeugd-McComas, ultra-gifted composer from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music,
Vincent Parrish, composer featured on thesixtyone.com,
Jay Tholen, talented and multi-faceted musician leading a successful solo career,
Barry van Oudtshoorn, Australian Composer Extraordinaire!
Josh Whelchel from The Spirit Engine 2 and Bonesaw: The Game,
Jussi Nieminen, a progressive-rock genius,
David Thatcher, composer for indie-games,
James Starkey, collaborating with David,
Shane Lu, virtuoso pianist, and
David "Warrior Bob" H. from Trax in Space!

You've never had MORE reasons to donate!

This album will contain solo works and collaborations between these artists in a unique effort battle cancer. Last year, albums were delivered shortly after the event, and I guarantee to have the music delivered to you by April 26th at 9:00pm EST.

In addition to receiving this exclusive album, you will also receive a free copy of Josh Whelchel's upcoming album as a bonus gift. This means that you will be getting two complete albums of music for a donation of only $10 or more!

To take advantage of this incredible opportunity, and more importantly support the fight against cancer and show support to those who have and are currently struggling with this disease, you should head to my Relay for Life page, here. Again, this promotion will only be available to you if you donate $10 or more!

This offer is only available up until the Relay for Life event, on April 24th at 6:00PM (Eastern Standard Time)!

Thanks for your support,
Josh Whelchel!

And finally, Josh also informed me about the promotional video for the album, which you can check out below!

Relay For Life 2009: Indie Music Campaign from Josh Whelchel on Vimeo.