Video game composers team up for benefit album

Composers from Dead Space 2, Mass Effect, and Dragon Age series involved; album's proceeds to go to struggling musicians.

Update: The article's second paragraph has been edited to specify the cause.

The last time game composers gathered to make an album for a good cause was for the Play for Japan: The Album collection to amass donations for the Tohuku earthquake and tsunami victims. This time, a slew of video game composers have teamed up to create the Novum Initium album.

The album is dedicated to supporting working musicians in need of monetary aid, specifically for those facing illness and disabilities. The album's creators are also in collaboration with the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund organization.

The album itself will contain all-new original music from the likes of Sam Hulick (Mass Effect), Brian Tyler (MW3), Inon Zur, Jack Wall (Mass Effect), Garry Schyman (BioShock), and many more.

The album is available for digital download on December 6, via iTunes, Amazon MP3, CDBaby.com, Bandcamp, and 7digital. Twenty limited-edition CDs containing signatures from the composers and cover art by illustrator Aurelien Police are currently on sale on eBay.

The full tracklist for the album is below:

The album cover is drawn by Aurelien Police.

"Lionheart" - Sam Hulick
"Adagio Coda" - Brian Tyler
"Adrenaline" - Jason Graves
"Awakened" - Otto Cate & Aubrey Ashburn
"Underwood" - Inon Zur
"The Maelstrom" - Singlefrequency & Chad Seiter
"Shadows and Light" - Trevor Morris
"Chrysalis" - Neal Acree
"Trouble in Chinatown" - Tom Salta
"Dancing Outtakes" - Garry Schyman
"Versailles" - Ed Lima
"Consequence" - Neil Goldberg
"Lacus Turbatus" - Gerard Marino
"Espionage" - Mark Griskey
"House of the Vine" - Mick Gordon
"The Left-Hand Path" - Cris Velasco & Sascha Dikiciyan
"Bullseye" - Christopher Lennertz
"I'm With You" - Jack Wall & Cindy Shapiro

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Kickable
Kickable

ditto on Jesper Kyd, hismusic seems to get stuck in my head more than others

Steba93
Steba93

Gotta buy this, but where in damnation are Koji Kondo and Nobuo Uematsu!? You can't even talk about video game composers without those two. But many of those are great composers too. Many seem to like Inon Zur, and I like his music too, but I just don't like it outside of games. It's more like background music and I at least don't even notice it most of the time. Not like Kondo and Uematsu, who's music just blows your brains out with epicness that almost steals the show completely :)

Pawfalcon
Pawfalcon

I own a harmonica, can I have some cash? I'll suck yo... (>.>) Seriously though, very cool to see. Checking it out right now (too bad Jesper Kyd wasn't involved, big fan).

GATX131Calamity
GATX131Calamity

Count me in. I bought the Play for Japan album and love it. And from the preview on iTunes, this album will not disappoint. Plus it's for a good cause. What's not to like?

MDesigner
MDesigner

ziproy: it's not a terrible cause. GameSpot didn't properly explain what the charity is for. They're not just giving money to musicians who are broke. To quote the press release: "all proceeds from the album will be donated to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund which provides financial assistance to career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems" Still think it's a terrible cause?

zaiwen
zaiwen

i'll buy, i'll support... happy holidays!

RoseSpawn
RoseSpawn

Beautiful people coming together to make something beautiful for a beautiful cause. Very, very, lovely.

-Saigo-
-Saigo-

Sign me up! Anything for charity is a good cause! @ziproy -- How do you figure? And what are you doing that's better?

ziproy
ziproy

I'm sorry but that is a terrible cause for charity.

TurambarGS
TurambarGS

Brian Tyler does good stuff. He scored Rambo (the last Rambo movie) which had a surprisingly good score for an action movie.

ioannisdenton
ioannisdenton

INON ZUR. THIS GUY ONLY MADE DAO FROM GREAT TO EPIC AND DA2 FROM CRAP TO WORTH PLAYING

sonictank
sonictank

just a note its really a great soundtrack listened to a preveiw of it on itunes and just wonderfully done espically the last one by jackwall

nemesis1990
nemesis1990

Well this has certainly grabbed my interest.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Aah, some Bob Geldofs in the gaming industry I see, very good. Well done those people.

TheLoneMortal
TheLoneMortal

Awesome collaboration! Happy to see Gary Schyman and the Mass Effect composers here especially.

SolidSizzle
SolidSizzle

Awesome! I'll try my luck on eBay to get a signed copy :)

hella_epic
hella_epic

wow amazing,shame Jesker Kyd isn't on the list though...........

J5_isAlive
J5_isAlive

I found it on iTunes, but it is not listed as being for benefit. It's not even listed under the new releases today. Needs better placement...

banana23man
banana23man

for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan?

TheGreyArea
TheGreyArea

@johngriffin , the (comparatively) darker tone he's employed for Skyrim, is literally mesmerizing. what an artist.

TheGreyArea
TheGreyArea

awesome, awesome, AWESOME!!! Bit of a shame Jeremy Soule wasn't tapped to contribute. but superb and a must buy regardless

Pete5506
Pete5506

This is a must buy, sounds great

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

I like these types of stories. I just bid on an autographed copy. Hope I get it. ;)

NS_Sonic204
NS_Sonic204

Awesome. I will definitely be buying this.