Final Fantasy, Assassin's Creed Composers to Appear In Video Game Music Documentary
Kickstarter campaign for "Beep" reaches funding goal with more than a week to go.
With more than a week remaining, the Kickstarter campaign for a documentary about the history of video game sound and music has exceeded its funding target of CAD $40,000 ($36,426). Funding for the "Beep" project, which will be released across a feature-length documentary and book, stands at more than CAD $47,000 ($42,800) at the time of going to press, with more than 900 total backers.
The project's full title is Beep: A Documentary History of Video Game Sound and Music, and the Kickstarter launched last month by Karen Collins. Pledging at least CAD $10 ($9) will get you a copy of the documentary, which is scheduled to arrive in March 2016.
Collins is the Canada Research Chair in Interactive Audio at the Games Institute at the University of Waterloo. She is also a freelance sound designer and has written multiple books, including Game Sound and From Pac-Man to Pop Music.
Beep aims to chronicle the history of video game sound and music throughout the evolution of gaming over the past 30 years. The final product, a 90-minute DVD, will focus on interviews with noted composers, and it will also include behind-the-scenes footage and bonus material like tips on how to break into the video game industry for a sound/music career.
As noted earlier, the Beep film will be accompanied by a book that will feature fully transcribed interviews with the composers featured in the movie. More than two dozen composers are already confirmed to appear in Beep, including Halo series composer Marty O'Donnell.
GameSpot can today reveal the next handful of composers for the movie, listed below.
- Nobuo Uematsu -- (Final Fantasy series, The Black Mages, Super Smash Bros.)
- Jeremy Soule -- (The Elder Scrolls, Guild Wars, and EverQuest series)
- Jesper Kyd -- (Borderlands, Assassin's Creed, and Hitman series)
- Hideaki Kobayashi -- (Phantasy Star, Sonic, and NiGHTS series)
For more on Beep, and to contribute to the campaign, check out the Kickstarter page.
Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch