POKÉMEMORIES by Pokérus
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“Pokérus VideoGame Music” (“PokérusVGM” or “Pokérus” for short) is my solo Project focused in arrangements and Video Game Music Covers from any time or genre, in different styles. The style I use the most is Rock, but I’ve recorded tracks in Metal, Jazz, Blues, Acoustic, Orchestrated and even experimental Music.
Until today I’ve released 4 albums and one EP 100% VGMusic dedicated, and I’ve got the opportunity of make performances in many different stages in Chile and other countries, but this is by far my biggest and most ambitious project.
“Pokémemories” is a long-play double album full of Pokémon Music covers, going through its first versions (Red & Blue) until the last generation we play nowadays (X & Y). There will be also arrangements from some spin-offs from the franchise like Pokémon Trading Card Game, Pokémon Pinball, Collosseum, XD, Mystery Dungeon and more.
The main idea of “PokémMemories” is giving a fresh touch to the Music that every Pokéfan has been listening for these 20 years, for this, I’ll give them new versions in the more diverse styles posible, from Orchestrated and Ambient Music to Rock and Proggessive Metal. I hope there will be Music for everyone’s taste! :D
Basically, “PokéMemories” is my personal tribute for my favorite franchise. “Pokémon” has been with me for almost my whole life, and my idea is to reach the different angles of Pokémon Music in the broadest way posible. The Music from the Master Junichi Masuda, together with other extremely talented musicians from Gamefreak like Go Ichinose, Hitomi Sato, Shota Kageyama, among others, has been part of my life ‘s soundtrack, and this is my humble way of paying homeage to so many feelings and good memories I have with Pokémon. It’ll be like sitting in your bedroom and turn your Gameboy Color on again!
In February 2016 we are celebrating 20 years of the franchise, so the idea is to release “Pokémemories – Vol. 1” in the exact Anniversary date, and “PokéMemories – Vol. 2” during the same year. The physical versions of both volumes consist of two discs, so by the end of 2016 and if everything goes like planned, you will get in your hands 4 discs full of Pokémon arrangements, remixes and covers made by Pokérus! :D
Mi first intention was always to release a Kickstarter, but for being a chilean musician (in other words, out of the USA), the difficulties to use the platform were too much. So I decided to use Idea.me in order to bring “PokéMemories” to reality and reach the highest quantitiy of Pokéfans who love Music, no matter if they speak english, spanish or any other language, so you can get “PokéMemories” no matter where you live.
The “Pokérus Project” is formed for one single person, and all the arrangements are made based in my knowledge about audio edition, virtual instruments and stuff. I’m guitarist and bassist, so those are the only instruments I can play perfectly and that I can record “naturally”. Even with all my earlier projects in VGMusic, my equipment is quite poor to be called a “Home Studio”, not metioning that in Chile musical instruments are more expensive than in other countries. I want to be sure that both volumes of “PokéMemories” are going to be recorded and mixed in the best quality possible, In order to achieve this, an upgrade for my equipment (Guitar, Audio Monitors, etc.) is crucial.
Also, of course, the Crowdfunding is mainly dedicated to bring 'PokéMemories' into a physical release, which will consist on two double Digipacks, printed in high-quality in order so that you can add it to you own Pokémon collection without lacking the quality of official Pokémon products, and of course to fund all the fun rewards that we have thought to all those who support me! (Stickers, Posters, Promotional Pins, etc.)
By this moment the discs are on a pre-production stage, in which there are many Pokémon mock-tracks (more than 50!), some of which have already been recorded as demos in order to try the style versatility in PokéMemories. Throughout the Pokérus career I have released various video games music discs, but since the beginning I have kept some arrangements in storage for this moment. I have gathered some and I want to show them to you as a kind of 'snippet' so that you get a grasp of what PokéMemories is all about:- LISTEN THE FIRST MUSICAL PREVIEW HERE -
Of course like in any good crowdfunding, the one that win the most are you. Not even in the Hall of Fame your are granted with things like these:LEVEL 1 - MAGIKARP
Magikarp is the weakest Pokémon, but not the least friendly! You will be included as an honorable mention on the official project's web site, also you will appear in the credits of PokéMemories for you help. Apart from that you will get 2 free tracks from the album.LEVEL 2 - ELEKID
Elekid is Pokerus' signature Pokémon, and music comes with him of course! You get everything Level 1 includes plus a full digital download of PokéMemories Vol - 1 during the day of release. (February, 27th, 2016)LEVEL 3 - ELEKID & ELECTIVIRE
Elekid kept playing on his Game Boy Color until he turn into Electivire, and 20 years have past since that, so apart from taking everything that Level 2 includes (Elekid), you get access to a free download for PokéMeories Vol - 2 on the day of its release. (November, 2016).LEVEL 4 - LATIAS
Latias arrives with the first physical rewards! Apart from getting everything that is included on Level 3 (Elekid & Electivire), get a phisical copy of PokéMemories Vol - 1 plus a personally signed poster with the album art.LEVEL 5 - LATIAS & LATIOS
Latias doesn't always travel alone! If you summon Latias and Latios, you can obtain everything that is included on Level 4 (Latias) plus a physical copy of PokéMemories Vol - 2 on the release date during November, 2016, this will also a include a set of exclusive stickers of PokéMemories for anything you want!LEVEL 6 - LUDICOLO
There's nothing better than throwing a party with dancing Ludicolos or something alike. Take everything Level 5 includes (Latias $ Latios) and you will be invited when the project is completed (transportation not included), apart from this you will get an exclusive T-shirt of PokéMemories. Since this is a more generous reward, and assuming you also like other video games apart from Pokémon, you will get access to a digital download of my former VGMusic albums; "Infection #03", "Re-Infection" and "The Sun Sagas - A Tribute to Golden Sun". Plenty of music! :DLEVEL 7 - MELOETTA
People say there's no more beautiful voice as that of Meloetta, and what's best than emulating its beautiful singing! Apart from getting everything included on Level 6 (Ludicolo), you will be invited to record some vocals and choruses of one of the tracks from PokéMemories. The more singing, the merrier! Besides, you will get a unique promotional pin of the project.LEVEL 8 - SMEARGLE
I don't own a brush-tail and painting like Smeargle, but I definitely have no problems with brining something special for you! Take everything on Level 7 (Meloetta) plus a hand-made drawing done by me, the design is up to you to choose! Apart from this you will get to choose a Pokémon song or track that you want me to arrange for this album, on the style you want. Imagination is the limit!LEVEL 9 - HO-OH
Here is where Ho-oh blesses with fire the most generous PokéFans! Apart from taking absolutely everything on Level 8 (Smeargle), you will get as a gift one of the 5 exclusive Elekid statuettes from the Pokérus Project, all of them printed on 3D and hand painted. A rare and collection object!LEVEL 10 - OH HOLY ARCEUS
Oh, Holy Arceus! This reward goes for the riskiest fan of the franchise and of course of video games music. Apart from taking everything Level 9 includes (Ho-Oh), I will so thankful with the one who supports on this category, that you will get free access to all the music I make in the future as Pokérus (which I plan is not little), besides, you get original setlists from previous live presentations. ¿And why not? I will be pleased to play a mini personal concert in your own house or wherever you think suits best (Transportation not included). So, let's find out if Arceus blesses the project with this! :PBoxArt for each Volume. Promotional T-Shirt. Promotional Stickers. Promotional Poster (A3 Size)
Pin and 3D Statuette images coming soon!
In the case the goal is surpassed and reaches more than 100%, I have prepared a couple of strech goals to see if we can take PokéMemories even further.PROMOTIONAL ARTBOOK
For each of the 50 tracks that will be included in PokéMemories (both volumes), the talented Ayukaba, CuteSkitty y Tatouji will create individual illustrations that represent the sense and origin of each melody. Besides of that, each illustration will have commentaries and extra lyrics based on the corresponding songs. An enormous work that, reaching the goal, could be printed as a book and it would be added to reward Level 7 (Meloetta) and upwards.VIDEOCLIP: "LA CONGA DEL UNOWN"
We want for PokéMemories to be a real party, this goal is made in order to fund the costs of creating a promotional videoclip based on the track “La Conga del Unown”, that is an arrangement in latin sounds of the classic 'Ruins of Alph' from Pokémon Gold & Silver. For that to happen we need to gather a professional crew, a location and many PokéCosplayers! (I don't say anything else in order to avoid spoilers :P).???????????? (More to come! :D)
If everything goes well with each goal, we will keep revealing more surprises for the project, as well as for future Pokérus VGMusic's projects.
As the first part of PokéMemories will be released on February 27th, 2016, there will be enough time to complete the project as long as the goal is met (better quality recordings or with new instruments, etc.) and it shouldn't be a problem since many of the mock-tracks are already being worked on. Despite not meeting the goal in this crowdfunding I will still make PokéMemories by my own means, just like my other previous works so that nobody misses the chance to take a look at the project. I just think it would be a better work with your support.
Besides, maybe another of the issues that could come up, would be the shipping for the rewards, inside Chile or abroad. I really thank all of the people who support this instance. Let's make this, one memorable project to pay tribute to the 20 years of smiles, good memories and Pokémon Music. If you are a musician or artist of any kind and would like to colaborate on PokéMemories with an awesome idea, or if you want to contact me for any doubt or whatever issue that may come up, you can contact me through my social media websites, Facebook or Twitter sending me a PM, or via email at PokerusVGMusic@gmail.com
The project isn´t associated with Nintendo or The Pokémon Company, but once again I'll work with Loudr.fm, which will be licensing and distributing my arrangements to Spotify, iTunes, etc., and making sure that The Pokémon Company gets paid with a percentage.
It's hard to specify, since the list of Pokémon songs I've always wanted to play has more than 100 tracks, so I can promise that after a painful filter there will be about 50 different Pokémon arrangements.
I would be happy to include a feat. track and collaborations along with other musicians. I'm sure we can talk about it, feel free to contact me.
Idea.me takes care of it! Since it's a 'All or nothing' campaign, everyone who supported the project for the different rewards are refunded with the money they sent.
In order to avoid getting the wrong idea when answering this, Pokémon Day Chile was always 'for the love of art' and every penny gained was also directly invested on the event costs throughout the 4 years the project lasted. So no, sir, with this type of conventions you are not becoming any richer, not even 40 millions just like some people say.