**NOTE: Most of the discussion is taking place on a Discord Server, but regular project updates and claim/track status will continue to be posted here**
It's my pleasure to announce a one-of-a-kind album project and partnership between Lucas Thomas of Nintendo Force and OverClocked ReMix!
Nintendo Force Magazine has launched a Kickstarter to fund Lucas M. Thomas' new book, "The Impact of Iwata" which offers a deep dive into the life of former Nintendo President Satoru Iwata and his towering impact on the video game industry. After meeting its original funding goal in only 2 days Nintendo Force has added a number of stretch goals including an audiobook version – and this is where we come in!
This project will be a 16-track album to be included as part of the audiobook release. Each track will be based on one of the 16 chapters of the book, and is intended to fill the same role in an auditory format as the illustrations do in the print book. Portions of the tracks will be used as chapter introductions and between narration within the audiobook itself, and the entire album will be released in full as a bonus feature/promotional item. A full tracklist and description of source tunes/chapter topics can be found below
See the Kickstarter for more detail:
Album Roles/ What we need!
Author/Nintendo Force Editor-in-Chief/Project Lead: Lucas M. Thomas
Album Director: TSori
Masterer: ???? ( Zack Parrish available if no one else volunteers. Jorito also has contacts that may be available)
Cyril the Wolf
Siolfor the Jackal
The Vodoú Queen
Donut - Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Earth Kid - Harp, Piano, Vocals (female), Hammered dulcimer, Recorder, Ethnic percussion
Ian Martyn - Irish bouzouki, guitar (acoustic and electric), bass, keys, Irish whistle and low whistle, mandolin, Irish tenor banjo, accordion, taishōgoto, yukyu, concertina, melodica, bodhrán, bendir, ukulele
KestrelGirl - Violin
pointblanket - Violin
SableProvidence - flute, bass flute, dizi
Sheabutter - Violin
Siolfor the Jackal - Electric Guitar, Bass
TSori – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
All remixers wishing to claim a track should PM me and/or post in the thread. We'll go from there!
There are no specific required genres or instrumentation. The ReMixer is invited to take the approach they think will best for the chapter subject. That said there are a couple general guidelines from Lucas:
The book itself is a positive and celebratory look at Iwata's life and legacy. So the music should reflect that same kind of tone.
While creative interpretation is encouraged, the source tune should be easily recognizable
The majority of the book is going to be narration so we have been asked that the music not include any lyrics or sampled speech.
This album is intended to be an official OCR album as well as a part of the book, so remixes must meet the appropriate standards.
The Final Deadline for completed, un-mastered WAVs is
December 1, 2023
I've had to change my plans around for this just a littl ebit but here what we go with for a deadline schedule
August 1, 2023 - Initial WIP : Demonstrates your source tune and concept for the arrangement
September 1, 2023 - Significant WIP: Further development of the inital WIP, i.e. more length more firm instrumentation/sound design etc.
October 1, 2023 - Finished Arrangement: Full length WIP
November 1 2023 - FInal WIP - Completed track minus any changes needing to be made after review and feedback
December 1 2023 - Final WAVs - FInal completed tracks go off to be mastered.
If we don’t hear from you and are unable to contact you for a month your claim will be dropped! That said, life happens and we want this project to be the best that it can be! Stay in touch, and we will make it work! I'll be reaching out to everyone every 2 or 3 weeks to just check in too.
The Track List
*NOTE: Given the nature of this project and the timeline, it is preferred that those that claim tracks have a demonstrated history of contributions to another project(s). However anyone may join, and collaborations are highly encouraged !
Track Claim & WIP Status (16)
Bold Gold- Submitted for Mastering - 0
Bold Green - Final WAV submitted - 14
Cyan - Finished Arrangement submitted - 1
Blue - Significant WIP submitted - 1
Purple - Initial WIP submitted - 0
Orange - Claimed Track, no WIP yet - 0
Red - Unclaimed Track - 0
For reference: a full list of Iwata's Game credits can be found HERE.
Also to be clear: these are intended to be complete ReMixes that will be released as an album along with the with the audiobook AND used in part between narration segments in the audio book itself. They are NOT background music or loops.
Chapter One – Satoru Iwata: The Early Years
CLAIM: Jorito - Eggerland Mystery
This chapter covers Satoru Iwata's childhood all the way up through his earliest years at HAL, when he worked on games for computers like the Commodore 64.
Sources: Not a lot of those early '80s games had much music in them, so this will be the trickiest track to nail down. Other potential sources of music in his earliest years include the original Star Trek TV show (he was a fan as a teen and one of his first games was a Star Trek game he made on a calculator), as well as the 1972 Winter Olympics (they took place in his hometown and he actually had a small role in the opening ceremony!).
Chapter Two – The Pinball Repairman
Satoru Iwata's first commercial release working with Nintendo was the original NES Pinball game from the early '80s.
Sources: NES Pinball didn't have much sound beyond the noises of the ball bouncing around the table, but it inspired several further pinball games later on the NES, Game Boy, SNES and beyond. So anything tracks from titles like Rollerball, Kirby's Pinball Land, Revenge of the 'Gator or Pokémon Pinball could work.
Chapter Three – Teeing Off with Golf
CLAIM: Cyril the Wolf
Just as Mr. Iwata laid a foundation for all future pinball games, he also established the template that future golf games would follow by programming NES Golf!
Sources: NES Golf, again, not much sound. But several later golf games have tracks to turn to, like NES Open Tournament Golf. He and HAL worked on everything golf-related up until Camelot took over with Mario Golf on the N64. Kirby's Dream Course, HAL's Hole-in-One Golf, VS. Ladies Golf, Jumbo Ozaki no Hole in One Professional . . . (Come on, you know you want to make the world's first Jumbo Ozaki remix.)
Chapter Four Balloon Fight
CLAIM: Mike Norvak
Sources: anything on the balloon fight ost
Chapter Five Super Mario Bros.
CLAIM: Zack Parrish - Water Music
Source: The water level music from Super Mario Bros.
Chapter Six Mach Rider, F1 Race, Famicom Grand Prix: 3D Hot Rally (early 8-bit racing games)
CLAIM: Siolfor the Jackal
Source: Any track from these games
Chapter Seven Dragon Warrior (Iwata worked on localizing Dragon Quest to bring it to America)
CLAIM: Xaleph - Dragon Warrior Overworld
Source: All of Dragon Warrior is on the table
Chapter 8: Kirbys Dreamland
CLAIM: Lucas Guimaraes
Source: Any Kirby OST
Chapter Nine EarthBound
CLAIM: Ridley Snipes
Source: Any track on the Earthbound OST
Chapter Ten Super Smash Bros
Source: Tracks that are unique to the smash brothers series
Chapter Eleven Pokémon Gold & Silver, Pokémon Stadium, Pokémon Snap (all the Pokémon stuff)
Source: Any of the above pokemon OSTs
Chapter Twelve Expanding the Gaming Audience (Wii and DS hardware launches)
CLAIM: Hemophiliac - Wii Sports
Source: Any of the Wii system or DS system music. Wii sports is also eligible
Chapter Thirteen Brain Age
Source: The Brain Age OST
Chapter Fourteen Nintendo Directs, Ask Iwata Interview
CLAIM : Ian Martyn
Source: The Nintendo Direct Theme or any other “deep cuts” that have been used as a part of those events
Chapter Fifteen Roundup of Other Games: Lolo, Arcana, NCAA Basketball, Air Fortress, Ghostbusters II, etc.
CLAIM: The Vodoú Queen
Sources: Any track from the above OSTs
Chapter Sixteen Remembering Iwata
CLAIM: Michael Hudak
This chapter while still being positive and hopeful will have a more reflective tone and the music can reflect that as well.
Sources: Breath of the Wild/Tears of the kingdom OSTs
Project Kickoff! Lets go!
Alright, we're off and Rolling now. ALL tracks are claimed, and 6 have already had WIPs submitted. A huge Thank you to everyone who volunteered to claim a track and especially to those of you who got juggled around a bit as we figured out how to deal with the rush of claims.
I had initially planned to give everyone different check in date based on their claim date, but since almost everyone claimed their track on the same day, I'll keep it simple and just schedule deadlines for the 1st of each month. Details above in the deadlines section!
Chapter 10 : Super Smash Brothers is open again! if you missed your chance during the initial claims frenzy your opportunity has arrived!
Things continue to move along at good clip! We are steadily marching towards our final deadline in December. I am planning to review all the current wips with Lucas here in the next week or so and talk through mastering and plans for release. So if you have updated wips, please send them my way! Keep up the good work everyone!
I just realized I did all my update sin discord instead of here . so here's one. The end is in sight! We are working to finish up just a couple straggling tracks while mastering begins on the other 14. We're also starting to get all the "i"s dotted and "t"s crossed so we can have this ready for release. All the ReMixers on board have really brought their A-game to this album and I think everyone who listens is going to love the results. Let's keep charging toward the finish line!