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Old 08-24-2015, 08:51 AM   #1
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As we were not able to garner enough interest,
this project has been closed on June 15, 2016.

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I've been listening to Monkey Island game soundtracks recently, CMI actually (well, self-made, unofficial ones..), and regretted that there isn't more music.
Then I've investigated a bit what Michael Z. Land (mobygames) is doing and found that his output somewhat slowed down over the last few years.

Now, connect that with the fact that famed composer Chris Hülsbeck recently funded a re-recording of his music via kickstarter, one of the more notable game-music related projects on kickstarter, IMHO.
Also, let's highlight the Thimbleweed Park kickstarter project - so good to see the old gang churn out new content.

So, here's the idea:
Let's contract Michael Land directly for composition and recording of more "Michael Land-ish music"



As a rough outline, let's ask him to do some tracks "in the vein of" Monkey Island, this laid-back, calypso, steeldrum style (more Danjer Cove, more Brim Stone Beach ambients); and possibly some more symphonic works à la The Dig (I'd like to see a weird "Ghosts", part 2) - maybe compiled on a 12 track album. Recorded to high standards, mixing live instruments with synths, recorded and/or mastered at Lucas Digital/Skywalker Sound - as in the olden days. We could do a poll here, to decide on the musical direction.

To fund the project, we'll init a simple yet serious kickstarter project, ~100,000 $US ("simple" as in 'less rewards hassle', but "serious" as in 'properly funded'), for composition, recording, etc. Funders receive the finished product as digital download starting at let's say $10 - $18 or a physical copy for ~$20 - $30. Additional rewards could be signed copies or so. A bit more pricey as the average music album, but hey, it's custom made, more or less.

Also, we could structure the kickstarter with stretch-goals (as an example):
70,000 $ - funded (6-track mini album, "more ambient music to plunder to")
100,000 $ - 12 track album (full album, "+6 tracks of Dig-ish sci-fi symphonics")
150,000 $ - 18 track album (full album with extras, "+6 reworked Monkey Island classics")

What about that? Let's discuss.
Here or on reddit: Let's contract Michael Land for new original compositions
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Old 08-26-2015, 08:30 AM   #2
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Two days, a lot of views, but not a single reaction!?
Folks, speak up and let me know your sentiment (and enter that poll), plz.
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Old 08-28-2015, 07:48 PM   #3
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While I would probably back this in the region of $10, I kind of feel I'd prefer him to re-record the MI compositions. Plus, this isn't going anywhere unless it's something he wants to do.

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Old 08-29-2015, 08:07 AM   #4
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I've edited the estimated price in the original post, as I think many would prefer a lower entry price, and worked your notion in, of having Mr. Land rework some MI classics.

Also, you're right: this whole endeavour needs Michael Land's approval first. But I wanted to test the waters here, before I approach him.

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Old 08-29-2015, 04:34 PM   #5
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I think you should just go for it. I don't think you're going to be able to gauge anything from asking people about something that feels so remote and unlikely.

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Old 08-29-2015, 06:55 PM   #6
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It seems so... Well, your last post already made me think, and I've started reaching out to Mr. Land to check if he would be interested. If there's anybody out there who can help me contacting him, please PM me.
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Old 09-13-2015, 07:31 AM   #7
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I'd love some new music from Michael Land, especially in the more atmospheric style as heard on Blood Island in CMI, but I also liked the Reggae songs on Plunder Island and the orchestral songs like in the sea battles and sword fights.

I really liked how each island was kind of segmented into different musical styles and how well it all blended together with the beautiful background art from Bill Tiller to create a unique atmosphere.

He's one of those guys that really should get hired more often for game soundtracks... But maybe it's because he's too busy doing other stuff, we really don't know.
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Old 09-13-2015, 06:41 PM   #8
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Yes, exactly! That very same sentiment was the basis of my idea.

In terms of progress on this: I've managed to get Michael Land's email and mailed him twice - so far no reaction. So either he's too busy, just as you said, or completely uninterested...
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Old 10-03-2015, 07:32 AM   #9
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Any reaction so far?
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Old 10-03-2015, 02:31 PM   #10
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Nope, but one of his peers encouraged me to wait a lil' longer, as he seems to be quite busy right now.
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Old 12-31-2015, 09:02 AM   #11
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Thumbs up

Intermediate success: A few weeks ago I've been able to reach Michael Land, and although he's quite busy, he signalled interest in this idea.

If you would support our goal of funding new original Michael Land compositions,
make sure to leave your email on our Prefundia page - so we can keep you updated!


With 2016 approaching this fast, it's about time for an update/next step...
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Old 01-02-2016, 10:02 PM   #12
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Well done!

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Old 06-15-2016, 10:24 AM   #13
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As we were not able to garner enough interest,
this project has been closed on June 15, 2016.

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