A huge last-minute surge, including about $2,000 in the final hour, pushed the Wing Commander music Kickstarter album project up to $42,113 from 588 backers. That's a past the minimum $35K goal, which means there's a good chance that a bit more than the original 15 minutes of live orchestra recording will be made. For fans who contributed $50 or more, George is planning 45 minutes of music, although the exact mix of live versus digital reorchestration is still in flux pending negotiations with the musicians.
We know money is tight for many folks out there, but it's been so exciting to see hundreds of Wingnuts rally around this project over the last month. Great things come from sweat and sacrifice, and the fans out there have proved that they can make great things happen. George has gotten word that some interested people were unable to pledge before the deadline and/or would have pledged if there was a non-credit card option such as Paypal available. We'll post the details here if alternative arrangements are made to continue the fund raiser in some limited ongoing capacity. We think such an option would be a great idea, since it potentially increases the length of live orchestration that all past pledgers would receive.
Last, but not least, here's what George had to say upon the Kickstarter's completion!
I've got to run to a recording session (I'll have a more detailed report later), but I just HAVE to tell everyone how absolutely THRILLED I am with the results of this campaign! It's turning out to be a project beyond my wildest dreams. While I was jogging early this morning I was thinking about all of your incredible support, and made me realize that there are times in one's life when you don't realize what an impact you are having. I'm starting to think that the work I was blessed to do for Wing Commander may indeed turn out to be my most significant artistic achievement, especially in terms of reaching people. Your enthusiasm is, and I've used this term before, humbling! I will not let you down when I say I'll deliver the most amazing sounding product you can imagine!
More later! Again, my most heartfelt thanks! Many more updates to come!