There's good news on the drive to make more Wing Commander music! With over $8000 in contributions so far, the project is more than 50% towards its $15,000 minimum goal after five days. The new campaign aims for enhanced digital reorchestrations as well as live recording of the Victory's bar music at a much lower cost than previous attempts. And if the project goes over the minimum threshold for success, that just helps potentially make a full live recording more likely down the line.
Since the prospects look good this time around, George has already started making headway on the first track. He's posted an awesome example of some new Wing Commander 3 combat music below. There's also a new $120 tier added that comes with a copy of the score, new album and one of the remaining copies of Volume 1. This is a good option for anyone who missed out on the first CD. A limited number of additional copies can be obtained by also adding $40 to any existing option.
In anticipation of a successful campaign I'm going ahead with as much orchestration as time permits. Here is a video of playback of a finished score from some combat music from WC3. The sounds in my notation software don't quite do it justice (I'll create a separate MIDI arrangement for the phase 1 CD that will sound a LOT better) and of course when (not if :) we get to the orchestra stage it will sound incredible!
The piece loops back to the beginning and will eventually fade in the orchestral version. This is ALSO an example of what the PDFs will look like except they'll be in page format.
Upper Memory Block Walks Down Memory Lane
The Upper Memory Block podcast has kicked off a fun play-through of Wing Commander 2. Game streaming is a common pastime this days and there are lots of folks out there recording their Wing Commander sessions, so we don't highlight them all. But UMB is a big fan of the Wing Commander series, and they have a lot of similar contemporary interests to Wingnuts. (2018-03-22)
Homeworld Mod Deploys Black Lance
It's a big week for the Homeworld Remastered Mod! Their long-awaited Black Lance upgrade has now been released. Fans can grab it at either the Steam Workshop or ModDB, but users with a current copy will get the update automatically. (2018-03-21)
New WC Toolbox Expands WC2 Campaign Support
The WC Toolbox has gotten smarter with another new update. Version 4.2. (2018-03-20)
Kilrathi Fleet Gets Large Scale LLOD Upgrades
A couple of monster models have made their way into the Last Line of Defense project. Using some newly discovered information, Deathsnake has scaled up his fearsome Rigakh cruiser. Fairly credible stats imply it's even larger than the Confederation class dreadnought! (2018-03-19)
Black Lance Transport Certified For Covert Cargo
After leading the charge with a pair of exotic Black Lance designs earlier this year, DefianceIndustries has circled back around and completed the Evansville class transport that we see in Wing Commander 4. It has a fairly sleek profile for a transport as well as oversized engines, which form a pretty effective combo. There's no better way to sneak clandestine cargo to out-of-the-way places! (2018-03-18)