The Fat Man and Team Fat has some exciting news for us. We've been following this potential project for a long time, and while it appears to be a good half-year away yet, it's taken an interesting turn. Although we've had some minor updates to keep things going over time, today's update represents a big boost to the project. If you haven't been following this topic, Team Fat is responsible for classic Wing Commander music in the first several WC games. Here are some of the important parts of our new development.
I'm just fine, and please send my love and thanks to all the Wing Commander fans! Regarding the Wing Commander CD. We have had it all set, musically, for over a year. However, before I got around to writing up the liner notes, an interesting light came on in my mind. This happened as a result of all the accolades for the great sounding orchestral scores that are coming out now for games...You can find the complete text at Crius here. The emphasis is mine. This is great news! Although it means a little delay still, what we'll be getting will be a treat. If you missed it earlier, we posted their original Wing Commander "surf theme" a few months back here.
It seems fairly evident to me that the tone of the orchestra brings a real joy to the hearts of people who hear it. And while Team Fat may be providing equal composition skills, and may be bringing an equally worthy personal vision to the listener as the New Orchestral Breed (many of whom I admire greatly: Michael Gioccano, the SoundDelux people, etc.), our vision is not going to "get through to" people as well without the big orchestral tone.
If it were a big hassle and a great expense for us to create that magnificent tone, we might be tempted to release the album "as-is," get closure, and let it go at that. However, it just so happens that we are in a remarkable position as far as orchestration goes. Dave Govett is known in all of the film, TV and Game circles as "The Man" for orchestral samples. He's begun to score for Hollywood movies, too. SO...
We decided a couple of months ago to re-orchestrate all of the WC music before we release it. We've been meeting on the topic regularly...the latest meeting was this morning at breakfast. Looks like we won't be quite able to meet our March deadline...I'm thinking we'll shoot for June or so. I'll try to leak some snippets to you as we go.