Help Create Aveyond Soundtracks!

$585 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 5 months
As the owner and lead composer of Walz Music & Sound, I have always sought to deliver outstanding, original music to the games I work on. The Aveyond RPG series is no exception. These games and their music hold a special place in my heart. They were what prompted me to open my own business composing game audio and designing sound. The music is deeply meaningful to me, as well as thousands of fans, as each song tells a story, adding ambiance to scenes and characters. My efforts to deliver the very best wasn’t overlooked by critics. Aveyond 1 received Game Tunnel's Game of the Year: Sound award for 2006.

While Aveyond 3 received  an official soundtrack (OST), the two prior in the series did not. Over the years I've received a plethora of requests to make OSTs for Aveyond 1 & 2, and as much as I’ve wanted to make them, other work and responsibilities have always gotten in the way. Now, through crowdfunding, I find I can justify pursuing this project, if there really is a genuine interest.

While I really want to make these soundtracks happen, I find I need the support of fans, friends and family in order to make them a reality. Aveyond has always been a favorite project of mine.

With your help, the funds from this campaign will be used for production, recording, marketing, licensing, mastering, etc to create full-length official soundtracks for both Aveyond 1 & 2. Depending on how much is raised, I’m hoping to be able to add some fun extras.

For those who aren’t aware of myself, the Aveyond series, or the music contained, some explanation may be in order.

My name is Aaron Walz, owner and lead composer of Walz Music & Sound. Drawing from my knowledge of music theory, playing RPGs, and love of game composers such as Uematsu, Iwadare and Sugiyama. I integrate live instruments into my compositions in order to give my audio a richer sound.

Aveyond is a very popular casual RPG. If you’ve never played it, you can head over to Aveyond’s website for screenshots and full descriptions. The music from the Aveyond series tries to capture the emotion and character of different locations through instrumental tracks. You can see a clip from Aveyond 2 below that shows off some of the music contained within. You can also search on iTunes for Aveyond to hear the music I created for Aveyond 3 and some arranged pieces from earlier games.



Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have about this campaign and I’ll try to respond as quickly as possible. Thank you so much for your support. I really hope together we can make Aveyond 1 & 2 OSTs a reality!

Even just sharing this campaign through social media will do wonders!


Aaron Walz
Walz Music & Sound
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Update 4
Posted by Aaron Walz
9 days ago
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Hey Aveyond 1 & 2 Soundtrack Donors!

I wanted to give you a large update and be transparent!

First, thanks again for your support. I have been able to compile premasters for ALL the tracks. There are 12 tracks from Aveyond 1 and 31 from Aveyond 2. There are actually 15 more from Aveyond 1, but they are all on the From Another Shore album, so I'll be including those masters rather than redoing them.

Of course what I can do now in 2017 is far better than what I could do in 2005-2007. I have grown a lot in production skills, composition chops and gear. I am also a perfectionist and only want the very best to be out there on iTunes. So this is a hard process because of course this is supposed to be an original soundtrack, even though I'm so tempted to redo so much. That being said, there are so many gems in this collection. For a much larger contribution total, redoing them might be prudent, but for $585 it just does not make sense. We're talking weeks and weeks of work.

The other thing I'm grappling with is mastering fees. I like to have music mastered when releasing on iTunes. Mastering is something most of us composers and producers do not like to do, and aren't super amazing at. It's always good to have more ears in a project like this to bring out the right things and make everything loud enough and blend without crushing and ruining too much emotion and dynamic range. I'm getting some quotes, but I'm guessing for this many tracks, the total will be greater than the amount I managed to raise. SO - [option A] I COULD do it myself [option B] I could just front the extra money for this or [option C] I could try to get this campaign more visibility, perhaps on Kickstarter or another venue. Originally I had hoped to raise at least enough to cover mastering, distribution fees and re-recording and re-touching some tracks. I'm nowhere near that.

Finally - as many of you have heard, I was hired at Telltale Games in San Rafael, as a Sound Designer. I'll be working on Batman, Walking Dead, Minecraft, etc etc. This is a dream come true for me. My time will be somewhat limited after Feb 21st. So one the one hand, I want to get this out the door for you, but on the other hand, I don't want to rush it and sacrifice what it could be. But yet again, it is supposed to be an original soundtrack, not a total re-vamp of everything. And at the end of the day, I could self-master and be relatively happy, I'm sure. I'm very proud of this series and my work on it, and I want to present you with only the best.

That is where we are, and my thoughts. Please feel free to share your thoughts with me. :)

Musically and lovingly yours,
Aaron
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Update 3
Posted by Aaron Walz
1 month ago
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http://www.gofundme.com/aveyond

Oh my goodness! I am far too perfectionistic to make videos! What a learning process. I also forgot to say some things. But I refused to read from a script! The good news is, my video production skills are improving. Read below for forgotten details.

Most of you know me. If not, Hi! I compose music and design sound for games. I left my HR career in 2007 to do this full time. I've worked at Telltale Games, Kabam, and for John Romero. One of my favorite projects has been Aveyond, an RPG series. In all, I've written over 100 pieces for it.

Fans have asked for a long time for me to release the soundtracks on iTunes, Spotify, etc. So I'm doing it, starting with Aveyond 1, Rhen's Quest. Some of you may also know a few of these tracks are on my From Another Shore album, already on iTunes, Amazon, etc.

Selling music downloads is not a very profitable thing to do, so I've created a GoFundMe page, so you are essentially pre-ordering my music by contributing. Sound fair? It will help with mixing time, mastering fees, and possibly hiring some more classical instrumentalists to touch things up if needed. THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE ALREADY GIVEN, TOO! XOXO.

Yes, my music is hella fancy! It started as simple MIDI long ago, then I started using samplers, then, recording orchestral instrumentalists. And I know my game stuff. Since I was very young and scrawny, I've been learning Uematsu and Sugiyama songs on the piano, or singing along to and sequencing Noriyuki Iwadare's work by ear, which is probably my favorite.

I once wrote Iwadare an email, many years ago, he probably doesn't remember. But he listened to my music and offered this advice: "From now on, just make sure to always write a memorable melody." I've never forgotten. Arigatou, Iwadare-san!

I'll keep trying to share my thoughts and inside world with those of you interested in what I do. I created my own life out of a dream as a child. I don't share nearly enough, probably partially because I'm introverted and shy (gasp can you believe it) and partially because I am not good at videos. Happy 2017!
OK finally made a video. THANK YOU!
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Update 2
Posted by Aaron Walz
4 months ago
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Alright! Still chugging along but I'd like to get at least $1,000 total for this project. Please keep sharing with others in your networks! :)

Ramping up on the Aveyond 2 Tracks now...
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Posted by Aaron Walz
4 months ago
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Starting the Aveyond 1&2 Soundtracks! THANKS SO MUCH for your support so far. I would certainly like to raise a little more. I added a bonus for the $50 level: the MIDI files from Aveyond 1! BIG THANKS TO: Claire Fairbank, Gilbert Walz, Barbara Walz, David Linehan!
Aveyond iTunes OST So Far...
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$585 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 5 months
Created September 19, 2016
RB
$20
Robert Bridges
3 months ago

You go, Aaron!!

$20
Anonymous
3 months ago
$25
Anonymous
4 months ago
KB
$50
Kira Bourque
4 months ago

Your wonderful music has been with me since I was six! :) Good luck!

$20
Kimberly Lloyd
4 months ago
$20
Anonymous
4 months ago
DS
$20
Dana Stevenson
4 months ago
$20
Anonymous
4 months ago
$100
Anonymous
5 months ago
CF
$50
Claire Fairbank
5 months ago
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