Listing a project on Kickstarter doesn’t always lead to crushing disappointment, as video game composer Jimmy Hinson found out on September 23rd. His new album, titled The Glory Days, reached its $5,000 goal in 20 minutes. He posted an update to the Kickstarter page, saying:
“… the Kickstarter was funded in under 20 minutes of me launching it! As I type this now, some 2-ish hours after launch, the album is over 200% funded. I just don’t know what to say. I was confident that I could achieve my goal, but I never imagined I would hit it on the first day, let alone within the first hour. You guys have shown that there’s still a strong demand in the world for quality chiptune style music and video game style music can be appreciated all the time.”
Jimmy started uploading tunes to popular video game music site OverClocked Remix in 2003. He was part of the team that composed the music for Mass Effect 2 (most notably “Normandy Reborn”) and is responsible for crafting the tune you hear while waiting in the multiplayer menu of Call of Duty: Black Ops II (“Adrenaline”).
His debut album, Impostor Nostalgia, was released in 2011. By this time, he was known for his orchestral space-opera tracks. Impostor Nostalgia released with heavy emphasis on chiptune, the 8-bit era of gaming, which was a refreshing surprise.
But what about The Glory Days? As explained by Jimmy, “The Glory Days is the sounds of our gaming youth combined with the technology and techniques that didn’t exist back then. So carrying the torch of its predecessor, it’s a bridge between two eras of amazing music.”
As of 7:50 PM (EST) on September 26th, just a few short days after launching the Kickstarter, The Glory Days has received $20,933 in funding from 681 backers, destroying the original goal of $5,000. With 27 days left to go, there’s no telling how much much funding it will receive. But for only 3 days, 400% funding ain’t bad!