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  IN FLUX: East-Meets-West Game Composer Collaboration Album Available Now
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03/04/2014
 


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Tokyo, Japan - March 4, 2014 - Brave Wave Productions, the team behind the sensational World 1-2 and World 1-2: Encore collaboration albums, is delighted to announce the release date for their next compilation album,  IN FLUX , set to debut on March 4, 2014. This latest project has been one year in the making and will feature an even more impressive roster of international artists. Additionally, the preparation of  IN FLUX has been overseen by Mega Man and Mighty No. 9 composer Manami Matsumae as well as Marco Guardia, both of whom serve as advisers to director and designer Mohammed Taher, reuniting the team that made the hugely successful World 1-2 albums possible and bringing even more talent into the fold.

World 1-2 received high praise from mainstream publications and provided Brave Wave Productions with a strong debut into the videogame industry. The 2013 release topped the Bandcamp charts for a week with songs like Manami Matsumae's "One Shot, One Kill," Keiji Yamagishi's (of Ninja Gaiden and Tecmo Bowl) "Memories of T," and Grammy-nominated Austin Wintory's (of Journey and Banner Saga) "Circles." With IN FLUX , Brave Wave Productions takes the goal of bringing a worldwide network of musicians together to a whole new level.

IN FLUX signifies Tim McCord's first musical work since Evanescence's third album ( Evanescence, 2011) in the form of a collaboration with Mega Man composer Manami Matsumae. "As a huge fan of videogames," Tim comments, "I've always wanted to do something musically in that realm. I respect Manami's discography and was very excited to be given the opportunity. With Evanescence currently on hiatus, I'm extremely excited to work in any and all scenes possible." The album also features Manami Matsumae's initial involvement with Brave Wave Productions as a first-hand adviser, composing one track and lending a hand to two others.

 

IN FLUX highlights the diverse and ever-changing nature of music by blending various genres like chiptune, rock, electronica, and more. It features musicians from all around the globe, including Saori Kobayashi (of Panzer Dragoon Saga), Manami Matsumae (of Mega Man), Keiji Yamagishi (of Ninja Gaiden) and Akira Yamaoka (of Silent Hill) from Japan; Stemage (of Metroid Metal), Tim McCord (of Evanescence) and Lifeformed (of Dustforce) from the United States; Juno-nominated Jim Guthrie (of Sworcery) and Marius Masalar (of Star Command) from Canada; Chipzel (of Super Hexagon) from the United Kingdom; Eirik Suhrke (of Spelunky) from Norway; Monomirror from Switzerland; and PolarBirds from Sweden.

Brave Wave Productions president and IN FLUX director Mohammed Taher comments, "Instead of replicating what we did with World 1-2, we went in a new and inventive direction: having the Japanese and Western composers collaborate. The album isn't exclusive to this idea, but we have a number of tracks where it's this eccentric mix of more than one composer contributing significantly to a track, leaping over the language gap and creating music that matters. On 'Blue Star' we had Evanescence's bassist Tim McCord collaborating along with Manami Matsumae's soothing piano, and then Manami contributed her piano skills to Stemage's sorrowful track 'Putting the Beacons to Bed,' as well as lending her catchy compositional skills to Chipzel with a short melody on 'Menacing Wonders.' Eirik Suhrke and Keiji Yamagishi worked on two tracks by back-and-forth composing their own parts, and it shows. It's neat and I haven't seen anything like this before, where the artists communicate through their music in favor of tackling production head-on. It's been an exhilarating experience for the artists."

The album will retail for $10 on Bandcamp and $12 on iTunes. Physical copies have been pressed in limited quantities and will be available to purchase in person at Bit Summit MMXIV in Kyoto, Japan in March 7-9, as well as online at:

http://store.bravewave.net

More information about IN FLUX can be found on the Brave Wave Productions official website:

http://bravewave.net

 

IN FLUX Album Credits

 

Creative Director: Mohammed Taher

Assistant Director, Mixing Engineer: Marco Guardia

Advisor: Manami Matsumae

Mastering Engineer: Dan Suter

Translator, Japan Representative: Alexander Aniel

Artists (in order of appearance): Marius Masalar, Monomirror, Manami Matsumae, Tim McCord, Jim Guthrie, Akira Yamaoka, Keiji Yamagishi, Eirik Suhrke, Stemage, PolarBirds, Saori Kobayashi, Lifeformed, Chipzel 

 

About Brave Wave Productions

 

Brave Wave is a music label based in Japan, dedicated to exploring the interplay between videogames, music and nostalgia. The dual-natured label produces and publishes music albums, both solo and compilations, as well as compose music for videogames. It is run by Kuwait-based Mohammed Taher (Creative Director) and Tokyo-based Alexander Aniel (Business Development Coordinator).

For more information, please visit:  www.bravewave.net/press