28 th December 2012
The Psygnosis Brand is legendary . For those who are too young too remember, or who were never into the gaming scene back in the 8bit&16bit era, Psygnosis were renowned for their grand projects, lavish artwork, ground-breaking intro - animations , massively cool box art and stunning product presentation. Titles such as Shadow of the Beast, Agony, The Killing Game Show, Carthage, Lemmings, Leander, and Microcosm to name but a few.
Back in 2010 Tim Wright (aka. CoLD SToRAGE) announced that he would be creating a musical tribute to the early days of Psygnosis, by offering up over 70 of his original musical scores that featured in early AMIGA games for potential re-mixing. A vote took place and 25 tracks were selected. The intention was to have these released in a digital format, and that day has finally come ...
STRIX MEMORIA ? is now available to pre-order from Tantrumedia Limited. This individually numbered (limited edition) album is being released on a custom 4Gb USB stick in the shape of the classic Psygnosis Owl Head logo. In addition, the stick is presented in a stylish silver tin with the Psygnosis logo 'laser etched' on top. Each tin is individually numbered and comes complete with an 8 page fan-fold colour brochure.
“The release of this album is made much more poignant to me now, with the closure of development at Sony Liverpool earlier this year. Many of the staff who were made redundant were people I had the pleasure of working with back in the early days of Psygnosis . This album is dedicated to all the talented, hard working people who did more than just 'work on games' - t hey gave from the heart to produce amazingly playable and highly memorable games.
This album has been a joy to compose ! Going back through my archives, to pre-select over seventy potential remix candidates, and then having the public vote on their favourites was great fun. But actually sitting down and listening to the tracks so many years later, and then deciding on a new treatment for each one was utterly enjoyable. The hardest part with any piece of music is creating the melodies ... once that's done you can have fun mixing it to please yourself, and hopefully others. In this instance I was starting from a point where I already had some great melodies to play with, so it really was a pleasure, and I hope people enjoy listening to the end result.
The idea to package the album onto a custom USB in the shape of the Psygnosis Owl Logo was something that came out of a desire to really do justice to the memories of my time at Psygnosis. I've released my albums digitally up until now, and I thought this album was the right one to release on a physical medium. I did consider releasing a CD, but that really wasn't special enough for a brand that has been and still is such a massive part of my life.”
The album is available on pre-order from today and up until the 31st January 2013. Orders are being taken Worldwide, and delivery is being fulfilled by a dedicated courier.
The album can be pre-ordered at; http://www.tantrumedia.com/strixmemoria
Wright’s other music is available from; http://coldstorage.bandcamp.com
CoLD SToRAGE official website; http://www.coldstorage.org.uk