16th May 2013
Anyone into computer games that was born before 1990 is bound to have heard of the Psygnosis brand. They championed the 16 bit gaming era, with game releases like; Shadow of the Beast, Lemmings, Agony, The Killing Game Show, Carthage, Leander, Microcosm and many, many more. Games with stunning graphics, amazing music and cinema style intro trailers, all shipped in large black boxes containing posters and t-shirts - pure luxury!
Ex. Psygnosis in-house musician Tim Wright (aka. CoLD SToRAGE) started work on a new 25 track album back in 2010. His plans were to take a selection of his most memorable Commodore Amiga tunes from a number of Psygnosis games, and re-create them in full CD Audio. However, these would not simply be re-recorded with new technologies. These reworked tracks would feature new instrumentation and arrangements, metamorphosing old 4 channel 8-bit songs into full musical works. The album was released in 2013 as a Limited Edition USB Memory Stick in the shape of the Psygnosis Owl, housed within individually numbered metal tins, and accompanied by individually numbered signed booklets. These were massively popular and sold out very quickly. Only a few remain, and they are set to be auctioned off on eBay later this month.
In 2014 Wright released the Strix Memoria album as a digital download. This version was also Limited Edition, with Wright creating individual signed PDF booklets for each and every person who downloads the album. Unfortunately, the sale of this album was cut short while the CoLD SToRAGE website was being overhauled. Thankfully the new site is up and running, and the much requested Psygnosis Tribute Album is now back on sale.
“I was originally providing the Strix Memoria Album as a Digital Download via Bandcamp, but this year I was keen to bring all my media back under the umbrella of the official CoLD SToRAGE website. This means that all my music, both under 'Tim Wright' and 'CoLD SToRAGE' will eventually be hosted on the new site. The website is looking great so far, and is still having features added all the time... but for now I've pushed ahead with the most important things, one of which was getting Strix Memoria back out there for download. So far people have been massively impressed by my remixes, which is much more than I could have ever hoped for!”
Strix Memoria Digital Download [ Limited Edition ] is now available while stocks last from the official CoLD SToRAGE website: http://www.coldstorage.org.uk/?album=strix