Legendary composer of Rocky IV and Transformers: The Movie releases first videogame score paying tribute to '80s cartoons
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
San Diego, California - January 28, 2014 - Scarlet Moon Records is pleased to announce the release of the Saturday Morning RPG Original Soundtrack, featuring the work of legendary musician Vince DiCola --known for his work on Transformers: The Movie and Rocky IV--and his writing partner, Kenny Meriedeth. Additional talent is featured, including Jake "virt" Kaufman, Grant "stemage" Henry, and Dmitry "C-jeff" Zhemkov, who provide their own unique arrangements from the soundtrack.
Those familiar with Vince DiCola's work will feel right at home among the heavy synth-infused progressive rock soundscapes that DiCola and Meriedeth have crafted. As Saturday Morning RPG pays tribute to classic '80s cartoons, the main theme is appropriately upbeat and catchy, while the various battle themes should prove to be favorites among fans.
"I've been a fan of Vince DiCola since my childhood," notes Scarlet Moon Records producer Jayson Napolitano. "When I heard he was finally immersing himself in my other passion, videogames, I had to do everything I could to make sure as many people as possible would hear what he and Kenny Meriedeth have accomplished."
In addition to Saturday Morning RPG's soundtrack and arrangements, the album also offers music that may be featured in future episodes of the game, along with the vocal rock track, "No Risk No Glory," which hasn't been released until now.
"Everyone is happy with the results and it was a pleasure working with Josh Fairhurst and his team," reflects Vince DiCola. "I've worked in videogames before, but mostly as an arranger only. This was an opportunity for Kenny Meriedeth and I to actually compose music for a videogame, and after doing so we are definitely excited about future opportunities to do so!"
Throughout the 1980s, Vince DiCola amazed audiences with his signature blend of progressive rock with emotional orchestral accents. He developed a dedicated following over his expansive career, which saw DiCola go on to become a prolific recording artist and arranger. DiCola has worked on titles in the videogame industry before, but never in this capacity, and he's happy to give his fans a chance to hear his first videogame score.
The Saturday Morning RPG Original Soundtrack is now available from iTunes, Amazon MP3, Loudr (where the album is bundled with the previously-released "Christmas Adventure" single), and Bandcamp (where a limited-print physical edition is available).
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Press can download the Saturday Morning RPG Original Soundtrack press kit containing music, imagery, and his press release here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/99lnn9dmtpk7p35/0ZVooMbAez
About The Composers
Vince DiCola is a prolific composer, arranger, and performer who has made a name for himself with the development of his signature blend of progressive rock with emotional orchestral accents. His work on the Rocky IV and Transformers: The Movie in the 1980s are among those cited as inspirations to many composers working in the film and videogame industries today.
After decades of working on solo efforts and appearing as a session artist and arranger on a variety of projects, including a joint arrangement with Doug Bossi of the Gran Turismo main theme, "Moon Over the Castle," for Gran Turismo 5, he's finally making his debut as a composer in the videogame industry with writing partner Kenny Meriedeth on Saturday Morning RPG.
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Kenny Meriedeth was born and raised in Detroit where he was immersed in everything from the sounds of Motown soul and R&B to the bashing rock of local greats and started playing in dozens of bands and eventually performed with a number of acts from the Romantics to Tina Turner, and many others.
After relocating to Los Angeles, where he continued as a session artist and a band member for various acts, he made his way into composition and production for television and film, finally connecting with Vince DiCola and partnering with him on everything from independent feature films and trailers to recording sessions and now, videogame scores.
About Saturday Morning RPG
Saturday Morning RPG is an episodic role-playing game set in world heavily inspired by 1980s Saturday morning cartoons. Players take the role of Martin "Marty" Michael Hall, an average high-school student who has just been granted an incredible power. This power leads him to attract the ire of the world's most notorious villain, Commander Hood.
This adventure can now be enjoyed on PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, and OUYA.
Learn more: http://www.mightyrabbitstudios.com/
About Scarlet Moon Records
Founded in 2013, Scarlet Moon Records aims to make available amazing game music that otherwise wouldn't be heard. The label works with a wide network of composers and musicians around the globe to identify and publish original soundtracks for games that developers or publishers have no intention of releasing, as well as producing arrangement albums featuring the same global talent.
Learn more: http://www.scarletmoonrecords.com/
Jayson Napolitano, Scarlet Moon Promotions
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