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New edition 2009: CD "Symphonic Shades" - Orchestra and choir performing Commodore C64 + Amiga soundtracks of Chris Huelsbeck

Homecomputer sounds of C64 and Amiga game soundtracks turned into arrangements for 120 musicians of orchestra and choir - a symphonic concert dedicated to Chris Huelsbeck ("Giana Sisters", "Turrican"), conducted by Grammy-winning artist Arnold Roth

(PresseBox) (Chemnitz, ) The CD presents all songs of the concert performed in August 2008 in Cologne, which was a world-premiere (details at Minimalist homecomputer sounds of the Commodore C64 and Amiga turned into arrangements for 120 musicians of orchestra and choir - performed in a symphonic concert dedicated to the works of one video game musician exclusively.

The name of this person is Chris Huelsbeck, whose game soundtrack classics like "Giana Sisters", "R-Type" or "Turrican" went through a style change which couldn't be more extreme: A handful of tiny 8-bit samples or synthetic sine waves became violins, contrabasses, flutes, clarinettes, horns, trumpets and grand piano. Envelope controlled noise became drums, timpani, cymbals, triangles ... even pottery mugs.

The songs were rearranged for orchestra and choir by demoscene legend Jonne Valtonen (ex Purple Motion / Future Crew). They were performed by the musicians of the WDR Radio Orchestra Cologne and the FILMharmonic Choir Prague, conducted by Grammy-winning artist Arnold Roth.

With its transparent standard-tray the new edition is lower priced (17.95 instead of 22.00 Euro) than the first edition. All other details incl. CD content and the extensive booklet with interview, photos and artwork are identical.

Information about all details, MP3 previews, photos and ordering at a price of 17.95 Euro are available at

MAZ Sound Tools GmbH

Since 1994 MAZ Sound Tools offers software and sounds for musicians as well as products of the demoscene, a form of digital computer art. Next to own products MAZ develops and distributes software in cooperation with various authors, e.g. the worlds first DXi- and VST-compatible softwaresampler "VSampler".