Another year passes and Jeremy Soule’s Kickstarter album is still unreleased

    
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How about this for a new November tradition at Massively OP: Let’s get together at this time every year to see if video game composer Jeremy Soule is ever going to make good on his effort to create and release his classical music album, The Northerner. Because between talking about it this time last year and now, Soule still hasn’t produced anything substantial to show for the $127,000 that he raised from fans in a 2013 Kickstarter campaign.

This raises the deep question: What do you call it when a music album becomes the equivalent of “vaporware?”

Kotaku noted that in the past year, a fake apology from Soule somehow got posted to the Kickstarter page and then left there without any way to remove it. His representatives pointed fans instead to a February 16th Facebook update in which Soule explained that part of the reason for the delay is that his company is developing a new musical technology that will be used in the symphony. A much more recent update stated that his “Northerner Diaries” — excerpts and vignettes of the upcoming album — will be released next month on December 20th.

Our suggestion? Check out Guild Wars 2’s newest expansion album instead, which is currently available to listen and purchase.

Source: Kotaku
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Northerner

Lo and behold, suddenly an update on Twitter/Facebook on Dec 6 revealed the first side-project The Northerner Diaries is coming out Dec 20 this year (2017!). Originally slated for before Christmas last year…
Anyhow, sad how this campaign has been mismanaged and that Kickstarter backers didn’t get this update but had to resort to Jeremy Soule’s other social media accounts to get news…

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socontrariwise

I think it is not ok to not deliver within 2/3 years of being paid because you decide along the way that you first want to reinvent how music is made before POTENTIALLY you will go back and make the music you got paid for.
That being said this music technology thing doesn’t seem to be vaporware or such …
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/roland-virtual-sonics–sony-pictures-post-production-services-collaborate-on-development-of-rainlink-virtual-music-application-300492921.html

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Solaris

Soule pretty much blew all the Kickstarter money on a lavish vacation to Norway to ‘research’ and ‘inspire’ him. Guy is a crook.

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Alex Willis

What eez theez “aahll-buum” you speak of?

Do people even listen to albums anymore? I thought we were all just bouncing from YouTube video to YouTube video, or letting the Robot AlgorithmLords of Spotify tell us what we want to hear? (I’m only being partly facetious because these are the ways I get most of my music these days — and I say this as someone born in the 70s and who spent MANY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS buying CDs in the 90s and early 2000s).

Seriously though, Soule, for all his apparent genius, seems like a bit of a jerk and a narcissist. His work has been incredible but that does not excuse fraud.

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Archebius

If it’s a group I like to listen to, I’ll still buy albums. Spotify and Youtube videos, by and large, don’t get as much money to the bands themselves as buying an album from their store does.

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Bruno Brito

Nothing new under the sun. People still think geniality and assholery are intertwined.

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starbuck1771

Yeah i rarely buy CD’s. However when it comes to Albums ( AKA LP’s or Vinyl) I am not willing to spend the kind of money for that because that can get very expensive. Thats something for the few hardcore collectors out there. Heck while we are at it let’s bring back the 8-track and reel to reel. God now I feel old as hell.

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Melissa McDonald

I always insist on having the CD. I want my archive copy. I can rip in whatever format or quality, although, with disc space so cheap anymore, I rip full-quality .wav

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zoward

I almost always just by the digital music at this point, so as not to have to rip the CD and truck it up into the attic for storage. I recently bought the soundtrack for Fantasia on CD, though since Amazon had it digitially for $9.99, or you could buy thre CD for $4.99 with free shipping … and free instant download. So, $9.99 for the digital tracks, or $4.99 for the CD and the digital tracks. Which makes absolutely no sense, but whatever. I download the tracks, stored the still wrapped CD in my attic. And aftward, they even sent me a voucher for a free MP3 download of any track, since I was clearly a CD-buying dinosaur who hadn’t heard of MP3’s yet!
My in-laws bought my daughter a CD walkman for Christmas. She unwrapped it, stared at it blankly for a few seconds, then looked up and asked, “what is this?”.

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Jeff

I know that Mike O’Brien from Arenanet is one of the few people that can work with Soule without conflict, he is extremely temperamental to the point of overbearing or so I have heard from folks who have had dealings with him. Cryptic actually wanted to use the Neverwinter Nights soundtrack for Neverwinter, but after a few really nasty calls they abandoned the idea.

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Bannex

Isn’t his brother in charge of his stuff?

I don’t remember the details but I thought his bro had something to do with sandbagging his career…

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Armsbend

“What do you call it when a music album becomes the equivalent of “vaporware?””

I call it crowdfunding. It’s all a scam for an unsophisticated public.

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connor_jones

I know there have been some successful crowdfund projects, but generally speaking I have two big issues with it. For one thing, something seems off about giving free no strings attached money to for-profit businesses. For another, it seems obvious that if someone has all or most of the money upfront, then there is little incentive to complete the project in a timely manner.

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camelotcrusade

Huh, I never noticed this before and I certainly would have been interested. I like his music, too! One almost gets the feeling he was trying to pre-cash-in on a hobby project that, like many hobbies, became less fun and more hassle when it turned into work.

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Bruno Brito

Yeah, but it’s not an excuse. Hobby or work, painful or not, deliver what your were paid to do.

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Aywren

Sadly, I was one of the backers (at a low tier, though — I never risk much in a Kickstarter). Sadly, I am still waiting. :(

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Bhima Jenkins

Sigh… me too. Backed it near its first day. I was worried when he got hired to write the soundtrack to EQ: Next as I figured that would postpone this symphony, but since EQ:N gave up the ghost, and Soule has had ample time to make the album, its clear this thing is never getting made and I just gave the bastard $15 for nothing.

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Space Captain Zor

I love this guy’s work but, this sounds unprofessional of him.