Double-album campaign starts in a few days.

A new charity organisation has been set up by C64Audio.com founder Chris Abbott to further preserve retro 8-bit video game music as well as arranging, performing, and promoting orchestral recordings, live performances, and various other events.

8-Bit Symphony recently applied for registered charity status and already has a recording project in the works.

Funded by a Kickstarter campaign, 8-Bit Symphony Pro is a 2-CD album of classic 8-bit music recorded by the Czech Studio Orchestra.

An 8-Bit Symphony concert celebrating Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, and Amstrad video game music recently took place at Hull City Hall with performances from the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra. The event was backed by C64Audio.com, the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra, and Hull College Group.

“It’s a really exciting time! After our recent success in Hull we want to be able to bring more music to the fans and celebrate the talent of composers,” explained Abbott via a press release. “The charity will help ensure that Commodore 64 music (and more) can be performed and enjoyed, like Zelda, Tomb Raider and Mario already are, all over the world. If we don’t preserve the music, it will be lost forever to history.”

The Kickstarter begins on 9th August and additional information can be found at https://www.8-bit-symphony.com/.

Abbott added: “Our biggest goal would be to eventually reach the Albert Hall. Wouldn’t that be amazing? That journey started decades ago… though we’d also settle for London Symphony Orchestra and the Barbican too…!”

Update: The Kickstarter campaign is now live. Follow this link to visit the project page where additional information including details on CD contents can be found – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/8-bit-symphony/8-bit-symphony-pro-double-orchestral-cd-of-8-bit-classics/.

This article was last updated on 10th August, 2019.