Available digitally and on CD.
A new Pokémon tribute album by composer and arranger Braxton Burks has just been announced, with pre-orders available now ahead of its release next week.
Time & Space is an orchestral arrangement album inspired by the Sinnoh region in role-playing games Pokémon Diamond and Pearl as well as the updated Pokémon Platinum Version.
“The soundtrack to the games Pokémon Diamond and Pearl marked a large departure from GAME FREAK’s typical music production style, which up to that point had mostly been constrained by the low fidelity instruments of the Game Boy and Game Boy Advance era,” Burks said.
“With the Nintendo DS hardware came room for the composers to write music with higher quality synths, electronics, and drums, expanding their palette to encompass a broad range of genres. This inspired me to experiment with my own palette and break orchestration conventions for Time & Space.”
Burks has previously released other Pokémon tribute albums in the past, including Double Team!, Hoenn Summer, Johto Legends, and Kanto Symphony. With Time & Space, the composer decided to use a “hybrid approach” for the album, mixing non-orchestral instruments with acoustic parts of the base arrangements.
“Instead of writing pure orchestral versions of themes, I opted for a more hybrid approach: using percussion, synths, and other non-orchestral instruments to complement the acoustic elements of my pieces and adding further depth to the base arrangements,” he said. “Overall, I’m very happy with the result! I feel like the battle tracks from this album in particular have the most impact of any Pokémon tracks I’ve had the pleasure of arranging.”
Pre-orders for Time & Space are available now from Amazon Music, Bandcamp, Google Play, and iTunes (with three tracks available for streaming now: “Twinleaf Town”, “Eterna Forest”, and “Battle at Spear Pillar! Dialga and Palkia”). The album can also be streamed from Apple Music once it’s released on 22nd November.
A CD version of Time & Space can be ordered from Burks’ Bandcamp page. This limited-edition physical release contains the full 16-track album on CD housed in a six-panel digipak with holographic foil stamping.