"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," comments Braxton Burks. "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. 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. 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."
Several live performers are featured throughout Time & Space, including woodwinds player Kristin Naigus, vocalist Reven, pianist Augustine Mayuga Gonzales, and the Videri String Quartet, all of whom bring the most memorable moments from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl to life. Key arrangements include a new take on the sleepy hometown with vocals by Reven in "Twinleaf Town," a grand orchestral re-imagining of the ethereal theme "Eterna Forest" featuring Kristin Naigus, and the unforgettable themes of the legendary Pokémon in "Battle at Spear Pillar! Dialga and Palkia."
Learn more about Time & Space and it's performers here.
<b>About Braxton Burks</b>
Braxton Burks is a game composer, arranger, and orchestrator from Seattle. They are best known for their colorful and imaginative orchestrations of music from the Pokémon series, including Johto Legends, Kanto Symphony and Double Team!, the latter two having both landed on the U.S. Billboard Charts. They also served as music advisor on selections for the official Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions concert tour. Their favorite Pokémon from the Sinnoh region is Drifblim.
<b>About Materia Collective</b>
Materia Collective is a Seattle-based videogame music publisher and label, representing an international array of renowned video game musicians, composers, and songwriters. The collective supports its members with the financial, legal, logistical, and creative aspects of bringing videogame music into the forefront. The company has become known within the industry as a representation of highly innovative game music endeavors that move and inspire.