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Video Games Live launches Kickstarter for newest album (update)

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The popular Video Games Live concert series will launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund the latest album connected to the shows, Video Games Live: Level 3, the concerts' creator Tommy Tallarico announced this morning.

The $250,000 funding goal will help to back production and launch of the album. This will be the third recording of the Video Games Live repertoire, and will include arrangements of tracks from more than dozen video games including Tetris, Portal, Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross, Dota 2, Journey, Beyond Good and Evil and BioShock.

Video Games Live: Level 3 will be recorded with an orchestra comprised of more than 72 pieces, as well as a 60-person choir and a rock band.

"This time around I wanted to create a video game soundtrack that was really special and doesn't have all of the games and music that people have been recording now for years," Tallarico said in a press statement. "But the music industry doesn't believe there is a market for an album like this, even after all of the ongoing success of Video Games Live.

"To create this album I'm asking for the support of game music fans from around the world, so we're going to Kickstarter to see who is right, the music industry or video game fans," he added.

Video Games Live has been touring since June 2005, where the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra performed Tallarico's program at the Hollywood Bowl. The following year, the concert picked up an 11-show tour and has since performed in dozens of venues worldwide. Check out our coverage of their last show from Comic-Con International: San Diego here.

Update: The Kickstarter is now live. You can find it here.