Tommy Tallarico is an icon in the field of electronic entertainment, having written the music for over 300 video games in his 20+ year career. In 2002, he launched "Video Games Live", a touring program that combined local orchestras and symphonic musical performances with lavish video production and all the flash one would expect from a top notch rock concert. The concept has been wildly successful, selling our performance halls and arenas from Beijing to Brazil.
One month ago, Tallarico launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise money for recording a studio album. Two previous albums were recorded live, and the extra costs associated with a studio recording prompted the $250,000 campaign.
"Video Games Live - Level 3", as the CD recording project is called, broke $100,000 in donations only four days into the campaign. However, different crowdfunding programs have different rules, and if Tallarico doesn't receive the full amount of his $250,000 goal before Friday, September 13th at 9:20 EST, it's all for naught. Even if the campaign comes up one dollar short, all money will be refunded and the campaign will be over. Tallarico and VGL only get the money if the goal is met.
To compound the problem, for each "level" of contribution a supporter can make, there is a reward associated with that level. Because some rewards are limited in quantity, the levels are also limited. The donation levels of $50 and $60 were very popular and sold out, forcing supporters to donate less, which brings in less money, or donate more, which scares them off completely.
As of this writing, with three days left, the project still needs a little over $35,000, which would be quite disheartening to come so close and come up short. Tallarico has been working tirelessly to promote the project, He completed an hours-long AMA ("Ask Me Anything") on reddit.com, after spending four days at the Penny Arcade Expo ("PAX Prime") in Seattle over Labor Day Weekend.
To keep interest high, Tallarico has added frequent updates to the page, announcing new music to be added to the recording, and introducing today for the first time, a previously unheard new arrangement for the Video Games Live staple, "Super Mario Bros." Audience filmed recordings of musical selections to be included in the recording are available on the Kickstarter's main page, with the new "Mario" track on the most recent update, #13.
Main Campaign Page: LINK
Update #13 w/ Mario Track: LINK