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  1. Dear Friends, Thank you so much for making the "Dawnstar" music albums possible! I am so excited and happy to share with you a new project in the series, "Dawnstar: Ennea" - it is live on Kickstarter now and will be running until January 6th at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/okrusko/dawnstar-ennea. This album, featuring music for violin and MIDI instruments, is inspired by my explorations of mythology and cosmos, and I wanted to invite you to join me and become a part of it. Thank you for being here, thank you for making my music possible, and thank you for your thoughts and ideas! THANK YOU!!! <3 <3 <3 Julia
  2. Thank you so much!!! I am so happy that you enjoy it, and if you might be looking for more music, I wanted to share with you links also to "Cinematic Scenes" album (one could download it at https://juliaokrusko.bandcamp.com/album/cinematic-scenes ) I also wanted to say that the album production was just successfully funded, and I have created an extended project at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/okrusko/legends-fantasy-violin-live-cd-release-extended because the original was online for a few days only - this project will be running until October 20th, and I hope that you may consider joining it and enjoy the incredible musicianship of orchestra and choir in this recording. I am so excited, and I can't wait to share it with you! THANK YOU for being here and making it all possible! Thank you!!! Julia <3
  3. Dear Friends, I wanted to invite you to join a very special album release project - "Legends: Fantasy Violin" live album CD release, where we are performing together with The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra and New World Chorale. "Legends: Fantasy Violin" album, originally written for violin and MIDI orchestra, was also funded here on Kickstarter, and you could download it at <commerce link removed> and join the live album release project at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/okrusko/legends-fantasy-violin-live-cd-release I hope that you will enjoy this music, and I am so excited about this release! THANK YOU for making it all possible!!! Julia <3 <3 <3
  4. Dear Friends, I wanted to invite you to join me for a new musical adventure, "Dawnstar: Eternity"! The music features cinematic and fantasy stylistics, and this album is the third in the Dawnstar series, which I have been conjuring inspired by astronomy and The Elder Scrolls during the past year. I hope that you may join me on this quest for musical exploration as this new album is inspired also by several art and science disciplines. I am currently running a Kickstarter campaign in hopes to make the production possible, and I hope that you may consider joining this new project and enjoy being a part of it. Thank you very much for supporting and inspiring me! Julia <3
  5. Dear friends, We are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to release the recordings of our string quartet program, "Rivendell", and wanted to invite you to join us and help make this album a reality! The program, inspired by fantasy and medieval themes, includes selections from Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura, themes from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Game of Thrones, and movements from The Lord of the Rings string quartet. You could visit and join the project at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nestringquartet/rivendell-fantasy-string-quartet-album-release, - it will be running until July 17th. The funding would allow us to manufacture CDs and download cards, cover the soundtrack licensing fees, and move forward with the production. We hope that you will consider becoming a part of this project, and we are very grateful to you for your support and inspiration! Thank you! NESQ
  6. Thank you so much for supporting and for helping to spread the word! We have reached 28% of our goal, and are moving forward with you help! Thank you!! Julia :)* Dear friends, I wanted to thank you for welcoming the symphony inspired by Skyrim, and to invite you to join the Kickstarter project to release this new work, Symphony No.1 in D minor, "Dragonborn" - you could visit the project at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/okrusko/fantasy-symphony-no1-dragonborn-album-release For those of you who would like to hear some of the musical sketches, I have created a Soundcloud fragment which you could listen to, download, and share if you would like! This fragment is taken from the 1st Movement of the symphony, and it shows some of the thematic elements and atmospheres of the second subject group within the movement. https://soundcloud.com/juliaokrusko/fantasy-symphony-no1-in-d-minor-dragonborn-fragment-inspired-by-skyrim/s-mqZkZ Thank you for your support and help spreading the word about this project, and thank you for becoming a part of it! Julia Hello everyone! Thank you so much for supporting the Dragonborn Symphony and joining the project! I wanted to post a small update here and let you know that we have added an all-digital tier including the full symphony, "Legends: Fantasy Violin", and "Excalibur" downloads. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/okrusko/fantasy-symphony-no1-dragonborn-album-release Thank you very much for making fantasy music possible! Dear friends, I wanted to share some of the artwork from the fantasy Symphony No.1 in D minor, "Dragonborn" Kickstarter. Please visit the project to learn more, and thank you so much for you support! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/okrusko/fantasy-symphony-no1-dragonborn-album-release Dear all, I wanted to thank you for joining the fantasy symphony kickstarter project, and share with you some more of the artwork and a musical fragment which you are welcome to download and share freely. We are 49% funded with 15 days to go, and I wanted to thank you for helping to spread the word about this music, and to ask you to share it with your friends who might like to support it! You could hear the musical fragment of the symphony at https://soundcloud.com/juliaokrusko/fantasy-symphony-no1-in-d-minor-dragonborn-fragment-inspired-by-skyrim Please visit the Kickstarter project at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/okrusko/fantasy-symphony-no1-dragonborn-album-release to learn more and join! I also wanted to reach out to everyone who uses fantasy and medieval music in their gaming sessions and videos, and share with you two fantasy music tracks for violin and orchestra - Tavern Dance and Northern Star, from "Legends: Fantasy Violin" album. They are available to download freely from my website at http://www.juliaokrusko.com/free-downloads.html and I would be happy to send out free permissions for use in gaming and visual media projects. If you are interested in using these tracks in your own productions, just send me an e-mail! Thank you!♫ Julia Dear friends, thank you so much for supporting the fantasy symphony album! We are at the moment 85% funded with 10 days to go, and I wanted to share with you a new gaming trailer for the symphony, produced by Shinji72 in support of this project: Please visit and join the campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/okrusko/fantasy-symphony-no1-dragonborn-album-release Thank you for your support! Julia ♫♫ Dear friends, Thank you so much for supporting the fantasy symphony Kickstarter! - we are 102% funded and we have 3 days left with the project - please learn more and join at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/okrusko/fantasy-symphony-no1-dragonborn-album-release/ I can't wait for the release! Thank you for making this music possible! Julia ♫â
  7. Thank you so much for visiting the project! - and thank you for a great question about using imagery from Bethesda (Elder Scrolls is made by them). I would never think about using Skyrim footage in any of the videos, actually, but the Bethesda Video Policy now permits in-game materials created by user to be made public (and even monetized). All that I found at http://www.bethblog.com/bethesda-video-policy/and decided that since the symphony is definitely a fan tribute if anything (at least I feel like a fan :) ...I went ahead to create the visuals for this music. I think it is important to show some of the real Skyrim in this case because many of my friends are not gamers (although they are into symphonic music), and I was hoping to give them a chance to learn about Skyrim maybe for the first time, - I wanted it to reflect to some degree what inspired the actual music, too. I wouldn't be worried about Bethesda being upset with this, but if that would happen I would make sure their rules are followed, of course! In the meantime I think that the creators of Skyrim may just feel pleased knowing that their game inspires all kinds of creativity in many of its fans! :) I hope that makes sense, but I am very grateful for your input and advice too, - and thank you so much again! Julia :) Dear friends, I wanted to share with you a video just released today - it's a live concert recording of "Spellbound Dream", performed by Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra and me as part of "Legends: Fantasy Violin" premiere. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxdtyk7_zfY This recording is very dear to me - not only because it was the first time that a symphony orchestra performed my work, but also because it is an expression of your support and your influence in making fantasy music possible. Initially created as a track for violin and midi orchestra, Spellbound Dream was a soundtrack for "Legends: Fantasy Violin" Kickstarter project video in 2013, and thanks to 405 Kickstarter backers it was released as part of a new fantasy music CD and digital album, orchestrated for symphony orchestra, and performed in concert as part of Legends fantasy music suite for solo violin and orchestra. Spellbound Dream was also presented live during FantasyCon shows, featured in visual media productions, and received a nomination with Hollywood Music in Media Awards. All of this was possible thanks to you, and I am so grateful for your continued support and help with creating and performing fantasy music. I hope that you will enjoy this video, and if you would like to have the album version of Spellbound Dream, I have created a Soundcloud track you could download and share freely, at https://soundcloud.com/juliaokrusko/spellbound-dream-julia-okrusko I want to THANK YOU for supporting my new fantasy symphony project and raising it to 22% during this weekend! Thank you for sharing it with your friends and family, and thank you for making this music possible! I am so happy and excited, and so grateful for your support. THANK YOU! Julia <3 KICKSTARTER: Fantasy Symphony No.1 in D minor, 'Dragonborn" https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/okrusko/fantasy-symphony-no1-dragonborn-album-release Dear friends, Thank you so much for supporting the Fantasy Symphony No.1 "Dragonborn" album release Kickstarter! Thanks to you, we already raised 26%, and we are on a great track to our goal! I wanted to share with you today's interview published by Bedrock Games about this symphony, talking about the musical architecture of the piece, and creative process of writing a musical work inspired by Skyrim. You could visit the Bedrock Blog at http://thebedrockblog.blogspot.com/2015/10/dragonborn-interview-with-julia-okrusko.html to read more, and I am including a copy of the interview below as well. I would be very grateful for your support to Fantasy Symphony No.1, "Dragonborn" - Album Release project on Kickstarter; it runs between October 2nd and November 1st and can be found at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/okrusko/fantasy-symphony-no1-dragonborn-album-release Thank you very much again for your continued support and help making fantasy music possible! Julia. DRAGONBORN SYMPHONY - INTERVIEW WITH JULIA OKRUSKO Julia Okrusko is an award winning violinist/composer, a member of the New England String Quartet, and has appeared as a violinist on several albums. She also composed Legends: Fantasy Violin and Excalibur: Fantasy Violin, producing both through successful kickstarter campaigns. Now she has a new Kickstarter for an intriguing symphony called Dragonborn. I am a big fan of Julia’s music, and used one of her tracks from Fantasy Violin in our Sertorius preview (this year she wrote and recorded a new track just for Ogre Gate). Julia is also a gamer and much of her inspiration comes from fantasy online gaming and the worlds they create. When I found out about Dragonborn, I decided to do an interview to learn more. I was particularly interested in this project because it is a four movement symphony. You can learn about the Dragonborn Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/okrusko/fantasy-symphony-no1-dragonborn-album-release Brendan Davis: You have a new Kickstarter for a symphony called Dragonborn. Can you tell me a little about the project and what inspired it? Julia Okrusko: This symphony is inspired by Skyrim (video game). I was captivated by the beauty of Skyrim's fantasy world, by its atmosphere, music, gaming aesthetics, and mythology. I was inspired by the role of Dragonborn, and I wanted to write a piece of music that would reflect my admiration for Dragonborn's power and missions, and share my journey in Skyrim. I feel enormous gratitude to the creators of the game for this incredible experience and inspiration. BD: What drew you to the violin and why is it a good vehicle for these fantasy and gaming inspired projects? JO: I have been a violinist for 25 years, and violin is the instrument which I introduced as a key element in "Legends: Fantasy Violin". I have been composing for various instruments, but violin remains one of the most important and expressive parts in my orchestration for concert music and soundtracks. In the symphony, there are numerous violin solos, and throughout the piece the violin sections are blended as live mixes, allowing it to lead the recording through multi-voice performance as parts within the orchestra. The violin is an instrument that expresses my own musical identity, and it took a prominent part in the musical texture of the symphony. BD: What does the Kickstarter help you do in terms of funding? JO: With the help of Kickstarter backers, the symphony can be released as a CD and digital download featuring live and synthetic instruments. Kickstarter support would allow for recording, mixing, mastering, cover design, and the manufacturing of the discs. BD: You talk about symphonies and the sonata in particular on your kickstarter. Can you explain these musical forms and why they appealed to you? JO: As a classically trained performer, I am actively involved in a number of musical projects featuring different styles and applications, including soundtracks, classical concerts, new academic music premieres and recordings. Through experiencing the diversity of methods in musical composition and production, I am developing the approach to musical architecture, and as part of this development I wanted to employ a musical form that could internalize the image of Dragonborn and the meaning of his presence in Skyrim. In my mind, the stylistics of Skyrim and the powers and choices of Dragonborn project an image of great and legendary organization, and as a musician, I connected this image with the musical architecture of a symphony. I was inspired specifically by the traditionally established symphony form, and I felt that an older model of musical organization would convey and support the atmosphere of Skyrim. A prominent part of the symphony, the sonata form is a large musical structure that became universal in the late 18th century. This form is centered around a tonal and thematic conflict between two subjects that are presented in the exposition part of the sonata form, elaborated and contrasted in the development, and resolved harmonically and thematically in the recapitulation. I felt that the sonata form would create a great structure for presentation of Dragonborn in the first movement, and that it would lay the proper stylistic foundation for the entire work. BD: Dragonborn will have four movements. Can you explain the process of writing each movement and how you organize them into a complete symphony? JO: The process of writing the symphony was influenced by my performing experiences—work in the orchestras where I get to play the symphonies of great composers. Until now, I have professionally experienced symphony from the point of performance, and it was this internal exploration that taught me how material can be developed to convey the intended artistic effects. I also wanted to explore the management of time within a large symphonic work—I wanted to unfold the musical material with timing that would be familiar to the flow of the game itself. The construction of the symphony is based on Allegro-Adagio-Scherzo-Finale movement layout, and each of the four movements features different atmosphere and characters that are united through instrumental and vocal motives, rhythm, and musical references. During the course of the Kickstarter campaign I will be sharing audio sketches and notes on specific elements within the symphony. BD: What can listeners expect to hear when the project is complete? JO: The listeners can expect to hear an original symphony in four movements for orchestra and choir, recorded with live and synthetic instruments. The musical language of the symphony employs a combination of classical music techniques and fantasy themes, sounds, and effects, to create a reflection of being immersed in the world of fantasy.
  8. Dear Friends, I am so grateful to all Reaper Forum members for your support and help with "Legends: Fantasy Violin" and "Excalibur" releases, and I am proud and happy to have prepared a new musical experience that I would love to share with you! During the past 10 months, I have been writing a fantasy symphony, combining the traditional musical language and techniques with fantasy elements, themes, and sounds. The inspiration for this work came from Skyrim, video game world of fantasy with incredible gaming aesthetics and profound mythology. The power and missions of the main character, Dragonborn, became my inspiration for this work, Symphony No.1 in D minor "Dragonborn". The symphony is in 4 movements, each featuring different atmosphere and characters, that are united through motives, rhythms, and themes to create a symphonic portrait of Dragonborn and the external and internal realities of being immersed in the world of fantasy. I started a Kickstarter project to record, produce, and release the symphony in December - as a CD and digital download featuring live and synthetic instruments. This is the first composition of such complexity and scale I have ever written, and your support means the world to me. Please visit the project at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/okrusko/fantasy-symphony-no1-dragonborn-album-release to learn more, and THANK YOU so much for your enthusiasm, help, advice, and inspiration. Thank you! Julia Okrusko Violinist & Composer Dear friends, I wanted to thank you for welcoming the new fantasy symphony with so much encouragement and support! Thanks to you, we have already raised 17% and are on a great track to our project goal, and I wanted to thank you for being there and for making this music possible! I also wanted to share some of my music with you and wish you a great weekend! THANK YOU! Julia :)* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgyDQwa1m08 https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/okrusko/fantasy-symphony-no1-dragonborn-album-release
  9. 10 hours to go and all stretch goals reached!!! THANK YOU! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/okrusko/legends-fantasy-violin-cd-and-new-single-excalibur
  10. Thank you so much!!! :) We are 46 hours and $413 away from our final stretch goal!!! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/okrusko/legends-fantasy-violin-cd-and-new-single-excalibur
  11. 58 hours to go!!! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/okrusko/legends-fantasy-violin-cd-and-new-single-excalibur
  12. Yes!!! - thank you SO MUCH for supporting and spreading the word!!! We are 105% funded with 3 days to go! - and we just added new stretch goals and add-ons! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/okrusko/legends-fantasy-violin-cd-and-new-single-excalibur THANK YOU for making this project a success!!!:)********* Julia P.S. Check out the interview for BNN News about the project: http://vimeo.com/77540241
  13. Hi everyone! We are now 84% funded with 6 days to go and $466 to collect, and I wanted to THANK YOU for supporting the project!!! Please check out the new add-ons at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/okrusko/legends-fantasy-violin-cd-and-new-single-excalibur Thank you for making it possible!!!! Julia :)*
  14. New add-ons announced today! Read more at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/okrusko/legends-fantasy-violin-cd-and-new-single-excalibur/posts/634192 and support the project at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/okrusko/legends-fantasy-violin-cd-and-new-single-excalibur Thank you!!!! - we are 8 days and $714 away from our goal!
  15. Dear all, - I wanted to share an article by Bedrock Games telling more about the music: http://thebedrockblog.blogspot.com/2013/09/legends-update.html Thank you for your support and help spreading the word about the new fantasy music project! It can be found at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/okrusko/legends-fantasy-violin-cd-and-new-single-excalibur and we are now 73% funded with 9 days to go!
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