While many enthusiasts and talented musicians create terrific remixes or orchestrations of popular game soundtracks, not all are as prolific or well-regarded as the Synthetic Orchestra. The creation of Blake Robinson, the studio is his project to take well known themes from various sources — many of which are video games — and to orchestrate them using a broad range of samples and audio tools.
While a number of modern games (and TV shows) have been given the treatment, it's unsurprising that it's the orchestration of classic retro soundtracks that perhaps have the most effect; turning bit-tunes to fully-arranged pieces. While a lot of his work is available for free on syntheticorchestra.com, Robinson has been in touch to let us know that he does take on bigger projects, and over the past month he's been working on Super Metroid Symphony, an hour long album that orchestrates every piece of music from the classic SNES game. It's being licensed through Joypad Records, so will be available from its Loudr store and iTunes on 19th March.
Samples are going to be released regularly up to the album's launch — keep an eye on the official website — and below is a trailer which gives a taste of what it'll sound like; let us know what you think in the comments below.