Perhaps the most badass orchestral project of all time is underway, and the creator is in need of financial backing. Nick Proch, a Phoenix-based composer, has been using his full, professional orchestra to pump out 1990s covers, and he wants to record a full album of rock hits. Right now, the only evidence we have of the project's legitimacy is a cover of Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name," which rocks so much harder than anything else you will hear today.
Check out the clip, via Uproxx:
From the official Kickstarter page:
Tantamount is an album of orchestral arrangements of well-known songs, performed by a real orchestra. Songs like "Bulls on Parade" by Rage Against the Machine, "Black" by Pearl Jam, "Hysteria" by Muse, "Welcome to the Black Parade" by My Chemical Romance, and more, all arranged for and recorded by excellent session musicians in an LA recording studio.
This project basically has no upper limit. The funding goal of $20K will help me put together an album of arrangements the same size and scope as the one above. That would be awesome just on its own. But if we reach past our goal of $20K, that just means more musicians, a little more time to rehearse and record, and even a few extra songs to cover.
Proch notes that there are three guidelines for the sort of songs he is looking to cover:
- It has to be a recognizable song, from the past 30 to 40 years and could be something as recent as this year or as old as The Rolling Stones.
- It has to be one that does not have a ton of orchestral arrangements already. We all love "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Stairway to Heaven," but those have both been covered orchestrally many times by many great arrangers already.
- It cannot be a cover of a U2 song. (There's no real reason for this, I just don't like U2. Sorry, Bono.)
Check out more project details and offer donations here.