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Tim Wright Puts the Brakes on Wipeout with Upcoming Chill Album

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Who do we have to thank for Ch’illout”, the surprisingly chill remix album of original music from the Wipeout series? None other than Wipeout composer himself, Tim Wright (aka CoLD SToRAGE, Shadow of the Beast 2 & 3). As the story goes:

“I was driving home earlier in the year, and I started whistling a tune. It seemed very familiar, but I couldn’t quite place it. When I arrived at home, I happened to glance at my game collection and my eyes landed upon the Wipeout 2097 box. It was then that I realized the melody was from ‘Operatique’, one of my music tracks from the original WipEout game. However… I’d been whistling it at a much slower pace, and that’s when the idea of a chilled or ambient mix took hold.”

He continues, “As an experiment, I took that very song and broke it down into it’s component parts, to develop a more moody piece. I was really pleased with the results, and decided to put it to my fan base for a reaction… thankfully it got the thumbs up!”

The experiment has blossomed into Ch’illout”, a forthcoming 2-disc, 14-track album of slowed-down and chilled mixes of Wright’s contributions to Wipeout and Wipeout XL. Take a listen to a work-in-progress track in the video above and get a peek at Wright’s production setup. Aside from the music the £18.96 (approximately $30) album will also feature guest artwork from original Wipeout artists on the 6-panel CD packaging and double sided poster. Those who pre-order before December 28th will also have a chance to win one of three copies of Strix Memoria, Tim Wright’s rearrangements of his work on the Commodore Amiga presented on a Psygnosis-shaped flash drive.

The album is expected to be finalized by March 31st, 2016 at which point orders will begin shipping. Being a passion project by Wright and his colleagues there are a few details you’ll want to check out on the official site before you plunk down your money. But don’t wait much longer, you only have until December 28th to pre-order and secure a physical copy.

[Disclaimer: I immediately pre-ordered this album for myself as I was writing this post]

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