Symphonic Shades: Huelsbeck in Concert was a symphonic tribute concert held twice in Cologne, Germany on 23 August 2008 featuring video game music. The concert was held in honor of the German born video game composer Chris Hülsbeck, and featured orchestral arrangements exclusively based on Huelsbeck’s works throughout his 22-year-long career. The concert was produced and directed by Thomas Böcker, with the majority of arrangements provided by Finnish composer and musician Jonne Valtonen, and with contributions by Japanese video game composers Yuzo Koshiro, Takenobu Mitsuyoshi and additional assistance from Adam Klemens.


Recorded live and performed by the WDR Funkhausorchester Köln (WDR Broadcast Orchestra, Cologne), and the FILMharmonic Choir, Prague, this album features fantastic orchestral arrangements of Chris Huelsbeck’s best works.


  1. Grand Monster Slam (Opening Fanfare) 02:47
  2. X-Out (Main Theme) 05:12
  3. Jim Power in ‘Mutant Planet’ (Main Theme) 05:38
  4. Tower of Babel 04:41
  5. Turrican 3 – Payment Day (Piano Suite) 05:19
  6. Gem’X (Main Theme) 03:42
  7. Apidya II (Suite) 05:27
  8. R-Type (Main Theme) 05:19
  9. Licht am Ende des Tunnels (Suite) 05:11
  10. The Great Giana Sisters (Suite) 05:32
  11. Rony Barrak – Rony Barrak-Solo 03:04
  12. Tunnel B1 (Suite) 05:00
  13. Symphonic Shades 04:14
  14. Karawane der Elefanten 04:13
  15. Turrican II – The Final Fight (Renderings- Main Theme) 09:08



23. August 2008, Funkhaus Wallrafplatz, Köln WDR Funkhausorchester Köln und FILMharmonischer Chor Prag Musik komponiert von Chris Hülsbeck Arrangiert und orchestriert von Jonne Valtonen Gastarrangeure: Yuzo Koshiro (3), Takenobu Mitsuyoshi (7) und Adam Klemens (7, 14) Dirigent: Arnold Roth • Chorleiter: Stanislav Mistr Orchestermanager: Winfried Fechner • Chormanager: Petr Pycha Konzertmeister: Juraj Cizmarovic • Violoncello: Dan Lupu Klaviersoli: Benyamin Nuss (5) und Jari Salmela (15) • Darbuka: Rony Barrak (11, 12) Tonmeister: Peter Eichenseher • Toningenieur: Andreas Gernemann-Paulsen Edit und Mastering: Thomas Kupilas Art Director: Stefan Ellerich Coverartwork: Hitoshi Ariga Künstlerische Beratung: Roberto Christen und Jochen Eeuwyk Texte: Matthias Oborski • Fotos: Philippe Ramakers und Thomas Böcker Associate Producer: Jan Zottmann Ausführender Produzent: Thomas Böcker Vielen Dank an Sebastian Eichholz, Matthias Ziegs, Heiko Kaspers, Matthias Opdenhövel und Factor 5.