Angry Birds, Super Mario Bros and Tetris are about to go classical in a new concert and recording by the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO). Composer Andrew Skeet, who's worked on movies like Ridley Scott's Robin Hood and Garth Jennings' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, is the conductor for the medley of video game …
The Japanese had the Orchestral Game Music Concerts back in the 90s, the Yanks seem to have a good few universities where music and gaming nerds combine (presumably For Great Justice!) and the EU had the Play! Videogame Symphony concerts from 2006 to 2010.
It's surprising just how good some videogame music is (yes, even the older stuff), so it's always nice to hear that interpretations of it are spreading further afield.
University of Maryland's Gamer Symphony Orchestra has been doing the same for years staging concerts with huge success.
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I strongly recommend their 2009 rendition of Still Alive from Valve's 'Portal'.
I always despair at how TA gets left out of mind when people mention game soundtracks.
Full orchestral and even changed in-game dependant on what was happening, not bad for 1997 and lets not forget the difference a game has when everything, even projectiles, are 3D objects and not just pixels that magically travel through solid cliffs
You get the feeling that someone forgot to promote this concert, given that it's only just popped up on places like el Reg and the Beeb (and over there, it's been dumped in the kiddies Newsbeat section, despite mostly involving games which are older than the average Newsbeat reader - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/14738688)
If I'd found out about this a day or two earlier, I'd have been there!
Bunkner and Garcia, anybody? "Pac Man Fever" as an orchestral? Or better still, "Going Berzerk" ("here comes Evil Otto push the fire buttons in...")
Or better still, let's get the soundtrack for Tempest 2000 going.
Or we can get very meta, and have the orchestra do a version of the Gyrus version of Toccata and Fugue in G Minor.
The one with all the tokens in the the pocket.
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