Friday, July 14, 2006

The Music of Video Games

Jennifer and I went to hear a sold out concert of music from Video Games. It was a fun concert. It was performed by the Houston Symphony and Chorus. The concert included music from Metal Gear Solid, Castlevania, God of War, Space Invaders, Beyond Good and Evil, Medal of Honor, EverQuest II, The Legend of Zelda and before intermission was Tron. The original music on the music and video game was produced electronically. For this concert it was orchestrated and it was orchestrated very well. To me it was the best on the concert.

The 2nd half included music from Frogger, Kingdom Hearts, Myst, Sonic the Hedgehog, World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy, Advent Rising, Super Mario Bros and Halo.

It was a good concert with lights and a screen projecting scenes of the video game being played. Some pieces were arranged for the orchestra, some were originally written and recorded for the video game, like Advent Rising, with full orchestra and chorus.

Thought most of the music sounds like a score for Lord of the Rings, big and epic. But if it gets people who do not usually listen to orchestral music to a live orchestra concert, then thats good for us serious art composers.

Posted by Eric at July 14, 2006 11:04 PM