Geek Out #2: Video Game Music

I like live music being played by a philharmonic orchestra. And I like it even more when they play movie or video game music. Time for a brief journey through live video game music.

Now let’s be fair. You are not gonna read anything more unless I give you something to listen to right? Why not start at the Gamescom Conference in Cologne, Germany. The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra performed in front of a captive audience in the booth of Blizzard Entertainment:

And to add a coolness factor to that performance, there was a 360-degree camera present on the stage. And while looking at the audience might be fun, it is mostly the conductor Russel Brower I will be looking at. It looks like the man is having a blast while he is spurring the orchestra on.

It’s not even just a simple rendition of a certain game song either. Some artist make their own arrangements of the song they are playing. Like this version of “A Call to Arms“, a personal favorite, from World of Warcraft.

Video Games Live has created several large concerts and are still organizing them to this day. Their website may look dated, the music sure isn’t.

The Swedish Radio Symphony also took a page from the Video Games Live book and created a concert that was broadcast in January 2016. They were kind enough to put the entire concert on Youtube:

Now it is cool to see video game music being performed by some skilled musicians from several countries. However it might be even more fun to watch it being made. So that is what the Youtube channel of ChronoWolf is about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGGSi3F14S0

If all of this cool music and cool performances have gotten you interested in visiting a concert, then a good place to start is the website of Video Games Live.

Update: I just found this amazing rendition of the Monkey Island music that students from Helsinki played. It deserves to be here. Enjoy 🙂

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