YouTube user garudoh has been posting an amazing series entitled 'The Music of Video Games'. With over 500 tracks archived on his channel, we hope the copyright holders will allow him to continue bringing this music to the attention of the public. We've been particularly enjoying the original R-Type soundtrack and the FM strains of the Megadrive's Herzog Zwei! You can find garudoh's Channel at www.youtube.com/user/garudoh
For the first time ever, a composer has been honored for their work on a game soundtrack at prestigious American awards ceremony the Grammys. Christopher Tin picked up gongs for 'Best Classical Crossover Album' and 'Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists', both of which ware awarded for his hit song Baba Yetu. As top PC gaming blog RockPaperShotgun (www.rockpapershotgun.com) pointed out recently, the world-music-influenced Baba Yetu - which feature the Soweto Gospel Choir - was first unveiled in Civilization IV, accompanying its title sequence. It's brilliant to see original music composed specifically for a game going on to achieve world-class recognition. Mr Tin used his acceptance speech to draw attention to the reason why he originally composed the track, saying: "Hopefully other game composers will follow me up onto this stage sometimes." You can find out more about Christopher Tin and check out his work at www.christophertin.com.
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