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zaterdag 14 mei 2011

Game overture

Are games music tracks soon to be considered in the same breath as classical tunes?
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.

Delving into the archives
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

19 opmerkingen:

  1. i think nubuo uematsu (who does the final fantasy music) should be considered a composer in his own right.

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  2. Game music is always essential in video games, and most of them are very well composed and deserve recognition.

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  3. Congrats to him. That must feel awesome

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  4. Hell yeah Piano Squall said it first, that game music is filled with emotion and never gets recognition.

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  5. Congrats to Christopher Tin. <3 Metroid an excellent game with top notch music! Video game composers among the likes of Koji Kondo and Nobuo Uematsu deserve a place with the legends!

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  6. i'll check out that channel, i really like the track you posted :)

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  7. wow. i can only imagine all of the nostalgia this user has induced

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  8. The really good ones are hypnotic and I can say that with authority because I used to play NES games all the time!

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  9. Nothing like music drawing ya into a video game. gotta love it!

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  10. Great post! Keep up the good work!

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  11. I only played super metroid. Was the first one any good?

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  12. The final fantasy orchester is awesome

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  13. Heavy Metal is super intertwined with classical music. Most of my favorite video game tracks as a kid, (Doom, Duke Nukem, etc) we all kind of metal-ish. It all makes sense now.

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