As gamer’s we often admire graphical fidelity over audio design, art design over vast musical scores. However, this doesn’t hinder the fact that videogames are home to some of the most sumptuous orchestral music pieces you can hear, with anything from Heavy Rain‘s melancholic twang to God of War‘s thumping beats adding layers to the harrowing spectacle that many of our AAA titles deliver.
Rarely can we appreciate such artistic brilliance however, unless you count the showpiece created over eight years ago by Jack Wall and Tommy Tallarico, ‘Video Games Live’ is a beautiful and immersive event that amalgamates the most beloved of gaming franchises with the music that propels the experience granted to gamers. The live concert features exceptional examples of some of the most awe inspiring music from videogames, with hugely talented musicians and choirs bringing the music to life, from immensely popular series of games such as the likes of Mario, Zelda, God of War, Civilization and Starcraft.
Veteran video game composer, Video Games Live CEO and Oreos man Tommy Tallarico, explains “we are introducing a whole new generation to the music of a symphony orchestra. I’m hoping this project will have a positive impact on the perception of video games by the non-gaming world, to prove to the world how culturally significant and artistic video games have become”.
Filmed this past April, a CD/Blu Ray release is planned for the Video Games Live concert that features the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, whilst this will also coincide with a national television special, airing exclusively on PBS in North America through July and August. The DVD/Blu Ray features over 3 hours of bonus content, including behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with composers and game developers. For a quick peek check out the video below…
For more information on Video Games Live check out their official website