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VR the Hot Ticket at GameSoundCon

VR the Hot Ticket at GameSoundCon

Virtual reality sound for video games is a hot ticket at GameSoundCon, the annual conference for video game music and sound design that has sold out its Sept. 26-27 dates at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. “Virtual Reality is not only taking the game industry by storm, but most other forms of […]

Japan Groovin’ to ‘8Bit Music Power’

Japan Groovin’ to ‘8Bit Music Power’

Nostalgia buffs who favor Nintendo Co.’s 1983 Family Computer video console will get a new music fix courtesy of Columbus Circle, which will release “8Bit Music Power,” a collection of classic chiptunes. The Japanese accessories manufacturer says the collection of 12 original tunes is the first new commercial Famicon cartridge release in 21 years. It will initially be available in […]

GameSoundCon Leaves it to Chance

GameSoundCon Leaves it to Chance

Videogame music innovator Chance Thomas will keynote GameSoundCon 2015, taking place November 3-4 at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The event brings together some of the most acclaimed composers and producers in the video game industry for two days of intensive presentations and hands-on training sessions. Thomas has created original music for some of the most successful […]

Taking it on the Road

Taking it on the Road

Credibility — the final frontier. Video game music is now attracting respectable crowds of attentive concert-goers to live performances throughout North America and the world. Composer Tommy Tallarico, a veteran of 25 years, is currently cranking trax in Cologne, Germany, with the Kodály Philharmonic Orchestra. As part of his Video Games Live endeavor, which has dates […]

Color Me Shocked!

Color Me Shocked!

Although they were making a movie about video games, when it came to Pixels, composer Henry Jackman and director Chris Columbus wanted to steer away from the 8-bit sound one associates with Super Mario style boing-boing, opting instead for a symphonic score.  What were they thinking? As revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, “we discovered early on […]

‘Ludomusicology’ Explored

‘Ludomusicology’ Explored

Ludomusicology – the study of music as it applies in videogames. I’ll bet you didn’t know it exists! Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) host Emily Reese is crazy about classical music and video game scores, and her fascinating interview with ludomusicologist Ryan Thompson explores the music of “Final Fantasy 6.” “The opera sequence itself kind of sums up, […]

Games fake 2

Games fake 2

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Zur Cues Game Trax

Zur Cues Game Trax

Inon Zur, whose scored last year’s Reclaim, starring John Cusack, is releasing an original collection of his music for video games.  Available through iTunes as of July 30, “Age of Sirens” includes previously unreleased material composed for games. Among the gaming credits amassed by Zur: “Baldur’s Gate 2,” the “Prince of Persia” series,  “Avatar: The […]