RMA Study Day – Call For Papers

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Call for Papers: Royal Musical Association Study Day


Ludomusicology: Game Music Research – Approaches and Aesthetics

 

The inaugural Ludomusicology conference will be held at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, on 16th April 2012.  Please click above for details.

Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony London

Last night [Tuesday] I went to the Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary concert.

I don’t think I’ve ever been to a video games concert with better production value that worked to my sometimes overly awkward classical ear. This was something else! The quality of the sound was phenomenal. I couldn’t believe that the sound engineer managed to mic up the full orchestra and still get them to sound balanced with such consistency throughout the performance. Nailed it!

For those of you who didn’t manage to see the Tokyo, LA or London showing I’ll just mention that the CD will be well worth the buy when it comes out. All I’m going to say about the music is the obvious: it brought up so many memories from my child(adult)hood that at times I was very moved. By far my favourite of the night was the Wind Waker Medley, so look out for it!

Another great feature of this night was the host, Zelda Williams. For those of you that don’t know the story, she is the daughter of the actor Robin Williams, who named his daughter after [Princess] Zelda in 1989. At most video-game concerts I’ve seen, the host has usually been someone hired for their looks rather than for their knowledge about games. This girl knew her stuff!, and even admitted to being moved by the music as much as any other member of the audience there that night. She later posted on twitter that the London crowd were awesome, so well done team-UK!

I must say that as a trained classical musician I’ve never ever, ever seen a crowd get more behind, and emotionally involved in the music as I saw last night. So much cheering, so much applause, so much silence when the music required it! In fact, the sheer gravity of Koji Kondo himself coming out to play had the entire crowd holding their breath so as to let the master do his work. He commanded so much respect in that room that he literally could have played ‘chopsticks’ and everyone would have stopped their breathing to hear better.

In closing the concert, the orchestra played us the new theme from Skyward Sword. This piece uses the retrograde of the well known Zelda theme Zelda’s Lullaby as its main melody. Check it out on youtube.

Although I had the special edition of the game ordered a while ago I almost felt like I should order another copy just to metaphorically kneel before the new heir to the throne; the king of all games series: The Legend of Zelda.

May you reign for another 25 years.

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Portal 2 named ‘ultimate game’ at the Golden Joystick Awards

Portal 2 has been named this year’s ‘ultimate game’ at the Golden Joystick Awards.  The game features a new dynamic music system, explained in an Games Radar interview with Valve composer, Mike Morasky.  It also sports a new
end credits song–‘Want You Gone’ by Jonathan Coulton, an interesting parallel to the original’s infamous ‘Still Alive’.  To round off this musical extravaganza, there is even a Portal 2 ‘Turret Opera’, also known as ‘Cara Mia’.

The soundtrack can be downloaded for free at http://www.thinkwithportals.com/music.php
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/15393928

Gears of War 3 writer Karen Traviss on the art of game narrative

While this isn’t about video game music, this is an interesting interview about storytelling in games: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2011/oct/03/gears-3-karen-traviss-interview

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