We went to the Symphony on Friday: Video Games Live. It’s it’s show that uses the local symphonies to recreate music for video games. There was a wide range of old classic songs like Super Mario, Punch Out and more that game geeks (not me) would know as well as new stuff like Halo, Final Fantasy 7 (which was beautiful musically) and The Legend of Zelda Twilight princess (which the music maker himself has devoted many many hours to). Over all it was fun, I think for the nerdier gamer kids (like the two ummm 12/14 year olds sitting in front of us who jumped out of their seats multiple times in excitement) it would have been cooler (just because I didn’t know many of the newer songs). But it was definitely great fun. They played some interactive games with a twist with the orchestra playing the music as audience members tried to beat classic games on a huge screen. Oh and they had the video game pianist there: awesome (that will take a whole blog post of it’s own). It was definitely a different scene than normal for the symphony and but it was lots of fun and really made you realize how intricate the compositional work in these video games now-a-days. Go see if they are coming to your city.
Here’s a sneak peek. Someone filmed their intro medley piece. Between the laughing (yes it was like that for us too) you can hear the music. When we first got there I was afraid that it would be like trying to hear the music at a dashboard confessional concert but after the medley things calmed down and it was only the occasional outburst.