Video Games and Symphony Music

Posted on August 4, 2006

CBS News has an intersting article about symphony music that is being composed for computer games. It says Andy Brick, an award-winning composer, is now writing music for video games. Brick conducted the theme song for Final Fantasy and other games.

Brick says, "Kids just love this stuff, and I like it, too. It's great music. It's really engaging music."

Everyone remembers the musical scores for tv shows like Star Trek and movies like Star Wars. John Williams is responsible for many popular themes including the them music for Star Wars, Superman, Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jurassic Park. Games also need unique theme music that fans can remember.

The music from video games like Mario, Halo and Legend of Zelda is so popular that some companies are trying to turn into a business where the music is performed by symphony orchestras in concert halls. One of these companies is called Play!, a video game symphony. Another is called Video Games Live.

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