Tagged soundtracks

Celebrate 30 Years of Zelda with Symphony of the Goddesses at the Orpheum

Quick: name a few iconic tunes from video games. There is a good chance that one of the songs you conjured was the main theme from The Legend of Zelda, right? The music from the Zelda series has been part of pop culture and an imperative staple in gaming history since the game debuted on the Famicom system in 1986. (Even Trent Reznor did a tribute!) The Legend of Zelda was released in North America on the NES a...

Music Is Coming in the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience

I’ve got to make a confession: I was never particularly wowed by the Game of Thrones score. And since I’m already about to get sent down the streets of King’s Landing to a chorus of “Shame! Shame!” for that fact, another confession: I was never particularly wowed by Game of Thrones in general. See, A Game of Thrones has been a prominent element of my life for a long time now, not via fandom, but via business. I am connected...

Gamer’s Rhapsody 2016 Struggles with a New Venue and New Problems

Gamer’s Rhapsody 3 was, as one could infer, the third go of a convention focused on the art and music of video gaming. As the red-rings-on-my-face target audience for this convention, I’ve been following this con closely, including enthusiastically reviewing last year’s event. The Midwest has a lot to offer nerds of all flavors, but those of us who are die-hard fans of the elements of gaming often overlooked—scores, sound effects, script writing, character design, background art—the idea of...

Soundtrack Sunday: Before the Flood

Recently, I bragged on my personal Facebook account that I had a good day. That I only cried once, and since it was about the fact that supergroups never work out, it didn’t really count. Many supergroups, too pure and precious to ever grace this cruel, broken world (looking at you, Tapeworm), dissolve into nothing but broken dreams. So when I hear the siren call of “Alt-rock icons, assemble!” I instinctively brace for failure and disappointment. The climate-change film Before...

Win a FREE Ticket to Gamer’s Rhapsody 2016!

Gamer’s Rhapsody is a weekend-long video game convention and concert series held in Bloomington, Minnesota. The event is all about celebrating the artistic and engineering beauty of video games and their creation, and includes: Live performances of video game music! Panels and workshops on video game art, music, and development! An entire room dedicated to local indie developers! Exhibitors and artists showing off their creations! The mission of Gamer’s Rhapsody is to create a unique experience where games, music,...

Soundtrack Sunday: Fire Up the Doof Wagon for the Music of Fury Road

Let’s start out by clearing something up: I’m not a Mad Max: Fury Road fangirl. In fact, I was super late to the proverbial party and didn’t see the movie until well after its home release. Action movies just aren’t my thing—I only like movies where everyone dies of sadness or boredom. My point is, I went into it thinking that it was going to be stupid garbage and I went out thinking it had an absolutely fantastic soundtrack....

Soundtrack Sunday: Dragon Age: Inquisition

Oh boy oh boy, let me nerd out here for a moment and state quickly that Dragon Age: Inquisition is my favorite game to come out since 2002. I have dumped a shameful amount of hours (weeks? . . . months? wait . . . shit, what year is it?) into this game. I love, LOVE Inquisition. That bit of obnoxious personal gushing is relevant to the fact that, as much as I love the game, I do not love...

Soundtrack Sunday: Lords of Shadow

One of the most stand-out things since the very beginning of the Castlevania series has been its soundtracks. “Vampire Killer” is one of those tracks that is almost instantly recognizable, up there with the Legend of Zelda overworld theme and the Mario ditty. Even though the series has spanned 10 composers, the music has a consistent sound and style—somewhere between epic, symphonic gothic and prog rock. Many fans of the series (and game soundtrack fans in general) consider the jewel in...

A New World: Final Fantasy Live, Up Close, and Personal

One of my main fandoms is soundtracks, particularly video-game soundtracks. I have paid more attention to the score of any given game than almost all other factors since before I could remember. I have been closely following the evolution of video-game music through the years, not only how the technical capabilities have advanced but also, of more interest, how the very concept of video-game music has changed. Your grandma can probably hum the Mario Bros. theme. These jingles have become an irrevocable part...
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