In 2004, Zelda Reorchestrated (or ZREO) began an ambitious undertaking to transcribe all the music from the Legend of Zelda video game series.
You may listen to elements of the project HERE.
You may listen to World Zelda Music Radio HERE.
Go HERE for the new Zelda Battlescapes project.
This, to my mind, is LUNACY.
At Alphabet City a former RS employee writes about what it’s like to work at videogame publisher Rockstar Games.
He says: “Every Rockstar project turned into a huge clusterfuck.”
But also: “I will say that the first time I played Vice City was definitely a moment of zen. That was the first and only time at Rockstar that I really felt like I was involved with something culturally important – pop culture, yeah, but still culture…I still remember firing up the game, getting into a Porsche (they really looked like Porsches at that point) and hearing Kim Wylde’s “Kids in America” come up on the radio. Gave me chills. “More Than This” by Roxy Music was also the theme song to the game at that time, so I still think of the opening to the game whenever I hear that song come on.”
Also, he knew about the notorious “hot coffee” mod for GTA as the game was being published.
Interesting look at the guts of gaming.
Next Great Thing says that music in videogames is a hot commodity (as I noted last week!). Game publisher EA has created Artwerk, its own label. And extra song bundles for games like Guitar Hero II (which RULES, btw) are being licensed, then snatched up by consumers willy nilly.
Pop music isn’t the only genre getting a boost. Classical tunes are getting more listens among Millennials than ever before thanks to Final Fantasy and Super Mario Bros. soundtracks. [via]
Reuters on how videogame publishers are discovering bands, and how videogames get tunes in front of thousands of eardrums, sometimes earning bands enough buzz to get them signed.
Additionally, getting a song into a big-title videogame (like Madden or MLB) is a major aspiration for kids who grew up button mashing. Says one musician on the prospect of scoring a slot: “I’ve been playing video games since I was 5. It would just be sweet.”
UPDATE! Case in point: Mr. Bungle.