Video Game Music

Video game music refers to the soundtrack or background music accompanying video games. Originally limited to simple melodies by early sound synthesizer technology, video game music has grown to include the same breadth and complexity associated with television and movie soundtracks. While simple synthesizer pieces are still common, game music now can include full orchestral pieces and licensed popular music. Video games can now also generate or alter their soundtrack based on the player's current actions or situation, such as indicating missed actions in rhythm games.
Posts about Video Game Music
    • The Best Video Game Music Of 2014

      The video games of 2014 sounded really, really good. Better, perhaps, than in any past year...though I guess it always feels that way. This year's nominees ran a wide gamut, from acoustic woodwind ensembles to screaming electric guitarmonies, techno jazz remixes to lounge electronica. 2014's standout soundtracks highlighted how diverse video games can be, and choosing the be ...

      Kirk Hamilton/ Kotaku- 7 readers -
    • Nothing Says JRPG Like a Toyota Hybrid

      Japanese role-playing game? Urban eco-car? I don't see the similarity, either, but hey, somebody at Toyota did. The Nagoya-based automaker has rolled out a new series of ads for the Prius C (aka the Aqua in Japan). The spots have video game music, such as this one: That's "Voyage of Adventure" from Dragon Quest III. Because driving a Prius is an adventure.

      Brian Ashcraft/ Kotaku- 2 readers -
  • I Can't Get Enough Video Game Banjo Music

    … Banjo Guy Ollie's quest to cover video game's greatest music has only just now reached the "Still Alive" stage, but then his choice of instrument isn't exactly cutting-edge. Don't worry, he's got a whole bunch of video game music under his banjo strap. I'm a huge fan of banjo music that goes beyond the "dueling" stage. It's a wonderfully…

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  • Giving Thanks: Video Game Music

    … there were still limits to the technology, this allowed composers to make pieces that could range from a simple four piece rock band to a full size orchestra. While the classic NES sounds are a bit more memorable to me, the SNES ultimately has some of my favorite soundtracks in games to date. Super Mario World and Super Castlevania IV are embedded…

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  • The Quiet Return of the Composer

    …. Sleepyman ~Holmes on Coffee~ (2014) - This is Jonathan Holmes' song from the Dtoid Album Volume 2, redone as a "8-bit mega man style song". Against the Wind ~Time Out~ (2014) - Against the Wind is one of my favorite songs from the AD Infinitum/Walking in Circles albums. I did some experimentation with this one including an unstable melody lead…

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  • Indie Tools: Scarlet Moon Artists

    … for their games. There are currently nine composers from Japan, Korea, and the USA on their roster. Their past works include Final Fantasy XII, Secret of Mana, the 1986 Transformers movie, and Ragnarok Online, among many others. Jayson Napolitano of Scarlet Moon Productions has answered some questions about the Scarlet Moon Artists service for us…

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  • PN Featured Musical Artist: Richaad Bichler

    … We have a very special Featured Artist this week, the awesome Richaad Bichler. Instead of the usual artwork I feature, this time we’ll be showing off some amazing musical talent. Art comes in many different forms and as long as it involves Nintendo, I’m in! From “Super Mario RPG” to “Chronno Trigger” Richaad covers some of the most awesome video…

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  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection Co-Op Review

    … content. Halo: The Master Chief Collection contains four games - Halo 1: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4. While the latter two games existed on Xbox 360, they've both been beefed up for the Xbox One with silky smooth 60FPS frame rates and some graphical tweaks here and there. Halo 1 also has been beefed up from…

    Nick Puleo/ Co-Optimusin Reviews- 4 readers -
  • Weekend NintyBeats [7th November '14]

    …, Sigeru Miyamoto, childhood explorations in the forests, lakes, caves and rural villages of Sonobe, Japan. Though the theme sounds electronic, it still shows off that adventurous vibe. It’s almost like you want to go around in green clothing fighting Moblins, Octorocs and more! Wild Pokémon Battle ~ Pokémon Red/Yellow ~ Gameboy (1996/1998…

    Leon Fletcher/ NintyBuzz- 3 readers -
  • The Awesome Culture of Chiptunes

    … What do Shovel Knight, Super Hexagon and Retro City Rampage all have in common? Besides all being pretty damn good video games, these contemporary titles have some of the best Chiptune soundtracks we’ve heard since the NES glory days. Catchy, playful and totally something any retro aficionado would load onto their iPod. Okay, maybe not every…

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  • Final Fantasy VI Symphonic Poem Performed By Stockholm Orchestra

    … The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic played a stirring medley of the songs of Final Fantasy VI this past June entitled Final Fantasy VI Symphonic Poem: “Born With the Gift of Magic,” and having just released the video of their performance online have created quite a stir in the video game music lover community. You can hear the twenty minute…

    Jay Borenstein/ The Gamer Headlines- 7 readers -
  • These 8- and 16-bit EWI videogame remixes are outstanding

    …. Our own Darren Nakamura said that it "looks like this guy is blowing into a Super Scope 6 to make this music." That's about right. Peter Smith is quite good with the EWI, so much so that he has a YouTube channel dedicated to his video game music covers. Soundole VGM Covers is packed with great selections, all of which are using the EWI's native…

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  • Musical Roundup #1

    … represented in Harmony of Heroes. I can confirm that some musicians from our previous projects will be contributing music to this album, as well as brand new musicians hoping to make their debut for the first time. Harmony of Heroes will be assisted by Pyro Paper Planes and Buoy, two musicians from Harmony of a Hunter. 2. Epic Game Music Presents “World…

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  • Yoko Shimomura Discusses Her Work on Street Fighter II’s Iconic Soundtrack

    … the majority of Street Fighter II’s soundtrack. Looking back, it would be hard to argue that she didn’t live up to the task, but it wasn’t always a smooth ride. Over the past few weeks, Red Bull Music Academy has been releasing a fantastic series of videos that take a look back at some of the most influential video game music to come out of Japan…

    Ian Walker/ Shoryuken- 5 readers -
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