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
    • 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 game music and turns it into something even better.

      Pure Nintendo- 3 readers -
    • Indie Tools: Scarlet Moon Artists

      "Tool" is really the wrong word to use here; "resource" would be more appropriate. Scarlet Moon Artists is one branch of Scarlet Moon Productions, a company dedicated to video game music and the people who make it. Under the Scarlet Moon Artists moniker, they work to connect their composers with any developers, large or small, who need music for their games.

      Lena Leray/ 2 readers -
    • Giving Thanks: Video Game Music

      [Dtoid community blogger ooktar is thankful for video game music. I think most of us can agree that it has bettered our lives in some way or another. Want to see your own stuff appear on the front page? Go write something! --Occams Electric Toothbrush] I've been a huge fan of music all my life. When I was little I was always listening and rocking out to all kinds of music my ...

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  • 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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  • The Quiet Return of the Composer

    …, obviously. If you want, maybe you can suggest music to write. Perhaps there's a remix you want to hear of one of my songs? I'd consider video game music remixes, too, but I prefer to focus on original music. I hope you hear something you like. Thanks for listening. …

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  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection Co-Op Review

    … how far polygons and textures have come. What's more it's not just a visual jump, but audio as well. Shotguns, assault rifles and pistols all pack more punch. The energy sword has an audible hum and woosh that wasn't prevalent in the original. You can HEAR these differences on the fly. And the music is still some of the best video game music ever…

    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

    … to note what doesn’t qualify as a Chiptune. The 16-Bit soundtracks that followed in the ’90s in arcade cabinets and consoles such as the SNES and the Sega Genesis are not considered Chiptunes by purists, as those systems made use of Modified Midi Kits and Frequency Modulation (FM) synthesis in order to blend several waveforms and create a richer, warmer…

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  • Final Fantasy VI Symphonic Poem Performed By Stockholm Orchestra

    … of Final Fantasy’s touring concert series Distant Worlds, Wanamo does something courageous in his medley, and conductor Andreas Hanson does a fantastic job stirring up the energy required to bring the themes of the world and its classic characters Kefka, Locke, Celes, et all. What do you think of the Final Fantasy VI Symphonic Poem? I know I’ll…

    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

    …” quality; something that is much more listenable within your pre-existing itunes collection, so you’ll actually want to give it a go without feeling like your listening to “videogame” music. This sucker here is great for exactly that reason, take a listen. Epic Game Music has been doing this for many other classics as well, not just the video above. He’s…

    Always Nintendo- 1 readers -
  • Yoko Shimomura Discusses Her Work on Street Fighter II’s Iconic Soundtrack

    … One of my biggest passions outside of fighting games is music, something I’m sure many of you can say also. No matter your favorite genre, there’s something uniquely special about putting on your favorite record, grabbing a pair of headphones, and floating away for just a minute in the world those sounds create. In the early days of video game…

    Ian Walker/ Shoryuken- 5 readers -

  • Like music in video games?

    … Like music in video games? Check out Beep, an in-production documentary about the history of video game sound. The filmmakers are currently raising money on Kickstarter, and the project sounds pretty cool. More info here. Read more... …

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  • SEGA Nerds on Location: Video Games Live

    … this man was… Tommy Tallarico. Whah? Don’t know who he is? Well, not only is he the guy responsible for launching Video Games Live, but he also has quite the résumé in composing video game music, including several titles which appeared on SEGA consoles such as Cool Spot (Genesis), Earthworm Jim (Genesis/SEGA CD), Spider-Man (Dreamcast), and this sweet…

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