Video Games Live will be in at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, on Tuesday, June 4th. The Nashville Symphony will be performing various segments of video game music with Tommy Tallarico and the rest of the Video Games Live crew, who helped arrange and score the segments. There is no way to tell what pieces will be done but the Video Games Live site says that around 20 segments are done during a typical show. In this recent exclusive interview Tommy revealed that there are around 100 segments altogether. The segments consist of songs or sets of songs from various games, which range from classics such as Mega Man, Final Fantasy and The Legend of Zelda to newer games like World of Warcraft and Halo.
This is a big event for video game fans in Tennessee Whether someone played video games as a child, started their journey with Halo or have been gaming for over 20 years there should be some great music for all gamers to enjoy. There are not many opportunities to go to a concert and hear music from a video game you played last week and shortly after hear arrangements of classic 8-bit tunes done by a symphony.
Not a gamer? Video game music is so varied that it can be appreciated by even non-gamers. Think video game music is a bunch of bleeps and bloops? Check out Video Games Live to see how wrong that thought is. 8-bit music is often what people think of when they think of video game music, but even with the simple system sounds composers at the time had access to they were able to make some amazing pieces. Mega Man 2 (and Mega Man 3) are still considered some of the best video game soundtracks ever. Beyond this though, video game music has become a major part of the gaming industry. Games now will sometimes have a full orchestra and even a choir performing the music for the game. There was actually a game created for mobile devices that had a fully orchestrated soundtrack. Love classical music? Video game soundtracks can have the sweeping epic movements or somber tones that classical music does.
Parents do you have kids that play video games? This is a great event for the whole family to see. It can give children or teens a chance to really appreciate the symphony as well as give parents a chance to understand a bit better why their kids enjoy video games so much. This is something that cannot be fully understood until you hear something like the heroic anthem-like theme of Fire Emblem (posted in the video above) or the chilling “A One Winged Angel”. No matter what style of music someone likes there’s bound to be some video game music out there that’s similar, from the songs mentioned above to the off-the-wall Katamari Damacy, to classic chip tunes.
Curious about the event you can get tickets for Tuesday night’s show here. Not near Nashville check out the Video Games Live website for their full tour.