This weekend I was at Gothenburg Concert Hall for a special kind of performance that thrills us video game nerds:
Orchestral Game Music!
SCORE is, simply put, a bunch of awesome musicians playing video game music in orchestral format, usually bringing more of the desired emotion to the audience. They present songs from all kinds of franchises, but since the main concert that evening was sold out we opted for the shorter performance that day, Taste of Score. And in retrospect we were glad we did, after a 2 hour Badminton game we were all too tired to be able to stay awake during a longer concert.
We had the honor of listening to the following compositions:
JOURNEY – I WAS BORN FOR THIS
ASSASSINS CREED IV BLACK FLAG – SUITE
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG – MEDLEY
L.A. NOIRE -MAIN THEME
DEAD SPACE 2 – LACRIMOSA
CALL OF DUTY GHOSTS – LEGENDS NEVER DIE
COMMODORE 64 MEDLEY
FINAL FANTASY VI – TERRA’S THEME
THE LAST OF US – ALL GONE (NO ESCAPE)
BEYOND: TWO SOULS- JODIE’S SUITE
AGE OF CONAN HYBORIAN ADVENTURES – NIGHTTIME JOURNEY THROUGH THE EIGLOPHIAN MOUNTAINS
AGE OF CONAN RISE OF THE GODSLAYER – ALL HEROES UNITE!
I listen to video game music regularly, and I really enjoyed this special performance. The conductor Charles Hazlewood lead us (sometimes hilariously) through the depressing tunes of Dead Space 2’s Lacrimosa, which ended up on a sad and frightening tone, just to kick things up with the uplifting heroic Legends Never Die from CoD: Ghosts. I saw Sonic in front of me running through the levels when they performed the Main Theme, and suddenly the Boss Theme sounds and I see him fighting off Robotnik, to apparently win when we once again hear the Main Theme. Suite from Assassins Creed gave me goosebumps and a excitement, that’s how well they performed it- and then they also had some classic C64 themes, like from Karate Champ, who makes one reminesce of a time where video games weren’t as advanced as they are today.
To top the evening up the original composer of the Age of Conan music, Aventroup Haugen, was asked to stand up as he also was attending the same concert. Imagine sitting in an audience and listening to your own music! That truly has to be a great honor.
The audience acted more like one does in a regular concert, with shoutouts and whistling between numbers, and we were presented the different pieces by Orvar Säfström who is the leading Video Game concert producer in Scandinavia. As I’d recently read that very old concerts were very much like this (at least until the boring “classy” people wanted to show that they too can appreciate music), with people talking during the show, whistling and cheering, this didn’t feel that odd at all.
All in all I had a great experience that day, and I’m grateful for being able to attend it with my family. If you ever get the opportunity I suggest you to attend one of these kind of concerts, they’ll totally be worth it even though you aren’t that much into classical music.
Images from: http://www.gso.se/sv, http://www.gameinformer.com/ and http://www.modernman.com/