SCORE – Orchestral Game Music

This weekend I was at Gothenburg Concert Hall for a special kind of performance that thrills us video game nerds:

Orchestral Game Music!

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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.

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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.

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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/

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8 thoughts on “SCORE – Orchestral Game Music

  1. Love This!
    Wish one of these concerts would come to town!
    I just did a post about Bioshock: Infinite and I really love how they did the music in that game.

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    • Music really makes a huge part of the game, good games are unplayable if the music sucks and bad games are playable if the music is good.
      Most developers seem to have got this down but unfortunately not all of them.

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