Thursday, August 16, 2012

The History of Video Game Music: Introduction

If there's anything that makes me a total geek it's the music I listen to.  No, I'm not talking about the obscure bands I like that no one has ever heard of.  I'm not talking about the soundtracks to movies either.  I'm talking about (wait for it)... video game music.

"Video Game Music?  Are you serious?!" you say.  "All those beeps and bloops?"  Correct!  I listened to it from my pre-teen years through high school.  I can hear it now, "Stephen, how could you stand that stuff?"  Well, I'm going to ask you to drop any preconceived notions you had on music found in video games and listen to this...
Amazing.  Isn't it?  Rich.  Compelling.  Epic.  Unforgettable.  Yes, this song comes from the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64 released in 1998.  When we first heard it it didn't have the same build up.  It had synths instead of an orchestra.  But good music is good music no matter where it comes from.

So how did we come to that from this?

That's what my new series will be about.  The history and culture of video game music is quite interesting.  The music has inspired popular musicians, has had their own albums released, and I even went to a concert called Dear Friends Music from Final Fantasy in 2005. (It was mind blowingly awesome.  Blowingly is a word because I said so.)

Intrigued?  I hope so.  There's a lot to discover here that's a lot of fun.  Stay tuned next week where I'll share some of my favorite tunes from the NES and SNES gaming systems.


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