There is something amazing and memorable about video game music. From 8-bit tracks to full on orchestral compositions, they can really affect your game, and your experience with it. I honestly love it, and listen to soundtracks from my favorite games on a regular basis: Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy, and Dragon Age top the list for me.
I also REALLY love live music and symphonies. I was a super band nerd growing up (first clarinet, flute, and piccolo wwhhaaaaatt) and can’t resist it (or opera – but we will get to that). So last July when it was announced that Video Games Live was FINALLY coming to the Maritimes, I couldn’t pass up the chance to see it!
And oh man was is awesome!
For those of you living under a rock, Video Games Live is “an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. Top orchestras and choirs perform along with exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists, live action and unique interactive segments to create an explosive entertainment experience!”
The show we saw was with the Symphony of Nova Scotia (amazing!) and had a local high school choir, as well as soloist Jillian Aversa (who OMG I love so much) singing opera to accompany several pieces, including a Russian Tetris opera and a Legend of Zelda medley.
I was really impressed! Not only were the song selections amazing, they were varied: old school, new school, remixed, slow, fast, sweet, funny: no matter what you played, or remembered as a kid, or wanted to hear, there was something for you!
Chrono Trigger: I actually thought they were going to skip it, but instead it was saved for the encore. It was the perfect medley of different songs, and I especially loved how when something is played that makes Tony and I look at each other and smile, and both say “Frog’s Song” at the exact same time. Amazing.
Skyrim: The theme song that of course they had to include, was especially impressive because the high school choir learned to sing in Dovahzul, the “language of the dragons” created for The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. That is super impressive.
Guitar Hero: Ok, so technically taking a song written by The Foo Fighters that was turned into a song in a game is not part of the “soundtrack”, but bear with me. Before the concert there was a Guitar Hero contest, and during the second half the winner was called up on stage. He was challenged to get at least 300,000 points on hard be the end of the symphony getting to the end of the song.
He, instead, tells them to up the difficulty to expert, and blows the audience away be getting almost 500,000 points instead. It was so cool! The entire crowd was cheering him on, and yelling, and singing along. It was so so good!
Shoutouts also to the Russian Tetris opera (I love opera, like my grampa, which is one of my only memories of him); the Top 10 worst voice acting moments; One Winged Angel; and Mass Effect.
Because, Mass Effect.
If you EVER get the chance to see this, do it! Do not miss out on what of the coolest, most unique shows that I’ve seen in a while. You won’t regret it!
Until next time!