via: Wall Street Journal
Disclosure: The author works at the Wall Street Journal’s Asian office.
An interesting article explaining how videogame music is helping the symphony orchestra scene in the USA to survive, with demand for traditional orchestral music hitting a decline in recent years.
Gamers, both casual and hardcore, are more than willing to attend concerts to listen to their favourite gaming tunes. Video Games Live was the pioneer and is still going strong, and it’s great to see that games music has made a popular transition into orchestra.
There are plenty of games that make use of a purely orchestral soundtrack to begin with. The most notable example was 2013’s The Banner Saga, in which the music was composed by Austin Wintory.
A good friend of mine once told me over 10+ years ago that videogame music “isn’t real music”. We still have a long way to go before reaching mainstream acceptance, but gaming and music are almost inseparable nowadays. Having a good soundtrack can make a huge difference.