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“This is My Story”

March 8, 2009

Recently, I went to a concert by the Video Game Orchestra, a group of highly talented student musicians from Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Boston University and Boston Conservatory formed by Shota Nakama to:

“[Gain] ‘Musical Respect’ for the video game community, but also to provide practical learning experiences, exposure, and networking opportunity for student composers, musicians, and engineers outside of school” (VGO Facebook Page)

It was thrilling to see such a large group of talented musicians playing this music by choice.  I found the music extremely moving to hear, especially the Final Fantasy Medley which included Aerith’s Theme (FFVII), Hymn of the Faith (FFX), and Liberi Fatali (FFVIII).   Other pieces they played included a Sonic the Hedgehog 2 medley,  and music from Caesar IV, Brothers in Arms, Myst, and  God of War 2.  The main conductor for Video Games Live, Jack Wall, was in attendance to guest conduct the music from Myst, which he co-wrote.  In addition he conducted music from Advent Rising for the show, which was written by Tommy Tallarico with whom Jack co-created Video Games Live.

Seeing this concert with a couple friends of mine made me realize again how much these stories and the music they are associated with are in some ways the myths of a section of our generation.  Within the gamer community, community is formed over things like how you felt when Aeris died or that awkward laughing scene in Final Fantasy X, or the first time you went through the casino level in Sonic.  These are our stories, and these silly, hexagonally modeled characters, whether they are cross-dressing, waging battling or mourning the loss of a friend are something that we can relate to and remember.  These are our stories too.

-Amanda/Seamus

PS: To learn more about the Video Game Orchestra or Video Games Live, check out their websites!  If you live in the Boston area, VGO does shows fairly regularly and Video Games Live has been touring for quite a while.

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2 comments

  1. Sounds like a thrilling concert! Is the “Myst” you’re talking about the computer game by Squaresoft? If so, I’m wicked jealous. I’ve beaten all three “Myst” computer games (Myst, Riven, and Exile), and the music was always just as compelling as the story and the beautiful visuals. Music can make or break a game, in my opinion (and as you know, I am one who usually dislikes a lot of game music).
    ~Jess


  2. The Myst is that Myst, and those games were absolutely stunning though I did not enjoy the gameplay. I’m not a big puzzle game person but I recognize how unique and great those games were. That being said, Nobou Uematsu is head and shoulders over pretty much every other game composer just regarding the caliber of his work and how prolific a creator he has been. Music is of ever-increasing importance in modern interactive storytelling, which is why video games are becoming more and more about such things as each year passes.

    Check out this interview:
    http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=209939



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