Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Video Game Soundtracks Sound Off In New Concert

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Video games aren’t kids’ games anymore thanks to an upcoming concert tour dedicated to the games’ music.

The so-called Video Games Live concert begins a national tour at the Hollywood Bowl on July 6, and features the music of video games set to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a choir and lasers and video monitors.

The show’s producer, video game composer Tommy Tallarico, says the soundtracks have come a long way since the days of Mario and Zelda.

He says, “What used to be bleeps and bloops is now set to a 100-piece orchestra.” In fact, Tallarico just spent three years completing an opera score for a game called Advent Rising.

At Video Games Live, he says computer game connoisseurs will hear tunes from the classic 16-bit games along with new games like Halo, Myst and Everquest II.

But Tallarico says one of the more difficult parts of the show will be having gamers play the games live, while the orchestra tries to match the screen and the music together.

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