Friday, October 05, 2007

Post Titled: Harmonised Internal Cultural Clash...

Translated from ny Eurotopics:
"A character of the video game Zelda appears on a giant screen. The show seems about to begin. Suddenly the lights go on and the music rings out. The orchestra does not however play Vivaldi's Four Seasons, or Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. These are the sound tracks of video games like Zelda, Halo, Final Fantasy and Super Mario Bros. that are being played. The frontier between classical music and digital music has vanished in the video game field."

Upon first reading I mistakenly thought they were describing an elevated form of what The Advantage or the Mini Bosses do- that is, live music that covers Nintendo soundtracks... can you imagine? Alas, it is the inverse, a philharmonic recording the soundtracks for new versions of these titles. Amazing: just like hollywood does with sequels (brand recognition riding on the shoulders of previous films) the videogame industry is able to do Over and over and over and over- how many versions (titles) of Mario have there been since Donkey Kong? I would venture to say somewhere between 50-75

On that note I am almost willing to bet that when people who are in their late 20's and early 30's now are in their mid-40's and early 50's (or sooner?) that the philharmonic WILL be playing the original NES 8-bit Zelda and Super Mario Bros. soundtracks (or 1987 medleys) in the great concert halls of the world. Sounds insane, right? but...


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