Music Preview: Video Games Live, 26 June, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

7 May

Video Games Live

Who’d have thought that orchestral and video game music would have much in common? There’s a bit of genre fusing going on around the globe at the moment, and its due to hit Scotland on Thursday 26 June: Video Games Live arrives at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.

Take one well respected orchestra – in this case the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) – and combine them with music from Super Mario Bros, Sonic, Halo, Zelda and various others, and you have the sell-out Video Games Live, which has been touring the world for the past year or so. This is the sort of thing that goes on:

Hosting the evening is the wonderfully named Tommy Tallarico, composer of dozens of games soundtracks. The website promises synchronised cutting-edge visuals, state of the art lighting and interactive segments. All a long way from when I used to play Roland on the Ropes on my old Amstrad CPC464…

The event has been a sell out in many venues so book early if you can – full details are available on the RSNO website.

Here’s another look at Mario Bros in action:

Updated: just after posting this I found a nice article over at npr.

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