UK GAMERS will soon be able to listen to their favourite songs from games past, thanks to a new show on Classic FM.
The show will run initially for six weeks, presented by Jessica Curry, known for her work on Everyone's Gone To The Rapture. Jessica announced the series on Twitter:
It's another step on the recognition ladder for game developers who toil over epic orchestral scores which are the cornerstone of modern classical music.
Curry heads up the Chinese Room, and has been a vocal advocate for the creation of a video game Prom, following on from the 6Music Prom featuring crossover orchestral electronica and several Doctor Who Proms, both of which were designed to broaden the outside appeal of classical music.
Radio One has also dipped its toe in the waters of video gaming music, but the Classic FM show looks set to be a game changer (arf) at a time when, despite its somewhat anti-social 9-10pm timeslot, listeners can catch up at any time.
The Classic FM show will reflect this with a bent towards orchestral pieces such as Legend of Zelda which is currently the subject of a third world orchestra tour, showing the pulling power of video games for classical outsiders.
The Boston-based Video Game Orchestra already tours performing video game scores with rock instruments alongside a full orchestra. The combo has released a number of albums and can occasionally be seen in programming in the higher channel numbers of the Sky programme guide. µ
To celebrate the Classic FM show, here's some of the greatest video game music of all time (though not really that orchestral). From Rabbids Go Home, we give you the mad geniuses that are Fanfare Vagabontu. µ
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