Why BBC Gaming Prom has remained a constant influence on the video game is the question of whether it will be changed forever Readers Features

Video game music has gone mainstream (photo: BBC).

As a result, the user reviews the BBC’s Gaming Prom and ponders what it’s going to do with the mainstream popularity of video game music.

Earlier this month, the 21st live performance of the BBC Proms season ended with the first Gaming Prom, From 8-Bit to Infinity, with Robert Ames and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. During the period of my 10 years of attending video game concerts, I always viewed this event as a dream that would be overcome, and traditional classical musicians viewed it as a contemporary artifact. Then again the year again, the old and old-school music network announces two concerts in two months between two other concerts. This will definitely make me change my expectations very quickly.

The BBC Proms are an eight-week classical music festival held every summer for nearly 130 years in London. The BBC has taken over the program since 1927. Its aim is to provide an accessible route for the general public to discover the many forms of classical music, with prices significantly lower than those usually paid for standard concerts (standing tickets are sold on the day at 7 O’clock).

Concerts broadcast regularly on radio and television eloquently present this festival to the greatest number of people, just like an essential part of the British art of living, whether patriotic or not. It’s not a distraction as microphones, lights, and the increased movement of TV cameras are obstacles to the view of the orchestra.

The concert began with an original piece by classical composition composer Matt Rogers, commissioned by the BBC, showing the value of the ZX Spectrum and its contribution to a great British childhood in the 1980s. With the help of voice and gesture , I could not easily play games in the longest period of 10 minutes.

It wasn’t until I saw that the finish looked so good: a range of buzztones caught the eye of the particular 8-bit-era musician who was known as Tim Follin. My click was justified, since it turned out that a track was an interpretation of Chronos, an obscure shoot em-up released in 1987, with the song by Follin himself showing his talents with very limited material.

Seeing the possibility of discussing it with the composer before the performance, I discovered that the original intention was to produce a medley of about thirty stops, but the rights issues did not require the reduction to just one. Extinction of films from three minutes to 10 minutes, a very creative freedom was enough; despite listening, I can detect the appearance of any word that would alter the loading of these games into play capable of catching the tape.

Loading Chronos was the first of two pieces commissioned from the concert; the second was a mix of three sound reflectors representing the cartridge era of the 1990s, attributed to non-binary contemporary composer Cee Haines. The medley consisted of Pokemon Red/Blue, Ecco The Dolphin and Secret Of Mana. Although the three labels, the trick was performed perfectly with some frequency, so I should be lost in my own imagination.

However, the idea of ​​honoring the original Game Boy sound by releasing an electronic enhancement of the orchestral wind instruments (oboe and English horn) gave me, I think: the hardware limitations of the consoles, almost as if played through kazoos. However, the jarring noise contributed to the creepy, uncomfortable feel of Lavender Town that I’ve never heard in any other rendition or remix.

Gaming Prom was also surprisingly cheap (Picture: BBC).

It was the worst moment of the night – but I’ll praise whatever it did for Battlefield 2042’s picks, which ruined the horrors of futuristic warfare. When you’re sitting mostly in cheap seats, you still feel your chair vibrate from the bass notes, but you may witness something special.

Other pieces that could have been used that night would have been familiar to those who have attended video game music concerts in the past, such as The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy 7 and Kingdom Hearts. They were simple, straightforward performances that lacked depth and hardly any added sweetness. Many people could add the same things as a Distant Worlds or Video Games Live gig. If we had the right time, it didn’t matter.

Prom 21 has truly attempted to round out over 35 years of video game history in a gig that would appeal to anyone who has experienced video game history, and even those with the typical Proms audience, who know more 350 years of classical music. A difficult balance would be the most difficult to express the desires of the other side of the spectrum, and it has been successful, with positive reviews from serious classical music journalists at Bachtrack and The Telegraph outweighing the only thing in the negative review I’ve ever seen, a short, brief, stuffy Times review.

However, the real litmus test for me comes from The Observer’s radio reviewer, an avowed non-gamer who listened without prior knowledge of the games featured to his positive review.

We would like to know how the music of the video game will be presented during a concert? Do you prefer to mix various game soundtracks or music from a favorite video game? Or will you listen with his classical influences?

Answer below!

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (@rpoonline) August 2, 2022.

Since that concert, which was performed nationally and on radio, was performed and watched video game music on radio and television, it has now dipped its toes into the mainstream. How are we? There are several possibilities, such as more exposure outside of niche niches, celebrity endorsements, or perhaps even a commercial release integrated into the music chart.

It is unlikely that game music will still be in the context of the traditional music market, but it is certainly not the end of a new generation. It seems very good to see that the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is moving towards reviving this tradition, with its most renowned supporters asking for feedback.

If you did not wish to go to the Gaming Prom (or relive it), the retransmissions, programs, TV and radio, are made available to the BBC until October 10th. Then, the highlights of this concert will be broadcast in many countries around the world from the BBC World Service’s shortwave this weekend.

By GGEuDraco reader (Steam ID/Pokemon Go: 5678-1979-9408)

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