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London South Bank to host Video Games Heroes concert

London South Bank to host Video Games Heroes concert

The London Philharmonic Orchestra will play a concert celebrating video games as part of the Vision Sound Music festival.

Comedian Iain Lee will host a concert that will celebrate the music of computer and video games as part of the Vision Sound Music Festival.

The concert, dubbed 'Video Games Heroes' will be played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and will feature music from games as varied as Super Mario and Angry Birds.

Comedian Iain Lee will host the event, saying that he's 'been obsessed with video games since I was 8 years old.'

'It's great to see the music from games finally getting the respect it deserves,' continued Lee. 'What could be better than hearing these famous pieces played by the superb London Philharmonic Orchestra?'

The concert will take place on 2nd September at the Royal Festival Hall and tickets are available from £16.

The Vision Sound Music Fesitval will span three days and starts on September 2, 2011. Events will be hosted around London and more information is available at the official site.

Planning to attend? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Bede 24th August 2011, 17:40 Quote
Angry Birds and Mario have devastatingly awful music. I hope there's going to be something worth listening to.
CardJoe 24th August 2011, 17:49 Quote
COUGH
Monkey Island
Beyond Good and Evil
COUGH
Zinfandel 24th August 2011, 17:53 Quote
LPO at the RFH... Possibly my favourite way to spend an evening in London.
ChaosDefinesOrder 24th August 2011, 17:59 Quote
One Winged Angel should definitely be on the list! Or at least a Nobuo Uematsu medley of some sort!
Lance 24th August 2011, 18:00 Quote
Final fantasy music is actually amazing.

I was going through my girlfriends iPod and found 'road to zanarkland' asked her if she'd played the games and discovered that she'd never heard of it but that she loved the music after a friend sent it to her.
Aracos 24th August 2011, 18:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lance
Final fantasy music is actually amazing.

I was going through my girlfriends iPod and found 'road to zanarkland' asked her if she'd played the games and discovered that she'd never heard of it but that she loved the music after a friend sent it to her.

That song is so unbelievably awesome I think I'd die if I saw an orchestra perform it.
Paradigm Shifter 24th August 2011, 18:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Aracos
That song is so unbelievably awesome I think I'd die if I saw an orchestra perform it.

One of the orchestras in the States did a FF concert a few years back; I remember because Square were asking for suggestions as to what pieces they should perform. The ever-useful wiki has info on some of them...

I love the Brahms influence of the FF ending themes; the ending theme (once 'Eyes on Me' has finished) from FF8 remains one of my favourite pieces of music ever.

There are games with far better music than Mario and Angry Birds, though. The Deus Ex opening theme orchestrated would be interesting. Pretty much anything from FF. Some of the Disgaea music could be excellent, too, but I imagine the games are too niche for enough people to care.
Dougy_D 24th August 2011, 18:54 Quote
Don't forget Metal Gear Solid! That should be a concert on it's own.

As much as it's a great idea, it will be strange listening to these scores without the Sound effects playing also.

For example, Super Mario music is one thing but without the sound of mario jumping, collecting coins will be wierd.
XXAOSICXX 24th August 2011, 18:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
COUGH
Monkey Island
Beyond Good and Evil
COUGH

Damn straight.
Chicken76 24th August 2011, 20:35 Quote
I wonder if they can play any musical score featured in a game, or do they have to obtain explicit permission for it?

The Heroes of Might and Magic series has extraordinary music, especially the second one. It would require opera singers though.

Have they announced any intention of recording the concert and releasing it later on CD?
samkiller42 24th August 2011, 20:45 Quote
Video Games Live is the main games ost concert thingy, which is a global thing too, Has had Halo, C&C and loads loads more. That's the one i would like to go too.

Sam
Fizzban 24th August 2011, 20:54 Quote
If there is nothing by Nobuo Uematsu then it isn't worth attending.
Paul2011 24th August 2011, 22:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Aracos
That song is so unbelievably awesome I think I'd die if I saw an orchestra perform it.

H1JgIg38QBU

:D;)
Elton 24th August 2011, 22:34 Quote
A fleeting dream is also one hell of a song.
Anakha 24th August 2011, 22:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by samkiller42
Video Games Live is the main games ost concert thingy, which is a global thing too, Has had Halo, C&C and loads loads more. That's the one i would like to go too.
Video Games Live is awesome. Saw it here in Saskatchewan year before last, and it rocked! They didn't do the "Myst" set, but Halo, live, with a full philharmonic orchestra and choir is awesome. And the "Play along" Guitar Hero and "Mario Brothers" was pretty damned cool too.
Sloth 24th August 2011, 22:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dougy_D
Don't forget Metal Gear Solid! That should be a concert on it's own.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6miaTf1gF4g
YESPLEASE.
mi1ez 25th August 2011, 01:00 Quote
Why has nobody mentioned Zelda?!
Euphonix 25th August 2011, 11:11 Quote
I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that Zelda is in there, as is Mario, Battlefield and many other pieces. How do I know? I interviewed the conductor! Follow my link to watch it now! http://youtu.be/QidvCm_5kxg
lpo1 25th August 2011, 11:49 Quote
Hi all, Julia from the LPO here.
Just a heads up that alongside Angry Birds and Super Mario, there’s more to Video Game Heroes! Zelda, Metal Gear Solid, Halo and Final Fantasy are all getting the London Philharmonic treatment and there are exclusive versions of Dead Space and the award-winning 007: Blood Stone, rewritten specially by composers Jason Graves and Richard Jacques. What else would be on your ideal playlist?
Lord Blobbery 25th August 2011, 15:42 Quote
Amnesia's soundtrack (admittedly assisted by some very well-designed sound effects) went a long way in making the game so dignity-strippingly terrifying. Come to think of it, Devils... Monsters... from the Halo soundtrack was actually the scariest thing about the Flood. I haven't heard much press about horror-related music. Perhaps you have to be playing in context to appreciate that sort of thing.
Aracos 25th August 2011, 16:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by Paul2011
H1JgIg38QBU

:D;)

I'd say something interesting but you know, I'm dead.
LPO Rachel 25th August 2011, 17:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by Chicken76
Have they announced any intention of recording the concert and releasing it later on CD?

Hi - yes, it is being recorded and released in the autumn. Sign up here (on the left hand side of the page) to be notified when it's available.

You can get your tickets for the concert on the Southbank Centre website here.

Enjoy the concert! :)
edzieba 25th August 2011, 19:14 Quote
This, along with Distant Worlds this November, makes up for VGL not coming to England for the last 3 years.
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