Soundtrack Central The best classic game music and more

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Qui-Gon Joe Jan 22, 2016 (edited Jan 22, 2016)

So a Kickstarter has been fully funded now for a concert of the music from Journey in which the orchestra will play interactively to someone playing the game.  Sounds kind of cool so a couple of my friends and I grabbed tickets for the Chicago one.  Sounds like a cool idea! … urney-live

jb Jan 22, 2016

I thought this was going to be Journey, the band, not Journey the game.  I saw Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers live like this and it's a pretty neat experience.  Certainly a unique way to engage a new generation with the arts, that's for sure.

Jay Jan 22, 2016

Also expected the band. This thread isn't at all what I came to see.

Qui-Gon Joe Jan 22, 2016

That would be why I put it in the soundtracks section instead of the Other Music section.  tongue

jb Jan 22, 2016

Qui-Gon Joe wrote:

That would be why I put it in the soundtracks section instead of the Other Music section.  tongue

Well, in my defense you still can't see the section a thread is in if you're viewing the Unread Posts url ( *cough* adam *cough* so I don't really know until I click the thread and then I don't really read it because i'm reading the thread.

Adam Corn Jan 28, 2016

There's an icon next to every topic, representing the forum it's in.
I suppose if I have to explain it it's not clear enough though.

Qui-Gon Joe Jun 16, 2016

So, uh, while I'm writing about concerts I should probably talk about this one.  For the very very small handful of people who care.

I went to it!

It was pretty neat.

Definitely unique among any game music event I've been to, this one felt very intimate.  It was a small group of performers in a relatively small venue.  The orchestra sat in front of a large video screen, where we were greeted by nothing but the title screen of the game as we walked in.  One guy was the player, and he sat down with a PS4 (I think?  I couldn't tell if it was  PS3 or PS4 from where we were sitting... doesn't matter in the front and center of the audience by the conductor. 

The "concert" went approximately as one would expect.  The player played the game and the orchestra adapted the score to his actions as he went.  The guy didn't do anything particularly crazy or loiter in any one area too long so there was nothing particularly weird about it.  If you know the music/game you know basically what this was.  Another player did join in via the game's network feature, and it was REALLY cool watching the two interact in this sort of setting.  The audience reacted appropriately, gasping at close encounters and whatnot.  The whole thing took a bit over two hours, about as long as a normal playthrough of the game would take.  They even had a vocalist come out just for the ending theme (actually I think she was sitting there on the side of the stage the WHOLE TIME biding her time).

After all was over, I talked a bit in the lobby to a few of the performers, who offered some insight into how it came together.  Their scores were on iPads on the stands, and they had custom foot pedals that could advance the score to the next page or return to the previous page as necessary.  All of the performers had actually played the game (I smiled at the story the one told about how one of the others told her "YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS GAME" and they played through it together - reminds me of how a lot of people came to experience this game).  They also were acutely aware of just how annoying this performance could be depending on the player - they knew nothing and the instruction to him was just "start" with no further demands.  One of the performers said she was especially glad the guy didn't fall off during the snowy sequence because that's a pretty demanding and VERY repetitive bit of music if they'd had to keep on playing it forever.

All in all, I'm really glad I went to this event.  I love the game Journey, and I love its score, and this was a totally unique and different VGM experience that I'd like to see more of in the future!

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