6 MUSIC'S HISTORY OF VIDEO GAME MUSIC - 1. EPISODE 1 (320kbs-m4a/133mb/58mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 10th March 2019
Video game music has come a long way since the bleeps and bloops of Pong. Games like Assassin’s Creed and Red Dead Redemption 2 now come with dense, cinematic scores that stretch over 50 or 60 hours of playing time.
Mark Savage speaks to some of the industry's leading composers, including Yoko Shimomura (Street Fighter II), Grant Kirkhope (Goldeneye) and Bafta-winner Jessica Curry (Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture) and finds out how games companies threw a lifeline to Europe’s orchestras when they started commissioning new works.
He’ll also find out how Michael Jackson and David Bowie ended up as video game characters; and why bands like Depeche Mode and Katy Perry have re-recorded their hits in gibberish for the hit game The Sims.
Recorded in Japan, the US and UK, the programme also features observations from gaming expert Charlie Brooker, who chooses his favourite video game music in a separate 6 Music show on 3 March.
Frank Black - Whatever Happened to Pong?
Power Pill - Pac Man
Koji Kondo - Super Mario Bros. Theme
Koji Kondo - The Legend Of Zelda Theme
A-Ha - Take On Me
Yuzo Koshiro - Go Straight
Dizzy Rascal - Street Fighter
Kamasi Washington - Street Fighter Mas
Michael Jackson - Jam
Bomb The Bass - Megablast
Nine Inch Nails - Quake Theme
David Bowie - Something In The Air
Grant Kirkhope - Banjo-Kazooie Themes
Grant Kirkhope - GoldenEye 007
Orbital - Petrol
Ash - Lose Control
Nathan McCree - Tomb Raider Soundtrack
Kasabian - L.S.F.
Radiohead - Myxomatosis
The Flaming Lips - Free Radicals
Katy Perry - Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson - Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
Little Dragon - Wanderer
Jesper Kyd - The Setup
Inon Zur - Fallout 3 Theme
Nobuo Uematsu - Final Fantasy Series
London Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Skeet - Legend Of Zelda: Suite