Music & Videogames
It’s interesting to look at the development of videogame music. It started with no music to MIDI music to “real” music to actually playing the music yourself.
Video gaming in my life started somewhen in the late 80’s, beginning of the 90’s (”Somewhen” meaning; at some point of time. A non-existing word that should find its way into the English dictionary somewhen!).
All of my friends had the classic Nintendo 8bit or the Sega Mega Drive and I remember trying to find excuses to stay out as long as possible just so I could hang out with my BEST friends Mario, Luigi, Sonic & Tales in my alternative digital reality. And the music from those games! It was only a matter of time before they were transformed into MIDI sounds with heavy base pumps and neck cracking rhythms!
The original videogame music has actually turned into proper feel good music for me. It reminds me of good times, way before paying rents and making careers.
And then came the videogame boom. Ever since Sony decided to join the videogame train in –94, the development of both the consoles and its music has really bloomed.
I remember the first time I played Grand Theft Auto on the Playstation 2 console. My mind was blown away because you could actually pick the music you wanted to listen to. Either by browsing through the radio stations that played everything from country to newly released hip hop or by saving the music on your Xbox and playing it in the game like you’re playing your cd player in your car! Crazy...
Well not so crazy anymore. The kids growing up today have everything from live karaoke and dance games to playing an instrument in a rock band or like the most recent, Djing!
I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in the next 20 years when it comes to videogames and its music. Maybe we’ll be performing live from our living rooms to a streaming audience worldwide. Maybe new sounds and instruments are going to develop out of this thing. All we can do is wait in astonishment and see...
Until next Monday, look up somebody who kept their old console and go nuts!