That Musician Needs to do a Video Game Soundtrack

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Do you ever watch a movie and think to yourself that this movie’s soundtrack is great? Ever play a game and think the same thing? The feeling happens more when I am watching a movie. Since I play video games more than I watch movies I find this a little disappointing. There has never been a game with a soundtrack as great as Star Wars or The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Why the lack of great video music? I decided to make a short list of musicians who should do a video game soundtrack.

Adventure Game

John Williams

Probably the most famous of all movie composers, John Williams is best known for his legendary soundtracks such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Jaws. His skill in making music feel like you are embarking on a great journey would be legendary in game like Uncharted or Tomb Raider. Williams music has been used in numerous Star Wars games, but an original video game soundtrack is still missing from Williams’s portfolio. With John Williams already 80 years old and having never done an original video game score, the chance of Williams ever making a video game score is very slim.

Fantasy Game

Howard Shore

Howard Shore is best known for his impressive score of The Lord of the Rings. I would love to play a game like Skyrim, Neverwinter Nights, or Baulder’s Gate with Shore’s score. Shore has done a soundtrack for a little known Korean MMO, so the possibility of a video game soundtrack in the future is relativity high. Don’t expect a soundtrack from shore anytime soon though, as he is currently busy with the new Hobbit prequels.

Science Fiction Game

Daft Punk

With the release of the critically acclaimed Tron soundtrack, Daft Punk has proved they have what it takes to do more than just electronic music. The music of Tron would fit in perfectly with a game like Deus Ex or Mass Effect. The possibility of Daft Punk doing a video game score is somewhat unknown. The duo is known for being very secretive and sporadic. Do not expect anything soon as the duo is working on their next studio album.

Western Game

Ennio Morricone

One of the greatest composers of the 20th century, Ennio Morricone is best known for his scores of numerous spaghetti westerns in the 1960′s and early 1970′s. The feeling of hearing Ecstasy of Gold wile slowly riding my horse across the desert would be too much for me to handle. With a lack of western games, I do not see Morricone’s chance anytime soon. His best bet would be a sequel to Red Dead Redemption, but at the age of 83 the chance of that happening is very slim.

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3 Comments on "That Musician Needs to do a Video Game Soundtrack"

  1. Protagonist September 20, 2012 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    Definitely Björk, she kind of already done it with her album Biophilia, where one can Interact with the tracks on an Ipad.
    I read that she initially wanted to make the album on an old console. I think her instrumentals would give a great atmosphere to a game, maybe with a gameplay/plot/story produced, directed and written by Michel Gondry.

    • Kasey Milinkovich September 21, 2012 at 12:15 am - Reply

      I’ll have to check out her music. I’ll get back to you with an update after I listen to her material.

  2. kid hotwax September 21, 2012 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    bjork, ephel duath, kayo dot, beardyman, horse the band, kavinsky

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