From Final Fantasy to Super Mario – here’s some of the most exciting music from the gaming world.

With musicians like Austin Vintori, Jessica Curry and Nobuo Umatsu, video game music is one of the most exciting areas of contemporary music, with their game scores winning over fans around the world.

Here are some of the great ones from 1980 to the present day.

  • Super Mario Brothers – Koji Kondo (1985-)

    Cozy condo theme for Super Mario Bros. His chirping catches your attention ‘Ba dum bum ba dum dum!’ Introduce, and don’t let go. Nobuo Umatsu called Kondola one of the best video game musicians in the industry, adding Super Mario Bros. The earworm is a masterpiece that should become the new national anthem of Japan. Really much appreciated. A sequel in 2007, Super Mario Galaxy, Came along and the space setting gave the condo more flexibility in the music. Working with Mahito Yokota, Condo used a symphony orchestra for the first time in the series.

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  • The Legend of Zelda – Koji Kondo (1986-)

    A rich fantasy and a major title for Nintendo, various incarnations of The Legend of Zelda Have become classics. The music in this game has become so popular that it has been expanded and developed into a four-movement orchestral symphony called ‘Symphony of the Goddesses’. Composer Koji Kondo has worked for Nintendo since 1986 and is the mastermind behind many of his famous titles.

  • Final Fantasy Series – Nobuo Umatsu (1987-)

    Japanese video game composer Nobuo Umatsu is probably the most famous in the world, and a legend in his own country because of his long-running score. The last fantastic idea Through several entries in the series, Umatsu’s scores are stable as players fight their way through dangerous and enchanted worlds. The scores have become so popular that Uematsu’s concerts The last fantastic idea Sales of works around the world have been successful.

    Read more: Here’s why Erith’s theme in Final Fantasy VII is a symphonic masterpiece.

  • Tetris – Alex Kostov, George Strazov. Corobeniki (1989)

    The classics in video games are not much bigger than this, but you would be surprised to know that his life began as a Russian folk song. Corobeniki From the 19th century. Thanks to his small appearance in Nintendo’s 1989 gameboy classic, he came to be affectionately known as ‘The Tetris Song’. Many of the world’s top orchestras, including the London Philharmonic and Germany’s WDR Funkhoschester, have performed their own epic orchestral versions – listen below.

  • Chrono Trigger – Yasunori Mitsuda (1995)

    Yasunori Mitsuda has worked hard for the soundtrack Crono trigger That he passed away frequently and eventually developed a stomach ulcer and was hospitalized. Now that is dedication. Music for Crono trigger And follow-up, Chrono cross, Has enjoyed popularity in concert halls as well as on screen. With world music influences and almost Wagnerian theatricality, this is profound content.

  • Medal of Honor – Michael Giachino (1995)

    Before becoming a Hollywood musician demanding his atmospheric score for JJ Abrams, Michael Giachino was hired to record the right cinematic score. Medal of Honor, Featuring a story created by anyone other than Steven Spielberg. As you might expect from a game that paints a realistic picture of World War II, the main theme is the venerable national anthem, part of the military march.

  • Uncharted – Greg Admonson (2007-2017)

    We recommend ‘Nate’s Theme’ from this action adventure game. Composer Greg Edmonson brings a completely cinematic dynamic to this short work, with the Brass Corel effect and some thunderous drumming. Not coming And its various sequels have won numerous awards and sold over 17 million copies.

  • Hello – Martin O’Donnell (2002)

    The Hello The franchise is one of the most popular in the history of video games, and Martin O’Donnell’s soundtrack is aptly blockbusting. In fact, the original soundtrack is still the best-selling video game soundtrack ever. Try the main theme – it’s gently choral with some serious orchestra (and electric guitar!).

  • Kingdom Hearts – Yoko Shimomura (2002)

    The composer behind the 15th episode The last fantastic idea, Yoko Shimomura is notable for the lightness of her music. The game itself is a role-playing adventure (co-produced between Disney and Squaresoft) featuring Haley Joel Osment and Hayden Panetier, and tunes originating from previous Disney movies, along with Shimomura’s original theme.

    Read more: 7 Best Music by Video Game Composer Yoko Shimomura

  • Hitman 2: Silent Assassin – Jasper Kidd (2002)

    Extensive soundtrack by Danish composer Jasper Kidd, with full orchestra and Latin-singing chorus Hitman 2 Hollywood’s score can be easily missed. It also blends in with some light electronics for most of its compositions, so expect to hear a little different each time. Kid also won BAFTA for the soundtrack Hitman 2Sequel, Hitman: Agreement.

  • World of Warcraft – Russell Brower and more (2004-)

    In order to start new quests and defeat new enemies, new cinematic music comes into the bumper World of Warcraft The series, which has eight soundtracks and lead and contributing musicians. Russell Brower appeared six times as lead musician. Glenn Stafford and Neil Acre five times and Derek Duke and Sam Carden four times, along with high-score host Eímear Noone on Classic FM, contributed several themes to the musical blockbuster, which is also credited to orchestras and musicians around the world.

  • Civilization IV – Christopher Tin (2005)

    Christopher Tin’s theme in the strategy game Civilization IV The soundtrack was the first video game to win a Grammy Award. Recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Soveto Gospel Choir, it has the same accessibility and enthusiasm as Carl Jenkins.

  • Metal Gear Solid – Harry Gregson-Williams (2008)

    Harry Gregson-Williams made his name as a film and TV composer before diving into the world of video game music. Similar movies Enemy of the state And Shrek It gave him the right cinematic background before he started working on the legendary film Metal gear solid With electronic effects on the game orchestral bed, Gregson-Williams perfectly captures the game’s sense of espionage.

  • The Elder Scroll V: Skyrim – Jeremy Sole (2011)

    This Sword-and-Dragon epic features a well-crafted soundtrack provided by Jeremy Sol. For the recording, Solley enlisted 30-strong singers with wild voices singing in the game’s own invented language. It’s probably no surprise to learn that Soul is known as the ‘John Williams of video game soundtrack’ – it’s symphonic, tunful and exciting, and he’s even made the classic FM Hall of Fame!

  • LA Noire – Simon Hale (2011)

    Taking a smooth, late-night jazz bar vibe and applying it to video games may not seem like a natural move, but the soundtrack of British musician Simon Hale LA Noire That’s exactly what he does. And it clearly works, because Hale was the original music video BAFTA 2012 recipient.

  • Travel – Austin Vintori (2012)

    Sony’s soundtrack by Austin Vintori Travel The world’s attention was drawn when it was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack for Visual Media, The Dark Knight Rises, Hugo And The girl with the dragon tattoo (Who won Gong). The nomination brought Vintori’s soundtrack to a whole new audience and cemented its place in the music of the best video game music.

  • Everybody Gone to the Rapture – Jessica Curry (2015)

    Everybody Gone to the Rapture It was a first person game that was as much a work of art as a game. And the awesome soundtrack is written by Jessica Curry (who has presented three series of high scores on Classic FM). The story goes like this: You are in a village in Shropshire and everyone has disappeared. The whole village is bloodied with a beautiful golden light, but every living thing is gone.

  • Memorial Valley 2 – Todd Baker (2017)

    Unlike most games on this list, Memorial Valley 2 Is a mobile game. The concept is simple: you need to guide the characters (Rowe and her child) through a series of puzzle tables that include optical illusions and intricate moving parts. And the elegant simplicity of design and concept is reflected in Todd Baker’s music and sound design. He said: “I wanted to create a beautiful beauty that would feel gentle and spacious.”

  • God of War – Bare Mercury (2018)

    Sony’s 2018 installment God of war The saga was the most anticipated release of the year. And it turned out to be the most admirable – at least for the epic soundtrack of Bare Mercury. The atmospheric soundtrack features Icelandic singers, Nordic instruments such as Nickelharpa and Hardy Gurdy, and plenty of grumbling orchestral bass.

  • Return – Bobby Creek, The Haxon Clock (2021)

    British, LA-based composer Bobby Krillick (nicknamed ‘The Hexon Clock’) has written music for major TV series, including post-apocalyptic drama. Snoopyrer. His score for Return, The winner of Best Music at the 2022 BAFTA Games Awards offers a fascinating undercurrent for Selene’s journey through the desolate landscape of an ancient, alien civilization, where she fights for her escape and faces defeat at every turn.

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