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From the Archive: Ode to Joysticks - Episode three

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8 Dec 2021
65 min listen

Over this three-part series we’ve entered a parallel universe of video games music, from the chunky world of 8-bit tunes to the full studio cinematic scores that define the modern immersive gaming experience. These mechanical melodies have been sneaking out of the consoles and into the concert hall for well over a decade.

Now in our end of final edition we take a step back and look at how the music is escaping from behind the screen and invading the concert stages of the world. We explore the point where the gaming and record industry meet as these transfer from digital analogue to vinyl. And finally we loop back to Episode 1 and hear the Gameboy transformed into a crunchy, chipped easy to carry live music tool.

What would happen if you took that old world and put it actually on to a Symphony Orchestra. It’s like taking those plastic, very synthesized sounds and kind of giving them the technicolour that only an orchestra can provide.Charles Hazelwood.


From the Archive sees us dig into our extensive contemporary and classical music and cinema podcast archive as we rediscover interviews and discussions with artists, with our long-standing producer and presenter, Ben Eshmade. 

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