This week’s confession is: Soundtracks.
When I upgraded my iPhone operating system recently I had to re-sync all my music. While I was in the middle of this I noticed a similarity between albums. To my surprise a large chunk of the music was soundtracks, and of that the majority was soundtracks to games.
I suppose it’s because I have spent hours playing the games which has in turn burned the tunes into my memory, but there has to be more than that to it than that. Hearing something over and over again may commit it to memory but it doesn’t mean you’d like to hear it or even pay to hear it. For example the god-awful noise that the Jedward twins produce, I’ve heard it over and over and over and over again, but I can’t stand them nor would I ever in a million years pay to hear them murder another Blink 182 song.
Would you believe they have a record contract in the UK, and they actually got quite far in the Britians Got “Talent”
For people who want to join me in this hobby but don’t know where to start, I recommend Anamanaguchi. In a nutshell they do 8 bit music, but it’s 8 bit music as if it was still being used today and had spent the last 10 years evolving. If you have played the Scott Pilgrim game then you have already heard the sheer brilliance that is anamanaguchi, if you’re still not convinced follow the link and you can download a couple tracks for free(and it’s entirely legal)
Outside of anamanaguchi, the soundtracks that never leave my iPod playlists are for Final Fantasy 8, X and X-2, Mass Effect(s )1 and 2 and Dragon Age Origins. A special mention has to go the God of War Blood and Metal album, not strictly speaking a soundtrack but definitely worth a listen.
I suppose considering the alternative which I refuse to even mention a second time, that a little gaming music doesn’t seem quite so strange. Thankfully, I know I’m not alone on this one with concerts like Video Games Live filling arenas the world over.
On a side note, I am currently trying to find old Nintendo soundtracks, so if anyone has any suggestions where I can get them please let me know.