Well, it’s that time of year again. E3 2012 is rapidly approaching, an event that arguably provides some of the biggest announcements from all of the gaming hotshots however this year there’s also something excitingly musical gracing the stage. Video Games Live (the brainchild of Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall) is coming to E3 for a special game music extravaganza with an enormous array of music, prizes, and an intriguing emphasis on audience interaction.
The event will take place on Wednesday 6th June in the ‘Nokia Theatre L.A.’ which is situated a stone’s throw away from the Los Angeles Convention centre where the main E3 exhibition takes place. As well as live orchestral renditions of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Chrono Cross, Earthworm Jim, and Journey (to name a few) a number of youtube musicians who have gained fame covering video game music will perform some of their own cover versions. Lindsey Stirling (America’s Got Talent finalist) will perform a Legend of Zelda medley on violin, Martin Leung who gained fame performing incredible video game covers on piano will debut an arrangment of classic Rareware titles, and the brilliantly named ‘Viking Jesus‘ will perform a metal rendition of Star Fox music.
Still unconvinced? On top of the aforementioned bulk of great content there will be a whole host of prizes available to audience members such as laptops, hard-drives, and software amongst plenty of other give-aways. Another interesting aspect of audience interaction will give participants the chance to play a video game whilst the orchestra provides a live accompaniment that morphs with the game’s action and audience members will be able to vote for different songs in the set-list with their phones with a live totaliser popping up on the screen to judge the results.
Finally, there will be a performance of Nobou Uematsu’s ‘Aerith’s Theme which in fact made it to number 16 in Classic FM’s Hall of Fame, an incredible achievement for any musician but also an incredible achievement for the validity of video games in general. This concert really is a celebration of video games and the subsequent music spanning the industries decades of development.
Ticket prices range from $25-$75 with a limited quantity of ‘VIP’ packages as well that include a backstage tour, pre-party, and some other VGL goodies. It’s not long until the concert so grab your tickets here for an event that celebrates a culmination of video game music history.