Video Games Live

There’s something about playing with a group of musicians that beats playing on your own.
Your piece doesn’t sound like much by itself, but once you play with the rest of the group, the music really sings; you become a part of the experience, the bigger picture.

A number of us attended Video Games Live at the Centre in the Square on the weekend. I never imagined the number of video games I would’ve actually recognize (and previously played) – very nostalgic. I wonder if the KW Symphony actually enjoyed playing the pieces, considering the audience would likely be different than the cultured crowd. Don’t get me wrong, people dressed up, but instead of a night out to the orchestra, it was in costume. I’m sure a night out at the symphony doesn’t usually have the crowd hollering and cheering mid-song either.

I like this idea, bringing entertainment into the arts culture, thereby introducing a different group of people with the symphony – balanced with media, including Skype, videos, video gaming action, and interaction with the audience. Guests included Split Atom (a team from EA / Need for Speed) and Martin Leung (piano player that doesn’t play with flat fingers even blind folded) However, like many, I felt that the electric guitar after the intermission was too much; the noise from the guitar seemed to drown the music and it felt like the host was trying to show-off a little too much.

But, we concluded that we enjoyed it overall and that it was a fun experience. And if they ever wanted to use it as an avenue to bring more people to buy tickets to more performances by the KW Symphony, it just may have worked (especially if it’s at reasonable prices). Next up? Perhaps Movies Music in May for $20.


  1. L

    March 16, 2009 at 1:21 AM

    The Seattle show was full of electricity in the air. I agree with the electric guitar, but overall the presentation was too loud. The combination of the music with the visuals was great though. Maybe you’re right about toning down the showiness of it all and let the music that we all know and love speak for itself.

    Did you guys have the Space Invaders and Guitar Hero competititions too?

  2. airek

    March 17, 2009 at 9:15 PM

    I enjoyed the experience. It was different than what I had in mind as an ‘orchestra’, but it was done well nevertheless.

    But I must say those lights were really blinding at times…

    And Christopher Tin’s Baba Yetu could’ve been sung better. But I keep in mind that they only had a youth choir.

    Did you know that song is actually a modification of The Lord’s Prayer in Swahili?

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