Santa Monica, CA (April 17, 2006)–For the second consecutive year, the Producers and Engineers Wing (P&E Wing) of The Recording Academy was a key sponsor of Video Games Live, an immersive concert event featuring music from the world’s most popular video games performed by live orchestra and choir combined with synchronized lighting and video. Video Games Live took place at the San Jose Civic Center on March 24, 2006, as the cap to the successful Game Developers Conference held there March 22 – 24.
The Game Developers Conference is the world’s largest gathering of game creators, where more than 12,000 attendees enjoyed more than 300 lectures, panels, tutorials and roundtable discussions on a comprehensive selection of game development topics by leading industry experts.
Lyle Workman lays down some Clapton licks on “Crossroads” reprising live his work on the soundtrack for the top-selling game Guitar Heroes. Increasingly, games utilize music in the form of scoring and songs. In recognition of this, the P&E Wing helped sponsor both the 4th Annual G.A.N.G. (Game Audio Network Guild) Awards, which honors top achievers in the field of game audio, and Video Games Live. “The game industry has become an incredible new outlet for music of all kinds, with tremendous opportunities for composers, engineers, producers and musicians,” observed P&E Wing executive director Maureen Droney. “It’s a really exciting time in this field, and the P&E Wing is thrilled to help support and acknowledge the innovation and creativity of the game music community.”
Video Games Live capped the closing night of the 2006 Game Developers Conference as a 39-piece orchestra performed songs from such hit video games as Beyond Good and Evil in a show that included lasers, special effects, projected interactive games and a 16-member chorus. The Video Games Live performance included memorable melodies and songs from hit games old and new including Myst, Dragon’s Lair, Punch Out, Tetris, The Legend Of Zelda, and Sonic The Hedgehog. Placing the thrill and emotional power of game music and audio before a live audience, VGL showcases the extent to which games and music now relate, and how interactive the experience of gaming and music has become. An especially powerful moment from the show highlighted the game Medal Of Honor by showing actual World War II footage as music from the game was performed live.
Tommy Tallarico is pictured at the podium during the 4th Annual G.A.N.G. (Game Audio Network Guild) Awards, sponsored in part by the P&E Wing of The Recording Academy. Executive producer/CEO of Video Games Live and P&E Wing member Tommy Tallarico, one of the game industry’s leading music producers, stated, “Video game music has really come of age over the past five years and is just as important and legitimate as any film or television score. The Recording Academy and the P&E Wing represent a standard of prestige and quality, not only from within the music industry, but to the entire world as well. To have them be associated and committed to what we are doing is an incredible honor that we are very fortunate and grateful to have.”
Tallarico, also president/founder of the G.A.N.G. and host, writer and co-producer of The Electric Playground and Judgment Day television shows, was the first musician to release a videogame soundtrack worldwide (TT’s Greatest Hits Vol. 1 on Capitol Records).
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