GAMEPLAY: The Chorus

Sep 10, 2020

The cover image for Civilization IV, a game whose main theme, composed by Christopher Tin, was the first piece of game music to win a Grammy.
Credit By Source, Fair use: Wikipedia entry

  There’s nothing like the thrilling sound of many voices coming together!

 

On this week’s episode of GAMEPLAY, we celebrate the chorus in videogames.

 

We’ll hear the first piece of game music to win a Grammy, and we’ll enjoy singing in languages living, dead, and created too, from English and Latin to Swahili, Old Norse, and a magical tongue spoken by dragons!  

This week’s full episode and playlist are available below.

Generous support for the music heard on this program comes from the Robert T. and Ruth Haidt Hughes Memorial Acquisitions Fund. Special thanks to Michael Culler for engineering assistance.  Keith Brown is GAMEPLAY’s host and executive producer.

 

Episode tracklist:

  1. Bear McCreary - The Lullaby of the Giants (God of War, 2018) - Original soundtrack

  2. Bear McCreary - Valkyries (God of War, 2018) - Original soundtrack

  3. Yoko Shimomura - Fate of the Unknown (Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep) - Andrew Skeet/London Philharmonic, Crouch End Festival Chorus

  4. Russell Brower - Invincible (World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King) - Emmanuel Fratianni/City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus

  5. Jeremy Soule - Sovngarde (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim) - Original soundtrack

  6. Nobuo Uematsu - Dancing Mad (Final Fantasy VI) - Arnie Roth/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Oskar Ekburg, organ; Earthbound Papas (rock band)

  7. Jessica Curry - The Sleep of Death (Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture) - Original soundtrack featuring London Voices, Metro Voices

  8. Jessica Curry - For Ever (Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture) - Original soundtrack featuring London Voices, Metro Voices

  9. Jessica Curry - Carry Me Back To Her Arms (Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture) - Original soundtrack featuring London Voices, Metro Voices

  10.  Jessica Curry - The Light We Cast (Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture) - Original soundtrack featuring London Voices, Metro Voices

  11.  Robyn Miller, Jack Wall et al. - MYST Suite (Myst series) - Jack Wall/Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus

  12.  Christopher Tin - Baba Yetu (Civilization IV) - Soweto Gospel Choir, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra