Game ON!: the FILMharmonic conducted by a pioneer of symphonic music for video games

Interview by Alain Brunet
Genres and styles : Orchestral Pop

Additional Information

Avec les versions en concert de 14 jeux vidéo à succès, Game ON! associe des arrangements symphoniques inédits et de classe mondiale à de superbes vidéos HD de jeux vidéos et des illustrations jamais vues auparavant.

The 100-piece FILMharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by prolific maestro and composer Andy Brick, a true pioneer of symphonic music for video games, will delight audiences with award-winning soundtracks in a breathtaking concert experience. Fans will be thrilled to hear their favorite music from the best role-playing, action-adventure, puzzle-strategy, e-sports and combat games, including World of WarcraftOriLeague of LegendsThe Elder ScrollsGuild Wars 2Assassin’s CreedBioShock, and many more.

Originally from the Chicago area, Andy Brick studied composition under Leslie Bassett at the University of Michigan, followed by graduate studies in composition at Manhattan’s Mannes School of Music. In 1990, he arranged the music for Sesame Street and wrote scores for independent films. In 1996, he won a competition sponsored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Also Andy Brick has conducted the Czech National Symphony Orchestra at the Gewandhaus.
A pioneer in this symphonic subgenre, Andy Brick has composed and/or orchestrated music for games such ase Sim City: Rush Hour by Maxis, Stranglehold by Midway, The Sims 2 by Electronic Arts and Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning by Electronic Arts, Super Mario Bros. by Nintendo, Halo 3 by Bungie and the Final Fantasy series by Square Enix. His music has been used in games such as Arc the Lad by Working Designs, Shadoan by Interplay, The Far Reaches by 3DO, Tesselmania by MECC.He has also worked in film for productions such as The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea and The Music Man.

Andy Brick has conducted symphonic performances of over 70 games, including Final Fantasy, Super Mario Bros., Legend of Zelda, Halo and World of Warcraft, with orchestras around the world. Brick is Distinguished Associate Professor and Chair of the Music and Technology Department at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Having just arrived in Quebec to conduct the FILMharmonic Orchestra twice, Andy Brick grants PAN M 360 a generous interview.

Details

In Montreal, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at PdA, Friday, February 23, 7:30 pm, INFO AND TICKETS HERE

In Quebec City, Grand Théâtre, Thursday, February 29, 7:30 p.m., INFO AND TICKETS HERE.

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