VGM Subgenres: World map music – whistle while you wander

VGM Subgenres: World map music – whistle while you wander

VGM Subgenres: World map music – whistle while you wander

We take a look at the world map theme — the keystone of JRPG music, these propulsive, heroic pieces serenade your party as you travel the expanse. By Thomas Quillfeldt If you’re a fan of role-playing video games, then you almost certainly have a favourite world map (AKA ‘field’ or...

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Interview: El Huervo on the punchy art of the Absolver OST vinyl

Interview: El Huervo on the punchy art of the Absolver OST vinyl

Interview: El Huervo on the punchy art of the Absolver OST vinyl

Artist and musician Niklas Åkerblad, AKA El Huervo, talks us through the inspiration for his Absolver vinyl artwork, adding layers to make a piece feel magical and his colourful philosophy. By Thomas Quillfeldt Face it — El Huervo is just cool. He’s definitely cooler than me, and he’s probably cooler...

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Sparsity blues: An ode to peace and quiet in video games

Sparsity blues: An ode to peace and quiet in video games

Sparsity blues: An ode to peace and quiet in video games

Video games tend to be noisy. But there are some wonderful examples of when a bit of restraint goes a long way when it comes to a game’s sound and music. By Thomas Quillfeldt The old proverb goes: “Silence is golden.” Claude Debussy said: “Music is the space between the...

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VGM Subgenres: The anxious calm of Resident Evil save room music

VGM Subgenres: The anxious calm of Resident Evil save room music

VGM Subgenres: The anxious calm of Resident Evil save room music

We take a look at the anxiety-inducing video game music subgenre 'Resi save room music', with its idiosyncrasies and typical instrumentation. By Thomas Quillfeldt Warning: possible blog series incoming. Although the broad umbrella ‘video game music’ (VGM) covers many different genres, there are recognisable trends that cut across titles, for...

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Point and shoot: Bringing video game photo modes into focus

Point and shoot: Bringing video game photo modes into focus

Point and shoot: Bringing video game photo modes into focus

Photographer Gary Dutton, podcaster Jay Taylor and Laced With Wax editor Tom Quillfeldt chat about their favourite fad in video games: photo modes. By Thomas Quillfeldt Unless you’ve been playing with your eyes shut, you’ll have noticed that modern video games are bloody gorgeous. Open-world, action-adventure and driving games in...

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10 magical game music tracks filled with awe and wonder

10 magical game music tracks filled with awe and wonder

10 magical game music tracks filled with awe and wonder

By Thomas Quillfeldt The inherent unreality of game worlds coupled with the video game industry’s massive J.R.R. Tolkien preoccupation (and through him, Richard Wagner's The Ring Cycle and various Nordic mythologies) means that for decades now, players have been presented with many, many different interpretations of ‘fantasy’. The pursuit of...

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Winding the music (X)box: Dynamic video game scores then and now

Winding the music (X)box: Dynamic video game scores then and now

Winding the music (X)box: Dynamic video game scores then and now

  Video game podcaster Jeremy LaMont explores the beginnings of dynamic game music and how it manifests in modern soundtracks. By Jeremy LaMont In the same way that video games offer an experience that changes dynamically, a game’s audio—made up of music, sound effects and dialogue—can similarly be non-linear. In terms of...

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We ❤ Nobuo Uematsu: A celebration of the master’s work

We ❤ Nobuo Uematsu: A celebration of the master’s work

We ❤ Nobuo Uematsu: A celebration of the master’s work

We gather tributes from notable Uematsu superfans from around the video games and game music communities.  By Thomas Quillfeldt In June 2017 in Paris and London, Eckehard Stier raised his baton to conduct one of the world’s best orchestras—the London Symphony Orchestra—alongside the London Symphony Chorus, in performances of classical arrangements of music...

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