Today's highly produced video game music owes its existence to pioneers like Manami Matsumae, who composed the Mega Man themes, and that one dude who first whistled at a chick in a vaguely musical fashion while playing Pong. For the next evolution of gaming and music, check out Arcade-o-Vision.
Leveraging their relationship with video game composers, the live film soundtrackers behind Filmusik have teamed with the olde skool gamers of Ground Kontrol to create an homage to game tracks, which allows you to play classic 8-bit arcade games on a big screen while a live band rocks music from (or inspired by) the game, so you can only pray you hear Gloria Estefan sing ComeOnShakeYourBodyBabyDoTheContra. The initial event’s hinged on Konami's classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with Arcade projecting BeeBop-nunchucking gameplay on Hollywood Theater's 32ft screen as you control the action from one of four joystick setups in a round-robin competition, where your rep's contingent on how long you stay on the stick before getting booted due to “Shell Shock”, which's kinda inevitable considering current gas prices. All the swishing, kicking, grunting, and Kowabunga-ing sound effects remain, while the music's born of the original Turtles MIDI music files, which the Electric Opera Company's composer transposed and arranged for his highly capable band of 10, one of whom is presumably a legit Shredder.
To sweeten the gaming goodness, Arcade’s starting the night with a screening of the 1990 TMNT flick to get the combative juices flowing, which they’ll keep going with beer and pizza from their neighbors at Laurelwood, makers of Space Stout, which you have to figure that chick the Pong dude whistled at wasn’t.
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