When I met Jack Wall, he was John Cale's recording engineer, and was engaged to my friend Cindy. And now he and Cindy have been married forever, have a daughter named Grace, and I've watched Jack create a career writing music for games. Recently Jack told me about his latest project -- he wanted to put game music onto the concert stage.
Which is an idea I found simultaneously odd ("Right," says a cynical little Neil with horns and a pitchfork on my left shoulder,"because the world needs to hear the Mario theme rendered by a sixty piece orchestra") and really cool ("Well, yes," says the homuncule me in the white robe with the wings on my right shoulder, "that might be really interesting. And think about the variety of game music around these days. It's not just things going blippetyblobbleblop, after all. It also may wind up both getting people into concert halls who would never go, while at the same time exposing the people who do go to concerts to an entirely new field of music...").
Anyway, Jack and his friends have made it happen. Video Games Live debuts on Wednesday, July 6th at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles featuring the LA Philharmonic. Then it goes all over the US. Check it out at videogameslive.com
Anyone wanna go?