In the 80’s and 90’s, video games used midi keyboard and other electronic sounds to create some of the most surprisingly catchy music. To this day, gamers can hum tunes from titles like Megaman and Super Mario Bros as easily as they could the latest top 40 on the radio. We have amazing musical engineers like Koji Kondo, Nobuo Uematsu, and others to thank for these tunes.
As technology has moved on, however, the world of video games is open to more than just 16-bit sounds from a keyboard. While composers like Kondo and Uematsu have proven they are just as brilliant with a more open musical terrain, it would be great to see some artists who originated outside of video games take a shot at making a video game soundtrack. Fame film composer, Hans Zimmer, lent his talents to the Call of Duty franchise and it proved phenomenal. Here are some other artists that would make great video game composers.
With a beautiful mix of electronic melodies and powerful emotional sounds, M83 brings intensity to every track they produce. Led by Anthony Gonzalez, the band has taken their sounds to the big screen with 2013’s futuristic film, Oblivion. Perhaps it’s time they showed up in your living room as the music behind a great sci-fi action/adventure.
Steven Ellison, better known as Flying Lotus, brings a beat making style to the hip-hop world like no one else. While he is very connected to the rap community, having most recently helped produce Kendrick Lamar’s album To Pimp A Butterfly, his roots and inspirations come from more electronic productions. He has even outwardly exclaimed how video games he played as a child influenced his musical style. It would be great for him to give back and lend his unique approach to a great video game soundtrack.
The Oscar winning genius and composer of such films as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Superman, and Jurassic Park, just to name a few, hardly needs an explanation of why he would make a great video game composer. Because of him the world has a tune in their head every time they see a T-Rex or a lightsaber. His melodies has turned great films into iconic masterpieces. If he would compose a video game soundtrack, it would most likely have a similar effect.
He may not have as many as the man above, but Trent Reznor does have an Oscar for his score to the film, The Social Network, which he shares with Atticus Ross. Reznor is not just known for his brooding scores made for David Fincher. He is also the frontman and main writer for the band Nine Inch Nails. With their strong, dark, and angry sounds mixed with industrial style, Nine Inch Nails have won two Grammy’s and been nominated for another 11. Having success in both music and film scoring, there is no reason why Reznor couldn’t make an impact on video games as well.
Daft Punk may be one of the most talented musical groups to exist today. Since the release of their first album, Homework, they have changed the way music is heard all around the world. It’s actually surprising that it took so long for them to compose a film score, which they accomplished with Tron: Legacy. This soundtrack brilliantly combined their powerful beats and house sounds with dramatic orchestra compilations. This same combination for a video game would be the ultimate score for a fantastic adventure that no player has heard before.