Gaming in Stereo: Weekly Releases


I apol­o­gize again for miss­ing last week, I caught some­thing that had me inca­pac­i­tated last week and even post­ing head­lines was a feat; but this week I am back and so is my reg­u­larly sched­uled arti­cles. This week on Gam­ing in Stereo we will lis­ten to two tracks from games that had or have released this week. They are both ren­di­tions from the Lon­don Phil­har­monic Orches­tra, though both are very close to their orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions. This week Luigi’s Man­sion: Dark Moon saw release on Sun­day and Bioshock: Infi­nite makes it along waited debut tomor­row. The tracks are from their pre­de­ces­sors. If I wasn’t broke and had to chose which game I got this week, I would have been play­ing Luigi’s Man­sion already while wait­ing in line tomor­row for Bioshock: Infi­nite. Both are great series and see­ing both back after such a long hia­tus is a wel­come site. Enjoy!



Luigi’s Man­sion: Main Theme — Lon­don Phil­har­monic Orchestra

The orig­i­nal theme was com­posed by Kazumi Totaka, who also voices Pro­fes­sor E. Gadd in the game. Totaka has pro­vided sound­tracks to other Nin­tendo games such as Yoshi’s Story and Ani­mal Corss­ing, but those are noth­ing like the fun yet haunt­ing tracks of Luigi’s Man­sion. The Main Theme has that clas­sic Mario magic feel to it, but it also feels like it fell out of a Tim Bur­ton film that was scored by Danny Elf­man. It’s light heart­ened but has enough villainous, dark tones to feel like it prop­erly fits in a haunted man­sion. Just lis­ten­ing to this over an over again makes me want Hal­loween to be every day. I, for one, and very happy they finally made a sequel to one of my favorite Game­Cube games.


Bioshock: The Ocean on his Shoul­ders - Lon­don Phil­har­monic Orchestra

Bioshock was not only a rev­e­la­tion in the FPS genre, but it gave new mean­ing to the term “atmos­phere”. The shrill of the muted brass at the begin­ning gives way to the ter­rors that await you in Rap­ture, though slowly taper off to the beau­ti­ful vio­lin show­ing the beauty of this once great city on the ocean floor. Irra­tional Games has a knack for cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful, real­ized worlds; Rap­ture was full of promise, sci­en­tific genius, and yet, full of mani­a­cal men dri­ven mad by greed and power. Gary Schy­man did the orig­i­nal score for Bioshock and Bioshock 2, he has returned for Bioshock: Infi­nite. It just so hap­pens his musi­cal genius was also heard in the depths of Hell in Dante’s Inferno, another favorite game of mine from this gen­er­a­tion. Enjoy!

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