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!