Battlefield 2042 will be headline news, but don’t worry, the music is better than the game.
For the first time ever, video games will be showcased at the famous BBC Proms, a summer concert series that runs from July to September. With 72 concerts, mostly at London’s Royal Albert Hall, The Proms will offer both a classy evening show and the chance to hear some of your favorite video game tunes.
According to the BBC website, Prom 21 scheduled for August 1, 2022 will be called “Gaming Prom: From 8-Bit to Infinity”. Ball 21 will be conducted by Robert Ames, who has previously conducted balls for science fiction film scores and the “Pioneers of Sounds”, and will be performed by the Philharmonic Orchestra.
So far, the BBC has only confirmed around 30 minutes of music to play during the Gaming Prom. Confirmed parts include:
- Battlefield 2042 sequel (14 mins)
- Dear Esther – I have started my ascent (4 minutes)
- Excerpts from Kingdom Hearts (4 minutes)
- Excerpts from Shadow of the Colossus (8 minutes)
Dear Esther and Shadow of the Colossus are two great classic scores that translate well to an orchestral performance, and there have been so many Kingdom Hearts remixes that one of them was bound to be made with an orchestra in mind. . Battlefield 2042, however, seems like an odd game because its soundtrack is mostly hard electronics.
The BBC’s description of the event reads: “In this first-ever Gaming Prom, Robert Ames – best known at the Proms for his explorations of science fiction and electroacoustic music – leads an electronically expanded Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in an odyssey from classic 1980s console titles, through the haunting soundscapes of Jessica Curry to the first European concert of Hildur Guðnadóttir and Sam Slater’s score music for Battlefield 2042.”
Tickets go on sale May 21 at 9am UK time and should sell out fairly quickly. If you are unable to secure tickets, Prom 21 will also air on BBC One, Two, Four, as well as the BBC website. You can also listen to the concert on the BBC Sounds app up to 30 days after the performance.
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