On February 16th, I wrote up a quick little post about Christopher Tin winning the first ever Grammy for a video game theme. The song in question, “Baba Yetu” was featured in Civilization IV. I am fascinated with the influence of the video game industry over popular culture, and I’m often amazed at how quickly it is growing. So, here I am prepared to write about some more exciting news from the Grammy’s when I noticed that fellow Bitmob-er, Alejandro Quan-Madrid beat me to the punch. Considering what I was finsta write, what Madrid effectively wrote, and the fact that I just used the word finsta it would be in everyone’s best interest if I pointed you to his article.
The Grammy’s are officially recognizing “Visual Media” in four categories – Best Compilation, Best Score, Best Song, and a confusing category called The Music for Visual Media. Although, Madrid generally believes this is a good thing, he wonders if this is simply an attempt to give Hollywood film composers who have composed video game scores – like Hans Zimmer, Bear McCreary, or Clint Mansel – an extra category to win in. Implicit in his article, is the million dollar head-scratcher: does a smaller, less orchestral score like Baiyon’s work in PixelJunk Eden have a chance against, say, Harry Gregson-Williams’ score of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriot?
It’s a good article that has a few links to related articles from The Independent and Industry Gamers. If you’re interested, give it a read.