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Video Games Live

If you are going to be in Los Angeles during E3 week and you consider yourself a fan of video game music, then it is a moral imperative for you to get yourself a seat for the Video Games Live concert happening at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live on June 6th. Why you ask? How about if we tell you that The Feed has exclusive details on who the special guests and performers are going to be, along with what video game soundtrack music will be making its debut as a part of the Video Games Live line up! We caught up with VGL creator Tommy Tallarico, just before he took off for a pair of VGL concerts in Malaysia next week, to give us the details.

Now to be fair, for those already attending the Video Games Live concert during E3 week who don’t want to know the surprises ahead of time, you've been spoiler warned! But, if you need convincing to get yourself into this amazing concert and don’t mind some spoilers, prepare to have your mind blown.

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8 Bit Weapon

It has been nearly two years since we've heard new music from 8 Bit Weapon. The good news is, these West Coast champions of chiptunes are back with a new set of songs which will appeal to fans of classic video gaming as well as electronic music aficionados. The Feed has taken Bits With Byte for a spin, has some sounds from it for you to hear and a link for a free download from the album.

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Mass Effect 3

We are only a few short days from the launch of one of the most anticipated games of 2012 with Mass Effect 3. The Feed spoke with three of the five composers behind the music of ME3, Sam Hulick, Sascha Dikiciyan and Cris Velasco, and the creation of the music for the game. We and the composers have kept this as spoiler-free as possible for you, so don’t be afraid to come inside for a look and a listen, as have samples of some of the incredible sounds they’ve created for the closing of the Mass Effect trilogy.

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Deus Ex Human Revolution Soundtrack Review

When The Feed ran a recent article about video game soundtrack albums that were worthy of a Grammy Award nomination, one thing was made very clear in the comments. The majority of people who chose to post their thoughts said Deus Ex: Human Revolution, composed and performed by Michael McCann, would have been their choice for a game soundtrack Grammy nom. And we agree with you. If you haven’t experienced the music from this game yet, we’ve been given several tracks from the Deus Ex: Human Revolution soundtrack album for your ears to feast upon. Come on in and press play.

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Video Games At The Grammys -- Two Video Game Songs Get Nominated

If you follow Awards Season, then you know the Grammys are this weekend. Just about a year ago, The Feed featured my thoughts on why video game music deserves a dedicated Grammy Award. In the intervening year, the Grammys have gone through a major overhaul, reducing the total number of categories from 109 down to 78. While this may sound like a bad thing for video game music, it really isn’t. In truth, both original and compilation game soundtrack albums (and individual songs) have been eligible to win a Grammy award, just not in a dedicated category. Be that as it may, if we as game music fans had any say in the nominations or categories, things might be different.

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Top Game Music Composers Join Forces for Benefit Album

A group of some of today’s leading videogame music composers have teamed up to create a charity album of all-original music. Novum Initium features an unreal level of talent among its 18 tracks, including composers who’ve crafted sounds for games including Modern Warfare 3, Mass Effect, Star Wars: The Old Republic and more. The Feed has a preview of the music and info on how you can further support the charity.

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Space Marine's Cris Velasco and Sascha Dikiciyan

THQ and Relic Entertainment’s Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine features a fantastic soundtrack composed by game music veterans Cris Velasco and Sascha Dikiciyan. The Feed got to talk with Cris and Sascha about what went into composing the epic themes for the game and what it takes to craft an enjoyable listening experience for Space Marine’s soundtrack album.

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Interview with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Composer, Brian Tyler

Activision not only deployed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 today, it also released the original soundtrack album for the game, featuring music composed by Brian Tyler. While Tyler may be relatively new to the game music world, he has seen plenty of action on both the big and small screens, scoring films including The Expendables and Battle: Los Angeles, along with Star Trek: Enterprise. But it isn’t just his talent or his experience with war films that makes Brian Tyler uniquely experienced to take on one of the biggest game soundtracks of the year. Tyler is a gamer, specifically one who has logged many hours playing online multiplayer in the Modern Warfare series. The Feed spoke with Brian Tyler about the music he created for Modern Warfare 3, the soundtrack album and why multiplayer menu screen music is just as important as the interactive themes heard while playing the game.

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Gears of War 3 Original Soundtrack Album

The adventures of Delta Squad have come to an explosive conclusion with the release of Gears of War 3. Alongside the wrapping up of the story of Marcus, Dom, Baird and the Cole Train as they fight to free Sera from the Locust and Lambent, is the final piece in the trilogy of soundtrack albums produced for the Gears series. How does it sound? We’ve got samples for you to hear so take off that COG helmet, soldier. Just watch for snipers.

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TheFeed would like to introduce you to nervous_testpilot, an up-and-coming player in the indie game scene. Not only is he the composer of the music for the newly released Frozen Synapse, but he’s also co-owner of its developer, Mode 7 Games. On top of that, this game audio pro has an established background in the electronic music scene and a newly launched chiptune alter-ego. Come inside and meet nervous_testpilot and hear some sounds from Frozen Synapse!

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Mass Effect's Sam Hulick

Sam Hulick is a name from the game audio world you may not know well yet, unless you are among the game music connoisseurs who purchase game soundtrack albums. The Feed got to speak with Sam Hulick about his inspirations and the music he has composed for games including the Mass Effect series. Hit the jump to find out what Sam’s inspirations were for the music he created as part of the Mass Effect team, what Howard Shore’s The Lord of the Rings music means to him and how Soviet Russia’s Red Army influenced his compositions for an upcoming World War II shooter.

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Forget everything you know about Rebecca Black's "hit single" known as "Friday". Because as it turns out, the song is actually an adventure game by Adam Atomic (Cave Story Wii) and Danny Baranowsky (of Super Meat Boy soundtrack fame). Now, the hardest decision you will have to make after you hit play (because you know you're going to) is when a wild convertible appears do you choose the Front Seat or the Back Seat? Choose wisely.

Super Meat Boy Soundtrack

TheFeed got the chance to speak with game music creator Danny Baranowsky recently. Danny is the man behind the music of Super Meat Boy. We talk to him about the success of his indie released soundtrack for the game, where his musical inspirations come from and what he is working on now. We’ve also got some meaty sounds for your ears, so why don’t you come in and take a listen!

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Interview with COD: Black Ops Composer Sean Murray

Sean Murray is the man behind the music of Call of Duty: Black Ops. The Feed recently got a chance to talk with Sean about what went into the creation of the music for the game, its soundtrack album, and some of the other projects he has composed for, including a previous entry in the COD franchise and a TV show about a teenage vampire slayer. We also got the details on a live orchestra performance of Murray's Black Ops music, along with other game themes, happening next week. And while there are no music-based perks in Black Ops multiplayer (really, there should be!) The Feed has deployed some sounds from the game in the interview for your listening enjoyment.

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The ninth annual G.A.N.G. Awards were handed out this week at GDC. The Game Audio Network Guild, a group dedicated to advancing interactive audio and those who create it, received more than 350 submissions for this year's honors. And just like other awards shows there was one clear favorite among the winners. Press play to see if your favorite game won! And by play we mean Read More.

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