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 Hardest Level In Video Game History: Pro Guitar Dragon Force In Rock Band 3

Ok, hardcore, up-for-any-challenge gamers out there, next week will mark the release of the greatest challenge in video game history. Harder than Ninja Gaiden, Paper Boy and Battletoads combined. Next week's Rock Band 3 DLC will include "Through The Fire and Flames: by technical heavy metal band DragonForce -- on Pro Guitar.

Even the greatest Guitar Hero players found the song a challenge on Expert when it was released for that game. I feel confident in saying that no one will be able to 100 percent this particular track using Pro Guitar mode. You will cry, I promise you.

Check out the song on an ancient episode of Attack of the Show for an idea of how insanely hard it is to play.


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Nintendo 3DS Adds OK Go Video

If you're lucky enough to be holding a Nintendo 3DS right now, days before the official release date, you'll note that an update went live today that added something cool: A 3D video from internet-favorite indie-rock band OK Go.

The video, "White Knuckles," features the band interacting with a bunch of trained dogs in an insanely choreographed dance routine. It's very impressive, especially with the added dimension provided by the 3DS.

You can watch the 2D movie under the cut, or just wait until Sunday, when you'll be able to watch OK Go in glorious 3D, once you download and install the update.

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Portal 2 Will Feature An Original Song By The National

With the release of Portal 2 inching ever close on April 18, Valve have announced that the game will feature an original song by indie rock group The National. This means that those of you who still go about your day-to-day activities hopelessly compelled to hum "Still Alive" may be in for yet another earworm when all's said and done with your next encounter with the cerebral, puzzle-filled FPS hybrid. This time, music enthusiasts and hipsters alike can rejoice as the post-punk, country-twanged group will be providing the irresistible tune which will likely define the game. Check out what the folks at Valve have to say about the acquisition just below.

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Our resident rockstar J.P. Shub finally got his hand on the Rock Band 3 Squirer Stratocaster. He's seriously been dying for this Rock Band 3 peripheral for months. It turns out that the guitar is smooth, fast, and most importantly, it's responsive. 

Talkabouts: Rock Band 3 Squier Stratocaster »

Rock Band 3 was the first game that really taught gamers how to actually learn to play instruments, and the Squier Stratocaster is one more step in the right direction. Learning guitar on the controller is a lot of hard work, but at the end of the day, you're learning guitar through video games and that's sick!
Are you going to be picking up a Squier Stratocaster and melting some face? 

Garfunkel & Oates on AOTS Tonight

Tonight on Attack of the Show, comedy duo Garfunkel & Oates, known individually as Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, stops by the studio to talk about their new album, how they came together and how they're going to take over the music industry. Kate was featured as one of our favorite comedians on Women of the Web but we can't wait to see what she'll bring to the show with Riki!

Adam Sessler from X-Play shares his thoughts on Dragon Age 2 from the new storyline and where the game works (and doesn't) while Alison Haislip hangs out with the cast of Battle: Los Angeles. Yesterday Michelle Rodriguez talked about the apocalypse, but find out what Aaron Eckhart and the rest have to say. See you tonight at 7PM!

Tags: Music

G.A.N.G. Awards Logo

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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Minecraft Soundtrack Now Available For $4

C418, the artist behind Minecraft's soothing soundtrack has just released the game's tunes on his bandcamp for a mere $4. The high quality songs are remastered and with the purchase of the soundtrack you'll also receive an extra fifteen minutes worth of bonus songs that aren't currently in the game. I've been listening to the previews as I typed this up, and they're the perfect thing to listen to while at work or on the go if you want to relax a bit.

The Glitch Mob & Ray Stevenson on AOTS Tonight

Tonight on Attack of the Show, we welcome The Glitch Mob for an in-studio demo of their music for Musical Playtime. We'll explore how the trio mixes and remixes experimental music, plus all the production tools they use. Ray Stevenson also stops by to talk about his new film, Kill the Irishman, which follows the true story about an Irish mobster targeted by the Italian mafia in Cleveland. We explore the history of the Sega CD on a new Tales from the Console Graveyard and more, tonight at 7PM.

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Video Game Grammy: Civilization 4 Song Wins Grammy

Seeing as how “Awards Season” comes to a close tonight with the Academy Awards, it seems an appropriate time as any to bring this up for consideration for next year. Because history was made at one of  this year’s other big trophy-fests, the Grammy Awards, when a piece of music originally composed for a video game won an award; the first time music created for a game has received such an honor. The award bestowed upon Christopher Tin was a milestone moment and a beginning, a beginning from which other artists who bring game audio to life deserve to be honored, a beginning which couldn’t have happened if not for a push for recognition for game music that began over a decade ago.

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Dragon Age 2's soundtrack will feature a song from Florence + The Machine, which will be an exclusive re-imagining of “I’m Not Calling You A Liar." Dragon Age 2's music producer, Inon Zur, recently sat down with X-Play to talk about his role in the game. Expect lots of strings and lots of emotions from the music of DA2 below:

Face Time: Dragon Age 2 Composer Inon Zur »

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Inon Zur

RPG fans, I've got a treat for you. Tonight at 6:30 ET, X-Play will be interviewing composer Inon Zur, the genius behind the music of Dragon Age 2, and the composer of the music in the first Dragon Age, Fallout: New Vegas, and countless other games.

While you wait for the interview, why not enjoy the below tune: It's the main Dragon Age 2 theme, and you can only listen to this sweeping, glorious and perfect music on G4tv.com.

Dragon Age 2 Soundtrack - "Main Theme" »


Are you psyched for this soundtrack yet? If so, pre-order the entire soundtrack from iTunes right now.

Tags: Music, Videogames

King Diamond Guitar Hero Metallica

There are many opinions on the internet about the death of the Guitar Hero franchise, but one important person calls it a blatant case of abuse! Kelly Summer, former CEO of developer RedOctane, says,"They abused it. There’s no reason why Guitar Hero cannot continue. It’s a great product. My gut tells me there is still a significant market for Guitar Hero. Not every game can be a billion dollar franchise, but maybe that’s what Activision wants.“

“Look at how Take-Two has handled GTA. They haven’t thrown products out there. They’ve nurtured it for over ten years and it is still a strong franchise,"  Summer said.

As for the future of the Guitar Hero brand name, Summer isn't expecting a resurrection under a different company's direction. "I’d be surprised if they sold the brand as it’d prove to the world there is still a market for this product and show them up," Summer said.

Source: VG247


Tags: Music, Videogames

Guitar Hero 5

We know that Activision dissolved the Guitar Hero division of their company last week, as well as canceling any Guitar Hero games for 2011, but how dead is the franchise, really? That's a topic for debate. You'll still be able to play a new version of Guitar Hero on the just-announced Xperia Play phone.

Although Guitar Hero was mentioned as one of 50 games that will be playable in the phone's launch window, no details on the new version of the music game were revealed. If I were you, I'd expect it to be a port of an older Guitar Hero games as opposed to something new.

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Tags: Music, Videogames

Rock Band 3

Valentine's day is coming up. Monday is D-Day for you lovers out there, and to celebrate, Harmonix, the company behind Rock Band, is putting out a track pack of romantic duets for Rock Band 3  that  will be available on Tuesday, Feb. 15.

The set list is pretty cool...

  • Animotion – “Obsession”
  • B.o.B. (featuring Hayley Williams) – “Airplanes”
  • Bonnie Tyler – “Total Eclipse of the Heart
  • The Human League – “Don’t You Want Me”
  • Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now”
  • Meat Loaf – “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”
  • Stevie Nicks – “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”

..but the video is better. In a sly nod to Harmonix's new "indie" status after being cut by Viacom, the company released the most "indie" trailer ever. It's under the cut.

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