Video Games Live
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Video Games Live (VGL) is a concert series created and produced by industry veterans and video game composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall. The concerts consist of segments of video game music performed by a live orchestra with video footage and synchronized lighting and effects, as well as several interactive segments with the audience. The concerts are conducted by Emmanuel Fratianni. 
Video Games Live was first conceived by Wall and Tallarico, who spent three years planning the show. During the planning, the technology needed to let the concert master communicate with the performers, as well as to synchronize with the lights and effects, was also created. The concert debuted on July 6, 2005 at the Hollywood Bowl, where the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra performed to an audience of 11,000 people. Three concerts were played the first year. In 2006, the concert re-launched with an 11 show world tour. The concert was expanded to 30 cities in 2007 and 47 cities in 2008. More than 70 shows were held in 2009 alone.
Video Games Live features music from video games from all eras. Music from more recent games (and ongoing series), such as Final Fantasy, Halo, World of Warcraft, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Legend of Zelda, Kingdom Hearts, and Metal Gear Solid have been performed. Other segments feature retro arcade games such as Tetris and Asteroids. Video footage of each game is shown during its segment.
VGL often features solo performers. Martin Leung, who became known on the Internet for playing video game songs on a piano while blindfolded, routinely performs during the concerts. Also discovered on the internet for her Legend of Zelda cosplaying musical skit, vocalist and flutist Laura Intravia appears at the shows often as well, performing her own solo flute arrangements in addition to flute and vocal solos in the orchestral segments. VGL also occasionally features bands like The Megas and Random Encounter. During performances Tallarico jumps in on guitar for some segments, from worldbeat-like folk for Chrono Trigger to heavy metal for Final Fantasy VII and themes from Castlevania.
The show features several interactive segments where audience members are invited on stage to play video games while the orchestra plays music to match the game. Games such as Frogger, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, and Guitar Hero have been played live.
The following is a list of video games from which music has been performed.
- Advent Rising
- Assassin's Creed II
- Beyond Good & Evil
- Chrono Cross
- Chrono Trigger
- Civilization IV
- Command & Conquer (Red Alert)
- Diablo III
- Dota 2
- Dragon's Lair (arcade version)
- Earthworm Jim
- End of Nations
- EverQuest II
- Final Fantasy (multiple segments)
- God of War
- Halo (multiple segments)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Heroes of Might and Magic Medley
- Kingdom Hearts
- The Legend of Zelda series (multiple segments)
- LucasArts Medley
- Mass Effect
- Medal of Honor
- Mega Man
- Metal Gear Solid (multiple segments)
- Monkey Island series
- Myst series
- Need for Speed: Undercover (featuring Splitting Adam)
- Rayman: Raving Rabbids
- Resident Evil 5
- Shadow of the Colossus
- Silent Hill
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Space Ace
- StarCraft & StarCraft II
- Street Fighter/Street Fighter II
- Super Mario Series (multiple segments)
- Tom Clancy series Medley
- Tomb Raider
- Top Gear
- Uncharted 2
- World of Warcraft (multiple segments)
In addition to these segments, VGL also has a Classic Arcade medley, featuring music from over 20 games including Pong, Donkey Kong, Dragon's Lair, Tetris, Frogger, Gauntlet, Space Invaders, Contra, Outrun and others.
Video Games Live, vol. 1, a recording of various segments from multiple shows, was released on July 22, 2008. The music on the album was performed by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra (except where noted), and was released by Angel Records.
|3.||"Myst Medley (Myst Theme / Gallery Theme / Myst III Theme / Myst IV Theme)"||6:04|
|4.||"Medal of Honor (Operation Market Garden) [live]"||5:42|
|5.||"Civilization IV Medley"||4:55|
|6.||"Tetris Piano Opus No. 1"||Martin Leung||1:08|
|7.||"God of War Montage [live]"||3:35|
|8.||"Advent Rising Suite"||6:27|
|11.||"Castlevania Rock (Castlevania / Castlevania III / Castlevania: Symphony of the Night) [live]"||4:44|
Video Games Live: Level 2 was released as a DVD, Blu-ray and CD on October 19, 2010 by Shout! Factory. The music was performed by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (except where noted), and debuted at #8 on the Billboard charts.
|1.||"The Legend of Zelda Suite"||4:24|
|2.||"Civilization IV (Baba Yetu) [duet version]"||4:59|
|3.||"God of War (Revenge and Redemption)"||3:24|
|4.||"Chrono Trigger & Chrono Cross Medley"||4:56|
|5.||"World of Warcraft (Lament of the Highborne)"||2:58|
|6.||"Mario Solo Piano Medley"||Martin Leung||4:19|
|7.||"Super Mario Bros. Medley"||4:09|
|9.||"Sonic the Hedgehog (Staff Credits)"||5:20|
|10.||"Advent Rising Overture"||6:40|
|11.||"Mega Man Montage (Mega Man 2 / Mega Man 3)"||4:33|
|12.||"StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Theme"||2:11|
|13.||"Final Fantasy Solo Piano Medley"||Martin Leung||6:55|
|15.||"Castlevania Rock Overture (Castlevania / Castlevania III / Castlevania: Symphony of the Night)"||4:28|
|16.||"Final Fantasy VII (One Winged Angel) [rock edition]"||4:40|
Video Games Live: Level 3 was released in 2014. It was funded by 5,679 fans on Kickstarter beating its goal of $250,000 by reaching $285,081. Unlike the previous albums, this one will be recorded in a studio featuring a full orchestra, a 60 person choir, a full rock band and video game composers from around the world. Each segment will be personally arranged and orchestrated by their original composers and use input from the actual game designers & designers and game developers & publishers.
|1.||"Final Fantasy VIII - "Liberi Fatali""|
|2.||"Chrono Cross - "Scars of Time""|
|3.||"Skyrim - "Dragonborn Theme""|
|5.||"Zelda 25th Anniversary Overture"|
|6.||"World of Warcraft - "Invincible""|
|7.||"The Secret of Monkey Island"|
|8.||"Beyond Good and Evil"|
|10.||"Silent Hill 2 - "Theme of Laura""|
|13.||"Shadow of the Colossus"|
|14.||"Street Fighter II"|
|15.||"Still Alive (Live!) [feat. Laura Intravia & Tommy Tallarico]"|
All of the confirmed tracks can be found on their Kickstarter page as an example of what they may sound like after recording.
An example track for "Super Mario World" was released on their Kickstarter page, however they were unable to add it to the album, as they had to get permission from Nintendo to use it, and may have been declined.
The April 1, 2010 New Orleans concert was taped and broadcast on July 31, 2010 on PBS. The special was later released on DVD and Blu-ray in 2010 and contains additional segments, behind the scenes footage, making of Video Games Live, interactive angles, exclusive game developer and composer interviews, and special never before seen game trailers. 
Wall and Tallarico see the concert as a way to show "how culturally significant video games and video game music is in the world today." Video Games Live has been praised for bridging the generational gap by showing older generations that video game music is not just "bleeps and bloops." When the show is performed in Brazil, it is subsidized by the government for getting young people involved in the arts.
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