A concert celebrating video game music at this year’s BBC Proms is now available to watch online.
The annual music festival is held every summer at London’s Royal Albert Hall, but this is the first time the classical music festival has had a concert devoted to game music.
The event – titled Gaming Prom – From 8-Bit to Infinity – took place earlier this week, hosted by BBC gaming reporter Steffan Powell and Louise Blain, who hosts the excellent Sound of Gaming podcast on BBC Sounds.
It was fantastic to present the very first video game music @bbcproms concert in the Albert Hall. It’s moving, dramatic, full of nostalgia – and later on television
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— Steffan Powell (@SteffanPowell) August 5, 2022
“For the first time, the BBC Proms is devoting an entire concert to game music,” explains the BBC. Conductor Robert Ames leads the electronically enhanced Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in this specially curated program that takes the audience on a sonic journey from 8-bit to infinity.
Millennial nostalgia is guaranteed as the concert kicks off with two new compositions that interweave gaming music from the 80s and 90s, from Chronos to Pokémon Red, and instantly recognizable digital sound effects.
“The sumptuous orchestral score of Final Fantasy VIII and Kingdom Hearts are the centerpiece of the program, which culminates in the European concert premiere of Hildur Guðnadóttir and Sam Slater’s experimental score for Battlefield 2042.”
To watch the show in full, head over to the BBC iPlayer.