Video Game Orchestras

PUBLISHED Apr 11, 2014; UPDATED Oct 19, 2022







Video Game Music Concert Series

Video Game Music Conferences

Books and Resources on Video Game Music


Select Bibliography of Texts and Resources

Azadehfar, Mohammad Reza and Afsaneh Yadaei. (2021, April). Composition through Choreography Computer Gaming: Case of Azerbaijani Traditional Dance [Conference Paper]. Ludo2021 Tenth European Conference on Video Game Music and Sound.

Brice, Mattie. (2011, November 17). Speaking in Accents and the American Ethnocentrism in Video Games. Game Developer.

Cork, Jeff. (2020, September 17). Behind The Scenes Of Kena: Bridge Of Spirit’s Harmonious Collaboration. Gameinformer.

Fuentes, Edgar S. (2018, July 11). Orígenes de la orquesta en videojuegos. Vandal Game Music.

Haider, Arwa. (2019, September 27). Why Video Game Concerts are a Growing Phenomenon. Financial Times.

Moorman, Peter. (2013). Music and Game: Perspectives on a Popular Alliance. Springer VS.

Munroe, Jim. (2018, February 28). Videogame Arts Around the World in 2017. Game Arts International.

rrosierajin but splatoween flavored [@_sukebang]. (2022, August 22). Here’s a thread explaining some of Frye’s South Asian vocal and design inspirations ! i will also be talking about the big forehead thing, so stay tuned! 1/? [Twitter Thread]. Twitter.

Shamaly, Meena. (2020, November 12). Stories of First Nations in Video Game Music [Radio Broadcast]. ABC Classic.

Silpayamanant, Jon. (2011, November 15). The Greatest Video Game Music. Mae Mai.

Silpayamanant, Jon. (2013, May 1). The Cello in Video Game Music. Mae Mai.

Silpayamanant, Jon. (2013, May 23). Kronos Wartet, Sci-Fi Music, and Defiance. Mae Mai.

Silpayamanant, Jon. (2021, February 25). DAW, Music Production, and Colonialism, a Bibliography. Mae Mai.

Silpayamanant, Jon [@Silpayamanant]. (2021, March 20). While we’re at it, can we talk about the white male Anglo/Eurocentric music of video games? [Twitter Thread]. Twitter.

Silpayamanant, Jon [@Silpayamanant]. (2022, March 15). Never thought I’d hear a Ranad-Ek or Piphat orchestra in a video game, but I guess it shouldn’t be surprising that it’s in a Thai video game. Trailer music composed by Nattanisha Opasayanont. She went to Mahidol U. Game music composer is Karan Thamawong [Tweet]. Twitter.

Silpayamanant, Jon [@Silpayamanant]. (2022, March 17). Of course at the end of Home Sweet Home E1 we have the Thai dancer and Piphat, but also this room with khon (โขน) masks, a chakhe (จะเข้), (ตะโพน), 2 ranad ek (ระนาดเอก) and several saw u (ซออู้) and saw duang (ซอด้วง) [Tweet]. Twitter.

Silpayamanant, Jon [@Silpayamanant]. (2022, October 20). It’s been ages since I’ve done any significant updates to the Video Game Orchestras page. Just added a few dozen items (including groups, resources, and bibliographic items) but realizing that I’ll probably need to do a significant overhaul of it soon [Tweet]. Twitter.

Yadaei, Asfaneh [Afsaneh Yadaei]. (2021, April 22). Music Composition through Choreography Computer Gaming: Case of Azerbaijani Traditional Dance [Video]. Youtube.

Yadaei, Afsaneh and Mohammad Reza Azadehfar and Behnam Alizadehashrafi. (2022, July). Creation of Melodic and Rhythmic Patterns Based on Cultural Heritage: Sonification of Azerbaijani Dance Movements. Journal of Sound and Music in Games, 3(2-3): 1-27. DOI: 10.1525/jsmg.2022.3.2-3.1.


  1. The BGSU Game and Anime Music Ensemble (G.A.M.E.) is doing quite well this year. This our first year, 2014, College Sanctioned and the first year we have been recognized by the BGSU Ethnomusicology Department as culturally relevant. We are constantly recruiting musicians, or people simply interested in music, to increase our numbers and musical quality (no you do not necessarily have to be a BGSU Student). We like to think of G.A.M.E as a safe-haven of not only people interested in music from Video Games and Animes, but also for people who are not confident enough, or unwilling, to perform in a Collegiate Ensemble. If anyone is in the approximate area of Bowling Green, Ohio we welcome you to join us, even just for one day.

    my email is Please contact me with interest. All are welcome!

    ~ Nicholas M. Taylor, Music Director


  2. Hi there! I am a director of the UCLA orchestra, and we would like to let you know that we have changed our name to Game Music Ensemble at UCLA (GME). Our facebook page is at Thank you for the inclusion.


  3. Check out the DesMoines Gamer Symphony Orchestra at
    They just performed 2 concerts combined with the Iowa State Symphony Orchestra with an added choir on October 9th in DesMoines and on the 14th in Ames,Iowa.Founded in 2019 by Aaron Barker- it is a certified non-profit 501C3 and all performances are free.

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