Kronos Wartet, Sci-Fi Music, and Defiance

Defiance is both a television series and video game set in the same post-apocalyptic world
Defiance is both a television series and video game set in the same post-apocalyptic world

It’s been a good time for Sci-Fi music. With so many blockbuster films, television series, and video games becoming practically mainstream there’s no lack of scores being written. Of most interest to me, however, is diegetic music – music that appears in the film/tv/video game universe rather than the music that appears as a score to the productions.

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The Cello in Video Game Music

    Cyanide Studios Video Game, "Of Orcs and Men"
Cyanide Studios Video Game, “Of Orcs and Men”

And no, I’m not talking about some of the marketing imagery that can be found on, say, the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s recent release of “The Greatest Video Game Music” which features a cello on the cover (albeit, played by a special ops troop ostensibly from one of the video game scores featured on the album).

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Convenient excuses for low arts attendance

I'm going to start blame World of Warcraft for the decline of Classical Music audiences--damn you, Thrall!
I’m going to start blaming World of Warcraft for the decline of Classical Music audiences–damn you, Thrall!

Joe Patti posted an excellent rebuttal of the idea that arcane terminology and practices are killing the arts.  Not exactly the phrase used, but soul-sucking and alienating have pretty negative connotations too, eh?

This is something we hear all in relation to how relevant the arts are to today’s audiences.  That no one has the time to learn the concert etiquette for Classical music, or that no one has the time to listen to a two to three hour performance, or that no one wants to spend the time to learn about the jargon that arts insiders and fans have which allow them to converse meaningfully about a performance (or the practice) of an arts event or field.

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The Greatest Video Game Music

London Philharmonic Orchestra - The Greatest Video Game Music

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that this album is out.  Especially as many US orchestras include a concert of music from video games in their regular or pop seasons.

I am pleased that the instrument on the cover is a cello! 😀

Here’s the track listing:

1. Advent Rising: Muse
2. Legend of Zelda: Suite
3. Call of Duty – Modern Warfare 2: Theme
4. Angry Birds: Main Theme
5. Final Fantasy VIII: Liberi Fatali
6. Super Mario Bros: Themes
7. Uncharted – Drake s Fortune: Nate’s Theme
8. Grand Theft Auto IV: Soviet Connection
9. World of Warcraft: Seasons of War
10. Metal Gear Solid: Sons of Liberty Theme
11. Tetris Theme
12. Battlefield 2: Theme
13. Elder Scrolls: Oblivion
14. Call of Duty 4 – Modern Warfare: Main Menu Theme
15. Mass Effect: Suicide Mission
16. Splinter Cell: Conviction
17. Final Fantasy: Main Theme
18. Bioshock: The Ocean on his Shoulders
19. Halo 3: One Final Effort
20. Fallout 3: Theme

I still have to figure out and arrangement of some World of Warcraft tunes for il Troubadore!  Kudos to the London Philharmonic Orchestra!  Here’s a link to some audio at

“World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King” sheet music

Original sheet music edition of "World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King" by Alfred Music Publishing

So last Saturday I was doing some shopping at one of the local sheet music outlets (Noteworthy Music) and I came across a piano/vocal score of “Wrath of the Lich King” from World of Warcraft.  For those of you who don’t know, World of Warcraft (aka WOW) is an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game).  I’ve never played it and with only brief stints on Second life and some of the online browser games like Travian, I’ve only seen this played by some friends.

I do admit that I have played the computer game versions of Warcraft, however, so I’m not entirely immune from knowledge of the franchise!

So, as I said, I came across this piano/vocal reduction I just had to buy a copy.  I think it will be a perfect tune (or set of tunes) to do with the il Troubadore Klingon Music Project because.  Really, who wouldn’t want to see Klingons singing a World of Warcraft tune?

Even better would be Klingons dressed up as the undead–I wanna be Kel’Thuzad, though Arthas (in his Death Knight incarnation) would be a close second choice.