Only those who wander, find new paths – the Vikings used to say so. Game Music Festival is one of those discoveries, a new path. Artists expose the very best of what lies within video games in terms of music. They provide new experiences to gamers and music lovers alike.
Those who play a game, wander across various worlds, and now – thanks to the music resounding in the National Forum of Music – recall their memories, use their imagination to go back to the virtual lands. Listeners who have never played a game before will have a chance to experience amazing music, traverse a terra incognita of sounds.
The idea of discovering the unknown, reaching past the horizon, is very close to the heart of LOT Polish Airlines. For 90 years, we at LOT have been helping our passengers to discover new places, enabling them to follow their imagination, explore new locales, cherish their lives.
We have proudly joined the Game Music Festival and we hope that you will be truly moved by these concerts, richer in new experiences. We also hope to meet you soon on board of our airplanes. We are convinced that, just as video games and their music, we will be able to provide you with a multitude of new, positive emotions.
The first concert of this year’s Game Music Festival – The Symphony of the Desert – is based on the idea of contrast between three incredibly atmospheric titles: Journey, Abzu, The Banner Saga. The former two soundtracks are subtle and have an ethereal beauty, while the third one is full of piercing cold and raw in its form.
The author of those pieces, which add lots of value to their respective games, is the acclaimed American composer Austin Wintory who will personally conduct Sound Factory Orchestra, an ensemble that played the amazing concert with the music from Ori and the Blind Forest during the first GMF. Together, they will take listeners on a journey through endless deserts, vast sea depths, and snowy mountains.
The Symphony of the Colossus, being the second concert of this year’s Festival, is dedicated to the music of three timeless games: ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian. Players remember these titles not only because of the bond with their protagonists and a minimalist narrative but also thanks to their soundtracks full of monumental yet delicate melodies.
The productions by Fumito Ueda (who is the game designer of all three) always present a profoundly emotional story. The Symphony of the Colossus shall reflect this approach by merging the creations of Japanese composers such as Michiru Oshima, Kow Otani, Takeshi Furukawa. This extraordinary musical adventure will be performed by Sound Factory Orchestra and conducted by Robert Kurdybacha.
The Symphony of the Shadows will be the grand finale of Game Music Festival 2019. It is a synthesis of music accompanying two stealthy assassins, as well as an homage to the audio design of their missions – Ezio Auditore from Assassin’s Creed II together with Agent 47 from the Hitman series. The music to both amazing games was composed by Jesper Kyd. These two powerful suites will be performed live by over 120 musicians in total, the full NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra with a choir. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Assassin’s Creed II and the 20th of the first Hitman title.
The distinct, moody soundtracks of these games present two worlds which may seem completely different yet actually have much in common. The themes which will resound on the 19th of October in the National Forum of Music were created over a time span of two decades. This concert will let the audience discover them anew and appreciate all the musical details without a hurry.