This is a fun one. WoW's composer Jason Hayes has put together a group of talented professional musicians who will be arranging and performing music from famous computer games. The group is called Critical Hit
- and this is their first video, the theme to Angry Birds.
I'm glad they're doing this for two reasons:
1. There is some really great music lurking in many old and new computer games that would sound fantastic if played on something better than a sound chip. Deathgate
and a bunch of other games too numerous to list would all be ideal sources for some great musical arrangements.
2. This sort of music is fun to play if you're a musician. Tricky time and key changes, the opportunity to incorporate and show off some unorthodox playing techniques and special effects, and (above all) catchy melodies? Gadzooks! - most musicians I know would be lining up in droves for the chance to audition for this sort of ensemble. Music should be enjoyable to play and
listen to. Something far too many composers seem to have trouble understanding.