It's Been A Helluva Couple Weeks For Video Game Music

Whether you want lush orchestral tracks of murderous dance-floor jams, it has been a heck of a couple of weeks for video game music. » 3/12/15 6:30pm 3/12/15 6:30pm

Meet Twitch's Newest Star: A Piano Player

For most of this week, I was pretty sick. There was an upside, though: it gave me the opportunity to stumble across one of Kyle Landry's piano marathons on Twitch. That night, he became one of the most viewed anythings on Twitch, nearly beating Counter-Strike, Hearthstone, and Dying Light. » 1/30/15 6:35pm 1/30/15 6:35pm

Like music in video games? Check out Beep, an in-production documentary about the history of video game sound. The filmmakers are currently raising money on Kickstarter, and the project sounds pretty cool. More info here. » 8/25/14 8:00pm 8/25/14 8:00pm

Video Games Live Concert Tour Heading to Mexico, South America and China

The ever-popular Video Games Live tour, which features orchestral performances of a super wide range of music from games, has 50 newly announced dates for stops all around the globe, from Europe to Southeast Asia to South America and more. » 3/08/14 6:30pm 3/08/14 6:30pm

Imagining Lyrics to Metroid

Video games comedian Brentalfloss has had a long-running "What if video game songs had lyrics?" gag. His first, Mega Man 2, I featured five years ago, and we all had a great laugh. But now, with Metroid—one of gaming's most beloved soundtracks—he and vocalist Alysha Umphress play it straight, and get it right. » 3/02/14 4:31pm 3/02/14 4:31pm

Street Fighter II Reimagined as a Rock Opera, in Three Acts

Seven years ago, an indie band in Texas joked among themselves that the Street Fighter continuity would be fertile soil for an old-fashioned rock opera. Three albums later, they've finished the story they want to to tell. » 1/26/14 5:00pm 1/26/14 5:00pm

The soundtrack for Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver is available now on iTunes. It's $9.99 and includes 270 tracks. Soundtracks for Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire, Diamond/Pearl, Black/White and Black 2/White 2 will be released later this year, says The Pokémon Company. » 1/19/14 4:00pm 1/19/14 4:00pm

Here's Stan Bush Rebooting His Iconic Transformers Anthem, 'The Touch'

Fahey wasn't too fond of the remixed "The Touch" that played during the credits for Transformers: Fall of Cybertron last year, the credits only offered an excerpt. Today, Stan Bush released the entire thing. Does the additional context make it better? » 12/15/13 1:00pm 12/15/13 1:00pm

Commercials Are Better With Video Game Music

Last night I spent about four hours watching the Food Network, because once you start watching an episode of Chopped it's impossible to not watch three more. » 10/16/13 8:00pm 10/16/13 8:00pm

The Year In Music At Kotaku

Nietzsche once said, "Without music, life would be a mistake."


Imaginary philosopher Richard Riemenschneider once said, "People who begin articles with Nietzsche quotes are the worst." » 12/20/12 8:00pm 12/20/12 8:00pm

Show Us Your Picks For Best Video Game Music Of 2012

Last year, I had a ton of fun running the Best Game Music Of 2011 » 12/06/12 8:00pm 12/06/12 8:00pm series. Over the course of a dozen or so posts, we looked back at all the best video game music of the year, from to .

Grab A Ton Of Great Video Game Music For Almost No Money

It's almost Thanksgiving break, which means that a lot of you will be doing some traveling. And what better time to listen to delightful music than when on a plane or in the car? » 11/20/12 5:30pm 11/20/12 5:30pm

From Wind Waker To Sonic, The London Philharmonic's Got Ya Covered

The London Philharmonic's latest foray into video game music launched today, and it's pretty good stuff. I haven't found any tracks that quite rival the Tetris theme from the first album, but there are some standouts. » 11/06/12 8:00pm 11/06/12 8:00pm

This List of Video Games Sampled by Hip-Hop Artists Said Knock You Out

Rappers love Pac-Man. I mean, everyone loves Pac-Man. But this list at Spin's website—which catalogs 50 rap songs that have sampled game music for their beats—testifies to the abiding love affair MCs have for the hungry video game icon. There have been a lot of Super Mario samples and some genuine surprises—who… » 10/18/12 2:30pm 10/18/12 2:30pm

The Case for Video Games as Music

If you're a regular Kotaku Melodic » 6/21/12 9:00pm 6/21/12 9:00pm reader, you're no stranger to the idea that despite many developers' cinematic aspirations, video games have more in common with music than they do with film.