You may recall that a while back, we held a vote to help the London Philharmonic determine which music they’d include on their follow-up to their first /”Greatest Video Game Music” album.
Many a vote was cast, and in the end, Mass Effect 3 won. Which was a lit-tle bit awkward, since IGN also held a poll, and Mass Effect 3 won there, too. So basically, you guys really ensured that Mass Effect 3 would be included on the album. Hey, that’s cool, Mass Effect 3 had good music.
I was a bit bummed out because I personally wanted to hear what the London Philharmonic would do with the lovely, chiptune-inspired music from Fez, which was one of the options in the poll. So you can imagine my pleasant surprise when I saw the final track listing:
1. Assassin’s Creed-Revelations: Main Theme
2 .Elder Scrolls — Skyrim: Far Horizons
3. Legend of Zelda — The Windwaker: Dragon Roost Island
4. Castlevania: A Symphonic Poem
5. Final Fantasy VII: One-Winged Angel
6. Mass Effect 3: A Future for the Krogan/An End Once And For All
7. Halo: Never Forget/Peril
8. Sonic the Hedgehog: A Symphonic Suite
9. Chrono Trigger: Main Theme
10. Luigi’s Mansion: Main Theme
11. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
12. Street Fighter II: A Symphonic Suite
13. Kingdom Hearts: Fate of the Unknown
14. Super Metroid: A Symphonic Poem
15. Diablo III: Overture
16. Batman Arkham City: Main theme
17. Deus Ex-Human Revolution: Icarus Main Theme
18. Fez: Adventure
19. Portal: Still Alive
20. Little Big Planet: Orb Of Dreamers (The Cosmic Imagisphere)
We’re gonna get to hear an orchestral rendition of Fez after all! Also, a symphonic suite of music from Sonic, and the theme from Wind Waker‘s Dragon Roost island. That news will make Luke so very happy. And, of course, we’ll get “One-Winged Angel,” since the world certainly needs one more orchestral/choral performance of “One-Winged Angel.”
In the video above, which was made especially for Kotaku, composer/conductor Andrew Skeet talks about the process of orchestrating the Mass Effect music, and conducts a singer through a bit of “A Future For The Krogan.”
Sounds pretty good. There are a few more videos of the process up as well — you really get the sense that they burned through this sucker:
Here’s day one…
…and here’s Day 2, with some more cool footage of the choir and some more humorously frazzled footage of Skeet.
The album will be out on November 6, and will be available digitally through Amazon and iTunes. If it’s as much fun as the last one was, it’ll be worth picking up.