We've reported on several instances over the last few years of Wing Commander music being performed live in concert in and around Sweden. Super awesome, but also pretty unusual, so what's the story here? Orvar Safstrom, the CEO of Underscore Productions, dropped in to explain what's up! It's very cool that the musical arrangements are set up to mimic a typical Wing Commander mission profile. Here's to their continues success and hopefully many more WC performances!
Hi everyone! I had no idea this was a sort of WCN forum mystery going on. Here's the story:
I'm the CEO/producer of Underscore Productions, we create symphony orchestra concerts with game and film music. SCORE and JOYSTICK are strictly game music while WE COME IN PEACE (sci fi), SAGAS (fantasy), THE HORROR (duh) and WE CAN BE HEROES (heroic/adventure/superheroes) include music from film, TV and games in the genre.
We've been doing the game concerts since 2006, with more or less all major orchestras in Scandinavia. So basically, we create full production packages with everything from programming and sheet music to artwork and having a producer there all week. We do music from both current and classic games.
As a very big WC fan I wanted to pay tribute to the game and the music and created a WC suite in 2014. It was put together by me and then orchestrated by Andreas Hedlund.
With the suite I tried to tell the story of the game and a typical mission:
It has been performed many time over the past five years. The KTH ceremony performance was a little special. That orchestra is the orchestra of the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. They did our WE COME IN PEACE as a regular concert, where Wing Commander was included. The music director then asked us if it would be OK to do Wing Commander for their graduation ceremony. If you look closely, that is actually the Stockholm city hall where the Nobel Prize dinner is every year.
- Opening (Fanfare)
- Briefing (Briefing intro/middle/end)
- Alert/running to ships (Scramble to launch)
- Space battle with increasing intensity (Regular combat/Intense combat)
- Victory/Medal ceremony (Fanfare)
All the best
/Orvar Safstrom - CEO Underscore Productions
Oh and yes, both SCORE and JOYSTICK are series with the program changing all the time. Some audience favorites tend to hang around, or come back. But they're not fixed programs.
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