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Skyrim, Deus Ex, Diablo III and others featured in new London Philharmonic album!

Today is not just a day to vote for your least hated preferred politician, it’s also a day to vote for your favorite piece of video game music, as today marks the release of “Greatest Video Games Music 2,” a new orchestral album featuring tracks from some of the best video games out there. This is the second video game album to be released, and is performed by London’s famous Phil Harmonic.

This is an amazing album which features musical goodness from games like Diablo III, Batman: Arkham City, Skyrim, Mass Effect 3, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution, among other unforgettable and notable titles such as Final Fantasy VII, Halo, Zelda and even Sonic. This album is a truly amazing compilation of orchestrated video game scores, and we highly recommend you give it a listen. And you can check it out today on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. Happy listening and tell us what you think!

Source: Joystiq.com

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Skyrim’s “The Dragonborn Comes” cover by Malukah

I’ve been playing a lot of Skyrim, and to add to the enjoyment, I recently got a signed copy of Jeremy Soule’s score for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. A whopping four disc compilation of the world of Skyrim’s epic, haunting, sometimes peaceful and often grandiose musical accompaniment, and I must say it is amazing! It’s nothing short of exhilarating listening to the language of the dragons sung with a booming choir that makes you feel like your Dragonborn hero has the strength of a hundred Nordic warriors as you face off against a fearsome fire-breathing dragon!

But even the hardiest Dovahkiin warrior needs a bard song to tell the tale of their legendary exploits, and the beautiful Mexican singer and gamer Malukah (Malufenix) has soothed the ears of listeners with her amazing rendition of Soule’s Elder Scrolls theme and Skyrim’s bard song “The Dragonborn Comes” with an angelic and powerful thu’um voice that will capture and ensnare your musical and gaming heart!

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Top VG composers partner with Sweet Relief, release benefit album

The top video game composers have united with Sweet Relief, an orginization that provides financial assistance to healing musicians in need and are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Composers from popular video games such as BioShock®, Call of Duty®, Dead Space™, Dragon Age™, God of War®, Mass Effect™, Medal of Honor™, Prince of Persia®, and World of Warcraft® have put together a benefit album titled “NOVUM INITIUM” and all proceeds from its sale will be donated to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

The CD features all-new original music from popular video game titles with cover art by illustrator Aurelien Police commissioned especially for the project; also twenty limited edition CDs of the album will be signed by the composers and auctioned for sale on eBay here: http://xfer.me/nieb.

The CD will be available for digital download via Bandcamp, CDBaby.com, Amazon MP3, iTunes and 7digital on December 6th for a cool $8.99 price tag and we at GameScore Radio commend the musicians charitable efforts and we think it’s worth every penny. You can preview the album at Bandcamp: http://novuminitium.bandcamp.com. Full track list after the break.

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Velasco and Dikiciyan craft epic Hollywood score for Space Marine

The celebrated composer duo Cris Velasco known for his work on the God of War Series and Sascha Dikiciyan (TRON: Evolution) have created an epic original score for Relic EntertainmentTM‘s upcoming 3rd person action/shooter, WARHAMMER® 40,000®: SPACE MARINE® published by THQ. The game looks to feature some stunning cinematic visuals and visceral gameplay which served as the inspiration for the score.

Composers Cris Velasco and Sascha Dikiciyan commented, “SPACE MARINE has been one of the most creatively satisfying projects of our scoring career. This being the first third-person shooter in the WARHAMMER franchise, we were honored to write an original score that lives up to the games’ prestigious history and also pushes the series forward with a bold and fresh sound.” The game’s score is said to be an emotional one,  featuring anthemic orchestral compositions and contemporary Hollywood music production to help reflect the epic scale of the rich sci-fi universe.

You can get a taste of the music by checking out the featured epic trailer.

The WARHAMMER 40,000: SPACE MARINE is set to release on the Xbox 360, PS3 and Windows PC on September 6th 2011, and the original soundtrack will be included in the Collector’s Edition which is now available to pre-order.

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Pyramid Studios set to create Halo’s anniversary soundtrack

Fans of Marty O’Donnell and Mike Salvatore’s excellent musical compositions for Halo, listen up! Pyramid Studios just announced that they have proudly partnered with 343 Industries and Microsoft Studios to produce the music soundtrack for the upcoming Halo:Combat Evolved Anniversary video game.

The anniversary edition of Halo: Combat Evolved is celebrating a decade of the iconic Halo franchise history with a remastered version of the game, complete with updated graphics (without taking so much as a scalpel for content) and Pyramid Studios has been chosen to produce and remaster the original score. This remastered soundtrack is set to drop alongside the Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary game release date of November 15, 2011, and we’re all really excited to get more Halo music goodness! Click the picture link for more info!

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Portal 2 soundtracks available for free download!

http://www.thinkwithportals.com/music.phpIf you loved the music for Portal 2, or simply need to have it play in the background to help you stay acclimated to your surroundings outside of Aperture Science’s demented labyrinth, then you’re in luck because Valve has made available for free download their latest test chamber music – aptly titled “Songs to Test By” which contains a whopping new 18 tracks and 14 ringtones for the iPhone and Android mobile devices, bringing the total number of free music volumes to two, with a third ‘Volume 3′ on the way! Portal 2′s music is more electronic and less orchestral, but free is free, and we are more than happy to try and expand our horizons with their free offerings. So portal on over to their website to download these tracks, or feel free to grab Volume 1 and Volume 2 from GameScore Radio’s Downloads section, because with track titles like “PotatOS Lament” and “I AM NOT A MORON” I know you’re curious for a listen!

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Boris Salchow returns to score Resistance 3

Insomniac Game’s Resistance 3 will be featuring the musical composition talents of Boris Salchow. The LA based composer who received critical acclaim for his score for  Resistance 2 will return with a darker cinematic score for Insomniac Game’s third installment of the franchise.

“For RESISTANCE 3 we required a composer who would be able to interpret the nuance of mankind’s struggle for survival in a brutal world and create an engaging and emotive score.” Paul Mudra, Audio Director at Insomniac Games said in a media release regarding the game’s score. “Boris spent many hours at our studio becoming familiar with the story, meeting with several key members of the development team and immersing himself in our process and culture. The soundtrack that Boris composed is compelling and a perfect fit for the game.  We consider it to be a key part of the overall RESISTANCE 3 experience.”

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