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News: Paul McCartney's Destiny Theme Song Flies without Wings

Paul McCartney's Destiny Theme Song Flies without Wings

I am the Warlock

Destiny’s theme song has been written and composed by Paul McCartney, because, well, who else would have the star power required to represent Bungie’s next big thing in audio form? The track – which was recorded at the famous Abbey Road studio with a 120-piece ensemble, of course – has that soaring kind of sound that you’d...

Book Review: A Composer's Guide to Game Music - Winifred Phillips

A Composer's Guide to Game Music - Winifred Phillips

Calm and composed

Winifred Phillips is one of the best regarded composers in video games today, having contributed to an eclectic roster of titles, including PlayStation favourites such as Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, God of War, and the LittleBigPlanet series. With such vast experience in the medium, the musician has put together a book...

Interview: Conducting a Symphony with Video Game Composer Winifred Phillips

Conducting a Symphony with Video Game Composer Winifred Phillips

Sounding off

Sometimes great opportunities just fall into your lap, and that’s exactly what happened to us on this occasion. We recently had the chance to chat to game composer and author Winifred Phillips – whose notable works include Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, God of War, and the LittleBigPlanet series – about her new book, A...

News: Journey Composer Austin Wintory is Being Fined $50,000 By His Own Union

Journey Composer Austin Wintory is Being Fined $50,000 By His Own Union

Shots fired

Earlier this week, on the day of the big E3 press conferences, critically acclaimed (and personal favourite of ours) game composer Austin Wintory released a video detailing some of the troubles that he may be facing from his own union. You may have heard his name thanks to his work on the superb Journey, or flOw, or any number of his...

Feature: 2013's Most Powerful PlayStation Soundtracks

2013's Most Powerful PlayStation Soundtracks

Don't look back in anger

More often than not, too much effort is spent pondering the visuals of a game. Or its gameplay. Or its set pieces. However, there’s one pivotal area that tends to get overlooked time and time again: the soundtrack. If you’re on the fence about a particular piece of software, an emotional piece of music can set you on...

Review: Just Dance 2014 (PlayStation 4)

Just Dance 2014 (PlayStation 4)

It takes Move to tango

Ubisoft’s colossal Just Dance series has become a common name among party gamers and rhythm fans. The gameplay essentially boils down to you mirroring a brightly coloured avatar in order to pull shapes to popular songs across a variety of genres. Compatible with up to four players, the franchise scores you by tracking your...

News: Now You Can Attend Music Concerts Directly from Your PS3

Now You Can Attend Music Concerts Directly from Your PS3

Never get caught in a mosh pit again

Live music is fantastic, but it comes with a few major caveats. For starters, you’re often forced to rub shoulders with smelly scene kids who don’t know the meaning of the word ‘deodorant’. And then there’s the whole physical endurance aspect, which sees you standing around for hours on end while...

Review: Rocksmith 2014 Edition (PlayStation 3)

Rocksmith 2014 Edition (PlayStation 3)

It's a long way to the top (if you wanna rock 'n' roll)

Let's cut to the chase: Rocksmith 2014 Edition will not miraculously teach you how to play guitar like Slash in 24 hours. Learning the guitar or bass takes years of dedicated practice, repetition, self-motivation, and real technique. That doesn't necessarily mean that Rocksmith is useless –...

Review: KickBeat (PlayStation Network - Vita)

KickBeat (PlayStation Network - Vita)

Fists of melody

The concept of fusing fighting and rhythm games seems so obvious, as the act of combat already has a rhythmic feel to it. Timing is, of course, crucial to both pastimes, with complex moves requiring metronome-like precision, just like the beat of a song. KickBeat, then, is pretty much the perfect marriage of genres, and the Zen...

E3 2013: Rocksmith 2014 Edition Plays a Power Chord on PS3

Rocksmith 2014 Edition Plays a Power Chord on PS3

Turn it up to eleven

The music game genre may have flopped like a manufactured boy band, but Ubisoft’s guitar guide game Rocksmith has shredded out a niche all of its own. As such, it’s no surprise to see the series make a comeback with Rocksmith 2014 Edition, which is set to release on the PlayStation 3 later this year. Much like its...

News: The Last of Us Sounds Just As Good As It Looks

The Last of Us Sounds Just As Good As It Looks

Ear candy

The Last of Us is not only shaping up to be a feast for the eyes, but also for the ears. Naughty Dog has continued its behind-the-scenes mini-series, this time pointing its camera at legendary composer Gustavo Santaolalla. In the video, the musician talks a little about his guitar teacher quitting when he was just a child – not because...

News: No, Your PlayStation 4 Won't Play Audio CDs

No, Your PlayStation 4 Won't Play Audio CDs

Use them as a coaster instead

If you were planning on cranking up your classic copy of Blink 182’s unforgettable Take Off Your Pants and Jacket through your brand spanking new PlayStation 4, you may be in for a shock – Sony has confirmed that its next generation console will not actually support audio CDs. The company revealed the snippet as...

News: Would You Kindly Listen to This BioShock Remix Album

Would You Kindly Listen to This BioShock Remix Album

Sounds of the underground

How do you transform BioShock’s harrowing art-deco universe into something infectious? Well, if you’re voice actor turned remix extraordinaire Eddie Bowley, you take its most famous sound bites and arrange them into beats so catchy that not even Ayn Rand could resist tapping her disco feet. ‘Only Man’ is a full...

News: Journey Misses Out on Prestigious Grammy Award

Journey Misses Out on Prestigious Grammy Award

The one that got away

Given the sheer amount of awards that Journey has scooped up over the past 12 months, we suppose it’s about time that the title stopped hogging the limelight. Despite being the first ever video game to be nominated for a Grammy award, Austin Wintory’s scorching score lost out to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ e

Feature: Crafting the Contrasting Sounds of The Unfinished Swan

Crafting the Contrasting Sounds of The Unfinished Swan

Secret gardens and synths

The Unfinished Swan is a blank canvas; an engrossing adventure open to interpretation and debate. It’s a title that’s defined by contrasts, be it the bold blobs of colour that paint your progression through the game’s otherwise vacant world, or the juxtaposed personalities of the protagonist and his counterpart, the...

News: Journey Soundtrack Makes History with Grammy Nomination

Journey Soundtrack Makes History with Grammy Nomination

Blimey

Clearly not content with the mass of awards that it’s already won, Journey has made history by becoming the first ever video game to be nominated for a Grammy award. The title’s scorching score – composed by Austin Wintory – is up for contention in the ‘Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media’ category. It’ll face off against...