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2:00 PM on 10.28.2012

Soundtrack Cologne bringing the VGM party to Germany

You can be sure a lot of beer will be consumed as Soundtrack Cologne 9.0 is preparing to bring some esteemed videogame music legends together for a round of panels and an exclusive concert over the weekend of November 15-18 a...

Audun Sorlie

4:00 AM on 09.20.2012

Game composers are descending on Boston for VGO concert

If you're been to PAX or Anime Boston, you might know a thing or two about the Video Game Orchestra (VGO). Based in Boston, the orchestra performs exclusive arrangements from videogames and anime, and they're set to take...

Jayson Napolitano



Contest: Win Final Fantasy XI 10th Anniv. Concert tickets photo
Contest: Win Final Fantasy XI 10th Anniv. Concert tickets
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winner of the FFXI concert tickets is MistaAytch!]

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Final Fantasy XI, and to celebrate, Square Enix is hosting a tribute concert this weekend in Berkeley, CA! This special event will feature more than 70 musicians from the area's leading orchestras, all led by Grammy award-winning conductor Arnie Roth! In addition, concert attendees will receive the exclusive Final Fantasy XI in-game item “Maestro’s Baton” -- not available anywhere else!

You can find even more details at the concert's home page, but here are the basics:

  • WHAT: Final Fantasy XI 10th Anniversary Concert
  • WHEN: Saturday, September 22, 2012
  • WHERE: Zellerbach Auditorium in Berkeley, CA

To help celebrate this momentous event, the fine folks at Square Enix have also been kind enough to toss us a pair of tickets to hand out to one lucky California-area Dtoider! To win, just leave a comment below telling us why you deserve to go!

Limit one entry per person, and please only enter if you are able to actually make it to the concert this Saturday. The contest closes this Friday, September 20, at noon Pacific, and the winner will pick up his or her tickets at the event. Good luck!

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4:00 AM on 09.12.2012

Shatter OST concert to get live stream and recording

We reported last month that composer Jeramiah "module" Ross was performing his music from Shatter, one of the best soundtracks of all time, live in front of an audience later in September. We didn't know at the time, however,...

Jayson Napolitano

10:45 AM on 09.05.2012

New dates: The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

You need to see The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. First, Chad saw Godessess and even reviewed it. This year, Tony saw it and raved about it, and then Jayson and I attended in San Diego a few months lat...

Dale North

5:01 PM on 08.17.2012

Final Fantasy 25th anniversary: PAX event, new concert

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Square Enix's Final Fantasy series, and the company has a couple of special events planned for this year that you should know about. The official Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary event wi...

Dale North

8:00 AM on 08.12.2012

Final Symphony, a Final Fantasy concert not to miss

If you've attended or heard recordings of Symphonic Shades, Symphonic Fantasies, Symphonic Legends, or Symphonic Odysseys, then you're already familiar with the work of producer Thomas Boecker and his team at Merregnon Studio...

Jayson Napolitano



Five reasons to see Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses photo
Five reasons to see Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
by Jayson Napolitano

I've been to a lot of game music concerts over the years: Dear Friends, More Friends, Distant Worlds, Video Games Live, PLAY!, and more. I think it's great that we're seeing music from this popular medium getting this kind of attention from orchestras around the world. While I had the pleasure of sitting with Chad during The Legend of Zelda 25th anniversary concert in Los Angeles last year, I admittedly missed out when Tony, Steven, Brett, and Patrick attended the full-blown tour stop of Symphony of the Goddesses.

Well, I corrected that. Dale and I had the pleasure of attending a recent show, and we were both impressed by the night's musical offerings. But rather than provide another lengthy write-up about our experience, I figured I'd suggest five reasons why you need to check this tour out before the 2012 season wraps up.

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6:00 PM on 08.08.2012

Hear Shatter's awesome soundtrack performed live

[Update: the event is being held at a place called San Francisco Bath House in New Zealand, not our beloved San Francisco, California]A fan of the Shatter soundtrack? If not, you should be. It was easily one of the best ...

Jayson Napolitano



A night of magic with Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses photo
A night of magic with Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
by Tony Ponce

When Chad Concelmo wrote his impressions of The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony last October, I felt a mix of elation and disappointment -- elation because the music of the venerable Zelda franchise deserved a night-long event dedicated solely to it, and disappointment because I was most certainly missing out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. My spirits quickly turned around when I remembered that the concert would be going on tour across America this year.

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses has been changing lives for the past few weeks, thus I was anxiously awaiting the Orlando date in July. But wait! There was going to be a show in Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 6, smack in the middle of E3 week. Why wait another month when I could experience the magic sooner?

When I asked my fellow editors if anyone else wished to accompany me, Jayson Napolitano chose to flaunt his connections and hooked us up with not only a bunch of free tickets but also an interview with the concert's producer, Jeron Moore, following the show! One day, I'll have to return the favor to Jayson by gifting his child a herd of champion Thoroughbred stallions, but let's worry about that later.

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2:00 AM on 06.02.2012

Final Fantasy XI anniversary concert tickets now on sale

Can you believe Final Fantasy XI has been around for ten years? Square Enix celebrated the occasion with a special orchestral concert in Japan that saw a DVD release earlier this year, and now they're surprisingly bringing th...

Jayson Napolitano

11:30 PM on 05.30.2012

Video Games Live will be in LA during the week of E3

Not to be ousted by The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess stopping in Los Angeles during E3, Video Games Live will also be in LA for the the convention. In fact, it'll be the same night at the exact same time as the af...

Brett Zeidler

8:00 AM on 05.30.2012

Zelda Williams to emcee the Zelda Symphony concert at E3

I hope you guys haven't forgotten about The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess, the year-long US tour that celebrates the music of the Zelda series. If you have forgotten, don't fret! Consult the schedule and see if the...

Tony Ponce

11:00 PM on 04.18.2012

BlipFest 2012 tickets now on sale

Blip Festival, the annual chiptune celebration of awesome, is going down from May 25 to May 27 in New York City this year. The concert will be taking place at the Gramercy Theatre in Manhattan, with three-day and single-day p...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

11:45 AM on 03.20.2012

Video Games Live concert coming to small towns

Game music concert series Video Games Live says that they're going "off the grid" to bring their orchestral performances to smaller towns starting this week. They've done the big city thing for about a decade now, but it's ni...

Dale North

8:00 PM on 01.11.2012

Bit Brigade's Mega Man 2 concert / speedrun is my JAM

MAGFest is the gift that keeps on giving, apparently. Why wasn't I there? Because reasons. So there's this band, Bit Brigade, whose members I will now consider my close, personal friends for life despite never having met the...

Tony Ponce