Classic Game Soundtracks Come to Sony's Music Service
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Video game music has come a long way from simple 8-bit background sounds (although they have their own charms). Soundtracks to popular games like "God of War" and "Assassin's Creed III: Liberation" have garnered critical acclaim, along with strong album sales on iTunes. There's even a concert [?] tour called Video Games Live in which orchestras play game soundtracks at large venues (complete with light shows and video).
Recognizing this, Sony today (Feb. 15) announced that it has added a new Game Music Channel to its streaming Music Unlimited service, which can be listened to through both the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita (and, we assume, the forthcoming PlayStation 4), as well as on a PC or Mac.
With Game Music, Sony intends to mix both old and new soundtracks alike, from both its own offerings and other publishers. It's already lined up a few classics, including "Castlevania: Symphony of the Night," a game that has become known for its tranquil set pieces; and "Silent Hill," a series that has received a significant boost from Akira Yamaoka's wonderful melodies.
New soundtracks from such current Sony games as "God of War: Ascension" (which releases this March) and "Journey," which was recently the first video game soundtrack to be nominated for a Grammy are likely to be included as well, (though they're also available for download through the PlayStation Network).
You can learn more, including how to sign up, at the Music Unlimited website. Make sure you bring a good set of headphones.
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