Generally, most people find the worlds of fantasy, well… fantastic!
Lord of the Rings, Narnia, James Bond, Dungeons and Dragons (remember that one?!) are all fantasy worlds I grew up with, and they provided great escape as well as lessons about life, relationships, teamwork, and adversity.
One of the things that made these worlds so very real to me, and probably you, too, was the music. Can it be considered “classical” music? Possibly. The music of fantasy uses a LOT of classical music instruments, particularly strings, brass and percussion. Many times the modern versions of these fantasy worlds are more interactive (i.e. computer games), but it’s as much the music that keeps us coming back for more.
The Matrix, Harry Potter, Inception, Legoland, Mario… all fantasy worlds that hook us in with music. And we can see just how important music is to the fundamental existence of fantasy worlds…
Let’s look at the Matrix.
The first movie had a great soundtrack with a rock band.
It was so successful, the producers increased the music budget for the second movie, which was performed by various large groups of musicians and technology.
(I love the drum trance scene).
That movie produced even more income for the producers, so the last movie’s soundtrack was an intense score for… you guessed it… full orchestra AND choir!
We’re talking John Williams’ Star Wars: The Phantom Menace proportions.
Not cheap by any stretch of the imagination.
But worth it according to the producers, writers, and directors.
Today, one of the most well-paid jobs in the orchestral world is composing and producing music for fantasy video games. Take, for instance, the Final Fantasy series. In fact, I did. I created a short, two-minute podcast that shares what’s good about the music for Final Fantasy (what there is to Rate it 4 or 5 stars) as well as what could have been done better or differently (what there is to Slate it – a British term that means to criticize – or what deserves only 1 or 2 stars).
It’s 2 minutes!
It’s also available on iTunes as well. Just search for “Stephen’s Classical Rate N Slate”
And be sure to listen to some of the other podcasts while you’re there. They are all just two minutes, and published every Monday morning.
Stephen’s Classical Rate N Slate is a great way to get informed about a piece of music, and a great way to introduce someone new to live concerts. So have a listen, share it with someone, then find a performance you can both attend and talk about afterwards.