In Fantasy's Loop

The death of Pac-Man was not an event that cried out for a symphonic requiem. So the music for the earliest video games was often simple and silly — there were beeps and buzzes, whines and whistles. Although one's pulse may have been quickened, real sentiment was never stirred. In those days, recalls composer Nobuo Uematsu, 42, "no one really paid attention to game music." Now, as video-game story lines and imagery grow complex enough to evoke deeper emotional responses, the music is evolving too. In Japan several composers, including Mamoru Samuragoch (Onimusha) and Yoko Shimomura (Legend of Mana), have won...

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