Video Games and Music: Bringing the Mainstream to the Niche

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posted 1/29/2004 by Charlie Sinhaseni
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Contrary to what you may have been told there’s a whole world of music that goes beyond what you hear on MTV and your local radio stations. And you know what? Most of it is pretty damn good too. Indie Rock had been a strictly underground phenomenon where many of the fans were “in the know” so to speak, but more efforts have been made to push some of these bands to the forefront and perhaps the most concerted effort has been on the part of the folks at Microsoft. It started with 2001’s Amped which featured over 100 tracks from some of the best bands that Indie had to offer. The baton was then passed to Project Gotham 2 which boasted a soundtrack that successfully mashed Indie and mainstream music to form one of the greatest soundtracks of all-time. While racing games tend to have great soundtracks, most of the Xtreme crowd knows that the best music comes from snowboarding videos.

I don’t know about you but I’ve grown pretty tired of the trite that passes as “music” nowadays. You’ve got your Avrils, your Good Charlottes, your PODs, your Creeds and a whole cavalcade of clones and wannabes. For this I’ve always turned to the Indie scene in order to satisfy my aural cravings. You may not be too familiar with the Indie music scene yet but thanks to the advance of new mediums, such as video gaming, these formerly obscure bands are being thrust into the forefront for your listening pleasure.

A few months back, we began our coverage with our review for Hudson River School's first nine tracks and our interview with the band's bassist and guitarist. This week we shift our focus to the Chicago-based Polyvinyl Record Company which leant some major talent to Amped 2's soundtrack. This time around we sit down with Ed Lewis of the band Sunday's Best. If you’re a fan of gaming and music you won’t want to miss our massive feature.


Click here to jump to our interview with Ed Lewis or move on to the next page to check out our session with Utah's Hudson River School. Remember to keep checking back for more reviews and informative interviews.

Reviews
Hudson River School
The Skirts
The Red Hot Valentines
The Ivory Coast
Sunday's Best

Interviews

Hudson River School
The Skirts
The Red Hot Valentines
Sunday's Best
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