Can you imagine the collection of pasty, unkempt, reality-dodging, adult-virgin basement dwellers who would have shown up for this? In one of the more depressing dumbing-downs this site has seen for a while, the once-venerable Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has been reduced to playing … video game music:
Scott Kurtz and Kris Straub of Penny Arcade TV’s ‘Blaminations’ and ‘The Scott and Kris Show’ will host, and all-round gamer dude Wil Wheaton of Toy Soldiers, Stand By Me, Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Big Bang Theory will also appear. (Look out for Scott’s limited edition ‘Symphony of Legends’ posters. Did somebody say autographed copy?)
The show will also feature Orchestra-sized (read epic) game play, cut scenes, special lighting effects, and solos by some of the musicians who played on the original games.
Honestly, they lost me after the word “music”. What does that even mean? One has to feel for the poor performers forced to sing for their supper for a bunch of overgrown kids who’ve never outgrown comic books and who, like porn addicts who can’t relate to women (actually, I suspect the Venn Diagram is pretty tight here), can only absorb high culture through the prism of their electronic fantasy land. They would have felt like Karajan being forced to conduct not the Berlin Philharmonic performing Beethoven’s 9th but rather the Boston Pops belting out the theme from Star Wars.
What’s next? The Australian Chamber Orchestra putting on a show of “great porn movie guitar ensembles”?