The Evolution of Video Game Music

Video game music is perhaps the most underrated genre in the music industry. It’s a shame when you think about it, considering the emotional impact video game music can have for the listener.

Now let me get this out the way. I’m a very avid gamer and have been playing games since I was 4 years old on my Mom’s Nintendo and Sega Genesis. However, most of my growing up came from the 6th and 7th generations. But because I’ve grown up with video games, I’ve been able to experience old school and new school gaming.

So, while we are exploring the evolution of video game music, we will also have to talk about video games. So, let’s dive on in!

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Influence of K-Pop in Japan

K-pop Group - BlackPink

Throughout history, there have always been rivalries between two parties. America vs the UK, Microsoft vs Apple, DC vs Marvel. All of these have their own fan base, with some being more toxic than others. But, I don’t know any fan base as toxic as K-pop.

Now before you attack me, let me be clear, I’m also a k-pop fan. I was introduced to the magnificent world of k-pop during the end of the 1st generation. Although, I’m more familiar with the 2nd gen and of course 3rd gen.

Growing up in the States during the early 2010’s k-pop wasn’t nearly as mainstream as it is now. However, Japan didn’t share the same lack of popularity compared to the rest of the world. I should note, when I say K-pop I’m referring to Idol K-pop. I know other genres of K-pop are popular as well, but nowhere to the extent of the idol genre. So, let’s explore the history of K-pop and its influence in Japan.

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How to Transpose Music

This is a topic that can seem a little overwhelming to many musicians, including those that even play transposed instruments! The good news is that like most music theory, it’s not as hard as it initially appears. The bad news is that if you play a transposing instrument you are the one that will have to learn this, as a good portion of musicians these days play blissfully unaware in concert pitch. However, that’s not to say all students of music shouldn’t learn the basics of transposing. If you have any interest in composing music, even as a bedroom laptop music producer, knowing how to transpose will make your music sound that much better.

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Learning Popular Chord Progressions

Learning Chord Progressions

As we were studying intervals you may have noticed a lot of song examples for each particular ascending or descending step quantities. After the intervals, we started stacking notes on top of each other to get chords. Once again, we realized there are only so many ways to stack these notes before we start repeating them. Our next step is to put these chords together in ways that appeal to our ears and moods. We are going to learn chord progressions. In some cases, they follow very similar rules, just as the first or root and fifth note fit well when played together so do the first and fifth chord. And like intervals and chords, it isn’t an incredible amount to have to remember either. 

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Music Theory: Advanced Chords – Sixth, Ninth, Eleventh, Sus Chords

Learning Chords

Advance Music Theory Chords

If you think back on what you have learned about chords from lesson 1 and lesson 2, so far everything is about the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th degree of the scale. We study these first because they are the most pleasing to the ear, and therefore most of the chords we hear. Chords are also built with every other degree of the scale and the same concepts and rules apply. Next we will take a look at some sixth chords; you should already know which notes will be flattened or raised. 

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Music Theory: Diminished/Augmented Triads and Seventh Chords

Music Theory

We last left off with major and minor triads, where the third was the deciding factor for the final chord. In both cases the root and the fifth remain the same. When we raise or lower the fifth, we get into augmented and diminished triads. Recall a major chord Is a stacked third, first a major third and then a minor. And a minor chord was the exact opposite, a minor third and then on top of that a major third. What happens when we stack two minor thirds on top of each other? We will get a diminished triad. In this lesson, we will talk about Diminished/ Augmented Triads and Seventh Chords

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