Listen to '"French Quarter" from the Costume Quest 2 soundtrack. The game is available now on all major platforms. It's not often I hear some incredible New Orleans jazz in a video game, so this is a major event for me. When I came upon this section of the game, I definitely had flashbacks to Grim Fandango, which makes sense, as Peter McConnell is the composer for both games.
After a very long hiatus I am excited to say that Kenley Kristofferson is back with a brand new episode of Into the Score, a musical podcast looking at the history and musicality of game soundtracks new and old. This time we choose the latter as Kenley discusses the music from the much beloved PC masterpiece Grim Fandango. This is Into the Score 29 - Fandango? Fandango!.
The show covers a lot of musical ground this episode, and as with every episode of this fantastic podcast, is definitely worth a listen for an interesting and in depth discussion of musical theory as well as video game history. I will quote Kenley below, lest I butcher some musical ideas that I can barely even fathom myself.
Here we are, delving deep into the Underworld and following the awesome adventures of our favourite calaca, Manny Calavera, in LucasArts’ 1998 release of “Grim Fandango” with a score by Peter McConnell.
In this episode, we also look at different influences from jazz history that McConnell used to craft the game’s score, including Duke Ellington and (most probably) Count Basie. We also dig deep into the concept of extended techniques on our instruments and how they change the natural sound of both instruments and their ensemble.
This is an episode that you do not want to miss! Enjoy!
So there you have it! Go check out the podcast, listen to all the old episodes, then tell Kenley how awesome he is, because he is so awesome. In case you haven't noticed, I am a large fan of this podcast and I certainly believe you should be too!