Video Game Menu Music Gets Its Own Tribute Album


Mike Fahey

The music we listen to as we play our favorite games is nice, but what about the music we hear when we aren’t playing? The Materia Collective community celebrates the music of the start screen with Menu: An Homage To Game Title Themes, a 52 track remix album featuring music from Final Fantasy, The Witcher, Mario Kart, Doki Doki Literature Club and more.

Sometimes we only hear these tunes for a brief moment before pressing start. Other times we leave them running in the background for ages while doing other things. Game titles themes and menu music are some of the best earworms, and the Materia Collective community has done beautiful things with it. You can hear some of that in the trippy teaser trailer they put together for the album.
I’ve been listening to the album all weekend. So far my favorites are Fabian Fabro’s delightful take on the theme to
Doki Doki Literature Club and David Russell’s rendition of the file select music from Super Mario 64.

Here’s the track listing for Menu, complete with links to the songs on Bandcamp, where the entire album can be purchased digitally for $16 (or more). Menu can also be found on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.


Pints and Piccolos


“A lot of the music is written by classically trained composers, but there are influences of jazz and rock that you can hear,” said M.I. Concerts founder Tia Harvey. “It is contemporary classical music in that we’re playing classical instrument and the composers have written out the music, but it’s not something that would be out of place in a bar.”

Harvey, a Ferndale resident and Michigan State University doctoral student, lined up the musicians and selected the repertoire for concert. The program includes two works written specifically for the concert: “US 2” by Philip Rice and “Petoskey Stones” by Ashlee Busch. Both composers are Michigan natives and alums of Michigan State University’s graduate composition program. Other works on the program include “Original Blend” by Grand Valley State University professor Bill Ryan and “Lost Lines” by MSU doctoral student Justin Rito.”
-Ty Forquer

Source: Lansing CityPulse

Connecting People and Places with Classical Music


“We spend a lot of time playing to each other as college musicians,” says Harvey. “I think we need to work to make chamber and classical music more accessible to general audiences, and get the music out to the community.”
-MSU College of Music

Source: MSU College of Music

[REVIEW] ELF: A Multimedia Performance


“All of the live material blended quite smoothly with the electronics, creating the illusion of one large instrument. In particular, the strumming of the piano strings created a dark wash of sound with indistinct pitch that was almost indistinguishable from the electronics.”
-Reilly Spitzfaden


ELF: A Multimedia Performance

ELF (Extremely Low Frequency) is the product of collaboration between artist Nayda Collazo-Llorens and writer Ander Monson. This video work revisits the ELF Project, a US Navy project consisting of two transmitters located in Northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The transmitters sent one-way coded messages to nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines and attack submarines submerged in deep waters around the world. Installed largely against the local population’s wishes, health and environmental concerns, this Cold War vestige was operational between 1989 and 2004, when it was decommissioned. ELF (Extremely Low Frequency) revisits and reimagines this project, its legacy, and its site near Republic, Michigan. Hosted by Makeshift, ELF (Extremely Low Frequency) will be featured in a live performance of ELFsong, an electroacoustic composition by Ashlee Busch for piano, violin and stereo playback.”