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Gaming Music 101: The evolution of video game music

By Spotify and The Game Awards

Gaming music has come a long way — from the bleeps of Atari to the orchestral scores of today, like Spider-Man, God of War, and Red Dead Redemption II. In this episode, we break down the evolution of music in gaming by talking to the people who have shaped it, including the composers behind LucasArts’ Star Wars series (9:13) and Donkey Kong Country (16:30). We also learn how gaming music has become embedded in hip-hop culture, thanks to samples from artists like Drake and Childish Gambino. This is our history of gaming music in 23 minutes.

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