Just in time for Halloween, The Game Brass has released a new album, Brasslevania: A Tribute to the Video Game Macabre! The album is a core sample of music from some of the most terrifying games of all tim, including Silent Hill 2, Luigi's Mansion, Resident Evil, as well as more light-hearted music from Grim Fandango and Banjo-Kazooie.
I had a great time talking with a few Game Brass members: John Robert Matz, trumpet; Roby Duguay, trumpet and flugelhorn; Daniel Romberger, trombone; John Stacy, french horn; and their arranger, Thomas Kresge.
The Game Brass got together after a few of the members met at the annual Music and Gaming Festival, and decided to form a group to be a bridge between classical ensembles like The Canadian Brass, and groups that perform game music covers.
And they never stand still! There are already plans for performances at the next MAGFest, as well as another album.
Brasslevania, A Tribute to the Video Game Macabre is available on Bandcamp.
All tracks from Brasslevania: A Tribute to the Video Game Macabre performed by:
John Robert Matz: Trumpet, Vocals
Robby Duguay: Trumpet, Guitar, Mastering
Daniel Romberger: Trombone, Theremin, Whistling
Danny Flam: Trombone
Alex Hill: Tuba
Ken "Hat" Crouch: Trumpet
Marc Papeghin: French Horn, Trumpet
Jordan Moore: French Horn, Euphonium
John Stacy: French Horn
Gal Gershovsky: Drums
Mariachi Entertainment System: Performing Artist
David Ortiz: Trumpet
Sean Rodriguez: Guittarón
Gilberto Martinez: Guitar, Vihuela
Arrangements by Thomas Kresge
Dave Whittaker: Ghosts n Goblins: Graveyard, Forest and Ice Palace
Grant Kirkhope: Banjo-Kazooie: Mad Monster Mansion
Kozumi Totaka: Luigi's Mansion
Riyou Kinugasa, Takuya Kobayashi, Hiromi Mizutoni: Deadly Premonition: Life is Beautiful
Mikko Tarmia: Amnisia, The Dark Descent: Lux Tenebras
Junichi Masuda: Pokemon: Lavender Town
Lena Raine: Celeste: The Spirit of Hospitality
Hiroshige Tonomura: Duck Tales: Transylvania
Nobuo Uematsu: Final Fantasy VI: Phantom Train
Akira Yamaoka: Silent Hill 2: Laura's Theme
Peter McConnell: Grim Fandango: Main Title Theme
Toby Fox: Delta Rune: The World Revolving
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Thanks to Dick Roberts for production assistance