Fantasia: Music Evolved gives players a chance to dig into music on a whole new level.
I just returned from Seattle and the PAX Prime video game convention. While in Seattle, I had a chance to interview Inon Zur. Inon created new music for the game, and oversaw the re-recordings of all the classical music in the game.
Inon worked with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of London. All three orchestras participated in Fantasia: Music Evolved, recorded at Abbey Road in London.
At PAX, gamers stand in line for hours to have a chance to play new games that aren't released yet. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to play Disney's Fantasia: Music Evolved.
I had a blast. I chose to play along with Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Fantasia: Music Evolved is a motion and rhythm game, made for Microsoft's motion system, the Kinect. You stand in front of the TV screen, the motion camera senses how you move, and you wave your arms to the music. It is so fun!
In addition to classical greats like Bach's Toccata & Fugue, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and Dvořák's Symphony No. 9, there are several songs from the last several decades of pop music, including Jimi Hendrix, The Police, Peter Gabriel and The Flaming Lips.
Disney's Fantasia: Music Evolved comes out October 21, 2014.
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