16th November 2018
Tickets for a celebration of computer game music presented by Hull College go on sale today.
8-Bit Symphony will feature 90+ epic minutes of game music from the Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC with the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra.
Lovingly re-orchestrated in the spirit of the original, 8-bit has never sounded so joyful, nor so epic.
Covering genres from Kung-Fu Movies to 80s epic Sci-fi to John Williams-esque romps, it's like discovering a world of lost 80s film soundtracks: the best melodies, and the biggest sound to honour much-overlooked musical genius.
It will also include compositions from legendary Hull-born composer, Rob Hubbard, who pioneered the use of music in gaming and wrote for more than 75 games in the 1980s.
Mr Hubbard recently agreed to come out of retirement to compose the tune for Go Go Dash, a new platform game created by Hull College.
The aim of the concert and the game is to inspire learners to discover what they can do. It is also an opportunity for the college to showcase the opportunities it offers for people interested in working in the city’s growing digital sector.
Alongside the college, the concert is supported by C64Audio.com, a website dedicated to the music of the Commodore 64 which is run by 8-Bit impresario, record label boss, publisher and music remixer Chris Abbott.
If successful, Chris hopes to tour the concert both in the UK and aboard following its world premiere in Hull.