9 Feb 2024

Celebrating video game music

From Nights, 8:30 pm on 9 February 2024

In the year 2024 it's most likely you're getting new music recommended to you by an algorithm that not even the people who run it totally understand how it works.

But there is still one medium helping millions of people discover new bands or dive into other genres: video games.

RNZ studio operator Jeremy McLean is a self-confessed music nerd and he talks to Emile Donovan about the influence video games have on music and vice-versa.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 commissioned a song for an important plot moment with lyrics so evocative it distinctly feels like an aria in an opera, says Jeremy McLean. Photo: Screenshot / Rockstar Games