Live Games Live Music

Live Games Live Music is a series of performances that combine music with games, both played live. Each performance is a creative exploration or improvisation in the union of game and music spaces. The musicians try to amplify the themes and aesthetic of the game, while the player performances in an improvised gameplay session. The player is influenced by the music in return, creating a unique feedback loop.

I don't feel like I own Live Games Live Music, but I've been involved with producing various performances that fit the above description in my organizational and curatorial work. This page serves as an archive of those projects, with the hopes that other organizers and curators are inspired to experiment in the field of bringing video games to live performances. The concept is not limited to live music, as I have hosted sessions with poets and comedians and dj's. Live Games Live Music is a concept that grew out of my work with Screenshake, inspired by the curatorial work of Zuraida Buter as well as Bram Michielsen.

This instagram video of Mount Venus playing No Man's Sky explains everything. (made by Sam Browne, Warning: it's loud)

 
 

2019

APE OUT + LIVE JAZZ

Game — [Ape Out]()
PerformersTumi (sax), Höskuldur (drums), Sig (player)
Shows

  • Mengi — Reykjavik October 2019
  • IDNO — Isle of Games Reykjavik July 2019

APE OUT: Live Games, Live Music is a performance where two live musicians share the stage with a video game player, and create a new type of improvisation. Similar to a silent-movie live band, the musicians will re-score the game and its sound effects. In this fragile show, the player will inevitably die, repeatedly, to which the musicians will have to respond.

APE OUT (2019) is a wildly intense Saul Bass inspired animalistic revenge dream by Gabe Cuzillo. Isle of Games is an art game collective with the goal of finding new audiences and contexts for video games and their extended family. Live Games Live Music is one of their ongoing projects.

3 chapters from the game will be played, each about 30 minutes, with breaks in between.

Doors: 8:30pm | Starts: 9pm | Tickets 2.000 kr.

 
 

IRIS vs ABZÛ

GameABZÛ
Performers — Joon (player), Iris (live music)
Shows

 
 
 

DJ Allenheimer & ZELDA BOTW

GameZelda: Breath of The Wild
Performers — Marín (player), Allenheimer (dj)
Shows — Kaffi Vinyl — Reykjavik January 2019

 
 

Isle of Games #002

Isle of Games ended with several Live Games Live Music performances, which are detailed here.

 
 

2018

Mount Venus & No Man's Sky

Game 1No Man's Sky
Game 2Shape Of The World
PerformersMount Venus (music), Boris (player)
Shows — A MAZE. Festival Berlin — Berlin April 2019

 
 

Isle of Games #001

Isle of Games ended with several Live Games Live Music performances, which are detailed here.

 
 

2017

Screenshake 2017

Screenshake 2017 hosted several Live Games Live Music performances, which are detailed here.