Video game music has become an artistic medium in and of itself lately. Professional musicians and symphonies have been performing video game music for a number of years now; shows like the Symphony of the Goddesses traveling show, Video Games Live, and The Greatest Video Game Music (as performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra) have given the medium that extra *oomph* and pushed the medium beyond the original boops and bleeps of games like Asteroids and Pong.
On YouTube and on other platforms on the internet, there's also a strong subculture of people creating and sharing their favorite covers and renditions of game music (shoutout to reddit.com/r/gamemusic). There are possibly hundreds of people out there making great covers of video game music (and perhaps even their own original socres), but I'd just like to share a few of my favorites here.
Smooth McGroove started posting a Cappella versions of popular video game songs back in 2013 and, other than a short hiatus at the end of last year, has been posting consistently ever since.
Smooth started out as a music teacher giving private lessons to students, but now focuses all of his energy on making his a Cappella covers. He first started to make it big with his covers of songs from the Legend of Zelda games (like the Gerudo Valley theme and the Song of Storms) and has since covered songs from other popular games and franchises like Undertale, Dark Souls, and Pokémon.
You can check out the rest of his channel here!
Braxton Burks' Pokémon Reorchestrated pieces take the music that you love so much from the first three generations of Pokémon and transforms them into beautiful orchestral pieces.
Unfortunately, as a result of copyright claims made by the Pokémon and because of copyright licensing, the Pokémon Reorchestrated YouTube channel that was once hundreds of thousands of subscribers strong has been scrubbed from the annals of the internet. Luckily, Burks has already uploaded his pieces to other platforms like Spotify, Loudr, and iTunes.
Link to Burks' Twitter page here!
Tsuko G's KAZOO'd Covers
Tsuko is a French computer science student with a killer voice and great facial hair. He first blew up back in 2014 when he posted a cover of the Skyrim theme using only himself and his kazoo.
Since then, he's posted covers of the Attack on Titan theme, the Tetris A theme, and a bunch of Undertale stuff. He also does occasional Q & A videos and has some of his non-Kazoo singing sprinkled in throughout his channel.
Check out Tsuko's other library of videos here!