Monday, March 28, 2016

HALO Composers Michael Salvatori and Martin O'Donnell introduce their classic theme.

If you have arrived at this page, you already know that for our May 1st, VIDEO GAMES LIVE concert, headlining the 2nd Annual Dublin International Game Music Festival, we are "crowd creating" the classic theme from the game HALO.

Here are the composers Michael Salvatori and Martin O'Donnell introducing their piece - and performing the "Monk's Theme."

For more about our crowd creation:

For more info about the festival:

Friday, March 18, 2016

iDIG 2016, Schedule of Events for Day 1 (of 3), April 29th, RDS Auditorium

The Second Annual Dublin International Game Music Festival
Schedule of Events for Day One (of three): April 29, 2016

At the RDS Auditorium
(subject to minor changes - as of 3/18/16)

8:00 AM RDS center opens to iDIG Staff for pre show setup.

9:00 AM  General admission doors open for first event.

9:00 AM (and all day), Expo Space, Artists Alley

We'll have a wonderful collection of game artists showing off their creations.  If you want to exhibit, contact

9:00 AM (and all day), Expo Space - IMIRT

The association of indie Irish game developers will have demos running of their new games. Get sneak peeks at these works in progress.
Danny Moffit's "Floaty Ball!
Ian Munt's Gobblin's Grotto

9:00 AM (and all day), Expo Space - GAME JAM!

9:30 -11:00 AM, RDS Auditorium, technology demonstration featuring Craig Stuart Garfinkle

Craig Stuart Garfinkle (composer, World of Warcraft; Warlords of Draenor, Baldur's Gate, Dark Alliance II, Fallout Brotherhood of Steel, and trailers for Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Star Trek) will demonstrate the tools that film and game composers use to create video game music, using the actual sessions from some of his most famous scores.  Learn the secrets to producing slamming game and trailer tracks from this award winning and Emmy nominated composer and music producer.

11:00 - 11:30, Planned Expo Break

11:30 - 12:00  PM, RDS Auditorium - Runes of Aran, A Sneak Peek with Alan Duggan and Eimear Noone

Alan Duggan's "Runes of Aran"
With music by iDIG creator Eimear Noone, we are so pleased to be able to present this " in development " role playing game, set in Ireland's prehistory - a first of it's kind for the genre.

12:00 - 1:00 PM,  RDS Auditorium - IMERT Presentation.

Learn about this dedicated group of Irish indie game developers and see some what they have in store for 2016 and beyond.

Sandor Teli's "Symbol of Destruction" aka "SOD the Game"

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch and Expo Time

Be sure to explore the Artists Alley, Game Booths, and more!

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM RDS Auditorium,  THE DEMO DERBY!

Hosted by iDIG producer, Craig Stuart Garfinkle, our panel of visiting composers, game developers and directors, will spend a full two hours this year, listening and critiquing music submitted by our attendees.

Our 2015 Demo Derby Panel, including Grammy winner Chris Tin, 
Blizzard music head Russell Brower, World of Warcraft cinematatics composer Neal Acree, 
and game music legend Tommy Tallarico.

4:00 - 5:00 PM, RDS Auditorium,  A conversation with Blizzard audio and music head, Russell Brower.

Russell Brower

Blizzard Entertainment is know for consistently delivering award winning game scores - due in no small part to the efforts and skill of Blizzard audio and music head, Russell Brower.  Join us to hear him speak of his creative process and how he helps mold Blizzard's scores.

5:00 - 6:00 PM The DIT Traditional Irish Music Ensemble

Another triumphant return to the iDIG Music Festival, The DIT Traditional Irish Music Ensemble will ] present a special "Celtic Link" performance, debuting excerpts from the upcoming CD "The Celtic Link; featuring themes from The Legend of Zelda."

The impetus to create "The Celtic Link" was born at the 2015 festival, when the audience themselves, so moved by the DIT Ensemble's performance of the great game music themes, insisted the DIT ensemble needed to be recorded and a CD released.  A successful Kickstarter campaign followed.

6:00 - 7:00 PM Dinner (on your own for this one!)

7:00 PM - ??? PM "Cosball" at the Dublin's Opium Rooms,  26 Wexford Street, Dublin 2, a short bus or cab from the RDS.

Featuring custom dance remixes of your favorite video game themes, here's your opportunity to show off your best cosplay!  Cosplay is not required, but is encouraged!

To submit your game music remix, email

Tickets and more info about The 2016 Dublin International Game Music Festival:  

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Zelda Fans, Did You Miss Our "Celtic Link" CD?

Did you miss our Kickstarter, 
Eimear Noone presents: "The Celtic Link,"
Themes from The Legend of Zelda?

Read below to preview excerpts 
and to join our "Post Kickstarter" to get
all the bonus material and videos!

The CD is also now on Amazon!

To get a taste of what we have created, here are some examples from the finished CD.

Zelda's Lullaby

The Windwaker Theme

Song of Storms

Musical Montage from the CD

The Celtic Link Orchestral Fantasy, With Score

When you join our Post-Kickstarter, in addition to the CD download you get:
  • All the bonus tracks, rough mixes, and alt versions to the songs on "The Celtic Link" CD.
  • Two excerpts from the VGL Level 5 Documentary
  • Three CDs worth of additional scores by Craig Stuart Garfinkle and Eimear Noone, including music from our other game and film scores - most unavailable anywhere else!
  • Be the first to see the music videos we are creating for the CD
  • And much, much more.  We want to make sure our backers have priority access to all we do!
Join Our "Post Kickstarter!"
We were honored that so many of you supported our successful Kickstarter campaign to create unique "Traditional Irish" versions of the themes from "The Legend of Zelda," featuring members of the brilliant DIT Irish Traditional Music Ensemble.

The CD is complete and will soon be released world-wide, but in the meantime, we have been inundated by fans who want to get all the special updates, rough mixes, and more, but missed the actual Kickstarter.

Only those who joined the Kickstarter can get the physical copies of the special Kickstarter version of the CD, but we are offering a limited number of digital copies, including all the bonuses, for those who join our "Post Kickstarter."

And here is our original Kickstarter video:

Join Our "Post Kickstarter!"

Preview the CD on Amazon

Order Your Digital Copy Now!

Tracks on the CD:

1.  The Windwaker Theme
2.  Kaepora Gaebora
3.  Zelda's Lullaby
4.  Aryll's Theme
5.  Song of Storms
6.  Clocktown
7.  Temple of Time
8.  Deku Palace
9.  Saria's Song
10.  Kakariko Village
11. Illia's Theme
12.  The Great Fairy Fountain
13.  The Zelda Orchestral Fantasy

*not affiliated with Nintendo.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Our Wolrd-Wide HALO Orchestra - Deadline Extended to March 29th, 2016

In order to set the Guinness World Record for a crowd created video game performance, and to let more musicians participate in our mad adventure, we've extended the submission deadline for our crowd created HALO THEME until March 29th, 2016.  

Of course, if you can get your video in by the original deadline of March 15th, that would be great too!

As of now we have received videos from Garland Utah, Barcelona, Malaysia, Mexico, Kuala Lumpur, Sardinia, Canada, and more - with pledges from just about every cornier of the globe.  This is truly an exciting time to be a musician - collaborating with such a far reaching orchestra.

Just for fun, two of our "Works in Progress"

First, iDIG repeat offenders Mark Scholl (Drums) and Joe Pignato (Guitar)

And our friend Andrew Overfield from the UK sent us this video.  I'll be posting others as we get closer.  Check it out!

For any of you coming late to the party, here is the instruction blog on how to participate.

Here is one of our favorite participants!

Finally, if you will be in Dublin during our Dublin International Game Music Festival (April 29 - May 1st, 2016) get tickets (and more information) here:

Help us spread the word around!