Video game music hits the UK: Nobuo Uematsu and Arnie Roth interviewed

Classic FM spoke to Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu and conductor Arnie Roth before their 'Distant Worlds' concert.

Nobuo Uematsu

Selling out the Royal Albert Hall in a matter of hours and a huge symphony orchestra aren't things you would normally associate with video games. But on Friday November 2nd the Albert Hall will be the venue for 'Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy', a concert completely made up of music from the Final Fantasy series of video games.

Holding the baton for the evening will be Arnie Roth, a veteran conductor of video games music, and in attendance will be Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu. Uematsu is seen by many as the godfather of modern video games music, having written the scores for almost all 14 instalments of the Final Fantasy series.

Uematsu's 'Aerith's Theme' from Final Fantasy VII even made an appearance in the Classic FM Hall of Fame, so it seems that video game music is becoming just as popular with audiences as its film score counterparts.

Classic FM's Sam Pittis spoke to both Uematsu (joined by an interpreter) and Arnie Roth about the concert, their favourite computer games and how the audiences at video games concerts are more reverential than traditional classical audiences.

Listen to the interview here.