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When it comes to re-interpreting work outside of its usual comfort zone, the London Philharmonic Orchestra is no slouch to flexing its musical muscles. Having previously tackled works by Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and The Who, the LPO is now busy recording the sequel to 2011’s The Greatest Video Game Music – and gaming fans are being asked to help choose the music.
A very 21st-century proposition, the The Greatest Video Game Music album was the best-selling download with online retailer Amazon. Moreover, the album managed to crack the Billboard Top 200 Albums in the US when it entered the charts at number 23 - the highest debut for an orchestral recording since the Star Wars: Episode III soundtrack.
The LPO is now considering which other tracks to record for the album and have asked gaming fans to vote for the track they’d like to see included. Among the contenders are Sonic the Hedgehog, Assassin’s Creed and the evergreen Super Mario (Medley).
It is understood that gaming fans have already sprung into action by shifting their attention from their games consoles to their browsers. So far, around 35,000 votes have been cast in the first 24 hours of the online polls opening.