So I'm on vacation now but still thinking and reading about game music. That means blogging via my iPhone in the middle of nowhere with no wifi!
Tonight we popped into a casino just outside Traverse City. I wouldn't have even thought of video slots as games, except that I watched an interview with George Sanger on YouTube a few months ago where he described writing music for slot machines. They mostly ring around a major triad as you play and go up the octave when you win.
I was thinking about the environment of the casino and comparing it to the arcades where I grew up. The way the arcade games used to call out is very similar to how the casino games sound-- ringing to get your attention and build excitement for the next player. Even though there are still arcades around-- A2 has PinBall Pete's-- they don't have the same excitement they used to as when I was a kid. I can't even imagine how they were in the late 70s and early 80s!
Can I write off playing at the casino as research? Maybe a stretch....