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Concert Review - Dear Esther Live

For the first time ever, a live performance of videogame music came to Brighton! So exciting! And not only that, the music was performed live to the game. Dear Esther Live was completely different to anything I've ever seen on stage before. The combination of live music, live narration and live gameplay created a very twenty-first century performance. Part concert, part play, it was like nothing I'd ever experienced before. And I really, really enjoyed it. I would love to see this style of performance take off specifically for games.

Dear Esther is a game by The Chinese Room, a studio based in my hometown of Brighton. Jessica Curry, the game's composer, is a favourite of mine. There's such a depth of emotion to her work, and that came across so strongly during this performance. Rather than a whole orchestra, we had a pianist, a vocalist and a string quartet. It was astounding how much emotion they infused every note with. And it all blended seamlessly with the sound-ef…

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