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26 October 2014

EVE Online FanFest Coverage: A Symphony of Awesome

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The only thing better than hearing EVE's soundtrack for the first time is hearing it played by an 80 piece symphony orchestra.

 

This is the first of several posts. Fanfest has arrived!

The EVE masses are putting pretty much everything else on hold for this occasion, even if we can't be there in person. This year, like many before it, CCP are holding events during the three day convention to make Fanfest both interesting and fun for all involved. For example, during the 2011 Fanfest they held a chessboxing match between two of their developers.

 

 

This year, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of EVE Online's launch on May 6th, they've hired an 80 piece symphony orchestra to play select tracks from EVE Online's soundtrack, originally produced by Jon Hallur Haraldsson also known better as RealX.

I consider myself a 'bittervet' who hardly sees anything good in many things CCP tries to do. I see them taking good initiatives and doing them halfassedly, and then being amazed when people are underwhelmed. That is simply the truth of what its like after having been apart of EVE Online culture for 8 years. 

That is neither here nor there, but when I did start playing, the first three tracks I fell in love with (outside of the login music at the time) were Stellar Shadows, Below the Asteroids and I saw your ship. These are musical pieces that I consider to be iconic EVE music. They are classics to me. If CCP were to get rid of them tomorrow, I... don't know, it would be like Star Wars without the classical Imperial March or the Mos Eisley Cantina Song. It just wouldn't work any more.

 

 

Imagine my surprise when I learned that CCP were putting on a symphony orchestra to play some of EVE's most iconic music. The Symphony has already happened, but not only was it recorded in its entirety with every camera they had in the room, but also in very high quality sound. This means that in the future, CCP will most likely be editing those parts together to present the event on Youtube so that it looks and sounds even better.

Are you at the Fanfest? If not, don't worry, we'll be keeping you posted!

Last modified on Friday, 26 April 2013 14:17

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