Midwest 24 Hour Game Jam Saturday @ 10am to Sunday @ 10am The Midwest Game Jam (MGJ) is a 24 hour game jam providing developers in the Midwest an opportunity to network and collaborate. It was created to strengthen the game development industry in the Midwest by connecting its isolated communities. In addition to supporting the already existing game development community in the Midwest, MGJ encourages industry growth by engaging local youths in the game development process. In hopes of helping to diversify games created as well those creating them, the MGJ focuses on providing opportunities to marginalized and underrepresented groups.
OverClocked Remix Saturday @ 11pm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzVCadtYS-wIt may be the beginning of winter, but for Overclocked University, it is still spring break! Come prepared to dance for Gamer’s Rhapsody’s beach party to end all beach parties (at least in March!) Featuring sunny and synthy dance music mixed with a rocking good vibes atmosphere, the OCU crew has cooked up a ton of great music for you. You’ll hear old classics mixed with new favorites and a few hidden gems sprinkled on top. Facebook Twitter Youtube
Super Marcato Bros. Friday @ 7:45 https://youtu.be/VdvbOPfQFOUThe Super Marcato Bros. are made up of Karl, Will & Marty Brueggemann. They are a video game music trio from the twin cities. They will be joined by special guests to flesh out a full live band, which will bring to life a wide variety of killer video game music! Facebook Twitter Youtube
Super Guitar Bros. Saturday @ 6:00pm https://youtu.be/Es43em6_6AUThe Super Guitar Bros are not actually brothers – they’re bros! Steve and Sam met back in 2007 at a local coffee shop where Sam was performing with a mutual friend of theirs. After seeing Sam’s classical skills, Steve knew they had to start making music together. During their first jam session, everything clicked. They’ve been playing together ever since. Facebook Twitter
Nerd Enhanced Sound Saturday @ 7:15pm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxheajF8O_gNerd Enhanced Sound (NES) is an 8-bit cover band dedicated to presenting the masterful compositions created during an age of extremely limiting technology. Through faithful transcription, NES strives to present the original VGM works in their truest state as an homage to the intricacy of the writing. Although originally an offshoot of the chamber group Orange Mighty Trio, NES currently features original member Mike Vasich (keyboard) alongside two new members: Joe Swensen (keyboard and bass) and Josh Wentland (drums). Joe and Josh are also accomplished 8-bit composers in their own right, and NES will feature a couple debut performances of these talented young composers. Aside from these great new tracks, NES will be tackling some Mega Man, Ninja Gaiden, and more, complete with video…
Get Tickets Jason Graves is an Academy Award-winning (BAFTA) composer who has brought his passion for music to projects such as FAR CRY PRIMAL (UBISOFT), UNTIL DAWN (SONY), TOMB RAIDER (SQUARE ENIX) and DEAD SPACE (EA). He is particularly enthusiastic about illustrating a project’s story and character arcs through the power of music. His sophisticated composition style has made his work synonymous with unique musical textures and cinematic orchestral writing. As a classically-trained composer and world percussionist, Jason created an entirely live organic score for FAR CRY PRIMAL, blending a diverse array of sounds from the natural environment and incorporating many animal effects into the score. The evocative soundtrack includes a ram’s horn and solo flute, Aztec death whistles, female vocals, and ritualistic percussion, plus raw sounds from Far Cry’s Stone Age natural environment…
Arc Impulse Saturday @ 8:30pm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LG9dntbF3dAHailing from Chicago, Arc Impulse brings video game music to life by infusing it with their special dose of energetic synth-rock. Equipped with a keytar, violin, keyboard, electric guitar, bass, and drums, they inject raw energy into music from games such as Goldeneye 007, Chrono Trigger, and The Legend of Zelda. Arc Impulse brings out waves of excitement and nostalgia in anyone who’s ever picked up a controller. Facebook
Do a Barrel Roll! Saturday @ 9:45pm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMSS_j06TZoDo a Barrel Roll! solely performs music from videogames, but not any and all videogames. DABR chooses music that THEY truly love, and though they take requests from fans and friends, the Barrel Rollers choose music that they can make their own and take to the next level. Doing a fair amount of composing for their original arrangements, and intertwining it into the epic fanfare of their story, DABR! has no desire to take on music that sounds the same from the game to the stage. Most modern video games feature pre-existing music from other artists, or have original, orchestral scores recorded in the studio. Do a Barrel Roll! aims to bring to life the great works of fantastic composers whom did not…
Rich Vreeland ties the name Disasterpeace to the things he releases into the sonic ether. Disasterpeace has 50 albums to its credit, in addition to having designed, scored and programmed sound and music related things in a number of mediums including games, film, television and theatre. Rich lives in Los Angeles. Some of his work includes FEZ, Bit. Trip. Runner 2, Mini Metro, and more. Rich was a special guest at the inaugural 2014 event. Please welcome him back! Facebook Twitter Soundcloud
Emily Reese is a video game music specialist/expert/extraordinaire and Cat Enthusiast. As former host of Top Score™ for MPR, she interviewed dozens of video game music composers and groups to help expose video game music to the classical and greater world. Currently, she is busy with her new company called: Joon Media, Inc. A company, born in Minneapolis and dedicated to producing podcasts and videos for the world of digital maestros, including gamers, composers, students, and developers. The first project includes Level with Emily Reese. Her new show will expand into other video game media including art, development, and narrative.