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Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Release date
September 2, 2014
Recorded
2014
Label
Sparks & Shadows
Producer
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Length
78 minutes

Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack to the film of the same name composed, orchestrated and conducted by Bear McCreary. The soundtrack was released by McCreary's personal label Sparks & Shadows digitally on September 2, 2014. The soundtrack is available on every major digital music platform, including the iTunes Store, Spotify.com and Amazon Prime Music. On September 2nd, 2014 Bear McCreary also released a special video blog on his YouTube channel that goes behind the scenes of his score for Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie. Click here to see the video.

Development

Production

Tracks

  • "Theme from Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie" - Adapted from the original theme song written and performed by Kyle Justin. Arranged and produced by Bear McCreary.
  • "Nerds Before Birds" - Written by Brendan McCreary and performed by the band Young Beautiful in a Hurry.
  • "Nerd Nightmares" Music by Bear McCreary
  • "The Landfill" Music by Bear McCreary
  • "Humvee Chase" Music by Bear McCreary
  • "Barcade" - Written by Brendan McCreary and performed by the band Young Beautiful in a Hurry.
  • "The Story of Death Mwauthzyx" Music by Bear McCreary
  • "Save the Fans" Music by Bear McCreary
  • "Zandor's Tale" Music by Bear McCreary
  • "Howard Scott Warshaw" Music by Bear McCreary
  • "Sacred Ground of the Golden Turd" - Written and performed by Kyle Justin. Arranged and produced by Bear McCreary.
  • "General Dark Onward" Music by Bear McCreary
  • "Unidentified Flying Nerd" Music by Bear McCreary
  • "Killer Robots" Music by Bear McCreary
  • "Death Mwauthzyx Rises" Music by Bear McCreary
  • "The Nerdy Hero" Music by Bear McCreary
  • "Birds Before Nerds" Music by Bear McCreary
  • "Source Music Medley" Music by Bear McCreary
  • "Maverick Regeneration" Music by Bear McCreary. Originally included on Play For Japan: The Album. The album, which was released on June 6th 2011, was made to benefit the Japanese Red Cross, and all the proceeds from the sales went to them to help victims of the recent earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan at the time. The track was also used as the background music of the first official trailer to Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie.
  • "The Angry Video Game Nerd Theme (Bear McCreary Remix)" - Written and performed by Kyle Justin. Arranged and produced by Bear McCreary. [1]

​Critical reception

George Pacheco of The Examiner awarded the sountrack 5/5 stars, commenting that "the young musician [Bear McCreary] and composer high marks for his versatility and ability to combine melodic themes with anxious, palpable tension" and that the score's "dramatic, swirling strings and barely-there electronic backing track support could have easily found there way onto the set of a big budget fantasy or science fiction". He also noted that "the composer [Bear McCreary] truly delivers the goods here with a varied, dynamic and memorable score which serves as one of McCreary's best scores to date, from any of the myriad of genres with which he's worked." Pacheco also commented on the metal rhytm tracks, saying "McCreary's brother Brendan also contributes to the AVGN score, with two tracks in an over the top 80s metal style, the first of which, "Nerds Before Birds" is a fantastically catchy throwback to glam/hair metal excess with a driving rhythm not entirely dissimilar to classic AC/DC." [2]

Charlie Brigden of Films On Wax praises Bear McCreary in a review of the soundtrack, saying that the composer's "knowledge of classical and film music and the chiptunes of Nintendo and Sega makes him the perfect guy for the job." He also comments that the "score has a really good sense of variety that fits with its video game homaging, and McCreary is brilliantly adept at allowing the video games to manifest naturally as an retro-evolution of sorts, moving from the orchestra to chiptunes from the eight and sixteen-bit eras." Bridgen praised the creepy bits of the score, saying they are used to great effect. One minor critiscm Bridgen had was that "amongst all the craziness the score never really gets that emotional" Bridgen further praises the score saying "there are some lovely warm melodies in there that are one of McCreary’s lesser-known trademarks, and when it gets to the end and throws out the AVGN theme in full with those soaring strings it’s fab. Bridgen ends the review with, "The cherry on top is an extended version of the theme with the original lyrics" [3]

References

  1. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/angry-video-game-nerd-movie/id912526380
  2. http://www.examiner.com/review/nostalgia-games-bear-mccreary-scores-high-on-angry-video-game-nerd-the-movie Nostalgia Games: Bear McCreary scores high on 'Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie'
  3. http://www.filmsonwax.co.uk/angryvideogamenerdmovie/ ANGRY VIDEO GAME NERD: THE MOVIE - Charlie Bridgen of Films On Wax reviews Bear McCreary's soundtrack

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