music

Amazing Licensed Music in Videogames

As dozens of “Games in Concert” across the globe can testify, video game music is popular and a genre of music to take seriously. But another thing games are very good at; are licensed songs. Just like Tarantino, Kubrick and Snyder, video game makers are often brilliant at picking appropriate pop songs, oldies or classical pieces to turn their productions into instant cult hits. Either used ironically, dramatically or just…


The Sweet Green Days of Past

On the 11th of August (this Thursday) Green Day will release their newest single: “Bang Bang” – and I’m excited. It’s one of those quirky interests of mine that I can’t always put a finger on. A mixture of coincidences, teenage memories, guilty pleasures and random obsessions. Green Day is a weird band; fickle and multilayered, loved and scoffed at and often struggling with its identity. Maybe that’s why I…


Grandola Vila Morena

Last weekend I visited a group of comrades from Belgium. After a day of interesting discussions and speeches, the night took a lighter tone with drinks, stories and songs. Alan from the International committee shared memories from the time he was recruited, and how things had to be all hush-hush back in the 70s. Amelie, Bruno and I discussed the quirky differences between Flanders and the Netherlands, and what colourful…