I’ve been planning to write about how music in games are more important to the experience than we give them credit for, but that will have to wait.
I’ve just found this video of an Australian guy playing the same 4 chords over and over on a Roland keyboard, and weaving together an impressive medley of recent pop hits (with a few classics thrown in), singing a line or two from each, while his hands never stop playing the same thing. Not that they perfectly match what the actual songs were, but it’s easy to see how you can sing any number of pleasant melodies over that progression. An unpleasant reminder that no matter what you do, there are always formulas.
Edit: Love where this came from: The 2006 Sydney University Arts Revue: ‘The Complete History of Everything That Ever Happened Ever. On Ice. On Fire.’