Beta Test Music

This is essentially the culmination of a long life dream.  And a dark alliance between myself, Ellis Jasenovic, and Doug Laustsen.  Well, that sounds a bit more epic than it is, really.

For years, I’ve criticized live performances of video game music.  While I “liked” the older recordings of the Orchestral Game Music series, they always seemed clunky, mistaken ridden, and ultimately lacking in the spirit of the games.  I haven’t highlighted many of these… adaptations (mainly because I’ve been so busy lately) but I plan to do so in the future.  In most cases, the simplicity of the original music is lost and the character of the music decays.  I’ve always wanted to bring some legitimacy to game music- an academic treatment rather than a Hollywood treatment… if that makes sense.

So, naturally, when Doug Laustsen mentioned to me that he would be interested in possibly putting together a group that performs new music, video game music, TV show themes, etc with proper artistic treatment and imagination, I had to jump onboard.

I need to tell the truth and say this has been a life long ambition of mine so I’m very excited about the project.  I plan on highlighting a lot more of who we are and what we do in the future.  For now, check out our Facebook page at: .  We’ll have a good, proper website soon.

If you’re in the Philadelphia area on May 6th around 7 PM, we will be performing our first show at Book Space.  The Facebook wall has all the info.  I hope you can come out


About Classical Gaming

Steve Lakawicz holds an MM in Music Performance from Temple University as well as a BM in Tuba Performance from Rutgers University . His teachers include Paul Scott, Scott Mendoker, and Jay Krush. His love of video game music has lead him to form a blog, Classical Gaming, to promote discussion both casual and academic about the music of video games. He is the co-founder of the video game/nerd music chamber ensemble, Beta Test Music and regularly composes/performs chiptune music as Ap0c. He currently resides in Philadelphia where he teaches college statistics at Temple University. View all posts by Classical Gaming

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