8-bit Orchestra: Appreciation for Video Game Music

This week on The Music Room, we travelled all the way to Puglisi Recital Hall to see a live rehearsal of the 8-bit Orchestra‘s upcoming show. The 8-bit Orchestra is a UD Registered Student Organization (RSO) for students who arrange and perform orchestral versions of the music from video games.

The 8-bit Orchestra will be holding their Fall Concert on Sunday, Nov. 5th at 1:30pm at the Puglisi Recital Hall. Entrance is free and all are welcome.

Listen to the Interview

8-bit Orchestra, recorded on Oct. 28, 2017. Aired on Oct. 31, 2017.

About the Orchestra

The 8-bit Orchestra is a student-run organization that formed in 2013. The orchestra has performed music from a wide range of video games genres, from indie games to major franchises such as Final Fantasy and Super Mario Bros. Four years after its inception, 8-bit has become the largest student-run music group at the University of Delaware.

In this interview, we visited with the President and Vice President of the orchestra, Dante Marcelle and Ross Forney, to talk about various aspects of the organization and what makes them so unique. The 8-bit Orchestra is comprised of students who are not all music majors, but bond over their shared love and appreciation for video games.

The Music

  • Track / Game
  • Chrono Cross-Trigger Medley / Chrono Cross, Chrono Trigger
  • A Call to Arms / Overwatch Overture
  • Ridley Circuit / Mario Kart

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Jordana Greenberg: Harpeth Rising

Jordan Greenberg, violinist of Harpeth Rising, spoke with WVUD regarding their newly released album, “Against All Tides.” Greenberg spoke with us about her band, Harpeth Rising, and their focus on Chamberfolk.

The trio consists of Maria Di Meglio on the cello, Michelle Younger on the banjo, and of course Jordan Greenberg on the violin.

Listen To The Interview

Jordana Greenberg, recorded live on June 13, 2017. Aired October 17, 2017.
51.8 MB

About The Group

Harpeth Rising consists of a combination of Folk, Newgrass, Rock, and Classical music all blending into one unique unforgettable sound. The three ladies of the trio all hold prestigious classical performance degrees from Indiana University, Eastman School of Music, and Oberlin. But the desire to preform sparked way before that. Di Meglio was brought up learning Eastern European folk, Younger grew up under the influence of family member Cole Younger, who is a banjo player himself, and Greenberg attained her love for music by following the sounds of Stan Rogers, Leonard Cohen, and Natalie McMaster. Harpeth Rising’s new album “Against All Tides”  was released last spring and the feedback has been nothing but positive things!

The Music

Due to copyright issues this podcast only features excerpts from “Dance Me To The End Of Love,” which appeared in this radio broadcast.

  • Artist / Track / Album / Year
  • Harpeth Rising / Love Child / Against All Tides / 2017
  • Harpeth Rising / Dance Me To The End of Love / Shifted / 2015
  • Harpeth Rising / Shades of Orange / Against All Tides / 2017

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[Get Ready] for Harmonia Brass Quintet

Days after releasing their self-titled debut album, Alex Sallade and Alek Mansouri of Harmonia Brass Quintet stopped by The Music Room to speak with Liz Webb about their music, songwriting, and recording experience. Formed in 2016, Harmonia Brass Quintet is comprised of UD students and alumni Alex Sallade (french horn), Alek Mansouri (bass trombone), Cory Nunn (trumpet), Thomas Warnock (trombone), and Matthew Hubner (trumpet).

Drawing inspiration from film, T.V., and video games, Harmonia delivers a new and unique approach to traditional brass quintet repertoire. The group’s album, recorded at Ken-Del Studios in Wilmington, features both original compositions and arrangements of well-known songs. With appearances at the Calvary-Hillcrest Episcopal Church in Wilmington and UD’s 8-Bit Orchestra concert, Harmonia Brass Quintet have shared their creative and enjoyable music across the Delaware community.

From left to right: Cory Nunn, Alex Sallade, Alek Mansouri, Thomas Warnock, Matthew Hubner.


Check out the interview below to learn more about Harmonia Brass Quintet and to hear selections from their debut album.


The Interview

Harmonia Brass Quintet, Host: Liz Webb, Recorded live May 23, 2017.
43.8 MB

The Music

Artist Song Album Year
Due to copyright restrictions, the podcast contains excerpts of some of the music heard during the broadcast of the interview.
Harmonia Brass Quintet [Get Ready] Harmonia 2017
Harmonia Brass Quintet Make America Great Again Harmonia 2017
Harmonia Brass Quintet Vogel im Käfig Harmonia 2017
Harmonia Brass Quintet Throne Room Harmonia 2017