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FROM BLEEPS OF ‘PONG’ AND ‘MARIO,’ GAME MUSIC COMES OF AGE

The electronic bleeps and squawks of “Tetris,” ‘’Donkey Kong” and other generation-shaping games that you may never have thought of as musical are increasingly likely to be playing at a philharmonic concert hall near you.

From the “ping ... ping” of Atari’s 1972 groundbreaking paddle game “Pong,” the sounds, infectious ditties and, with time, fully-formed orchestral scores that are an essential part of the sensory thrill for gamers have formed a musical universe. With its

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