I’m not a “pro” by any means, but play first trumpet in my community concert band ( concert band, not orchestra, so no string instruments)
Generally we don’t care where the piece of music is from, who wrote it, or what time frame it was written in. Some of our best turnouts have been for our annual “movie music” night.
We have done a video game music night, with a similar set list to the London philharmonic, and Vancouver symphony has done in the past.
Everyone seems to enjoy it, and it does bring out a younger audience, kind of the same way playing swing music brings out an older one.
No one really cares what genre of music we play, but as I said, I play at a community level, whereas the pros may feel different.
The “feels” I get are not dependent on type, age, or, style, but the harmony. The way 60 people playing different instruments, in tune, at the same time makes the hair on my arms stand up, and gives me goose bumps.
Some of the most recognized prices of music are from movies and video games.
Not very many people know “Also spake Zarathustra” but most recognize “the theme from 2001”.
Musical tastes are entirely personal and subjective, playing movie and video game music just allows a different segment of the market to enjoy what they like.
Watching an audience of 30 something’s realize we’re playing the main theme from Halo, and instantly see them smile and remember what they felt the first time they heard is pretty cool though.
Edit to add: I’m 34. Playing trumpet is a better hobby for me than drinking beer while fishing. I fucking hate fishing. Like beer though.
I'm a part of a band that played VGM at one point... may as well take a stab at it!
1. Yes, when you get into the music and enjoy playing it, it makes the music easier to learn and have more passion.
2. Nope. As long as it sounds good/pretty, the audience doesn't care.
3. Many many times.
4. I don't get this question. Music has markings on it on what it wants, but those are just guidelines on paper; the player is what makes the music.
5. "Dang... this sounds quite different." Mostly it is, especially when they have instruments that we had to improvise to make sound the same.