So, several years late to the party, I've discovered the glory that is The Protomen. For those of you who have yet to bite the fruit of knowledge recently brought to my attention, The Protomen is a band known for their rock opera, which tells a dark, Orwellian story based off Megaman. Sure, it sounds great (Though I vastly prefer the sound of Act 2 to Act 1; Act 3 is on its way!) but the real glory is the depth of the story and characters they've interpreted--so much so that reading the lyrics along with the music is highly recommended. Listen to it all here.
It got me thinking; what other games could really benefit from a fan project to tell a story through a huge musical endeavor? We've already seen glimpses of what could be with Majora's Mask in the opera, Majora, currently being developed by a fan. Surely, different stories are best told through different genres of music; it would be a bit strange to hear somebody screeching as Link and Zelda, for instance. An opera really does fit the characters of Majora's Mask, and Bulteau is showing he's more than capable of doing it right.
So what about other franchises? Personally, I'd love to see the stories of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus told through a symphony. I don't think words would be too fitting, although some operatic segments between Ico and Yorda in seperate languages would be pretty powerful. Heavy Rain could be incredible performed in the style of a musical like Next to Normal; not necessarily the atmosphere, but the same lyrical style.
Of course, The Protomen also explored original stories through their music; especially with Act 2, where they told a prequel with Wily and Light. What if the well-known, but never played Imprisoning War from The Legend of Zelda was told through music instead? Military chants, songs of hope and that overriding destruction, placed in a minor key...can somebody start making this now, please? Or what if the tale of Samus' origins with the Chozo was explored in a rock opera? Get a powerful female vocalist and a good writer, and it could beat out Harmony of a Hunter as my favorite Metroid music project.
I could go on for ages about these ideas; what are some of yours? And, coincidentally, any of you want to work on some of these with me? I promise you'll only do 90% of the work.
P.S. If you only have time to check out a few Protomen songs, totes listen to The Stand, The Hounds, and Father of Death. Just...man. And Vengeance. K? K. Also Light up the Night.