Top Score

Host Emily Reese takes an in-depth listen to video game music and talks with the people who make it.

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  • Composer Cris VelascoTop Score: Cris Velasco Scores the Western Front
    Composer Cris Velasco recently finished music for 'Company of Heroes 3: Western Front Armies'. It marks the third time he's scored a World War II-themed game. This project focuses on the Western Front and the Battle of the Bulge. It's on this week's Top Score.August 14, 2014
  • Composer Troy StrandComposing for Video Games Summer Camp
    Summer camp. The words bring back memories of warm days, making friends ... and alien invasions? That's the case for students of Minneapolis's Composing For Video Games camp. Find out more about the campers' boundless creativity and hear some of their work on Classical MPR's Top Score.August 7, 2014
  • MystTop Score: Robyn Miller and the story of Myst
    In 1991, a group of five programmers gathered around a computer. They wanted to create a new kind of game that would tell a new kind of story, pushing technology to its limits. This week, hear the story of Myst on Top Score.July 31, 2014
  • Composer Goomin NamTop Score: Composer Goomin Nam writes music of solitude
    South Korean composer Goomin Nam explores the emotions of longing and tranquility in his new soundtrack for the game "Monarch: Heroes of a New Age"July 24, 2014
  • christopher tinChristopher Tin's 'The Drop That Contained the Sea' on Top Score
    Christopher Tin just finished his second song cycle, 'The Drop That Contained the Sea'. He stopped by Top Score to discuss it.July 17, 2014
  • sleeping womanTop Score: Game Music Lullabies
    When Jayson Napolitano wrote an article about game music to fall asleep to, he had no idea of the volume of response he'd receive. As a result, he created the album, "Game Music Lullabies".July 10, 2014
  • Digital Producer Marina VidorTop Score: 'The Orchestra' app
    A new iPad app from the Philharmonia Orchestra aims to demystify how an orchestra works.July 3, 2014
  • Cris VelascoTop Score: Cris Velasco and 'Enemy Front'
    Composer Cris Velasco wrote an unusually introspective score for the World War II-themed game, 'Enemy Front'. He talks about it with Emily Reese on this week's Top Score.June 26, 2014
  • Oscar AraujoTim Turi and Oscar Araujo's Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 on Top Score
    Game Informer Senior Associate Editor Tim Turi returns to Top Score to chat about Oscar Araujo's new score for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2.June 19, 2014
  • Jason GravesJason Graves and Murdered: Soul Suspect on Top Score
    What does it sound like to be a ghost? Composer Jason Graves answers that question in his music for the new game, "Murdered: Soul Suspect".June 12, 2014