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 Tom SaltaTom Salta's bold choice for subtle music
    The new game 'Spartan Strike' exists in an audio-dominant world. To make sure he could still capture a player's attention, composer Tom Salta decided to record quieter, more subtle cues. He also enlisted the help of the New York Film Chorale and the Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra. Hear more about it on this week's episode of Top Score.July 23, 2015
  • Pierce Huxtable and Emily ReeseTop Score says, 'Thank You, Pierce'
    Top Score says "thank you" to production assistant Pierce Huxtable for one year of great work. Pierce's position was funded by a (non-renewable) grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, an award for which Top Score is forever grateful.July 22, 2015
  • Composer Michael SchicianoWhat's old-school is new again for Michael Schiciano
    Michael Schiciano joins Emily Reese on this week's Top Score to talk about old-school and modern approaches to composing. Thanks to the burgeoning mobile market, many composers use old-school techniques to create music for smartphone games.July 16, 2015
  • Do A Barrel Roll and Emily ReeseDo a Barrel Roll create innovative covers of game music
    The orchestral-rock video game cover band Do a Barrel Roll stopped by Classical MPR to record a set and to chat with Emily Reese, host of Top Score. 'They played a set and stole my heart -- I've always wanted to say that,' Emily says. Listen to the full session.July 15, 2015
  • Music machineSam Dillard is a one-man music-making machine
    Completely self taught, Sam Dillard not only composes music, but he also performs and records his work. Recently hired by Kinect for its new Harry Potter trailer, Dillard joins Emily Reese on this week's episode of Top Score.July 9, 2015
  • Chris HuelsbeckChris Huelsbeck's career leaps to next stage
    The enduring success of composer Chris Huelsbeck's early works has created a fan following in his native Germany and across the world. His work inspired a 2008 concert series, and more recently, he's crowd-funded a new album of piano works. Learn more about Chris Huelsbeck on this week's Top Score.July 2, 2015
  • Batman: Arkham KnightInside the music of the Batman: Arkham video game series
    The new "Batman: Arkham Knight" extends what's becoming a remarkable lineage of video game music.June 26, 2015
  • Composer John Robert MatzJohn Robert Matz composes for concert band and video games
    Chicago-based composer John Robert Matz isn't strictly a video-game music creator. He also writes for concert band. On this week's Top Score, Matz talks about these different works and their distinct styles. He also shares some 'sneak peaks' into tracks from the upcoming 'Fossil Echo.'June 25, 2015
  • Leslie Ann JonesLeslie Ann Jones is a Jedi of sound engineers
    The director of music recording and scoring at Skywalker Sound, Leslie Ann Jones oversees all sound production in the facilities massive scoring stage. Jones has worked on films, television and video games, and has three Grammys to boot, which she simply calls 'pretty cool'. Hear more about Jones's amazing career on this week's Top Score.June 18, 2015
  • Triforce QuartetTriforce Quartet: from one recital to working ensemble
    What started out as a one-gig quartet for Chad Schwartz's senior recital has grown into a touring, viable music group. All four members of Triforce Quartet are classically trained musicians and avid gamers. Schwartz talks to Top Score host Emily Reese about the chamber-music group.June 11, 2015