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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  • jason graves and hector berliozNext Level: Where Music Worlds Collide
    There are many commonalities between classical music and video-game music. That's why Top Score production assistant Pierce Huxtable has a video-game music suggestion for classical-music lovers and a classical suggestion for VGM lovers. Give these tracks a listen and see what you think.September 26, 2014
  • Laura IntraviaLaura Intravia is living the video game music lover's dream
    Laura Intravia's life is something out of a video game music lover's dream. Carving her path by transcribing scores and performing in costume, Intravia is making an indelible impression on the video game music circuit.September 23, 2014
  • john broomhallTop Score: John Broomhall's music for Transport Tycoon
    This week on Top Score, Emily Reese interviews composer John Broomhall about the music he created for the game 'Transport Tycoon'.September 18, 2014
  • tina guo cellistCellist Tina Guo on Top Score
    Cellist Tina Guo is best known for shredding on her electric cello. But the lonely, meditative sonority of a video game soundtrack shows the depth of her playable emotion. Cellist Tina Guo discusses her intense classical upbringing and modern musical rebellion on Top Score.September 11, 2014
  • Composer Inon ZurInon Zur and Disney's Fantasia: Music Evolved on Top Score
    Nearly 75 years after the film debuted, Disney is bringing 'Fantasia' back in a new game called 'Fantasia: Music Evolved'. Composer Inon Zur wrote original music for the game, and oversaw the re-recordings of many classical favorites.September 4, 2014
  • seattle skylineTop Score Heads to PAX Prime in Seattle
    This weekend, Emily Reese of Top Score hosts two panels at the PAX Prime video game convention in Seattle.August 28, 2014
  • Darren KorbTop Score: Darren Korb and the gritty sounds of 'Transistor'
    Hear Darren Korb (and his new son, Milo) discuss Darren's new soundtrack to the game 'Transistor' on Classical MPR's Top Score.August 27, 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.August 25, 2014
  • Characters from"Watch Dogs" composer Brian Reitzell: Scoring a video game is like being a short-order cook
    Brian Reitzell is one of the best-kept secrets in Hollywood, but 2014 might be a turning point for this composer with numerous albums released this year, representing years of work. One of his many recent releases is music for the video game Watch Dogs, which has been in development since 2011.August 22, 2014
  • washington state convention center seattlePAX Prime 2014 Preview on Top Score (Part One)
    Imagine yourself in a stadium filled with 70,000 fans. That's how many video game fans travel to Seattle during Labor Day weekend for the PAX Prime video game convention. I'll be there hosting a panel called Maestros of Video Games.August 21, 2014