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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  • Brian TylerBrian Tyler Talks Modern Warfare 3 on Top Score
    Brian Tyler talks about his score for one of the most anticipated games of the year: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on the new episode of Top Score from Classical Minnesota Public Radio.November 3, 2011
  • Bear McCrearyBear McCreary on Top Score
    Composer Bear McCreary is our guest on Top Score this week from Classical MPR. I first became interested in his music through my adoration of the relaunched "Battlestar Galactica" series on SyFy. Lucky for me, Bear also scored two video games. Capcom's "Dark Void" from 2010, and Sony's "SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs."October 19, 2011
  • Tom SaltaTom Salta on Top Score
    Composer Tom Salta applied a multifaceted musical background to create an immersive and highly interactive soundtrack for Eric Chahi's new game, "From Dust."October 5, 2011
  • Boris SalchowBoris Salchow's Music for Resistance 3 on Top Score
    The latest installment of Top Score features an interview with Boris Salchow, who composed the score for the recently released sci-fi shooter "Resistance 3."September 20, 2011
  • Martin O'DonnellTop Score Launches Season 2 with Halo Composer Martin O'Donnell
    Veteran video game composer Martin O'Donnell talks about writing scores for ten years of Halo on the first episode of season 2 from Top Score on Classical Minnesota Public Radio.September 6, 2011
  • Top ScoreTop Score: Season 2 Challenge
    Top Score, our podcast exploring video game music is announcing its second season. But in true game fashion, there's a challenge for you to figure out.August 19, 2011
  • Laura KarpmanTop Score: Laura Karpman
    What does 20th-century American composer Milton Babbitt (1916-2011) have to do with video game music? A lot, as it turns out.August 3, 2011
  • Heavy RainHeavy Rain on Top Score
    The game Heavy Rain was released in 2010 by Quantic Dream. Composer Normand Corbeil wrote the music and is the guest on Top Score from Classical Minnesota Public Radio.July 14, 2011
  • Bill ElmRed Dead Redemption on Top Score
    Rockstar Games turned to Bill Elm and Woody Jackson to create the music for "Red Dead Redemption." On this episode of Top Score from Classical MPR, Elm discusses he and Jackson's background in the alt-country scene, his admiration for Italian film composer Ennio Morricone and more.June 23, 2011
  • Sean MurraySean Murray, composer for Call of Duty: Black Ops on Top Score
    Composer Sean Murray talks about his music for Call of Duty: Black Ops, game 7 in one of the most successful franchises in gaming history. Hear him on Top Score from Classical Minnesota Public Radio.June 9, 2011