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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  • Loudr Game Music FestivalTop Score: Online Game Music Festival Launches This Weekend
    A new online Game Music Festival launches tomorrow with a goal of connecting fans with the best indie video game music.November 28, 2013
  • Jeremy SouleJeremy Soule and Guild Wars 2 on Top Score
    This introduction to the music of Guild Wars 2, written by Jeremy Soule, also illustrates how you can learn about other composers — Edvard Grieg, for instance — from video games.November 14, 2013
  • Kan GaoKan Gao and To the Moon on Top Score
    The art in To the Moon is deceptively simple. With blocky graphics, it's a lot like an Impressionist painting up close. But as you sit back, the images come alive. Kan Gao's atmosphere score is much the same.November 7, 2013
  • Oscar AraujoCastlevania: Lords of Shadow on Top Score
    The Castlevania series of games has great music, including the newest in the series, "Lords of Shadow" by Oscar Araujo.October 31, 2013
  • Year WalkHalloween Game Music Bundle on Top Score
    The newest Game Music Bundle features 14 soundtracks from scary games, the perfect music for your Halloween party!October 23, 2013
  • Videri String QuartetThe Videri String Quartet on Top Score
    The Videri String Quartet is a typical string quartet -- with a twist. Although each member of the ensemble is classically trained, the group chooses to exclusively play video game music.October 17, 2013
  • Lorne BalfeLorne Balfe and Beyond: Two Souls on Top Score
    Composer Lorne Balfe wrote music for the game Beyond: Two Souls, which just came out on Tuesday. Balfe's music helps to tell the story of the game, centered on a character named Jodie. And the music is brilliant.October 10, 2013
  • Raison VarnerRaison Varner and Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep on Top Score
    In Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, composer Raison Varner had the opportunity to poke a bit of fun at one of the most beloved genres of all media — the fantasy genre.October 3, 2013
  • Jessica CurryJessica Curry and 'Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs' on Top Score
    Set in Victorian London, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs follows an earlier game called Amnesia: The Dark Descent, which has been described by some as the scariest game ever made. Composer Jessica Curry discusses the music and concept for Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs.September 26, 2013
  • Composer Gustavo SantaolallaGustavo Santaolalla and The Last of Us on Top Score
    Gustavo Santaolalla won back-to-back Oscars in 2006 and 2007, for Brokeback Mountain and Babel, respectively. And those sparse film scores are indicative of Gustavo's use of space in music — silence can be one of the most effective sounds to use in a video game.September 19, 2013