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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  • 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
  • Scoring HelsinkiScoring Helsinki and 'The Legend of Grimrock II'
    From a small studio in Finland, the men of Scoring Helsinki have created a big sound for the dungeon-crawling game, 'The Legend of Grimrock II'. Hear all about it on this week's episode of Top Score.June 4, 2015
  • Homeworld RemasteredTop Score: Composer Paul Ruskay
    On this week's Top Score, Emily Reese talks with composer Paul Ruskay, who created the soundtrack for 'Homeworld Remastered'. He explains how he brought the soundtrack back to life from its original version, composed 15 years ago.May 28, 2015
  • San Francisco Conservatory of MusicSan Francisco Conservatory of Music stretches bounds
    On a recent trip to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Emily stopped by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music to learn more about the new Technology and Applied Composition (TAC) program. Learn about and hear performances from the SFCM on this week's Top Score.May 21, 2015
  • Composer Daniel SadowskiComposing music in full color
    Composer Daniel Sadowski possesses that rare ability to see music in color, so when he was asked to compose music for the vivid game 'Stormthrone', it was a dream come true. Daniel Sadowski is Emily Reese's guest on this week's Top Score.May 14, 2015
  • missingNo video-game bandmissingNo's jazzy video-game arrangements
    Seven-piece jazz ensemble missingNo arrange video game music into complex, catchy jazz and funk-infused pieces. They are Emily Reese's guests on this week's Top Score.May 7, 2015
  • Composer Penka KounevaPenka Kouneva and a composer's 'authentic voice'
    Do men and women compose differently? Is there such thing as 'masculine' or 'feminine' music? Is defining music that way inherently sexist? This week's episode of Top Score asks some tough questions with composer Penka Kouneva.April 30, 2015