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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  • 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
  • Battlefield: HardlineInterview: 'Battlefield: Hardline' composer Paul Leonard-Morgan
    Paul Leonard-Morgan, a busy film composer, makes his first foray into video game composing with 'Battlefield: Hardline.' He told Garrett Tiedemann about the special challenges of writing for interactive entertainment.April 24, 2015
  • Brian Lee White and Brian Trifon, aka Finishing MoTop Score: Brutal honesty brings success on 'Massive Chalice'
    Composing duo Brian Trifon and Brian Lee White (aka Finishing Move) met with Top Score host Emily Reese to discuss the game Massive Chalice and the challenges it posed to them. They also share pointers for other collaborative composers.April 23, 2015
  • Gareth CokerA sweet and dramatic score for 'Ori and the Blind Forest'
    After four years of soundtrack development, the score for the game 'Ori and the Blind Forest' rested on one composer's ability to unite new musicians and seasoned score professionals.April 16, 2015