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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  • andrew aversaTop Score: Composer Andrew Aversa
    Hard-working composer Andrew Aversa shares his various experiences writing music for video games, and he also invites aspiring composers to get in touch with him for feedback and advice. Listen to the interview with this busy -- and very nice -- composer.October 23, 2014
  • Santaolalla and BrahmsNext Level: Where Music Worlds Collide, Part 4
    Next Level is an attempt to bring new video game and classical music worlds to people who don't even know they exist. This week, we examine voicings and color in music.October 17, 2014
  • Oleksa LozowchukTop Score: Oleksa Lozowchuk's 'Bright Sadness'
    A fascinating man with a deeply genuine love of music, Oleksa Lozowchuk is best known in the video-game world for scoring the humorous and addicting 'Dead Rising 3'. This week on Top Score, he speaks to Emily Reese about his album 'Bright Sadness' and about his many musical influences and interests.October 16, 2014
  • jeremy soule ottorino respighiNext Level: Where Music Worlds Collide, part 3
    Next Level is an attempt to bring new video game and classical music worlds to people who don't even know they exist. This week, Respighi goes dragon hunting and Dead Space 2 meets its Polish composer-soul mate.October 10, 2014
  • Rich Disasterpeace VreelandTop Score: A composer known as 'Disasterpeace'
    Back in 2012, video game media outlets were ablaze with news about FEZ. This press helped launch the career of the game's composer, a then-relatively unknown Rich 'Disasterpeace' Vreeland.October 9, 2014
  • journey game don giovanniNext Level: Where Music Worlds Collide, part 2
    The adventure continues this week with the second installment of Next Level, an article series that, based on the music you love, suggests something different to try out. This week, cello lovers are in for a treat.October 3, 2014
  • lisbeth scottTop Score: Singer Lisbeth Scott's rising note
    Several years ago, a five-minute conversation took Lisbeth Scott from being a part-time singer and musician in a dance studio to performing in a soundtrack for Hans Zimmer, a titan of the industry ... and she didn't know who he was at the time. She only went up from there.October 2, 2014
  • 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