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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  • Composer Marios AristopoulosHeard melodies are sweet for a Grecian game
    Composer Marios Aristopoulos has scored the video game, 'Apotheon', a game set in ancient Greece that combines Grecian art styles and 2D platform gameplay. Marios spoke to Emily Reese on this week's Top Score.April 2, 2015
  • Composer Cris VelascoTop Score: Cris Velasco goes for Baroque
    In creating the soundtrack for 'Assassin's Creed Unity: Dead Kings', composer Cris Velasco used traditional sounds, including arpeggios, counterpoint and harpsichord to create music to fit the game's 18th-century setting.March 26, 2015
  • Jeff BallJeff Ball: from commercial fisherman to composer
    The California-based composer and violinist has spent significant time living and working in Alaska. He still draws inspiration from the beauty and solitude of the North. Jeff is Emily Reese's guest on this week's Top Score.March 19, 2015
  • Billy Martin with Christophe HeralTop Score: Composer Billy Martin
    Composer Billy Martin is known for writing soundtracks with comedic and with jazz elements. This week on Top Score, Emily Reese talks to Martin about his work, and we hear samples of two very different soundtracks.March 12, 2015
  • Peter McConnellTop Score: Peter McConnell and the music for 'Hearthstone'
    Composer Peter McConnell felt pressure to write great music for the game 'Hearthstone', which was projected to be a big seller. McConnell is Emily Reese's guest on this week's Top Score.March 5, 2015
  • Composer Jason GravesTop Score: Jason Graves and 'The Order: 1886'
    To compose the music for 'The Order: 1886', Jason Graves removed instruments that don't carry a heavy sound. Violins and high woodwinds were thrown out, and violas and cellos doubled up. Learn more about it on this week's episode of Top Score.February 26, 2015
  • Composer Winifred PhilipsTop Score: Composer Winifred Phillips
    A highly versatile composer, Winifred Phillips has created music for the ever-adorable 'LittleBigPlanet 3' and for the brutal 'Assassin's Creed III: Liberation'. She recently pulled off a five-minute fugue for 'The Ziggurat', voicing 12 vocal parts herself. Phillips is Emily Reese's guest on this week's Top Score.February 19, 2015
  • Composer Jason GravesTop Score: Jason Graves and the 'Evolve' soundtrack
    To create a reactive soundtrack for the five simultaneous players of 'Evolve', composer Jason Graves created hundreds of short pieces of music. And he used some creative instrumentation to get the desired results. Jason Graves is Emily Reese's guest on this week's Top Score.February 12, 2015
  • Peter McConnellTop Score: Composer Peter McConnell, 'Grim Fandango'
    When composer Peter McConnell finished scoring the video game 'Grim Fandango' 1998, he asked people living in his neighborhood to be the instrumentalists. For this year's 'Grim Fandango' re-release, McConnell recruited the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Composer Peter McConnell is the guest on this week's Top Score.February 5, 2015
  • Composer Jukio 'Kozilek' KallioTop Score: Jukio 'Kozilek' Kallio and 'LUFTRAUSERS'
    Written by Finnish electronic dance music (EDM) composer Jukio 'Kozilek' Kallio, the thumping score to the new game 'Luftrausers' contains both club and cinematic influences.January 29, 2015