Top Score's top five game soundtracks of 201412/23/14
Top Score, which is part of the Infinite Guest podcast network, is counting down the best game soundtracks of 2014. A score's creativity, ingenuity, execution, and implementation were all taken into account.
Top Score: White Paper Games and NJ Apostol
Indie game developers White Paper Games took on a seemingly impossible project for an untested, six-member team. They wanted to create a free-roaming, first-person puzzle game set in the surreal, disjointed mind of a woman with dementia. This project...
Top Score: Composer Trevor Morris
Trevor Morris received his first commission at 13 years old, when he wrote a song for the Pope. Now, Morris's commissions are for the 'Dragon Age' video games. Morris is Emily Reese's guest on this week's Top Score.
Top Score: the work of composing duo known as The Flight
Composers Joe Henson and Alexis Smith form a composing duo called The Flight. They've been working together on music for more than 20 years, including video games. Henson and Smith speak to Emily Reese on this week's episode of Top Score.
Top Score: Inon Zur and 'Fantasia: Music Evolved'
Inon Zur remembers his very first viewing of Disney's Fantasia as a small child. Now he's come full-circle, working on the soundtrack to Disney's new video game, 'Fantasia: Music Evolved'.
Top Score: Garry Schyman pushes boundaries
Composer Garry Schyman always seems to be pushing the bounds of video game music. With help from the Seattle Symphony and the amazing acoustics of the Bastyr chapel, Schyman takes some creative liberties with his 'Shadow of Mordor' game soundtrack.
Top Score: Composer Neal Acree
To call Neal Acree's fan base "passionate" would be a gross understatement. As a contributing composer for World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo III, Video Games Live, and the Stargate series, some of his listeners seem to live and breathe their...
Top Score: a live music romp with NES (Nerd Enhanced Sound)
This episode features a nerd-filled interview and some truly lovely live-recorded video game music. From Marble Madness to early Metroid to a rocking series of solos in Dr. Mario, we hope you enjoy our time with NES.
Top Score: Super Marcato Brothers
Karl and Will Brueggemann, known as the Super Marcato Brothers, live and breathe retro video games. They compose original and game-inspired music, often playing a number of instruments in the tracks.
Top 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 --...
Top 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...
Top 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.
Top 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...
Laura 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.
Top 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'.
Cellist Tina Guo on Top Score
Cellist Tina Guo is best known for shredding on her electric cello. But the lonely, meditative sonority of a video game soundtrack shows the depth of her playable emotion. Cellist Tina Guo discusses her intense classical upbringing and modern musical...
Inon Zur and Disney's Fantasia: Music Evolved on Top Score
Nearly 75 years after the film debuted, Disney is bringing 'Fantasia' back in a new game called 'Fantasia: Music Evolved'. Composer Inon Zur wrote original music for the game, and oversaw the re-recordings of many classical favorites.
Top Score Heads to PAX Prime in Seattle
This weekend, Emily Reese of Top Score hosts two panels at the PAX Prime video game convention in Seattle.
Top Score: Darren Korb and the gritty sounds of 'Transistor'
Hear Darren Korb (and his new son, Milo) discuss Darren's new soundtrack to the game 'Transistor' on Classical MPR's Top Score. Plus, you can enter for a chance to win one of two CDs by Darren Korb.
Top Score: Robyn Miller and the story of Myst
In 1991, a group of five programmers gathered around a computer. They wanted to create a new kind of game that would tell a new kind of story, pushing technology to its limits. This week, hear the story of Myst on Top Score.
- Minneapolis, MN
480 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN 551011-800-228-7123