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WSHU Public Radio’s Kate Remington combines her love of music and video games in this series of informal conversations with composers and performers of game soundtracks. Plus, there’s lots of music in the interviews, so you can hear it for yourself!

WSHU Public Radio’s Kate Remington combines her love of music and video games in this series of informal conversations with composers and performers of game soundtracks. Plus, there’s lots of music in the interviews, so you can hear it for yourself!


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WSHU Public Radio’s Kate Remington combines her love of music and video games in this series of informal conversations with composers and performers of game soundtracks. Plus, there’s lots of music in the interviews, so you can hear it for yourself!








Gordy Haab's Soundtracks for 'Star Wars: Battlefront I and II' Get An Official Release

Years of fan requests for the Gordy Haab's award-winning soundtracks for Star Wars: Battlefront I and II have finally paid off, with official releases by Walt Disney Records on January 29 and February 5, 2021. Gordy says it was always his hope to have official soundtracks, and he created suites from the themes in each game, which had been stored on a hard drive waiting until the time was right. Although it wasn't initially planned, Gordy says it was a thrill to have the acclaimed London...


Mythology And Cyber Punks Collide In John Robert Matz's Soundtrack For 'Mythgard'

Mythgard, created by Rhino Games, imagines a world where Greek and Norse mythological characters collide in a gritty cyber-punk environment centuries in the future. For soundtrack composer John Robert Matz, the game offered the perfect combination of fantasy-ispired music combined with a wash of retro synth sounds. Mythgard tells the story of Percy, who's bored with spending eons in the Underworld, so she decides to venture to the surface only to discover that the human world isn't how she...


Leo Birenberg And Zach Robinson's Soundtrack For The 'Cobra Kai' Game Is a Fun Throwback

Composers Leo Birenberg and Zach Robinson always felt that Cobra Kai , now on Netflix, would make a great game, and they got their wish when developer Flux tapped them to create a soundrack for a game inspired by the series. Cobra Kai is set 34 years after the beloved film The Karate Kid, complete with many of the original actors. For the soundtrack for Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues , Leo and Zach referenced some of the games they loved growing up in the '80's and '90's to give...


Jack Wall's Music Gives 'Call Of Duty Black Ops: Cold War' An '80s Cool

Composer Jack Wall says for him the most important quality of Call of Duty's Black Ops series is that it's cool, and you should feel cool playing it. Call of Duty Black Ops - Cold War , created by Treyarch Studios is the fourth Black Ops game Jack has scored. He used the game's setting in 1981 as the inspiration for a cool, tension-filled soundtrack. The game's story mission follows CIA officer Russell Adler and his small team of ops as they pursue an agent code-named Perseus, a suspected...


Gareth Coker Hangs Out With Gods In 'Immortals Fenyx Rising'

In Immortals Fenyx Rising , created by Ubisoft, Typhon has taken away the Greek Gods' immortal powers, and in a bet with Zeus, Prometheus believes that a mere mortal, Fenyx, will be able to restore the powers Typhon has stolen. Soundtrack composer Gareth Coker says it was a fantastic experience to work with the developers at Ubisoft to create a score that fits the fantasy feel of the game, while including traditional Greek instruments for color. Just like the game's hero Fenyx, Gareth had...


Videri String Quartet Reveals Their 'Quarantets' Competition Winners

This summer the Videri String Quartet launched a competition, Quarantets, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and their separation from each other as performers. The competition solicited string quartet arrangements of music from video games that were set in a post-apocolyptic world, or other circumstances in which life suddenly changed. After judging over 60 entries, the winners were chosen to create an album that will be released soon. I talked with the performers for this project:...


Ben MacDougall's 'Godfall' Soundtrack Includes Some Very Unusual Instruments

Godfall, created by the small studio Counterplay Games, is a launch title for the brand new Sony Play Station 5. Soundtrack composer Ben MacDougall says he was hooked on the project from the very first conversations with the developers, who enticed him with the gorgeous, dangerous world of Aperion and epic game play as the Valorian hero Orin seeks revenge for his betrayal by his brother Macros. In crafting a distinctive sound for the music, Ben built a unique instrument from bits and pieces...


Darren Korb's Metal-Inspired Soundtrack For 'Hades'

It seems the developers at Super Giant Games never run out of ideas! As soon as they finished up their game Pyre three years ago, they immediately began work on Hades, which follows the hero Zagreus as he attempts to escape the Greek Underworld to be reunited with his mother, Persephone. Soundtrack composer Darren Korb says he assembled a collection of traditional instruments, including a Greek bouzouki, but since the game takes place in Hell, it had to have full-on metal guitars! One by...


Austin Wintory Finds His Path With His Soundtrack For 'The Pathless'

The Pathless is the latest game created by Giant Squid studios. A mysterious island is plagued with darkness emanating from cursed beings, and it's up to a fearless Hunter and her Eagle companion to rid the island of these beasts. Austin Wintory created a pan-cultural soundtrack with diverse instruments including a traditional Swedish nyckelharpa, a Middle Eastern Oud, flutes and whistles, but he says the soul of the music comes from a six-hour jam session he had with the Alash Ensemble from...


Gordy Haab's 'Star Wars: Squadrons' Soundtrack Captures The Thrill Of Flight

Star Wars: Squadrons, created by Motive Studios and published by Electronic Arts, gives players the authentic thrill of piloting an Imperial or New Republic ship for missions that extend the story beyond the Battle of Endor. Composer Gordy Haab says he was thrilled to provide a high-octane soundtrack that let him reconnect with the excitementl of pretending he was piloting fighters as a kid. Unlike many other games, the outcome of each battle can go to either the Imperial or New Republic...


Steve Pardo Composes A World Of Music For 'Signs Of The Sojourner'

Signs of the Sojourner , created by Echo Dog Games, is all about building relationships, making connections and exploring the wider world. As the main character, you are tasked with restocking your late mother's store in the quiet town of Bartow. Composer Steve Pardow of Skewsound says this was a dream project to work on. He created an intimate folksy sound, giving each intriguing town you visit its own character. The simple gameplay of Signs of the Sojourner is unique: it's up to the player...


Steve Kirk's "Period" Soundtrack For 'Bartlow's Dread Machine'

It's 1907 and President Teddy Roosevelt has been kidnapped! That's the premise of Barttlow's Dread Machine, a fantastic creation by Tribetoy and Beep Games, which looks as if the mechanical game actually dates from 1907. Now that the full game and soundtrack have been released, I caught up with composer Steve Kirk, who filled me in on how he created a (mostly) authentic soundtrack with period instruments including a temperamental banjo. Steve says one of many challenges that composing the...


Mikolai Stroinski And Garry Schyman Score Kafka's 'Metamorphosis'

Metamorphosis , created by the studio Ovid Works, is inspired by the Kafka story of the same name. There's a bit of the plot of The Trial woven into the story as well. The main character, Gregor, finds he's been turned into an insect, and it's up to him to investigate why his friend Joseph has been taken away to be interrogated. Both Mikolai Stroinski and Garry Schyman say working on the soundtrack was one of the most artistically rewarding projects they've ever done. Mikolai and Garry's...


Music Respawn! King Arthur Lives Again In Laurence Chapman's 'Pendragon' Soundtrack

Camelot has fallen, and King Arthur's knights of the Round Table scattered to the winds. Guinever has retreated to a nunnery. Pendragon, Inkle Studio's retelling of the legend of King Arthur, lets players choose to be Sir Lancelot or Guinevere on a quest to return to help Arthur defeat his mortal enemy, Mordred. Laurence Chapman provides a soundtrack that keeps the player company on their journey, as a band of troubadours might have done. Laurence says the overarching sound he wanted for his...


Jesse Harlin Puts A Little Of The Old World In His 'Mafia: Definitive Edition' Soundtrack

The turf war between the Morello and Salieri crime families in the 1930s has been brought stunningly back to life in Mafia: Definitive Edition by Hangar 13 and 2K. Composer Jesse Harlin incorporated a whisper of the game's original theme, then expanded his soundtrack to reflect the Old World history of the two mafia dons as well as the younger generation of the characters, including taxi-driver Tommy Angelo, who gets pulled into working for the families. Because Don Salieri and Don Morello...


Recreating Final Fantasy VII's Epic Music For Its Remake

Final Fantasy VII is regarded as a landmark game by, well... everyone! Created by Square Enix in 1997, it marked a departure from typical games of the era, with a sophisticated story, compelling characters and awesome music by the legendary Nobuo Uematsu. Remaking Final Fantasy VII in a modern game engine for a new generation of players and long-time fans has been a multi-year project for Square. The remake also reimagines the original music. I talked with Music Supervisor Keiji Kawamori and...


Christopher Tin Reaches The Stars With 'To Shiver The Sky'

Christopher Tin's latest album, To Shiver The Sky , tells the history of humanity's dream of flight and space exploration. The seed that grew this epic work is his setting of Leonardo's writings about flight, Sogno di Volare, which was used in the game Civilization VI. Christopher says that sparked the idea of creating a multi-movement work that takes us on a journey from the Middle Ages to modern times, with texts by such diverse writers as Hildegard von Bingen, Copernicus, Amelia Earhart...


The Game Brass And Friends Set Sail On An Island Cruise

Taking a summer vacation was a challenge this year, so The Game Brass created their own! Their third full-length album: Brassino Isles Tropical Cruise takes listeners on a voyage to Dragon Roost Island, Treasure Trove Cove, Monkey Island, and many other ports of call. The Game Brass also brought along some friends! They invited a who's who of game music performers to add to the fun. Every track features a different musican or ensemble, including Disco Cactus, Grant Kirkhope, Ocobanda, the...


Cris Velasco Creates His Soundtrack For 'Carrion' With Slime, Synths And Strings

"Don't play this game before bedtime" is a warning from a review of Carrion , created by the tiny studio of Phobia Games. This reverse-horror game gives players a chance to be the monster, creating destruction in the lab where it escapes captivity. Composer Cris Velasco says he was totally on "Team Monster" as he was creating his soundtrack. Cris created a library of unusual sounds to build the music. He says one of the most enjoyable experiences was getting hold of a container of slime and...


'Little Orpheus' Takes Jim Fowler On A Journey To The Center Of The World

Little Orpheus , created by the award-winning studio The Chinese Room, is set in the Soviet Union in 1962. Sure, there's a space race, but "interior-naut" Ivan Ivanovich is being interrogated for his journey to the center of the earth, in charge of a nuclear device, the Little Orpheus, which has mysteriously disappeared. Ivan spins a fantastic tale about his adventures for his Siberian general, who may or may not believe him. Composer Jim Fowler worked with BAFTA Award-winning composer...