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Host Emily Reese takes an in-depth listen to video game music and talks with the people who make it. Read more about Emily and the story behind Top Score.
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Recent Episodes and Stories
- 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.November 20, 2014
- 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 respective media.November 13, 2014
- 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.November 6, 2014
- 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.October 30, 2014
- Next Level: Where Music Worlds Collide, part 5
On this week's installment, we've got two men obsessed with power, and music that tips your expectations upside-down.October 24, 2014
- 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 -- composer.October 23, 2014
- Next 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
- 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 about his many musical influences and interests.October 16, 2014
- Next 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
- 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.October 9, 2014