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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

  • Penka Kouneva and a composer's 'authentic voice'
    Do men and women compose differently? Is there such thing as 'masculine' or 'feminine' music? Is defining music that way inherently sexist? This week's episode of Top Score asks some tough questions with composer Penka Kouneva.April 30, 2015
  • Interview: 'Battlefield: Hardline' composer Paul Leonard-Morgan
    Paul Leonard-Morgan, a busy film composer, makes his first foray into video game composing with 'Battlefield: Hardline.' He told Garrett Tiedemann about the special challenges of writing for interactive entertainment.April 24, 2015
  • Top Score: Brutal honesty brings success on 'Massive Chalice'
    Composing duo Brian Trifon and Brian Lee White (aka Finishing Move) met with Top Score host Emily Reese to discuss the game Massive Chalice and the challenges it posed to them. They also share pointers for other collaborative composers.April 23, 2015
  • A sweet and dramatic score for 'Ori and the Blind Forest'
    After four years of soundtrack development, the score for the game 'Ori and the Blind Forest' rested on one composer's ability to unite new musicians and seasoned score professionals.April 16, 2015
  • Creating powerful and engaging game soundtracks
    Composer, audio engineer and voice actor Alexander Brandon joins Emily Reese on this week's Top Score to talk about creating soundtracks that support the various atmospheres of video games.April 9, 2015
  • Heard 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
  • Top 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 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
  • Top 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
  • Top 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