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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: 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
- Next Level: Where Music Worlds Collide, part 2
The adventure continues this week with the second installment of Next Level, an article series that, based on the music you love, suggests something different to try out. This week, cello lovers are in for a treat.October 3, 2014
- 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 only went up from there.October 2, 2014
- Next Level: Where Music Worlds Collide
There are many commonalities between classical music and video-game music. That's why Top Score production assistant Pierce Huxtable has a video-game music suggestion for classical-music lovers and a classical suggestion for VGM lovers. Give these tracks a listen and see what you think.September 26, 2014
- 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.September 23, 2014
- 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'.September 18, 2014
- 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 rebellion on Top Score.September 11, 2014
- 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.September 4, 2014
- 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.August 28, 2014
- 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.August 27, 2014