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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

  • The Videri String Quartet on Top Score
    The Videri String Quartet is a typical string quartet -- with a twist. Although each member of the ensemble is classically trained, the group chooses to exclusively play video game music.October 17, 2013
  • Lorne Balfe and Beyond: Two Souls on Top Score
    Composer Lorne Balfe wrote music for the game Beyond: Two Souls, which just came out on Tuesday. Balfe's music helps to tell the story of the game, centered on a character named Jodie. And the music is brilliant.October 10, 2013
  • Raison Varner and Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep on Top Score
    In Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, composer Raison Varner had the opportunity to poke a bit of fun at one of the most beloved genres of all media — the fantasy genre.October 3, 2013
  • Jessica Curry and 'Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs' on Top Score
    Set in Victorian London, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs follows an earlier game called Amnesia: The Dark Descent, which has been described by some as the scariest game ever made. Composer Jessica Curry discusses the music and concept for Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs.September 26, 2013
  • Gustavo Santaolalla and The Last of Us on Top Score
    Gustavo Santaolalla won back-to-back Oscars in 2006 and 2007, for Brokeback Mountain and Babel, respectively. And those sparse film scores are indicative of Gustavo's use of space in music — silence can be one of the most effective sounds to use in a video game.September 19, 2013
  • Jack Wall and Lost Planet 3 on Top Score
    Composer Jack Wall wrote two quite different soundtracks for Lost Planet 3 — one takes the player through the battles and cinematics of Lost Planet, and one takes the main character back to Planet Earth.September 12, 2013
  • Rob Garner and the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra on Top Score
    The Washington Metro Gamer Symphony Orchestra is a brand new all-volunteer ensemble devoted entirely to performing orchestral arrangements of video game music.September 5, 2013
  • James Hannigan and Dead Space 3 on Top Score
    Composer James Hannigan wrote music for Dead Space 3; an ominous score for a terrifying game.August 29, 2013
  • James Hannigan and RuneScape 3 on Top Score
    British composer James Hannigan has scored just about every type of game imaginable, from the final four 'Harry Potter' games to terrifying 'Dead Space 3'. We talked about his newest project, a big online fantasy game called 'RuneScape 3'.August 22, 2013
  • Tim Larkin and DotA 2 on Top Score
    Even though it's been out for a month, the game 'DotA 2' is still a work in progress. Composer Tim Larkin started writing music for the game more than two years ago -- and he's not done yet.August 15, 2013