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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

  • Kan Gao and To the Moon on Top Score
    The art in To the Moon is deceptively simple. With blocky graphics, it's a lot like an Impressionist painting up close. But as you sit back, the images come alive. Kan Gao's atmosphere score is much the same.November 7, 2013
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow on Top Score
    The Castlevania series of games has great music, including the newest in the series, "Lords of Shadow" by Oscar Araujo.October 31, 2013
  • Halloween Game Music Bundle on Top Score
    The newest Game Music Bundle features 14 soundtracks from scary games, the perfect music for your Halloween party!October 23, 2013
  • 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