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Some of the scores for video games are incredibly intricate and deserve recognition, which is why we've created Top Score: a series of podcasts dedicated to the music that accompanies soldiers through battle, sorcerers through forests and aliens through space.

Latest Episodes

Top Score: SonicPicnic and Awesomenauts

The soundtrack for the game 'Awesomenauts' sounds like an alien radio station. The music was created by a group of composers who call themselves SonicPicnic.

23 min2015 AUG 20
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Top Score: SonicPicnic and Awesomenauts

Composer Ryan Ike got his career started at 'Gunpoint'

Composer Ryan Ike got his first big break in video-game composition by answering an open call for composers on Twitter for a game called 'Gunpoint'. He got the job -- and a BAFTA nomination. Hear more about Ryan Ike on this week's episode of Top Score.

21 min2015 AUG 13
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Composer Ryan Ike got his career started at 'Gunpoint'

Serious music for a casual game

Millions of people around the world play the 'casual' game Candy Crush Soda Saga, but composer Johan Holmstrom took the music very seriously, even recruiting the London Symphony Orchestra for the recording session. Holmstrom is Emily Reese's guest on this week's Top Score.

14 min2015 AUG 6
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Serious music for a casual game

A musicologist's look at 'Final Fantasy VI'

Ryan Thompson is a PhD candidate in musicology at the University of Minnesota, with a special interest in ludomusicology. What is that, you ask? Ludomusicology is a growing field in which musicologists study the impact of music in video games.

19 min2015 JUL 30
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A musicologist's look at 'Final Fantasy VI'

Tom Salta's bold choice for subtle music

The new game 'Spartan Strike' exists in an audio-dominant world. To make sure he could still capture a player's attention, composer Tom Salta decided to record quieter, more subtle cues. He also enlisted the help of the New York Film Chorale and the Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra. Hear more about it on this week's episode of Top Score.

19 min2015 JUL 23
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Tom Salta's bold choice for subtle music

Top Score says, 'Thank You, Pierce'

Top Score says "thank you" to production assistant Pierce Huxtable for one year of great work. Pierce's position was funded by a (non-renewable) grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, an award for which Top Score is forever grateful.

13 min2015 JUL 22
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Top Score says, 'Thank You, Pierce'

What's old-school is new again for Michael Schiciano

Michael Schiciano joins Emily Reese on this week's Top Score to talk about old-school and modern approaches to composing. Thanks to the burgeoning mobile market, many composers use old-school techniques to create music for smartphone games.

19 min2015 JUL 16
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What's old-school is new again for Michael Schiciano

Do a Barrel Roll create innovative covers of game music

The orchestral-rock video game cover band Do a Barrel Roll stopped by Classical MPR to record a set and to chat with Emily Reese, host of Top Score. 'They played a set and stole my heart -- I've always wanted to say that,' Emily says. Listen to the full session.

21 min2015 JUL 15
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Do a Barrel Roll create innovative covers of game music

Sam Dillard is a one-man music-making machine

Completely self taught, Sam Dillard not only composes music, but he also performs and records his work. Recently hired by Kinect for its new Harry Potter trailer, Dillard joins Emily Reese on this week's episode of Top Score.

20 min2015 JUL 9
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Sam Dillard is a one-man music-making machine

Chris Huelsbeck's career leaps to next stage

The enduring success of composer Chris Huelsbeck's early works has created a fan following in his native Germany and across the world. His work inspired a 2008 concert series, and more recently, he's crowd-funded a new album of piano works. Learn more about Chris Huelsbeck on this week's Top Score.

15 min2015 JUL 2
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Chris Huelsbeck's career leaps to next stage

Latest Episodes

Top Score: SonicPicnic and Awesomenauts

The soundtrack for the game 'Awesomenauts' sounds like an alien radio station. The music was created by a group of composers who call themselves SonicPicnic.

23 min2015 AUG 20
Comments
Top Score: SonicPicnic and Awesomenauts

Composer Ryan Ike got his career started at 'Gunpoint'

Composer Ryan Ike got his first big break in video-game composition by answering an open call for composers on Twitter for a game called 'Gunpoint'. He got the job -- and a BAFTA nomination. Hear more about Ryan Ike on this week's episode of Top Score.

21 min2015 AUG 13
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Composer Ryan Ike got his career started at 'Gunpoint'

Serious music for a casual game

Millions of people around the world play the 'casual' game Candy Crush Soda Saga, but composer Johan Holmstrom took the music very seriously, even recruiting the London Symphony Orchestra for the recording session. Holmstrom is Emily Reese's guest on this week's Top Score.

14 min2015 AUG 6
Comments
Serious music for a casual game

A musicologist's look at 'Final Fantasy VI'

Ryan Thompson is a PhD candidate in musicology at the University of Minnesota, with a special interest in ludomusicology. What is that, you ask? Ludomusicology is a growing field in which musicologists study the impact of music in video games.

19 min2015 JUL 30
Comments
A musicologist's look at 'Final Fantasy VI'

Tom Salta's bold choice for subtle music

The new game 'Spartan Strike' exists in an audio-dominant world. To make sure he could still capture a player's attention, composer Tom Salta decided to record quieter, more subtle cues. He also enlisted the help of the New York Film Chorale and the Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra. Hear more about it on this week's episode of Top Score.

19 min2015 JUL 23
Comments
Tom Salta's bold choice for subtle music

Top Score says, 'Thank You, Pierce'

Top Score says "thank you" to production assistant Pierce Huxtable for one year of great work. Pierce's position was funded by a (non-renewable) grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, an award for which Top Score is forever grateful.

13 min2015 JUL 22
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Top Score says, 'Thank You, Pierce'

What's old-school is new again for Michael Schiciano

Michael Schiciano joins Emily Reese on this week's Top Score to talk about old-school and modern approaches to composing. Thanks to the burgeoning mobile market, many composers use old-school techniques to create music for smartphone games.

19 min2015 JUL 16
Comments
What's old-school is new again for Michael Schiciano

Do a Barrel Roll create innovative covers of game music

The orchestral-rock video game cover band Do a Barrel Roll stopped by Classical MPR to record a set and to chat with Emily Reese, host of Top Score. 'They played a set and stole my heart -- I've always wanted to say that,' Emily says. Listen to the full session.

21 min2015 JUL 15
Comments
Do a Barrel Roll create innovative covers of game music

Sam Dillard is a one-man music-making machine

Completely self taught, Sam Dillard not only composes music, but he also performs and records his work. Recently hired by Kinect for its new Harry Potter trailer, Dillard joins Emily Reese on this week's episode of Top Score.

20 min2015 JUL 9
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Sam Dillard is a one-man music-making machine

Chris Huelsbeck's career leaps to next stage

The enduring success of composer Chris Huelsbeck's early works has created a fan following in his native Germany and across the world. His work inspired a 2008 concert series, and more recently, he's crowd-funded a new album of piano works. Learn more about Chris Huelsbeck on this week's Top Score.

15 min2015 JUL 2
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Chris Huelsbeck's career leaps to next stage
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