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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

  • NJ ApostolTop Score: White Paper Games and NJ Apostol
    Indie game developers White Paper Games took on a seemingly impossible project for an untested, six-member team. They wanted to create a free-roaming, first-person puzzle game set in the surreal, disjointed mind of a woman with dementia. This project presented White Paper Games's composer, NJ Apostol, with a tremendous challenge -- and his score rose to the occasion.December 18, 2014
  • Composer Mikolai StroinskiComposer Mikolai Stroinski offers a preview of his 'Ethan Carter' score
    Top Score had the opportunity for a written interview with composer Mikolai Stroinski. In this interview, he reveals a release date for his gorgeous score to "The Vanishing of Ethan Carter".December 17, 2014
  • Trevor Morris poses with his Emmy AwardTop Score: Composer Trevor Morris
    Trevor Morris received his first commission at 13 years old, when he wrote a song for the Pope. Now, Morris's commissions are for the 'Dragon Age' video games. Morris is Emily Reese's guest on this week's Top Score.December 11, 2014
  • Top Score: the work of composing duo known as The Flight
    Composers Joe Henson and Alexis Smith form a composing duo called The Flight. They've been working together on music for more than 20 years, including video games. Henson and Smith speak to Emily Reese on this week's episode of Top Score.December 4, 2014
  • Top Score: Inon Zur and 'Fantasia: Music Evolved'
    Inon Zur remembers his very first viewing of Disney's Fantasia as a small child. Now he's come full-circle, working on the soundtrack to Disney's new video game, 'Fantasia: Music Evolved'.November 26, 2014
  • Top Score: Garry Schyman pushes boundaries
    Composer Garry Schyman always seems to be pushing the bounds of video game music. With help from the Seattle Symphony and the amazing acoustics of the Bastyr chapel, Schyman takes some creative liberties with his 'Shadow of Mordor' game soundtrack.November 20, 2014
  • Top Score: Composer Neal Acree
    To call Neal Acree's fan base "passionate" would be a gross understatement. As a contributing composer for World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo III, Video Games Live, and the Stargate series, some of his listeners seem to live and breathe their respective media.November 13, 2014
  • Top Score: a live music romp with NES (Nerd Enhanced Sound)
    This episode features a nerd-filled interview and some truly lovely live-recorded video game music. From Marble Madness to early Metroid to a rocking series of solos in Dr. Mario, we hope you enjoy our time with NES.November 6, 2014
  • Top Score: Super Marcato Brothers
    Karl and Will Brueggemann, known as the Super Marcato Brothers, live and breathe retro video games. They compose original and game-inspired music, often playing a number of instruments in the tracks.October 30, 2014
  • Next Level: Where Music Worlds Collide, part 5
    On this week's installment, we've got two men obsessed with power, and music that tips your expectations upside-down.October 24, 2014