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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

  • Characters from"Watch Dogs" composer Brian Reitzell: Scoring a video game is like being a short-order cook
    Brian Reitzell is one of the best-kept secrets in Hollywood, but 2014 might be a turning point for this composer with numerous albums released this year, representing years of work. One of his many recent releases is music for the video game Watch Dogs, which has been in development since 2011.August 22, 2014
  • washington state convention center seattlePAX Prime 2014 Preview on Top Score (Part One)
    Imagine yourself in a stadium filled with 70,000 fans. That's how many video game fans travel to Seattle during Labor Day weekend for the PAX Prime video game convention. I'll be there hosting a panel called Maestros of Video Games.August 21, 2014
  • Composer Cris VelascoTop Score: Cris Velasco Scores the Western Front
    Composer Cris Velasco recently finished music for 'Company of Heroes 3: Western Front Armies'. It marks the third time he's scored a World War II-themed game. This project focuses on the Western Front and the Battle of the Bulge. It's on this week's Top Score.August 14, 2014
  • Composing for Video Games Summer Camp
    Summer camp. The words bring back memories of warm days, making friends ... and alien invasions? That's the case for students of Minneapolis's Composing For Video Games camp. Find out more about the campers' boundless creativity and hear some of their work on Classical MPR's Top Score.August 7, 2014
  • Top Score: Robyn Miller and the story of Myst
    In 1991, a group of five programmers gathered around a computer. They wanted to create a new kind of game that would tell a new kind of story, pushing technology to its limits. This week, hear the story of Myst on Top Score.July 31, 2014
  • Top Score: Composer Goomin Nam writes music of solitude
    South Korean composer Goomin Nam explores the emotions of longing and tranquility in his new soundtrack for the game "Monarch: Heroes of a New Age"July 24, 2014
  • Christopher Tin's 'The Drop That Contained the Sea' on Top Score
    Christopher Tin just finished his second song cycle, 'The Drop That Contained the Sea'. He stopped by Top Score to discuss it.July 17, 2014
  • Top Score: Game Music Lullabies
    When Jayson Napolitano wrote an article about game music to fall asleep to, he had no idea of the volume of response he'd receive. As a result, he created the album, "Game Music Lullabies".July 10, 2014
  • Top Score: 'The Orchestra' app
    A new iPad app from the Philharmonia Orchestra aims to demystify how an orchestra works.July 3, 2014
  • Top Score: Cris Velasco and 'Enemy Front'
    Composer Cris Velasco wrote an unusually introspective score for the World War II-themed game, 'Enemy Front'. He talks about it with Emily Reese on this week's Top Score.June 26, 2014