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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

  • Super Marcato BrosTop 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
  • gustav mahler christopher tinNext 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
  • andrew aversaTop Score: Composer Andrew Aversa
    Hard-working composer Andrew Aversa shares his various experiences writing music for video games, and he also invites aspiring composers to get in touch with him for feedback and advice. Listen to the interview with this busy -- and very nice -- composer.October 23, 2014
  • Next Level: Where Music Worlds Collide, Part 4
    Next Level is an attempt to bring new video game and classical music worlds to people who don't even know they exist. This week, we examine voicings and color in music.October 17, 2014
  • Top Score: Oleksa Lozowchuk's 'Bright Sadness'
    A fascinating man with a deeply genuine love of music, Oleksa Lozowchuk is best known in the video-game world for scoring the humorous and addicting 'Dead Rising 3'. This week on Top Score, he speaks to Emily Reese about his album 'Bright Sadness' and about his many musical influences and interests.October 16, 2014
  • Next Level: Where Music Worlds Collide, part 3
    Next Level is an attempt to bring new video game and classical music worlds to people who don't even know they exist. This week, Respighi goes dragon hunting and Dead Space 2 meets its Polish composer-soul mate.October 10, 2014
  • Top Score: A composer known as 'Disasterpeace'
    Back in 2012, video game media outlets were ablaze with news about FEZ. This press helped launch the career of the game's composer, a then-relatively unknown Rich 'Disasterpeace' Vreeland.October 9, 2014
  • Next Level: Where Music Worlds Collide, part 2
    The adventure continues this week with the second installment of Next Level, an article series that, based on the music you love, suggests something different to try out. This week, cello lovers are in for a treat.October 3, 2014
  • Top Score: Singer Lisbeth Scott's rising note
    Several years ago, a five-minute conversation took Lisbeth Scott from being a part-time singer and musician in a dance studio to performing in a soundtrack for Hans Zimmer, a titan of the industry ... and she didn't know who he was at the time. She only went up from there.October 2, 2014
  • Next Level: Where Music Worlds Collide
    There are many commonalities between classical music and video-game music. That's why Top Score production assistant Pierce Huxtable has a video-game music suggestion for classical-music lovers and a classical suggestion for VGM lovers. Give these tracks a listen and see what you think.September 26, 2014