Emily Reese interviews people in the video game industry, including composers, audio directors, sound designers and developers.
Level 140: Jesse Harlin (Mafia: Definitive Edition)
Hear composer Jesse Harlin talk about his music for Mafia: Definitive Edition. The game is a remake of the first Mafia game, which came out in 2002, but with completely new music written by Jesse. We’ve had Jesse on the show twice before; once was for Yoku’s Island Express in 2018 and in 2016, Jesse was on Level to talk about his work on Mafia 3. That was mostly a blues score, but the score for Mafia: Definitive Edition is entirely orchestral. Support Level with Emily Reese and see a playlist on Patreon.
Level 139: Max LL (Spiritfarer)
I love the Spiritfarer soundtrack. It was a pleasure to talk with Max LL about his music for Spiritfarer. We also talk about Jøtun and Sundered. All three are made by Thunder Lotus Games in Montreal in Quebec in Canada. It's worth repeating: I love this soundtrack. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Please consider supporting Level with Emily on Patreon!
Level 138: Stephen Sharer (Rocket Slide)
I spoke with YouTuber Stephen Sharer about his new app called Rocket Slide. Stephen's channel is full of family-friendly content, positivity and vibrant colors. It was a pleasure to speak with him about all the videos he makes. Support Level with Emily on Patreon!
Level 137: Cris Velasco (Carrion)
Composer Cris Velasco's music for Carrion is fantastic, and definitely check out the story about the album art. Find the playlist and support Level with Emily Reese on Patreon.
Level 136: Charlie Rosen (The 8-Bit Big Band)
Charlie Rosen talks about running The 8-Bit Big Band. See a playlist and support Level with Emily on Patreon.
Level Bit 20: Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Out of the North
Ubisoft released an EP of music by Jesper Kyd, Sarah Schachner and Einar Selvik from the upcoming Assassin's Creed: Valhalla game due out in November. Here's a review of what they released.
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Listen, LWER is a must!
This podcast has everything from heartfelt moments, to deep technical talk, to comedy. The conversation centers around the music in videos games, and Emily talks with the composers who write it. It’s insightful, it’s fun, it’s addicting. Video game music is some of the best music being written in the modern age, it is great to have a podcast showing it off!
Sound Exploder For Video Games
That's the best, shortest description. But if you need more:
This podcast covers an area near and dear to me and, I'm happy to say, does an awesome job. Emily Reese is an excellent host -- knowledgeable, connected with the subject. Best of all for an interview show, she asks the right questions, then just lets the guests talk. Emily Reese is just astoundingly good.
The sound design of the show is great, mixing in the artist's work at all the right times; and it's all technically very shipshape and mixed professionally.
Subscribe to this podcast even if you have no interest in videogame sound! It's rewarding and enlighening, and might give you some insight into a field you hadn't given a second thought to!
(While you're at it, subscribe and give a listen to her previous podcast, Top Score, which was all about music in video games, and also excellent.)
When it comes to video game music composers...
Emily knows her stuff. VGM composers highly respect Emily because she has done so much to bring the VGM scene alive. Whether through interviews, panels at shows, promoting VGM as legitimate music in the public same, you name it. She ran a fantastic show on public radio, and she continues the great work here with her own, self-run show. She covers a wide range of topics, composers, and games, so there's really something for everyone. If VGM interests you even in the slightest, this is by far one of the most must-subscribe-to podcasts you'll find.