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WSHU Public Radio’s Kate Remington combines her love of music and video games in this series of informal conversations with composers and performers of game soundtracks. Plus, there’s lots of music in the interviews, so you can hear it for yourself!

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WSHU Public Radio’s Kate Remington combines her love of music and video games in this series of informal conversations with composers and performers of game soundtracks. Plus, there’s lots of music in the interviews, so you can hear it for yourself!

    Swingin' With The 8-Bit Big Band

    Swingin' With The 8-Bit Big Band

    Led by arranger and founder Charlie Rosen, the 8-Bit Big Band has rekindled a love of swing with fans of game music. Following a sold-out show in New York City, the band has invited high-energy sax virtuoso Grace Kelly to join them for two concerts in Boston on March 1 . As Charlie told me, he has so much admiration for classic themes from Super Mario Brothers, The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy that he thinks of them as The Great Game Songbook. Charlie says his love of Broadway provides the

    • 33 min
    Rob Kovacs Rediscovers Buried Treasure In Long-Lost Game Music

    Rob Kovacs Rediscovers Buried Treasure In Long-Lost Game Music

    For every classic NES video game that we all remember, like Castlevania, Zelda and Super Mario, there are literally hundreds that have fallen into obscurity. Pianist, composer and arranger Rob Kovacs is on a mission to bring these long-lost treasures to a new audience with his note-for-note piano transcriptions of themes from obscure games like T he Adventures of Lolo , Arkista's Ring and Marble Madness . As he told me, he's become a sort of musical archeologist, and it's been exciting to

    • 42 min
    Grant Kirkhope Stretches His Wings As A Film Composer

    Grant Kirkhope Stretches His Wings As A Film Composer

    Writing the score for the award-winning animated short film The Wrong Rock gave BAFTA-nominated composer Grant Kirkhope a chance to spread his wings and offer an enjoyable change of pace from a busy year composing game soundtracks. As Grant told me, getting the perfect theme for Martin, the courageous mushroom who didn't fit in on his home rock, was the key that unlocked the music. Grant says he enjoyed the different challenges writing a film score presented, including having the music exactly

    • 40 min
    John Paul Hayward's Symphonic Tribute To 'Chrono Cross'

    John Paul Hayward's Symphonic Tribute To 'Chrono Cross'

    Composer John Paul Hayward has such great memories of playing Square Enix's classic Chrono Cross that he created an orchestral tribute to Yasunori Mitsuda's soundtrack, imagining what it would sound like if John Williams had arranged it. John's album, Cross Symphonic , was released in November 2019, on the exact date Cross was released in 1999. John told me it was an incredibly ambitious project. Chrono Cross has a complicated story, involving visits by the main characters to parallel universes

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Marty O'Donnell's Music For Dreamers In 'Golem'

    Marty O'Donnell's Music For Dreamers In 'Golem'

    Golem , created by Highwire Games and released in November, has been one of the most-anticipated VR games in recent years. The game puts the player in the world as the younger child of a family who live near a huge ruined city filled with treasures and populated by massive golems. With a special artifact, the children are able to inhabit a golem themselves and explore the city. Nearly four years ago I talked with legendary composer Marty O'Donnell about his project to create a prequel album of

    • 56 min
    Jason Graves' Busy, Busy Year

    Jason Graves' Busy, Busy Year

    It's been an incredibly busy year for composer Jason Graves: writing music for the terrifying Dark Pictures: Man of Medan from Supermassive Games. He also scored episodes of DC's Swamp Thing, and in the midst of all that terror, carved out time to return to the charming world of Quill, the young mouse hero of Moss . I caught up with Jason to talk about all three projects. Jason says staying hyper-organized, and making sure he takes a couple of days off for weekends is how he doesn't get burned

    • 1 hr 14 min

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