Music Respawn 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!
Music Respawn

Music Respawn

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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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Nathan Whitehead Finds The Humanity In The Post-Apocalyptic World Of Days Gone

With its setting in Oregon's High Desert and mountains, and its complex main characters searching to be reunited, Days Gone, by SIE Bend Studios isn't a typical post-apocalyptic game. Composer Nathan Whitehead told me that both the setting and love story, even bringing a shred of humanity to the infected Freakers, all gave him plenty of ideas for his soundtrack. As the game opens, seemingly-tough biker Deacon St. John makes the difficult choice to put his wife Sarah on a rescue helicopter in the

Nathan Whitehead Finds The Humanity In The Post-Apocalyptic World Of Days Gone

Inon's Zur's 'Into the Storm' Is A Gift For His Fans

As a newly-signed artist to Sony Masterworks, Inon Zur's first project is Into the Storm , an album of songs inspired by the fantasy world of his music for Dragon Age . As he told me, the album is dedicated to his fans, and they'll find the music on the album both welcoming and familiar. The album features some of the amazing artists Inon has worked with over the years as a game composer, including Aeralie Brighton, Mimi Page, Aubrey Ashburn, Arielle, Viodance and Michelle Packman, May Claire La

Laurence Chapman's Unique Music For An Unusual Journey In 'Heaven's Vault'

Solving the mystery of a missing scholar and decrypting an ancient language are just two threads of the complex, open-world game, Heaven's Vault, created by Inkle Studios. Laurence Chapman composed a gorgeous chamber music soundtrack for the game, in which archeologist Aliya and her robot companion, Six, travel to the distant moons in Aliya's home nebula in search of her missing colleague. Aliya is chosen for the mission because she's been studying an ancient language, and decoding the

Laurence Chapman's Unique Music For An Unusual Journey In 'Heaven's Vault'

Elitsa Alexandrova Creates A Perfect Mix Of Music And Sound For Assassin's Creed

As the in-house composer and sound designer at Ubisoft Sofia, Elitsa Alexandrova had a dual challenge of getting the sound design and music exactly right for two recent Assassin's Creed games: Origins: Curse of the Pharaohs and Rogue. I caught up with her after her session at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, in which she explained how her music gives a sense of time and place to the settings of both games: ancient Egypt and 18th century France. Elitsa says music of the Baroque is

Elitsa Alexandrova Creates A Perfect Mix Of Music And Sound For Assassin's Creed

Penka Kouneva: Getting To That 'Perfect' Soundtrack

Penka Kouneva's diverse portfolio of composing credits include Prince of Persia and Forgotten Sands, as well as numerous film and TV soundtracks, and passion projects like The Woman Astronaut. I talked with Penka at the Game Developers Conference ahead of her session on how composers can balance their drive for perfection with the time constraints and demands of media clients. Penka says learning as much as possible about the client's preferences and their musical goals can save a composer many

Finishing Move's Unique Sound For 'Crackdown 3'

After a long wait, Crackdown 3 was released in February of this year. Brian Trifon and Brian Lee White of Finishing Move were brought in when the game was in its early stages of development, and they say having that much time with the game allowed them to craft a truly unique sound for their music, and go way beyond the original amount of music that was planned. Crackdown 3 is set in a world where there's just one area that has power, which has been taken over by an evil organization, Terra Nova

Painting The City With Sam Marshall's Music In 'Concrete Genie'

In the soon-to-be-released Concrete Genie from studio Pixel Opus, and publisher Sony, Sam Marshall's music gives you the power to create a unique soundtrack with a multitude of sounds as you cover the walls of a rundown city with a magic paintbrush. At this year's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, I caught up with Sam after his session about creating a truly interactive soundtrack for this gorgeous game. Ash, the main character in Concrete Genie , is a sensitive boy who's bullied by

Casey Edwards Wrote His Music For 'Devil May Cry 5' Like A Fan

After 11 years, fans of the Dante's Inferno -inspired Devil May Cry series by Capcom finally have a new chapter with Devil May Cry 5 ! Casey Edwards was thrilled to write some of the music for Devil May Cry 5 because it gave him a chance to rediscover the "angst-y teen" he says he was was when he played the original games. He told me he used his own love of the games' fusion of Gothic and heavy metal to craft just the right sound. Casey contributed cues for some of the epic battles in-game, as

John Swihart's Music Is As Vivid As 'Far Cry New Dawn's' Post-Apocalyptic World

Seventeen years have passed since the nuclear explosion that ends Far Cry 5 , and in that time Nature has reclaimed the landscape. So have some really nasty Highwaymen who aim to bring all the survivors under their control! John Swihart and co-composer Tyler Bates created a soundtrack for Far Cry New Dawn that plays off the ideas of instruments made from scavenged parts, and the vibrancy of the Super Bloom. John says the concept art and ideas that the dev team at Ubisoft gave him and Tyler

John Swihart's Music Is As Vivid As 'Far Cry New Dawn's' Post-Apocalyptic World

Laurence Manning Puts Her Passion For Piano Into Classic Game Themes

Laurence Manning started playing the piano at the age of three, and she began playing games almost at the same time. Listening to familiar themes from Kirby , The Legend of Zelda and Golden Sun inspired her to create classical-inspired arrangements for the piano and launch a Kickstarter campaign to record an album of beloved melodies! In addition to creating arrangements of her favorite game themes, Laurence has also composed some game-inspired music, including a Medieval Fantasy. She hopes to

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