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!
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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!More from Music Respawn »

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Garry Schyman's Music Helps Unravel A Mystery In 'Torn'

Composer Garry Schyman has created music for some blockbuster games, including Bioshock and Middle Earth: Shadow of War . His latest project is for the mysterious VR game Torn by Aspyr Studios. In Torn , a world-renowned scientist, Dr.Talbott, was on the brink of an earth-shattering discovery when he disappeared, and he has now been missing for over 50 years. His mansion has beeen discovered by a blogger, who's determined to find out what happened. As Garry told me in our conversation, composing

Nima Fakhrara's Music Gets To The Core Of Connor In 'Detroit: Become Human'

Composer Nima Fakhrara has a reputation for building his own unique instruments, which is why the deveopers of Detroit: Become Human brought him in to create the soundtrack for Connor, an android programmed to hunt down other androids who have become suceptible to a virus that causes them to feel human emotions. In our conversation, Nima told me he approached the score by considering, "how would an android compose music?' And he started by creating Connor's main theme almost as if it's the sound

Nima Fakhrara's Music Gets To The Core Of Connor In 'Detroit: Become Human'

Michael Gordon Shapiro's Music Spans The Globe In 'Empires Apart'

Empires Apart by DESTINYbit Studios is a tribute to those old-school Medieval Real Time Strategy games, in which you create an army and manage your resources to emerge victorious battle after battle. It turns out composer Michael Gordon Shapiro loves those old-time RTS's, and, as he told me, he was thrilled when he got the invitation to write the soundtrack for Empires Apart ! There are six different cultures represented in Empires Apart : Medieval French, Aztec, Byzantine, Chinese, Mongol, and

Erik Desiderio: Zooming Through Space In 'Anshar Online'

Anshar Online, developed by Ozwe Studios, was one of the most popular games exhibited at this year's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. It combines a campaign to avenge the untimely death of a friend, with thrilling virtual reality flight. Composer Erik Desiderio told me it was fantastic to see so many players finally getting a chance to hear the music he wrote for the game. Erik said his inspiration for the soundtack came from many sources, but the main DNA is from soundtracks for

Jesse Harlin: A Little Bit Of Everything In 'Yoku's Island Express'

Villa Gorilla , the small studio that created Yoku's Island Express, describes it as a combination of pinball and a 'Metroid-vania" tribute. The game follows a tiny postman, Yoku, as he tries to free a tropical island's god from a curse, and he gets through the world as if it's a giant pinball machine.

The Poetry Inspired By Destiny's 'Music Of The Spheres'

To generate excitement about its new game, Destiny , still in development, Bungie Studios had the idea of creating a musical prequel to give players an idea of what this new world would be. The music was initially begun by Marty O'Donnell , who later invited Michael Salvatori to collaborate on what would be an eight-movement suite called Music of the Spheres .

Jon Everist's Score Creates Empathy In 'BattleTech's' Timeless Story

Jon Everist says the obvious choice for his soundtrack for BattleTech would have been pounding synths and walls of guitars, but since the game's story is so well written by the team at the studio Harebrained Schemes, it allowed Jon to really bring out the emotions of the characters BattleTech is a timeless story of a ruler, High Lady Kamea Arano, who's been dethroned in a coup and gathers a band of mercenaries to reclaim the power that's rightfully hers. Jon says he approached scoring the

Olivier Deriviere: No Black And White Choices In 'Vampyr'

It's 1918, and London is in the grip of a terrible outbreak of the Spanish Flu. Dr. Jonathan Reid is a battlefield medic, but he's also been turned into a vampire, in DONTNOD Entertainment's newest game, Vampyr. Composer Olivier Deriviere told me that the story and compelling characters gave him plenty of emotional inspiration to explore the doctor's conflicting drives of wanting to heal patients, while needing blood to survive.

Kevin Penkin's Intimate, Conversational Soundtrack For 'Florence'

Remember the first time you fell in love? That's the experience, heartbreak and all, that Mountains Studio creates with Florence, which follows a young woman through her first grown-up love affair. Kevin Penkin created an intimate soundtrack of chamber music, with a piano representing Florence, and a cello for the voice of her lover, Krish, who is actually a cellist in the game. Because there's no dialogue, Kevin told me it was wonderful to have the music play such a key role in creating the

John Robert Matz: Leaving Room For The Unexpected In 'For The King'

For the King , developed by Iron Oak Games , takes players on a challenging adventure in a brutal kingdom in the midst of chaos. It's the player's mission to restore order and ensure the security of the widowed Queen. Composer John Robert Matz told me he was thrilled to create the soundtrack because it gave him the chance to fulfill a long-held dream to write music for a fantasy game. Because For the King is an open-world game, which allows the players to roam anywhere, anything can (and does!)

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