BBC Radio Three are getting caught in to the world of video game music starting as we speak, with composer Jessica Curry (whose work you’ll hear in Dear Esther and Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture) starting her new present Sound Of Gaming. It’s good listening, notably in case you, like me, can’t stand to have lyrics on whereas placing phrases to paper (or web) lest it turn into a tangled mess.
As Natalie Clayton explained earlier this month, Radio Three is the BBC station that specialises in classical music. This new present is based on the truth that “some of the most cutting edge, dynamic and expressive music being made today is composed for video games. And the music, like the games themselves, comes in all shapes and sizes: from intimate chamber music to full jazz bands or electronica to symphonic music on the largest scale.” In different phrases, games music: it’s actual music!
We might have already identified that, nevertheless it’s good to get Curry digging into it a bit additional. Every week she’ll have a visitor to debate the intricacies of their work, and this week it was composer Grant Kirkhope, who’s scored games from Banjo-Kazooie to Viva Piñata to Civilization: Beyond Earth. They talked about his profession path within the business, the variations between composing video game and movie music, and the intimidation of scoring for Mario himself on Rabbids Kingdom Battle.
As effectively as a few of Kirkhope’s beautiful work, Curry broadcast music from Telling Lies, Final Fantasy X, and a very good comedy madrigal from Astrologaster, amongst others. The present additionally chatted with some EGX attendees about their favorite game tracks.
You can hearken to this episode of the present on the BBC’s website, and tune in to future episodes from 3-4pm on Saturdays on Radio 3. Next week Curry will chat with Celeste composer Lena Raine, and play completely indie game scores in celebration.