BBC Radio three are acquiring stuck in to the planet of video game music starting currently, with composer Jessica Curry (whose function you will hear in Dear Esther and Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture) starting her new show Sound Of Gaming. It is great listening, especially if you, like me, cannot stand to have lyrics on though placing words to paper (or web) lest it turn out to be a tangled mess.
As Natalie Clayton explained earlier this month, Radio three is the BBC station that specialises in classical music. This new show is founded on the truth that “some of the most cutting edge, dynamic and expressive music getting produced currently is composed for video games. And the music, like the games themselves, comes in all shapes and sizes: from intimate chamber music to complete jazz bands or electronica to symphonic music on the biggest scale.” In other words, games music: it is true music!
We could have currently identified that, but it is good to get Curry digging into it a bit additional. Each week she’ll have a guest to go over the intricacies of their function, 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 in the market, the variations involving composing video game and film music, and the intimidation of scoring for Mario himself on Rabbids Kingdom Battle.
As properly as some of Kirkhope’s beautiful function, Curry broadcast music from Telling Lies, Final Fantasy X, and an fantastic comedy madrigal from Astrologaster, amongst other folks. The show also chatted with some EGX attendees about their favourite game tracks.
You can listen to this episode of the show on the BBC’s internet site, and tune in to future episodes from three-4pm on Saturdays on Radio three. Subsequent week Curry will chat with Celeste composer Lena Raine, and play exclusively indie game scores in celebration.