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Welcome to the world of video game music

Join Jessica Curry on a brand new adventure as she delves into the exhilarating and joyous world of video games music. Today she chats to Mario and Rabbids composer Grant Kirkhope

Join Jessica Curry on a brand new adventure for Radio 3 as she delves into the exhilarating and joyous world of music for video games.

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, so if you’ve never listened to music from games before, prepare to have your expectations confounded!

Jessica presents a heady mix of music to delight the most ardent gaming fans as well as enticing those who may never have even played a video game - with classic scores, new releases and some of her favourites.

Today she talks to composer British composer Grant Kirkhope who has scored some of the best loved video games characters from Banjo-Kazooie to Mario alongside a catalogue of hit games that have sold over 30 million. Grant chats about the terror involved in scoring the iconic moustachioed plumber and how melody is the key to great games music.

Plus we hear from music fans at EGX - the UK's biggest video games show.

Get in touch - email soundofgaming@bbc.co.uk

Full playlist:

Koji Kondo - Gusty Garden Galaxy (Super Mario Galaxy)
Christopher Tin - Sogno di Volare (Civilisation VI)
Nainita Desai - Dawn (Telling Lies)
Grant Kirkhope - Oven Fresh Day (Viva Piñata)
Grant Kirkhope - Main Theme (Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning)
Grant Kirkhope - Showdown Town Square (Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts)
Todd Baker - Impossible Worlds (Monument Valley II)
Nobuo Uematsu - To Zanarkand (Final Fantasy X)
Simon Hale - Temptation, Pt 1 (L.A. Noire)
Andrew Hale - Main Theme (L.A. Noire)
Traditional Russian - Korobeiniki (Tetris)
Cris Velasco - Theme for The Long Dark (The Long Dark)
Andrea Boccadoro - John Whitgift (Astrologaster)
Grant Kirkhope - Mid Boss Mayhem (Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle)
Grant Kirkhope - Tirnoch (Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning)
Saori Kobayashi - The Ark (Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga)
Jake Kaufman - Flowers of Antimony (Shovel Knight)

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Last on

Sat 26 Oct 2019 15:00

Music Played

  • Koji Kondo

    Gusty Garden Galaxy (Super Mario Galaxy)

    Composer: Mahito Yokota. Music Arranger: Andrew Skeet. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Skeet.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Christopher Tin

    Sogno di Volare ('The Dream of Flight') from Civilisation VI

    Choir: Angel City Chorale. Choir: Cappella SF. Orchestra: Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra. Conductor: Oleg Kondratenko.
    • Digital download.
    • Tin Works.
    • 1.
  • Nainita Desai

    Telling Lies - Dawn

    Orchestra: London Contemporary Orchestra. Conductor: Hugh Brunt.
    • Digital download.
    • Annapurna Interactive.
  • Grant Kirkhope

    Oven Fresh Day (Viva Piñata)

    Orchestrator: Nic Raine. Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Nic Raine.
    • Digital download.
    • Sumthing Else Music Works.
    • 2.
  • Grant Kirkhope

    Reckoning Main Theme (Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning)

    Orchestrator: Nic Raine. Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Nic Raine.
    • Digital download.
    • Sumthing Else Music Works.
    • 1.
  • Grant Kirkhope

    Showdown Town Square (Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts)

    Orchestrator: Nic Raine. Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Nic Raine.
    • Sumthing Else Music Works.
  • Todd Baker

    Impossible Worlds (Monument Valley II)

    Performer: Todd Baker.
    • Digital download.
    • ustwogames.
    • 1.
  • Nobuo Uematsu

    To Zanarkand (Final Fantasy X)

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Eímear Noone.
  • Simon Hale

    Temptation, Pt 1 (L.A. Noire)

    Composer: Andrew Hale. Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
    • Digital download.
    • Rockstar Games.
    • 13.
  • Andrew Hale

    Main Theme (L.A. Noire)

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
    • Digital Download.
    • Rockstar Games.
    • 1.
  • Trad.

    Tetris Theme (Korobeiniki)

    Music Arranger: Andrew Skeet. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Skeet.
  • Cris Velasco

    Theme for The Long Dark

    Performer: Cris Velasco.
    • Digital download.
    • Hinterland Studio.
    • 1.
  • Andrea Boccadoro

    John Whitgift (Astrologaster)

    Lyricist: Katharine Neil. Singer: Emily Dickens. Singer: Ruth Kiang. Singer: Benedict Hymas. Singer: Robin Bailey. Singer: Jimmy Holiday. Singer: Christopher Webb. Singer: Benjamin Woodgates.
    • Digital download.
    • Air-Edel Records.
    • 8.
  • Grant Kirkhope

    Mid Boss Mayhem (Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle)

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
    • Digital download.
    • Ubisoft Music.
    • 13.
  • Grant Kirkhope

    Tirnoch (Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning)

    Orchestrator: Nic Raine. Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Nic Raine.
    • Digital download.
    • Sumthing Else Music Works.
    • 35.
  • Saori Kobayashi

    The Ark (Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga)

    Performer: Saori Kobayashi. Performer: Maho Azuma. Ensemble: Triforce Quartet.
    • Digital download from Bandcamp.
    • Brave Wave Music.
    • 10.
  • Jake Kaufman

    Flowers of Antimony (Shovel Knight)

    Composer: Manami Matsumae. Performer: Jake Kaufman.
    • Digital download.
    • Big Lion Music.

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  • Sat 26 Oct 2019 15:00

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