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Playing with Music

Jessica Curry with the most exciting and inspiring video game music. Plus she chats to VGM's 'eclectic daredevil' Olivier Deriviere about pushing the boundaries of music in games

Jessica Curry with the most exciting and inspiring video game music to open your ears and mind.

Stand by for, amongst other things, a sonic reimagining of Debussy, a nursery rhyme murder mystery, Deep Space musical dystopia and much loved tracks from two classic franchises.

Plus Jessica chats to French composer Olivier Deriviere. Known for his work on Assassin’s Creed IV: Freedom Cry, A Plague Tale, and the new GreedFall, Olivier is one of the most in-demand composers working in games today – described as “Game music’s eclectic daredevil”, he talks to Jess about pushing the boundaries of what music in games can be and how interactivity has exploded the aural possibilities composers can work with.

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Full playlist:

Yoko Shimomura - Theme (Kingdom Hearts)
Kenta Nagata/Hajime Wakai/Toru Minegishi/Koji Kondo - Dragon Roost Island (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker)
Claude Debussy/Daniel Olsén - Clair de Lune (Sayonara Wild Hearts)
Olivier Derivière - Making Peace with Ourselves (GreedFall)
Olivier Derivière - The Balloon Plan (11-11 Memories Retold)
Olivier Derivière - Father (A Plague Tale: Innocence)
Jim Fowler - Chasing Shadows (Diggs Nightcrawler)
Berlinist - Karasu (Gris)
Inon Zur - Main Theme (Fallout 4)
Osama Murata - Nozomi's Confession (Shenmue)
Jason Graves - Fly Me to the Aegis Seven Moon (Dead Space)
Yoko Shimomura - Guile's Theme (Streetfighter II)
Floex - The Glasshouse with Butterfly (Machinarium)
Olivier Derivière - A Plague Tale (A Plague Tale: Innocence)
Olivier Derivière - In Shock (A Plague Tale: Innocence)
Olivier Derivière - Together Forever (A Plague Tale: Innocence)
Jim Guthrie/J.J. Ipsen - The Light in Us All (Planet Coaster)

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Music Played

  • Yoko Shimomura

    Theme (Kingdom Hearts)

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Eímear Noone.
  • Kenta Nagata

    Dragon Roost Island (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker)

    Composer: Hajime Wakai. Composer: Toru Minegishi. Composer: Koji Kondo. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Skeet.
    • The Greatest Video Game Music: Volume 2.
    • X5 Music Group.
    • 3.
  • Claude Debussy

    Clair de Lune (Sayonara Wild Hearts)

    Performer: Daniel Olsén. Music Arranger: Daniel Olsén.
    • Sayanora Wild Hearts.
    • Simogo AB.
    • 9.
  • Olivier Derivière

    Making Peace with Ourselves (GreedFall)

    Performer: Charlie Dalin. Orchestra: Orchestre National d'Île de France. Conductor: Allan Wilson.
    • Ameo Publishing.
  • Olivier Derivière

    The Balloon Plan (11-11 Memories Retold)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Choir: The Pinewood Singers. Conductor: Allan Wilson.
    • Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe S.A.S..
  • Olivier Derivière

    Father (A Plague Tale: Innocence)

    Performer: Gaedic Chambrier. Performer: Jeanne Dorche.
    • Ameo Prod, Inc..
  • Jim Fowler

    Chasing Shadows (Diggs Nightcrawler)

    Performer: Jim Fowler.
    • Moonbot Studios.
  • Berlinist

    Karasu (Gris)

    Performer: Berlinist.
    • Self-released.
  • Inon Zur

    Main Theme (Fallout 4)

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Eímear Noone.
    • BBC Radio 3 Afternoon Concert.
  • Osama Murata

    Nozomi's Confession (Shenmue)

    Performer: Yulia Nechaeva. Music Arranger: Yulia Nechaeva.
    • Younes Elbayad.
  • Jason Graves

    Fly Me to the Aegis Seven Moon (Dead Space)

    Orchestra: Northwest Sinfonia and Chorale. Orchestra: Skywalker Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jason Graves.
    • Nettwerk Productions.
  • Yoko Shimomura

    Guile's Theme (Streetfighter II)

  • Floex

    The Glasshouse with Butterfly (Machinarium)

    Performer: Floex.
    • minority records.
  • Olivier Derivière

    A Plague Tale (A Plague Tale: Innocence)

    Performer: Eric-Maria Couturier. Performer: Jeanne Dorche. Performer: Olivier Derivière.
    • Ameo Prod, Inc..
  • Olivier Derivière

    In Shock (A Plague Tale: Innocence)

    Performer: Eric-Maria Couturier. Performer: Jeanne Dorche.
    • Ameo Prod, Inc..
  • Olivier Derivière

    Together Forever (A Plague Tale: Innocence)

    Performer: Eric-Maria Couturier. Performer: Jeanne Dorche. Performer: Gaedic Chambrier. Performer: Elenore Billy.
    • Ameo Prod, Inc.
  • Jim Guthrie

    The Light in Us All (Planet Coaster)

    Composer: J.J. Ipsen. Performer: Jim Guthrie. Performer: J.J. Ipsen.
    • You, Me & Gravity: The Music Of Planet Coaster.
    • iam8bit.
    • 1.

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