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Finding the heart of sound

Exploring music written for video games, plus Horizon Zero Dawn composers The Flight talk about how creating and experimenting with new sounds can bring a game score to life

Jessica Curry has the latest and greatest music for video games.

Composing duo The Flight have been behind the scores for Alien: Isolation, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and the Ivor Novello winning Horizon Zero Dawn, which really push the sonic boundaries of how games music can sound. Alexis Smith from the Flight joins Jessica in the studio to talk about how you collaborate on a game and why creating and experimenting with new sounds and instrumentation, from harmonica orchestras to analogue robots, can bring a game score to life.

Plus Jessica has a eclectic and surprising mix of musical treats from games, including music by American singer Rhiannon Giddens, an epic opera boss from Nier: Automata and a classic track from the world's most famous - and certainly fastest - hedgehog, Sonic.

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

Greg Edmonson - Nate's Theme (Uncharted: Drake's Fortune)
Rhiannon Giddens/Daniel Lanois - Mountain Hymn (Red Dead Redemption II)
David García - The Seed of the Name (Arise: A Simple Story)
The Flight - A Wanderer's Work (Horizon Zero Dawn)
The Flight - A Resplendent Soil (Horizon Zero Dawn)
The Flight - Territory of None (Horizon Zero Dawn)
Jared Emerson-Johnson - Ted E. Bear's Mafia-Free Playland And Casino (Sam and Max Save the World)
Masato Nakamura - Sonic the Hedgehog: a Symphonic Suite
Philip Sheppard - Little One (Detroit: Become Human)
Keiichi Okabe - A Beautiful Song (NieR: Automata)
The Flight - Hills of Attika (Assassin's Creed Odyssey)
The Flight - Athens, Birthplace of Democracy (Assassin's Creed Odyssey)
The Flight - Ash Hills (Assassin's Creed Odyssey)
The Flight - Beads Fall on Bronze (Horizon Zero Dawn)
The Flight - Legendary Animals (Assassin's Creed Odyssey)
Kan R. Gao - To the Moon - Main Theme

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Music Played

  • Greg Edmonson

    Nate's Theme (Uncharted: Drake's Fortune)

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Skeet.
    • The Greatest Video Game Music.
    • X5.
    • 7.
  • Rhiannon Giddens

    Mountain Hymn (Red Dead Redemption II)

    Composer: Daniel Lanois. Performer: Daniel Lanois. Performer: Daryl Johnson. Performer: Preston White. Singer: Rhiannon Giddens. Singer: Darryl Hatcher. Singer: Joseph Maize.
    • The Music Of Red Dead Redemption II.
    • Lakeshore Records.
    • 8.
  • David García

    The Seed of the Name (Arise: A Simple Story)

    • Arise: a Simple Story.
  • The Flight

    A Wanderer's Work (Horizon Zero Dawn)

    • Horizon Zero Dawn: Original Soundtrack.
    • Sony Interactive Entertainment.
    • 13.
  • The Flight

    A Resplendent Soil (Horizon Zero Dawn)

    • Horizon Zero Dawn: Original Soundtrack.
    • Sony Interactive Entertainment.
    • 7.
  • The Flight

    Territory of None (Horizon Zero Dawn)

    • Horizon Zero Dawn: Original Soundtrack.
    • Sony Interactive Entertainment.
    • 12.
  • Jared Emerson-Johnson

    Ted E. Bear's Mafia-Free Playland And Casino (Sam and Max Save the World)

    Performer: Jordan Wardlaw. Performer: Dale Gutridge. Performer: Michael Whitwell. Performer: Jesse Wickman. Performer: Jared Emerson-Johnson.
    • Sam & Max Season One Soundtrack.
    • Bandcamp.
    • 27.
  • Masato Nakamura

    Sonic the Hedgehog: a Symphonic Suite

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Skeet.
    • The Greatest Video Game Music 2.
    • X5 Music Group.
    • 7.
  • Philip Sheppard

    Little One (Detroit: Become Human)

    Orchestra: English Session Orchestra.
    • Detroit: Become Human Original Soundtrack.
    • 3.
  • Keiichi Okabe

    A Beautiful Song (NieR: Automata)

    Composer: Keigo Hoashi.
    • NIER: AUTOMATA™ ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK.
    • 8.
  • The Flight

    Hills of Attika (Assassin's Creed Odyssey)

    • Assassin's Creed Odyssey - Selected Game Soundtrack.
    • Ubisoft Music.
    • 5.
  • The Flight

    Athens, Birthplace of Democracy (Assassin's Creed Odyssey)

    • Assassin's Creed Odyssey (Original Game Soundtrack).
    • Ubisoft Music.
    • 47.
  • The Flight

    Ash Hills (Assassin's Creed Odyssey)

    • Assassin's Creed Odyssey (Original Game Soundtrack).
    • Ubisoft Music.
    • 43.
  • The Flight

    Beads Fall on Bronze (Horizon Zero Dawn)

    • Horizon Zero Dawn (Original Soundtrack).
    • Sony Interactive Entertainment.
    • 5.
  • The Flight

    Legendary Animals (Assassin's Creed Odyssey)

    • Assassin's Creed Odyssey (Original Game Soundtrack).
    • Ubisoft Music.
    • 42.
  • Kan R. Gao

    To the Moon - Main Theme

    • To the Moon.
    • Bandcamp.
    • 1.

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