Music Interviews

Conversations with the performers, the conductors, the composers and other people instrumental in creating today's live and recorded classical music.

Christopher Tin's latest album, To Shiver The Sky, tells the history of humanity's dream of flight and space exploration.  The seed that grew this epic work is his setting of Leonardo's writings about flight, Sogno di Volare, which was used in the game Civilization VI. Christopher says that sparked the idea of creating a multi-movement work that takes us on a journey from the Middle Ages to modern times, with texts by such diverse writers as Hildegard von Bingen, Copernicus, Amelia Earhart and John F. Kennedy.

Taking a summer vacation was a challenge this year, so The  Game Brass created their own! Their third full-length album: Brassino Isles Tropical Cruise takes listeners on a voyage to Dragon Roost Island, Treasure Trove Cove, Monkey Island, and many other ports of call. The Game Brass also brought along some friends! They invited a who's who of game music performers to add to the fun. Every track features a different musican or ensemble, including Disco Cactus, Grant Kirkhope, Ocobanda, the Videri String Quartet and many others.

"Don't play this game before bedtime" is a warning from a review of Carrion, created by the tiny studio of Phobia Games. This reverse-horror game gives players a chance to be the monster, creating destruction in the lab where it escapes captivity.  Composer Cris Velasco says he was totally on "Team Monster" as he was creating his soundtrack.

the Chinese Room

Little Orpheus, created by the award-winning studio The Chinese Room, is set in the Soviet Union in 1962.  Sure, there's a space race, but "interior-naut" Ivan Ivanovich is being interrogated for his journey to the center of the earth, in charge of a nuclear device, the Little Orpheus, which has mysteriously disappeared.

What if the very first "video game" was actually invented in 1907? That's the premise of Bartlow's Dread Machine, created by Beep Games and Tribetoy. Teddy Roosevelt has been kidnapped, and it's the player's mission to rescue him. Composer Steve Kirk says his inspiration for the rollicking soundtrack was a suprising combination of Ravel, Schubert and John Philip Sousa!