Music Respawn with Kate Remington

WSHU Public Radio’s Kate Remington combines her love of classical music and video games in this series of informal conversations with composers and performers of game soundtracks. Plus, there’s lots of music in the interviews, so you can hear it for yourself!

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Inkle Studios

Camelot has fallen, and King Arthur's knights of the Round Table scattered to the winds. Guinever has retreated to a nunnery. Pendragon, Inkle Studio's retelling of the legend of King Arthur, lets players choose to be Sir Lancelot or Guinevere on a quest to return to help Arthur defeat his mortal enemy, Mordred. Laurence Chapman provides a soundtrack that keeps the player company on their journey, as a band of troubadours might have done.

Hangar 13, 2K Games Xbox Achievements

The turf war between the Morello and Salieri crime families in the 1930s has been brought stunningly back to life in Mafia: Definitive Edition by Hangar 13 and 2K. Composer Jesse Harlin incorporated a whisper of the game's original theme, then expanded his soundtrack to reflect the Old World history of the two mafia dons as well as the younger generation of the characters, including taxi-driver Tommy Angelo, who gets pulled into working for the families.

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Final Fantasy VII is regarded as a landmark game by, well... everyone! Created by Square Enix in 1997, it marked a departure from typical games of the era, with a sophisticated story, compelling characters and awesome music by the legendary Nobuo Uematsu. Remaking Final Fantasy VII  in a modern game engine for a new generation of players and long-time fans has been a multi-year project for Square. The remake also reimagines the original music.

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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.

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