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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Sumo Digital, Sony Interactive Entertainment

Sackboy, A Big Aventure is the newest game in the Little Big Planet series. In this launch title created by Sumo Digital for Sony's Play Station 5, Sackboy sets off on a quest to rescue his friends who have been kidnapped by the evil Vex and forced to work on his diabolical Topsy-Turver.

Sumo Digital Audio Director and composer Jay Waters and composer Joe Thwaites say the huge scope of the game and the all-star line-up of the other composers who contributed made this a really enjoyable project.

Thunder Lotus Games

Spiritfarer is described by its developer, Thunder Lotus Games, as "a cozy management game about dying." Charon, the legendary ferryman who takes departed souls across the River Styx, gives his duties to young Stella, who collects passengers and does all she can to fulfill their final wishes or long-time desires so they can travel to the afterlife in peace.

HDWalls, Dice Studios, EA Games

Years of fan requests for the Gordy Haab's award-winning soundtracks for Star Wars: Battlefront I and II have finally paid off, with official releases by Walt Disney Records on January 29 and February 5, 2021.  Gordy says it was always his hope to have official soundtracks, and he created suites from the themes in each game, which had been stored on a hard drive waiting until the time was right.

bonusstage.co.uk and Rhino Games

Mythgard, created by Rhino Games, imagines a world where Greek and Norse mythological characters collide in a gritty cyber-punk environment centuries in the future. For soundtrack composer John Robert Matz, the game offered the perfect combination of fantasy-ispired music combined with a wash of retro synth sounds.

Xbox One HG+Q

Composers Leo Birenberg and Zach Robinson always felt that Cobra Kai, now on Netflix, would make a great game, and they got their wish when developer Flux tapped them to create a soundrack for a game inspired by the series. Cobra Kai is set 34 years after the beloved film The Karate Kid, complete with many of the original actors. For the soundtrack for Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues, Leo and Zach referenced some of the games they loved growing up in the '80's and '90's to give the music a fun, period sound. 

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