Level 160: Erik Desiderio (Last Epoch)

Erik Desiderio is composing music for Last Epoch, an action RPG from Eleventh Hour games. Erik just released a music video with the performers from Last Epoch‘s Main Theme and you can view it here! Last Epoch has been in early access for quite a while, and Erik is busy filling in the music – 4+ hours…

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Level 159: Mike Raznick (AWAY: The Survival Series)

Mike Raznick composed music for AWAY: The Survival Series. In this game, you control a sugar glider as he is trying to make his way to safety in a new world. The game is narrated, like a nature documentary. And the music is absolutely gorgeous. If you buy the AWAY soundtrack on Bandcamp, Mike is…

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Level 158: Tom Salta (Deathloop)

Composer Tom Salta has been busy in 2021 launching his master class and also doing the music for Deathloop. We talk about the unique gameplay and how the music adapts to the time of day and the enemy at hand. Support Level with Emily on Patreon.…

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The Audio of Half-Life: Alyx from Level with Emily

Half-Life: Alyx is a 2020 virtual reality (VR) first-person shooter developed and published by Valve. It was released for Windows in March 2020 and Linux in May 2020, with support for most PC-compatible VR headsets.   In June 2018, we began interviewing five of the people responsible for audio in Half-Life: Alyx from Valve Corporation.…

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Level 157: Peter McConnell (Psychonauts 2)

Peter McConnell is such a master of cinematic music. He recently scored Psychonauts 2, a game released by Double Fine Productions. At the time I interviewed Peter, I had only gotten a few hours into the game and the soundtrack wasn’t out yet, so I hadn’t even heard all of the music. I finished the…

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Level 156: Joel Corelitz (Eastward)

Joel Corelitz composed more than 70 tracks for the game Eastward, scheduled for release later in 2021. The music, like the game, pays tribute to the 8-bit and 16-bit era of games, with Joel’s musical voice and a modern twist at times. It’s colorful, nostalgic, creative and enjoyable. Here’s a link to the soundtrack! You can…

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Level 155: Sergio Ronchetti (Eldest Souls)

This is music by Sergio Ronchetti for Eldest Souls, a boss rush souls-like game with beautiful pixel art and a fun battle style. So you’ll die a lot!! But the music is great incentive to keep slashing away at oversized, overpowered bosses. Please consider supporting us on Patreon!…

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Level 154: Jason Graves (The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope)

We love getting caught up with Jason Graves to hear what he’s composed lately! He’s been working on The Dark Pictures Anthology, composing for the first chapter, “Man of Medan” and now for “Little Hope.” It was fun to speak with him about the stark differences in those 2 soundtracks, and how he created the…

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Level 153: Kenny Young (Astro’s Playroom)

Composer Kenny Young talks about his music for Astro’s Playroom, which comes on all PlayStation 5 consoles. It’s a sequel to Astro Bot Rescue Mission, which was for PlayStation VR. Learn more and support Level with Emily on Patreon.…

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Level 152: Oleksa Lozowchuk (Horizon Forbidden West)

  Oleksa Lozowchuk composed music for Horizon Forbidden West. The game isn’t out yet, nor is the soundtrack, but Sony Classical – the label for the soundtrack – released a 4-track EP of music from Forbidden West, including one of Oleksa’s tracks, “Eyes Open.” So Oleksa and I had a chance to talk about that.…

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Level 150: Kyle Athayde (the Kyle Athayde Dance Party)

I stumbled across Kyle Athayde and his band in a unique way. I first discovered Kyle as a jazz vibraphonist while listening to one of my current favorite jazz pianists, a guy named Sullivan Fortner. Sullivan’s newest album is a duo album with Kyle on vibes (called Tea For Two). I hadn’t heard of Kyle, so I went to YouTube and typed in Kyle Athayde. His band, the Kyle Athayde Dance Party,  came up with a bunch of video game covers, and there were also links to videos of his days as a professional Smash Bros player. So I immediately emailed him and scheduled an interview. It was great fun talking with Kyle about games and jazz! You can support Level with Emily on Patreon.

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Level 149: Tom Salta (Masterclass)

Tom Salta is a composer I’ve interviewed many times for Level about his music for the Halo series, our first interview was for a game called From Dust, we’ve talked about PUBG before, and we’ve been together on panels and such. Rather than talk about his music today, we’ll talk about a series of classes…

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Level 148: Brad Gentle (No Way Home)

Enjoy a deep dive into music from No Way Home by composer Brad Gentle. I loved the variety in the music and I was drawn to the ambient tracks where Brad used recordings of planets from NASA. No Way Home is a space shooter on Apple Arcade by SMG Studio out of Australia. Support Level…

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