Level 212: Nicolas de Ferran (Scrap Riders)

French composer Nicolas de Ferran talks about his groovy music for Scrap Riders, a point-and-click adventure/beat-em-up about a biker gang in the 80s. The last time we had Nicolas on Level, he went by the nickname of Nicolas Diteriks, and we spoke about an orchestral score he composed for the game We Are Billions. The…

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Level 211: Garry Schyman (Forspoken)

We always love having composer Garry Schyman on the show. His music is so darn great. This time, we talk about his gorgeous orchestral score for Forspoken, the new RPG from Luminous and Square Enix. Recorded live in Nashville, the music is full of energy slathered in soaring melodies that take you somewhere with each…

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Level 210: Jonah Senzel (Inscryption)

Composer Jonah Senzel talks about his music for Inscryption. He wrote in a handful of different styles, from music heavy with sound effects to the simplest, slow chip-tune chords. The game also is a bit of a mash-up of styles – a deckbuilder with escape room elements and a bit of horror. It was great…

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Level 209: Ego Plum (The Cuphead Show)

Composer Ego Plum writes such fantastic music for The Cuphead Show (on Netflix). The show itself is an absolute delight and it’s almost inexcusable if you don’t watch it (the episodes are brief enough that you could binge all 3 seasons in a day). And with comedic animation like this, the music is intertwined with…

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Level 208: Jacob Geller (Video essayist)

I met video essayist Jacob Geller during my occasional appearances on The MinnMax Show to discuss the best game music of a given year. Meeting him led me on a journey through his videos, and I absolutely adore his videos. We talk about why in this conversation! In addition to YouTube, you can find Jacob…

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Level 206: Curtis Schweitzer (Starbound)

Composer Curtis Schweitzer talks about his hypnotic, largely orchestral music for the indie 2D space explorer, Starbound. I loved how many of the tracks stretch out almost indefinitely, giving the listener time in that musical place. And there’s quite a bit of music too – more than 6 hours of it. It’s worth your time,…

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Level 205: Dylan Wiest (The OC Jazz Collective)

Dylan Wiest is the director, drummer and sometimes-keyboardist in The OC Jazz Collective, a talented group of musicians from the legendary OverClocked Remix brigade. The ensemble released a new album in November, 2022 called Mode Seven: A Jazz Tribute to the SNES. If you’ve never dipped your toe into the OC Remix crowd, this is…

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Level 204: Vincent Diamante (Sky: Children of the Light)

Composer Vincent Diamante‘s music for Sky: Children of the Light is gentle, gorgeous and uplifting. The palette is mostly orchestral, especially in the early volumes of the soundtrack (there are 4 volumes, currently). The game is from thatgamecompany, known for its brilliantly designed indie games such as Journey, Flower and Flow. Vincent composed for Flower,…

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Level 203: Nuno Fonseca (Sound Particles)

Nuno Fonseca grew up with an equal love for music, audio and technology. He’s a former university professor in Portugal, and he’s published more than 20 papers on computer audio and 2 books on sound and computer design. His interests led him to create Sound Particles, which is immersive software capable of generating thousands or…

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Level 202: Kristin Naigus (Woodwind specialist, session recording artist)

Kristin Naigus plays dozens of instruments and has performed on dozens of soundtracks. Here’s a fraction of her credits: Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Aragami 1 & 2, ABZU, Farpoint, various Minecraft mythology projects like the Egyptian, Norse and Chinese Mythology packs, Moss: Books 1 & 2, Darksiders Genesis, Hades, The Pathless, Ori…

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Level 201: Ed Critchley (South of the Circle)

Composer Ed Critchley talks about his music for South of the Circle, a narrative adventure about an academic named Peter and his relationship with another lecturer named Clara. The game is set in the Cold War in the 60’s in Antarctica. South of the Circle came out more than 2 years ago, which matters, because…

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Level 200: Cris Velasco (Dauntless, Vol. 3)

Composer Cris Velasco talks about his music for the game Dauntless, a co-op action RPG that debuted in 2019. This release is Cris’s third volume of music from the game. We talk about the evolution of the score over the last several years, and how he takes instruments from all around the world to create…

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