Music Interviews

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

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There's a special skill involved in writing music for trailers: create a mood, but don't give away too much! Michael A. Levine's horrifying version of the folk song "Go Tell Aunt Rhody" in the trailer for Resident Evil 7 has stirred up all kinds of theories about hidden messages. We get to the bottom of (some of) them in our conversation.

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When Takeshi Furukawa realized that the music he had submitted for an as-yet-unnamed game turned out to be The Last Guardian, the long-awaited epic from Fumito Ueda, he was thrilled!

As the lead composer for Dead Rising 4, Oleksa Lozowchuk was responsible for writing the soundtrack that fleshed out the town of Willamette, Colorado, site of a massive zombie outbreak, just as the Christmas season begins. Altogether, Oleksa estimates he and the team wrote over 12 hours of music, including the diagetic music for the story, as well as creating two radio stations: one of Americana, and one for Christmas favorites. 

ReadyAtDawn

Jason Graves and Austin Wintory are teaming up with the American Youth Symphony for a "Game Changer" Concert on February 12 in Los Angeles.  The orchestra will perform selections from Jason's score for The Order, 1886, and Austin's Journey, along with music suggested by them from Igor Stravinsky and Benjamin Britten.

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Gareth Coker says that when Microsoft asked if he'd like to write the score for two new Minecraft expansions, he took "about half a second" to say yes! I talked with him at MAGFest about his soundtracks for Minecraft:  Greek Mythology and Minecraft: Chinese Mythology. Gareth had years to write his beloved score for Ori and the Blind Forest, but as he explained, he wrote both new scores in about a month.

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