The scores in your favorite video games.
Stephen Trygar invites guests onto The Composer Chronicles every few months to discuss the music that supplements the vast world of video games. Featured guests are composers, professionals, and general enthusiasts in the video game industry. Episodes in “Game Play” come out the first week of every March, July, and November.
Brian Edwards is a video editor and motion graphics designer with a passion for film and video game scores. Brian is the designer of Alexandrian Media’s logo and is the resident cover designer for the hardcover copies of Tales of Love, Loss, Magic, and Reality: Setting the Stage for Opera and Ballet.
Andrew’s research focuses on the role of song in the construction of identities. He has presented his research at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as at Temple University’s Graduand Forum and François Couperin Symposium. Andrew is also an accomplished opera singer, having been an active soloist and choral singer in the Philadelphia area for the past 15 years, singing with such ensembles as the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, PhilHarmonia, Opera Philadelphia, Concert Operetta Theater, and Singing City.
The music of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, IV: Oblivion, and V: Skyrim turned the tides of video game music composing. Their music sets the tone for the magical worlds that the heroes of Tamriel explore in these vast fantasy games, and musicologist Andrew Shaw has been able to draw narrative connections between the three games with just the music alone.
Gamers, get ready for an adventure into the musical world of Final Fantasy X! The magic cast by composers Nobuo Uematsu, Masashi Hamauzu, and Junya Nakano certainly charmed Brian Edwards, the guest of today’s episode. Brian is a video editor and a motion graphics designer, and years of playing the game have given him tremendous insight into the influence of the music on Final Fantasy X’s gameplay.