BBC Radio 3 has announced Sound of Gaming, a new four-part classical music show hosted by BAFTA award-winning composer, Jessica Curry.
Describing game music as “one of the fastest-growing musical movements today”, the BBC says Curry will interview special guests from the games industry, starting with British composer Grant Kirkhope. Kirkhope has scored some of the best-loved video games characters “from Banjo-Kazooie to Mario”. Other guests include award-winning American composer Lena Raine, best known for her work on platformer Celeste, and Olivier Deriviere, described “as game music’s eclectic daredevil who’ll be talking about pushing the boundaries of the orchestra in his scores”.
“Though classical music remains at the heart of what we do, making sure we continue to showcase a broad range of musical genres and art forms is a top priority, as is consistently remaining on the front foot of what’s happening in the experimental and contemporary music scenes both in the UK and abroad,” said Alan Davey, Controller of BBC Radio 3.
“With that in mind, some of the most cutting-edge, dynamic and expressive music being created today is being composed for video games. The programme will, in a sense, encapsulate the world of Radio 3 through the prism of gaming, aiming to explore a broader range of gaming music than any other show like it.”
”I’m utterly delighted to be joining BBC Radio 3 to present the Sound of Gaming this autumn,” added Jessica Curry. “Curating and hosting a concert for the BBC Concert Orchestra earlier this year at Maida Vale was so exciting and I can’t wait to start the new show.
“It’s going to be a lovely mix of interviews with game composers, some classic tunes mixed with the up and coming names from the world of video games and a focus on some of the biggest events in the gaming calendar. There’ll be music to delight the most ardent fans of games music as well as enticing those who may never have even played a video game, so roll on 26 October!”
Curry is a BAFTA-winning composer of contemporary classical and video game music and her work has been performed in diverse and high-profile venues such as The Barbican, Sydney Opera House, The Royal Albert Hall, Durham Cathedral, and MOMI in New York.