8 Amazing video game composers that show the best gaming has to offer

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Jessica Curry

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

Though only breaking into the video game music scene three years ago with Dear Esther, Curry has already established herself as one of the medium's greatest composers. Curry's work mostly features classical arrangements; Dear Esther's soundtrack is mostly comprised of works for piano and solo strings, while Everybody's Gone to the Rapture makes use of choirs, solo instruments, and an entire orchestra.

The Chinese Room's most recent game, in particular, features a beautiful and enrapturing score with romantic and folk-song influences. Everybody's Gone to the Rapture has been criticized for its slow pace and lack of interaction, but from a music lover's standpoint, this game is worth the playthrough. Traditionally, game music exists to serve the game. The Chinese Room's PlayStation 4 title, however, seems to act as a conduit for Curry's magnificent piece.

Published Nov. 28th 2015
  • Fuzunga
    Just so you know, Gusty Garden from Super Mario Galaxy was composed by Mahito Yokota. Koji Kondo only composed four songs for that game. He doesn't do a whole lot of composition any more.
  • Joe DeClara
    Featured Contributor
    Hi there! Any chance I could get a source on that? I've done research, and have only turned up the two collaborating, nothing on either specifically being accredited with writing Gusty Gardens (I don't have a hard copy of the OST myself). Definitely don't want such misinformation in my work.

    Thanks for pointing it out!
  • !Xabbu
    Great list.

    And since you included Beethoven, I'll feel free to mention Joe Hisaishi, who did the wonderful soundtrack for Ni No Kuni (couldn't be a Studio Ghibli production without him!).
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    I love Jeremy Soule!
  • GameSkinny Staff
    I'mma let you finish, but Transistor is the greatest soundtrack of all time. OF ALL TIME.

    Ok, not really, but it's damn amazing and worth a mention whenever Darren Korb pops up. Bastion was phenomenal and Korb somehow managed to top it, in a different genre, with Transistor. Feast your ears: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zA1jRmAYfU (And major props to Supergiant for making it so easily accessible on YouTube.)
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    Yes, Transistor is fantastic.

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