Video game tunes are coming to BBC Radio 3 with a regular show

Well this is one perhaps to rather rile the grandparents – by this I really mean my parents in-law whose favourite radio station is soon to host a show covering tunes featured in my favourite “waste of a time hobby”

For those who are unaware, BBC Radio 3 is a specialist radio station based out of the UK catering for classical music.  While there are other stations dedicated to the medium, Radio 3 is by far the most specialist with others such as Classic FM usually sticking to well known pieces. Radio 3 on the other hand sometimes goes all the way out there with the obscure and at times puts out some really quite challenging listening.

Radio 3 have put out similar shows in the past on an ad-hoc basis although here, Jessica Curry the composer behind Dear Esther and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture will front a new show from 3-4 pm UK time October 26th and will run for 4 weeks.

Called the Sound of Gaming it will seek to cover “one of the fastest-growing musical movements today”. Listeners will be treated with interviews and discussions with composers from across the gaming sphere.  The first episode will feature Banjo-Kazooie and Yooka-Laylee composer Grant Kirkhope while follow up shows will also include Celeste’s Lena Raine and Vampyr composer Olivier Deriviere.

It’s a bold and welcome move for a radio station so usually considered to be so very old-school and traditionalist.  Radio 3 controller Alan Davey says he wants the show to “explore a broader range of gaming music than any other show like it”. Good luck to them, I’ll be listening via the iPlayer soon after the show airs.

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