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Composer Garry Schyman Talks Shadow of War, Gaming Music

Composer Garry Schyman Talks Shadow of War, Gaming Music

Nia talks with Garry Schyman about composing memorable scores and returning to Middle-earth.

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On this melodic episode of the Popzara Podcast our own maestro-in-training Nia Bothwell talks with prolific composer Garry Schyman, whose credits stretch back nearly forty years in television, film, and especially videogames. His name may not be widely known, but you’ve certainly heard his music on classic TV series Magnum P.I. and The Greatest American Hero, as well as memorable gaming scores like the BioShock series, Destroy All Humans, Dante’s Inferno, and EA’s return to the Land of J.R.R. Tolkien in Middle-earth: Shadow of War.

Listen as the two discuss Garry’s surprising career arc from Tom Selleck’s magnificent mustache to the thrills of interactive entertainment. Garry’s love for the piano comes through, as does his excitement in getting to create diverse compositions spanning mediums and genres. He also shares his experiences about returning the game industry, and how the eradication of humanity helped transform him into a diehard gamer, as well as the curious lack of toasters and can openers in the Tolkein universe.

Also, look for a fun diversion about Microsoft’s superhard Cuphead as Garry takes Nia back to school – the old-school of classic animation. Even if you don’t know your hobbits from orcs, it’s one you definitely don’t want to miss!

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