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Videogame music the focus for BBC Radio 3

Professor Stephen Baysted in his studio


MATTHEW SWEET'S BBC Radio 3 programme ‘Sound of Cinema’ is to focus on the composition of video game music on 2nd March, and it features Professor Stephen Baysted, Professor of Film, TV and Games Composition at the University of Chichester.

Matthew visited Stephen’s studio in Chichester to look at how you set about composing music for a video game. In the programme, entitled ‘Video Game Music: Lines, Loops and Layers’ Stephen (who composes music for video games and TV) outlines some of the unique techniques the medium demands.

Stephen said: “Matthew’s visit is a follow up programme to the BBC Radio 3 broadcast I did from the V&A Museum in October last year. It was a pleasure to take him through the creative process which leads to a successful video game sound track. The success of a video game is not simply down to its look – sound and music play an invaluable role in building excitement, drama and tension and in fully-engaging the gamer.”

‘Video Game Music: Lines, Loops and Layers’ can be listened to BBC Radio 3 on 2nd March at 3.00pm, and afterwards on the BBC Radio 3 website at

This is the latest national project for Stephen: he recently composed the music for TV chef Tom Kerridge’s latest BBC series, ‘Tom Kerridge’s Fresh Start’.

Stephen’s career has many highlights: he has been nominated for three prestigious Jerry Goldsmith Awards for best score, two Motion Picture Sound Editors ‘Golden Reel’ Awards for best audio in a game, a Golden Joystick Award for best audio and music in a game, and two Game Audio Network Guild Awards for best audio in a game. He continues to compose scores for video games, television and film.

His recent projects include: the number one best-selling AAA game scores: Project Cars and Project Cars 2; Red Bull’s Air Race: The Game; Electronic Arts: Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed and Need for Speed: Shift; Atari’s Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends; and Robert Kirkman’s: The Walking Dead: Assault.  

Stephen was recently appointed Editor-in-Chief of the world’s first academic journal devoted to the presentation of peer-reviewed, high-quality research into video game music and sound, the Journal of Sound and Music in Games. The Journal is hosted by the Department of Creative Digital Technologies at the University of Chichester, based at the Tech Park on its Bognor Regis campus.

The Department of Creative and Digital Technologies at the University of Chichester prepares graduates and post-graduates for careers in the screen-based creative industries. Courses are taught by award-winning professionals to industry standard.

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