Features: RPGFan Music

Here you'll find our annual Music of the Year features, concert reviews, reports of special music-centric shows such as MAGFest, and interviews with several composers.


RPGFan Music of the Year 2019

02/23/20 Our seventh edition of Music of the Year once again features individual staff favorites in addition to our collaborative list of the staff's overall favorite music of 2019.

RPGFan Music of the Year 2018

03/15/19 Our sixth annual (even if we missed a year) celebration of the prior year's best RPG and adventure game music! Our traditional Editors' Favorites is joined by a new Overall Best of 2018 feature, a curated list of our collected staff's top 20 albums from 2018.

RPGFan Music of the Year 2016

02/25/17 Our fifth-annual Music of the Year includes our biggest-ever collection of Editors' Favorites, and a trio of special edition Rhythm Encounter episodes clocking in at over four hours total listening time!

RPGFan Music of the Year 2015

02/14/16 A four day lovefest highlighting our favorite music from 2015, with three all-new podcasts, and nine RPGFan editors' personal favorite lists.

RPGFan Music of the Year 2014

03/30/15 The music of 2014 in review. Includes editor's favorites, interviews, over 10 hours of podcasts, and more music than you knew released in 2014.

Music of the Year 2013

03/10/14 A week-long celebration of the best game music of 2013, featuring staff picks, interviews, and a special edition of Rhythm Encounter.

RPGFan's Music of the Year 2012

12/02/12 Four editors share the best RPG music of 2012.


Zac Zinger Interview

01/15/16 Zac fills us in on his career and the album Okami Henkyokushuu Vol.2 Jazz.


Peter McConnell Interview

08/07/15 Composer on an impressive number of titles, from Grim Fandango, to the likes of Blizzard's Hearthstone, and Double Fine's Broken Age today.

Jillian Aversa Interview

07/21/15 We attempt to maintain our awe while talking to the award-winning vocalist and songwriter about her history in - and love of - music, and much more.

Mikolai Stroinski on The Witcher 3

05/20/15 We chat with composer Mikolai Stroinski about his career and his contributions to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Thomas Böcker on Spielemusikkonzerte & Final Symphony

02/11/15 Thomas Böcker is back, producing another symphonic album with the London Symphony Orchesta and Final Fantasy vetteran Nobuo Uematsu. We talk to him about his process, and much more.

MAGFest 13: Beep Documentary Crew Interview

02/10/15 We sit down with some of the people behind the Beep documentary, and what goes into building a multi-platform documentary on the history of game music.

MAGFest 13 in Photos

02/10/15 Nearly 150 photos from 2015's music celebration.


RPGFan @ MAGFest 12

01/25/14 Four of our editors take an enviable trip to the 12th Music and Games Festival.


The Artists and Music of Game Music Festival

11/29/13 Interviews and album reviews coinciding with Loudr's first Game Music Festival.

Interview with Casey Ormond

02/02/13 Stephen and Derek chat with Casey Ormond, arranger/performer of Piano Collections Final Fantasy XII.

RPGFan Music: A Conversation with Yoko Shimomura

01/16/13 An interview with one of gaming's most prolific composers.

Video interview with Freebird Games' Kan Gao

01/16/13 A video interview and live music presentation with the director and composer of To The Moon.


Interview with composer Sam Hulick

10/23/12 We speak with Mass Effect composer Sam Hulick about his work on Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition.

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy Concert Review

04/11/12 Dennis visits Boston and listens to some music.

Interview with Grank Kirkhope, Composer for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

03/09/12 What's the deal behind the man who used to work for Rare?

Interview with Kan "Reives" Gao of Freebird Games

01/29/12 We interview Kan Gao of Freebird Games about the indie scene, To the Moon, and what's in store for the future.


The Gray Matter of Adventure Gaming: An Interview With Jane Jensen and Robert Holmes

10/25/11 We sit down with the designer and composer team for one of our favorite adventure games of 2011.


Interview with Thomas Boecker, Producer, WDR Orchestra Concerts

08/03/10 Europe's regional hero for game music fans speaks to us about the concerts he's produced, including his most recent concert "Symphonic Fantasies," featuring prominent Square Enix titles.

Interview with Aaron Walz, Composer

04/08/10 Indie game music from Aveyond and more, all composed by this young upstart. What's his take on the industry? And does he know more about Japanese VGM composers than us?

Interview with Yuki Sugiura, Composer

03/02/10 The man behind some new Japanese game music, a goth-rock band, and a lot of hair.


PLAY! Interview with Jason Michael Paul

11/10/09 Three years in, the PLAY! concert series is still going strong. Learn about the latest developments of the show, and possible future arrangements from some of your favorite RPGs, in this interview with the show's producer.

Interview with Jeremy Soule: zOMG! and More

09/15/09 A seasoned veteran in the world of game music, the BAFTA-award-winning Jeremy Soule has a chat with us about his oldest and newest works.


Michiko Naruke's Wild Arms, From Console to Stage

12/20/08 Contributor Jeriaska meets with Michiko Naruke at the "Press Start" concert in Japan. Much is revealed.

Interview with Yasunori Mitsuda

10/15/08 Mitsuda shares his thoughts on Soma Bringer and international fame. Thanks to contributor Jeriaska.

Kentaro Hisai Interview

10/09/08 Producer with Disney Interactive Studios for both "Spectrobes" titles gives us his take on the budding franchise.

Interview with Masaharu Iwata

09/18/08 Sakimoto's partner in crime talks about Hyper Game Concert and more. Thanks to contributor Jeriaska.

Interview with Darumaya

04/15/08 The band discusses their music for Shadow Hearts and the Hyper Game Music concert. Thanks to contributor Jeriaska.

Interview with Kumi Tanioka

03/29/08 One of Square Enix's most versatile in-house composers, Ms. Tanioka, is interviewed by us. Thanks to contributor Jeriaska.

Interview with Joe Down Studio

02/17/08 Thanks to contributor Jeriaska, we get the 411 from this Hokkaido-based music recording studio.


Play! A Video Game Symphony Reviews

08/03/06 We watch a concert about video games and tell you about it!


Square Enix 2004 Press Conference and Dear Friends: Music from Final Fantasy

05/12/04 RPGFan exposes the nitty-gritty of Square Enix's first press conference prior to E3 and the first Final Fantasy Concert in America.


Noriyuki Iwadare Interview

11/18/02 The composer of the Grandia & Lunar series talks with RPGFan about Grandia Xtreme and more.


Stephen Kennedy Interview

01/20/00 This interview was conducted with Stephen Kennedy, head of KFSS Studios, who is creating the American CD "Final Fantasy: Project Majestic Mix, a Tribute to Nobuo Uematsu."