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The Annotator

102 EpisodesProduced by Christopher ColemanWebsite

The podcast where composers share thoughts and stories about their original scores. In every episode, a composer tells the creation story of their music used in some of today's top film, television and video game soundtracks.


Grant Kirkhope - Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Grant Kirkhope - Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Grant Kirkhope is a BAFTA nominated composer who has created the soundtracks to video games that have sold in excess of 30 million copies including "Ghostbusters”, “GoldenEye 007," “Banjo-Kazooie”, “Perfect Dark.” “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.” “Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth” and “Viva Piñata." One of his most recent projects has been for the hit video game, “Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle”

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle follows the most iconic video game character, Mario, and the irreverent Rabbids, on an unexpected journey to save the Mushroom Kingdom, in a new turn-based combat adventure. Developed by Ubisoft Milan and Ubisoft Paris,* Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle features Mario, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Luigi and four Rabbid heroes taking on combat, puzzles and exploration across four iconic worlds. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle takes full advantage of the play anywhere, anytime ability of the Nintendo Switch, with battles playable on-the-go or at home. The video game was released on August 29, 2017.

In this episode, Grant Kirkhope shares his story on how he was brought on the game not knowing it was a Mario based game. He also compares and contrasts his midi mock ups with the final recording with live orchestra of the games title theme and his new theme for Bowzer.


07:14 - Track - “Peach's Castle” Midi / live

12:39 - Track - “Bowser's Theme (Boss Battle)" Midi / live


00:00 - Track 10 - "Hoppers"

03:14 - Track 16 - "Tower Tweeter"

17:40 - Track 10 - "Hoppers"


The original scoundtrack to MARIO + RABBIDS KINGDOM BATTLE was released digitally in August 2017 and can be purchased at or iTunes, and can be streamed on Spotify.


You can hear find out more and hear more music at GRANT KIRKHOPE'S official site

You can follow GRANT KIRKHOPE on Twitter at @grantkirkhope


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