Post by drpepperfan on Sept 4, 2014 20:15:35 GMT -5
Dunno if there's a thread about this, but it's cool so I want to post it here.
Red Bull Music Academy (yeah, Red Bull, it's weird) is posting a series of documentary videos about the history of video game music featuring interviews with Japanese vgm composers, video game historians and some western musicians like Flying Lotus for good measure. I wasn't expecting too much going into it, but based on the first episode alone, I found it pretty interesting. The highlights so far are easily the interviews with the actual composers, as it's pretty rare to see interviews with people like Junko Ozawa and Hip Tanaka.
It's being posted in chunks, only episode 1 is up now. Episode 2 should be posted next week.
Here's the link to the site, hope some other people enjoy it too.
So Gimmick's soundtrack was inspired by "long bike rides surrounded by nature"? Wow, sounds like something Myiamoto would say about one of his games. Japanese people take inspiration from everything and anything, don't they?
Post by drpepperfan on Sept 18, 2014 22:31:22 GMT -5
Figure I should bump this, considering I forgot to mention new episodes are out. Episode 2 deals with more of the 8 bit era and the end of it, while episode 3 involves the beginning of 16 bit game music. Subjects include Konami, Sunsoft, Sega Genesis and Capcom and interviews include Akio Dobasi (LaGrange Point), Masashi Kageyama (Gimmick. Gimmick gets a special mention!), Hayato Matsuo (Master of Monsters), Hitoshi Sakimoto (Magical Chase) and Yoki Shimomura (Street Fighter 2).
Post by drpepperfan on Sept 25, 2014 23:14:22 GMT -5
New episode is out: The Cool Kid. This episode is about the Sega Genesis.
Interviews this time include Hiro / Hiroshi Kawaguchi (Space Harrier, Outrun, Hang On etc.) and Yuzo Koshiro (Streets of Rage duh). Oddly enough, no interview with Masato Nakamura, even though they talk about Sonic. I guess he's busy with his actual j-pop job.
Post by drpepperfan on Oct 18, 2014 18:18:20 GMT -5
Last episode is up: The End of an Era. It deals, as you would expect, with the end of the 16 bit era and the rise of the PS1 and the change in music that came with it. Interviews this time are THE ENTIRE TEKKEN SOUND TEAM. ALL OF THEM. (Tekken) and Hideo Kojima and the MGS Phantom Pain Sound Team (Metal Gear Solid).
And that's the end. Overall, I was very impressed by this. Red Bull did great work on this series.
Diggin' in the Carts has returned for a second season! (I am very late on this). The episodes have been great thus far, with interviews with Soichi Terada (Ape Escape), Motohiro Kawashima (Streets of Rage 2 and 3) and Osamu Sato (LSD)! Airs every Wednesday at 7 PM EST and reairs Friday 7 PM EST. You can stream most of them through RBMA Radio (not for North America unfortunately).
Diggin' in the Carts has also now become an international tour, having already played in LA, Tokyo, and London. Yuzo Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima played each one with a live set of their music. This is the longest video of the performance I could find from their LA show.