The Swedish chiptune composer contextualizes video game music into the wider historical narrative of electronic music from the 20th century.
On this episode of Diggin’ in the Carts Season Three, Nick Dwyer sits down with Swedish chiptune artist and music researcher Anders Carlsson AKA GoTo80 for a history of computerized sounds and tones going right back to the beginnings of the 20th century – from the genius of Russian inventor Evgeny Sholpo, to the sonic experiments of
Bell Labs engineers in the ‘60s, to the soundchips that paved the way
for the explosion of talent through the European demoscene. Also in this episode, Nick takes a look at legendary Manchester company Ocean Software, who not only brought Hollywood to the living room but, with one of the best sound teams of the era, made soundtracks that brought big screen dynamism to life. No stranger to the Diggin’ in the Carts project, Pete Berkman of New York band Anamanaguchi takes the reigns later in the episode with a killer all-Japanese selection, and Nick highlights the composer responsible for more Commodore 64 soundtracks than nearly all others combined: Mr. David Whittaker.