Nick Dwyer hears from the composer behind Minecraft – plus, Korean and Japanese soundtracks, and the music from Secret of Evermore.
Since the beginning of the project, Diggin’ in the Carts has focused on the artists who shaped the early eras of video game music history. But in this episode of Diggin’ in the Carts Season 3, Nick Dwyer sits down with German composer C418, whose work has gone on to become one of the biggest gaming phenomenons of the 21st century and is the second highest-selling game of all time: a little indie title called Minecraft. Working with his own set of unique limitations, he crafted a soundtrack full of lush ambience and melancholy that played a role in the game’s success. Here, C418 (real name Daniel Rosenfeld) guides Nick through the influences of the indie game world that played a part in informing his music direction. Also in this episode: Inspired by Yaeji’s stellar selection of Korean video game music from Episode 2, Nick dives further into the world of ‘90s video game music from Korea and Taiwan; Roman DJ and Commodore 64 aficionado Marco Passarani digs deep on a selection of SID-heavy jams; and the composer focus homes in on music from Secret of Evermore, the work of Jeremy Soule and one of the Super Nintendo’s finest moments.