Nick Dwyer speaks to the Streets of Rage 3 composer – plus, jungle infiltrates video games, and a Paris DJ details his favorites scores.
Motohiro Kawashima is a true unsung hero of Japanese video game music. Working alongside his good friend and boss, the legendary composer Yuzo Koshiro, Motohiro was essentially the one that turned Yuzo onto emerging club sounds, and it was the duo’s frequent journeys from the deepest suburbs of West Tokyo to the dancefloors of legendary clubs like Yellow where the inspiration for the Streets of Rage series was formed. As the lead composer on Streets of Rage 3, Motohiro was responsible for some seriously pioneering and influential video game music. Here, he tells his story to Diggin’ in the Carts host Nick Dwyer. Also on this episode: Nick plays through some of the mid-‘90s’ best jungle-inspired video game soundtracks; Parisian club king Teki Latex presents a passionately deep-diving top-five; and we hear the early VGM work of the composer Yoko Kanno, who’d become famous later for her scores for Cowboy Bebop and Macross Plus.
As noted in an interview with RBMA Daily, Motohiro Kawashima had dreams of becoming a vocalist before his career as a video game composer and techno producer took off.
Watch Streets of Rage‘s Yuzo Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima discuss performing their soundtrack live for the first time at the 2017 RBMA Festival Los Angeles.
Revisit Soshi Hosoi’s minimalist score for Mahjong Touhaiden.
Get to know Paris-based DJ, label-head and video game enthusiast Teki Latex shares his top ten rare video game soundtracks in his 2015 RBMA lecture
Hear the original “The Goonies ‘r’ Good Enough”, as performed by Cyndi Lauper.
Yoko Kanno, the famed Japanese producer, composer and arranger behind the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack, also fronts the blues and jazz ensemble the Seatbelts.