Go in-depth with the composer of the surrealist PlayStation game LSD: Dream Emulator, plus the sound of a mythically expensive console.
Released in 1998, LSD: Dream Emulator is a PlayStation “game” that defies easy categorization — and it’s got a soundtrack that’s legendary in its own right as a piece of forward-thinking electronic music that’s popular (or at least infamous) with the Warp Records set. The mysterious figure behind the game and the score, Osamu Sato, sits down with Diggin’ in the Carts host Nick Dwyer for his first ever in-depth interview. Also on this episode: A survey of soundtracks for the Neo-Geo, an all-but-mythical early ‘90s console famous for its hilariously high price tag; a top five from Kuwaiti-born sonic artist Fatima Al Qadiri; and a spotlight on System Sacom composer Manabu Saito.
Catch a track from Japanese composer and sound designer Jun Ishikawa on Hyperdub’s Diggin’ in the Carts compilation curated by Diggin’ in the Carts host Nick Dwyer and label head Kode9.
Here’s the gameplay of Osamu Sato’s mesmerizing LSD: Dream Emulator.
Figglewatts, the UK-based gamer behind the unofficial remake of the LSD: Dream Emulator for PC, tracks his progress via his blog.
The Kuwaiti producer and visual artist Fatima Al Qadiri, who shares her top five video game soundtracks on this episode, revealed her in-depth knowledge of all things 8-bit and 16-bit in her RBMA lecture in Tokyo.
This week’s composer focus is the late Manabu Saito, who began working for System Sacom in high school and was subsequently hired full-time as the company’s lead composer – all before the age of 22.