Diggin’ in the Carts

Sizlla Okamura, For Japan Eyes Only, Sinistarr

120 minsFirst aired 30 Nov 2017This episode is unavailable. Why?

The Viewpoint composer discusses his club inspirations, ultra-rare soundtracks from Japan-only systems, and Sinistarr selects five faves.

Yuzo Koshiro’s Streets of Rage soundtracks turned kids onto the sounds of quality house and techno, preparing a global generation for their raving years to come. But they weren’t the only games of the era with incredible dancefloor-ready soundtracks. Shizura “Sizlla” Okamura soundtrack for the absolutely pioneering shooter Viewpoint was one of the classiest club-inspired soundtracks in the history of video game music – but thanks to the expense of its system, the Neo-Geo, it was barely heard the first time around. Here, Diggin’ in the Carts host Nick Dwyer sits down with Sizlla to give it the shine it deserves. On the topic of rarities, this episode also dives into video game music that would have rarely been heard outside of Japan, from games on the obscure PC Engine CD and FM Towns systems. More from this episode: this episode: a top-five from drum & bass up-and-comer Sinistarr, and a look into the game ICO.


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Produced by Nick Dwyer and Jordan Rothlein
Engineered by Jeffrey Jousan
Additional engineering by Conor Anderson

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