Hear from the composer who brought a highly experimental aesthetic to video game music – plus, killer RPG sounds, and Just Blaze’s faves.
Keen listeners of the first season of the Diggin’ in the Carts radio show will remember Soshi Hosoi, whose Steve Reich-indebted soundtrack to The Mahjong Touhaidan was an incredible, if wildly obscure, minimalist masterpiece. Here on the second season, host Nick Dwyer sits down with the composer to talk about even more of his experimental and deeply sophisticated work in the video game sphere. This episode features another throwback to Season 1 in the form of a RPG focus. This time, Nick shows how soundtracks from this genre – always among the most forward-thinking in the world of video game music – evolved along with the changes in technology that came during the ‘90s. Also in this episode: we dial up the one and only Just Blaze to hear about his five key video game soundtracks, and take a listen to some of the legendary FM-synthesis-heavy Mega Drive soundtracks from the Treasure Sound Team.
Since leaving Square Enix in 2009, the still-active video game composer Junya Nakano has self-released several albums showcasing his solo work.
The Japan-based guitarist, turntablist and composer Yoshihide Otomo is most famous for fronting the experimental rock band Ground Zero.
The advanced techniques of composer Joe Hisaishi inspired Soshi Hosoi’s own composition process.
The Dragon Quest composer Koichi Sugiyama is the world’s oldest video game composer, as verified by Guinness World Records.
Check out a guide to essential Japanese jazz fusion, according to the expert Mitsuru Ogawa.
Just Blaze – the producer who derives his moniker from a character in Streets of Rage – shares his Sega-centric top five.
Yes, it’s true – Treasure developed a 1993 video game for Mega Drive starring Ronald McDonald himself. Here’s the gameplay to prove it.