Nick Dwyer speaks with the legendary UK composer – plus, the Korean video game soundtracks that shaped Yaeji’s youth.
The “bedroom coder revolution” that swept the British Isles by the middle of the ‘80s offered many young British kids an escape from a somewhat bleak reality, and in video game music, Tim found his calling. He started composing music on the ZX Spectrum’s infamous 1k “beeper” at the age of 14. Wrestling with some of the era’s most limited and monochromatic capabilities to produce soundtracks that were drenched in technicolor, Tim embarked on a journey of sonic experimentation that resulted in his arpeggio-heavy soundtracks being some of the most lauded in the history of video game music. On this episode of Diggin’ in the Carts Season Three, Nick speaks with this legendary composer. Also: the multi-talented Korean-American producer Yaeji contributes an incredible selection of Korean video game music that shaped her youth; Nick looks stateside for an FM synth-heavy selection of US Genesis soundtracks; and the composer focus zooms in on the mind-melting experiments of Northern Irish composer Martin Galway, whose Commodore 64 soundtracks have an otherworldliness unmatched then as now.