Nick Dwyer speaks to the US composer who headed up Virgin Interactive and Video Games Live – plus Commodore 64 classics, Psygnosis and more.
By the time he got his start composing for video games like Cool Spot and The Terminator at Virgin Interactive’s freshly minted games department in the very early ‘90s, Tommy Tallarico had made it his life’s mission to elevate the reputation of video game music as something more than bleeps and bloops. One of only a handful of US video game composers in that era, Tommy fought hard for that respect. Fast forward a couple of decades, and his Video Games Live project would feature some of the world’s greatest orchestras performing video game music live in front of thousands all over the world. On this episode of Diggin’ in the Carts Season Three, the larger-than-life Tallarico offers Nick Dwyer some insight into his rise to one of the most notable composers in the US. Also: If you were anywhere near a Commodore home computer around the turn of the ‘90s or were a PlayStation owner later that decade, then the chrome design of the Psygnosis is no doubt familiar from your youth, and in this episode we move through a heavyweight selection of soundtracks from their hyper-unique vision of the future. Later, Ceephax Acid Crew presents an incredible selection of Commodore 64 anthems (and some seriously rib-tickling banter), and we salute the late great Richard Joseph in our composer spotlight.