The influence video games have had on music is quite often understated, but recently among releases from PC Music, Rustie, and of course Anamanaguchi, it’s become a lot more prevalent. Having influenced musicians from across the world, the primitive bleeps and bloops of the games they grew up with have had a profound impact on their artistic output. Across genres from grime to EDM, the distinctively retro sounds of our childhoods continue to crop up in music.
But for the most part, the composers of those memorable melodies and sawtooth buzzes remain unsung heroes to many. Red Bull Music Academy’s new series, Diggin’ In The Carts, aims to fix that. Featuring interviews with the composers of some of the most influential game soundtracks of the ’80s and onwards, the series is set to look at the origins and rise of video game music, as well as the influence it has had on countless musicians.
Among the interviews with the composers, musicians including Havoc, Oh No, Flying Lotus, Anamanaguchi, Ladyhawke, Dizzee Rascal, Thundercat, and J-Rocc also talk of the importance and influence of video game music. Watch the first episode of Diggin’ In The Carts above, and expect a new episode each Thursday until October 9.
UPDATE: Watch Episode Two on the RBMA website here.