RBMA Documentary Series Explores The Roots Of Japanese Video Game Music

This new web documentary series looks at the secret history of Japanese video game music

A new documentary series shot and produced by Red Bull Music Academy ‘Diggin’ In The Carts’ celebrates over three decades of Japanese video games and the unsung heroes behind some of the most recognisable melodies of global pop culture.

These unknown individuals have remained faceless in modesty for years until now where this six-part series will shine a light on many of the composers behind these famous soundtracks, from the 8-bit era to today.

Each episode, the series features exclusive interviews with creators including Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka, who’s responsible for the music to classic games like Tetris and Metroid, Yuzo Koshiro, who was inspired by the Tokyo nightlife of the early ’90s when he wrote the soundtrack to Streets of Rage, and Nobuo Uematsu, whose scores for the Final Fantasy series have been performed by some of the world’s leading orchestras.

The series also features guest interviews from the likes of Flying Lotus, Dizzee Rascal, Just Blaze, Joker, Fatima Al Qadiri, Kode9, Havoc, J-Rocc and Ikonika, who have all been heavily influences by video game sounds in their individual careers.

The first episode will premiere on September 4th, until then you can drool over the trailer below

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