Japanese 8-bit video game soundtracks have provided some of the most universally recognizable (and incessantly catchy) musical scores of all time, garnering a genre-traversing following amongst gamers and music fans alike. Despite having penned tunes which have been stuck in heads for weeks on end (thanks heaps jerks), video game composers remain for the most part, largely unknown.
‘Diggin’ in the Carts’ a 6-part documentary series presented by Red Bull Music Academy explores the men and women responsible for the soundtracks to ‘Tetris’, ‘Streets of Rage’ and ‘Final Fantasy’ among other iconic pieces of Chiptune, as well as a dream-team of artists and producers inspired by game composers including Flying Lotus, Just Blaze, Havoc and Fatima Al Qadiri.
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