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Diggin in the Carts: A Collection of Pioneering Japanese Video Game Music

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Diggin in the Carts: A Collection of Pioneering Japanese Video Game Music

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Diggin in the Carts: A Collection of Pioneering Japanese Video Game Music
Put down the PS4 Pro controller and step back to a time when video games had less pixels and more bleeps. Based on Nick Dwyer’s RBMA documentary series, this fascinating collection unearths a universe of vintage game tunes, compiled by Dwyer and Hyperdub boss Kode9. Tracks are taken from games on truly old-school systems, such as Nintendo’s Super Famicom and the MSX, and it’s not hard to see the influence of these golden, glitchy sounds on modern electronica. From the diverse cuts of Konami Kukeiha Club (the sound team of developer Konami) to Michiharu Hasuya’s beautiful ‘Solomon’s Key’ excerpt to Soshi Hosoi’s awesome, Philip Glass/Reich-influenced ‘Mister Diviner’ (from ‘The Mahjong Touhaiden’), everything here has its own oddball story to tell. Though an appreciation of 8-bit and chiptune will help, you don’t have to be a gaming geek to appreciate this weird treasure trove.
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