Today we are going to talk about a series that Red Bull produced back in 2014 and that series is Diggin’ in the Carts. Diggin’ in the Carts is a love letter for 8-bit and 16-bit video game music and those who were and or inspired by the music. Red Bull’s Official Synopsis of the series is as follow:
The faces of Japan’s most influential video game music composers are brought to the forefront in this exclusive documentary. Meet the men and women who inspired a generation while creating what is arguably Japan’s biggest musical export.- Red Bull
This mini-series documentary was 6 episode long, and they average about 15 minuets each. Here are the name of each episode:
- Episode 1- The Rise of VGM
- Episode 2- The Outer Reaches of 8-Bit
- Episode 3- The Dawn of a New Era
- Episode 4- The Cool Kid
- Episode 5- The Role of Role Play
- Episode 6- The End of an Era
Each episode talks about a different part of video game music history and meets the people who left a mark on this media, An excellent example of this would be episodes 1-4, each episode had a famous person talking about what they did, how they did it and shared stories that you wouldn’t hear about at all. Here are a few samples of each episode:
- Junko Ozawa talks about her time in Namco and how she made music with minimal technology.
- Masashi Kageyama talks about his time at Sunsoft and how they let him explore and his Magnum Opus-Gimmick!
- Yoko Shimomura talks about her time at Capcom and creating the music for Street Fighter 2.
- Hiro on working at Sega and a look into why he made the choices for many of the now legendary game music for the games he works on during that time.
- Yuzo Koshiro on how he brought club music to 16-bit gaming and why.
If you have the time, please watch this mini-series, and you won’t regret it. Red Bull did a part two to this, but via podcast and sadly didn’t do these six episodes justice at all. If your wondering which episode was my favorite it’s this one.