THE SOUND TEST #05 – The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (w/RIDICULON)

We’ve just uploaded episode five of “The Sound Test”!

In this new podcast series, Lee Tyrrell explores video game audio and music, along with the very people who crafted it.

This edition concludes The Binding of Isaac‘s musical story by inviting RIDICULON onto the show. Both Jon Evans and Matthias Bossi detail their music for the game’s remake, Rebirth, in their first “Sound Test” appearance. You can also hear them on upcoming episodes about Super Meat Boy and The End is Nigh, coming later in the series!

If you missed last week’s episode about The Binding of Isaac’s original version, with Danny Baranowsky and Jules Conroy, click here to check it out.…   [continue reading]

THE SOUND TEST #04 – The Binding of Isaac (w/Danny Baranowsky and Jules Conroy)

Here’s episode four of “The Sound Test”!

In this new podcast series, Lee Tyrrell explores video game audio and music, along with the very people who crafted it.

This edition goes behind the curtain of The Binding of Isaac with its original composer, Danny Baranowsky. Along with the game’s guest guitarist, Jules Conroy, we plunge into its dark depths — from its smallest cues to it most epic boss themes.

As the first episode of a spiritual two-parter, next week’s podcast finishes The Binding of Isaac’s aural story with insight from RIDICULON (who composed for its remake, Rebirth)!…   [continue reading]

Building the Perfect Rapper

This article is a part of Issue #2: Breath. You can get your own physical copy of the zine through our store, or see the full page spread for free at our Patreon!

Hello. Professor Elemental here, noted emcee, adventurer and well-respected mad scientist. Straddling the twin worlds of rap and science, I feel that it is my duty to constantly create, innovate and otherwise keep the flame burning for original and ridiculous hip-hop. But, lately, I have grown concerned.

What happens when I am too old and withered to rap? How do I deal with going on tour while trapped in an iron lung?…   [continue reading]

THE SOUND TEST #03 – Oddworld (w/Michael Bross)

Episode #03 of “The Sound Test” is a huge celebration of the entire Oddworld series and its audio!

In this new podcast series, Lee Tyrrell explores video game audio and music, along with the very people who crafted it.

With insight from Michael Bross, this episode takes a deep dive into the sound of all five of their games. We ever hear a little bit about their upcoming sixth title, Soulstorm

You can also play the episode on YouTube and Twitch, and it’s now available on platforms like Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

STREAM/DOWNLOAD:
https://audioboom.com/posts/6943901-oddworld-w-michael-bross

Pledge $1 to our Patreon to hear next week’s episode (on The Binding of Isaac with Danny Baranowsky and Jules Conroy) right now!…   [continue reading]

THE SOUND TEST #02 – Banjo-Kazooie (w/Grant Kirkhope)

Here’s episode two of The Sound Test!

In this new podcast series, Lee Tyrrell explores video game audio and music, along with the very people who crafted it.

This edition features Grant Kirkhope discussing the innovative dynamic music of the whole Banjo-Kazooie series!

You can also play the episode on YouTube and Twitch, and it’s now available on platforms like Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

STREAM/DOWNLOAD:
https://audioboom.com/posts/6942679-banjo-kazooie-w-grant-kirkhope

Pledge $1 to our Patreon to hear next week’s episode (on the Oddworld series with Michael Bross) right now!

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Old Ghosts – Maybe Someday

Our gift for “Birth” level or higher patrons this month is very close to my heart. Maybe Someday is an EP of my collected teenage songwriting, once thought lost beneath MySpace technical errors.

The EP is mostly made up of acoustic meanderings, and is only the tip of the iceberg. A huge amount of my recordings were accidentally deleted without physical copies over a decade ago, but there are plans afoot for a full album of fleshed out, properly produced material. Until then, I hope that the homemade sound of this release is charming enough for you to enjoy it!

Non-patrons can still stream the album for free, or download its entirety for $1, through our Bandcamp.…   [continue reading]

THE SOUND TEST #01 – Stardew Valley (w/Eric Barone)

Here’s episode one of The Sound Test!

In this new podcast series, Lee Tyrrell explores video game audio and music, along with the very people who crafted it.

This edition features Eric Barone (ConcernedApe) discussing the vibrant, varied sounds of Stardew Valley!

You can also play the episode on YouTube and Twitch, and it will soon be coming to platforms like Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

STREAM/DOWNLOAD:
https://audioboom.com/posts/6942574-stardew-valley-w-eric-barone

Pledge $1 to our Patreon to hear next week’s episode (on the Banjo-Kazooie series with Grant Kirkhope) right now!

…   [continue reading]

The First Status Update

This article is a part of Issue #2: Breath. You can get your own physical copy of the zine through our store, or see the full page spread for free at our Patreon!

When technology augments the natural limits of human communication, there are often unexpected side effects. When Sharp first decided to bundle together a phone and a camera into the same device, they didn’t know they’d laid the foundation for Instagram, or the rich visual ecosystem of mobile content. At the time, uploading images to the internet in a community of users was 10 years away. Similarly, when Casio created the first commercially successful answering machine capable of playing an outgoing message in 1971, they didn’t realize that they had effectively given a broadcasting platform to the answering machine owners.…   [continue reading]

Contusions of a Greying Culture Vulture: A Semi-Automatic Essay

This article is a part of Issue #2: Breath. You can get your own physical copy of the zine through our store, or see the full page spread for free at our Patreon!

The writer consoles himself by saying, ‘by writing this or that, you will finally get to live your life’ – not realising that these tasks are what your life becomes. Then again, I was nearly killed during the writing of this article. The random hand of chance is always near. However true or false it may actually be, every pop culture writer feels that they are vividly connected to cultural events of their time – whether in lockstep with or at a remove from every twist and turn of the zeitgeist, deciding whether to investigate any of this tumult is critical.…   [continue reading]

Welcome to the Internet

All artworks included in this piece are the work of Katrine Claassens, and are represented in monochrome here (as they appear in Issue #2: Birth). You can see them in full colour at Katrine’s site, or order your own copy of our zine through our store or Patreon.

In this intimate series of works, Katrine Claassens paints both abandoned and much-loved images culled from the internet. By carefully selecting reference material from digital sources, Claassens distils the absurdist nature of internet humour to bear witness to a tragicomedy otherwise ignored. Material gathered from abandoned Twitter accounts, internet memes, stills from GIFs, and badly executed flash photography become adopted beauties when taken under her wing.…   [continue reading]