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]

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]

School of Whimsy – Professor Elemental

You can purchase School of Whimsy here, or check it out through Bandcamp and Spotify!

Professor Elemental, the chap-hop alias of Paul Alborough, is unbelievably prolific. In 2015, he mastered the concept album with Apequest — a cleverly constructed sci-fi jaunt with beats and wit in full supply. Next came Professor Elemental & His Amazing Friends, which put remixes, b-sides and wholly original tracks together into one unique compilation. It was only last year that Alborough, as a part of The Menagerie, released the magnificent Odd Beast. He even found time to make an appearance on our first compilation, Volume #1: Birth, with a previously unreleased track that speaks to his consistency.…   [continue reading]

Terry Scott Taylor Interview: The Music of The Neverhood, Skullmonkeys and Armikrog

For early access to our upcoming game music podcast, The Sound Test, click here to check out our Patreon!

Released in 1996, The Neverhood was the first game to make use of claymation in all of its animations. Its environments burst with distinctive singularity, but the game’s popularity was boosted by its memorable puzzles and, particularly, its soundtrack. Composed by Terry Scott Taylor, a prolific songwriter and founding member of Daniel Amos, its odd vocals and playful tone were a perfect match for a world pocked with fingerprints and creativity.

Just two years later, a sequel dropped for the PlayStation.…   [continue reading]

Nick Lutsko – Grinning Like a Barracuda

Grinning Like a Barracuda appears on our debut compilation tape, Volume #1: Birth. It’s also available to stream on Spotify, or purchase on iTunes!

We’re huge fans of Nick Lutsko at Secret Cave. In fact, just last year, he made an appearance on our podcast. He remains one of the friendliest people we’ve spoken to, and offered up heaps of insight on his music and work for Super Deluxe. Following on from his last album, Etc., Nick has recently released a new song — complete with an excellent music video.

Grinning Like a Barracuda is certainly an earworm.…   [continue reading]

MC KAT – The Reckoning

MC Kat has been making waves in her native Latvia since she first appeared. Fresh, inspired and with big plans in mind, she’s a rapper who commands your attention from her first line to her last. We were proud to release a track of hers on our debut compilation tape last year (available free here). Additionally, she appeared thrice on our podcast’s third season (for Birds, Latvia and Drugs). She’ll be making more appearances on our podcast when we relaunch it later this year. Until then, you can look forward to a full album release from MC Kat in 2018.…   [continue reading]