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 โ€” 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]

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

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

In this new podcast series,ย Lee Tyrrellย 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 onย YouTubeย andย Twitch, andย it’sย now available on platforms likeย Spotifyย andย Apple Podcasts.

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

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

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

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

For early access to our upcoming game music podcast,ย 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]

Rucka Rucka Ali Interview: Constructing Parody and Character

This piece ties in to a podcast I recorded with Rucka Rucka Ali, available here.

Forย our final interview of 2017, we invited Rucka Rucka Ali to speak to us about his creativity and craft. Since 2006, Rucka has carved out a significant legacy as the internet’s most offensive parody artist. In his music, he often makes use of racial stereotypes and observations. All too often, and erroneously, his songs are accused of racism. In fact, his output is a cleverly constructed dissection of the culture politics we all drown in. They’re also incredibly funny, with a “no holds barred” attitude that starkly contrasts the safe-space mindset of modern liberalism.…   [continue reading]

Rhys from Goldie Lookin Chain Interview

This article ties in to a podcast I recorded with Rhys from GLC, available here.ย I also previously interviewed his bandmate, Eggsy, which you can find here.

Last month, Goldie Lookin Chain releasedย Fear of a Welsh Planet. It’s an album that continues their trend of hilarious, but relatable, hip-hop. To find out more on its creation, and the evolution of GLC across a lengthy career, I spoke to Rhys (also known as P. Xain). As the member responsible for almost all of the group’s music and production, he’s been deeply ingrained from their earliest beginnings.

Aside from Goldie Lookin Chain, Rhys has put out a number of intriguing solo releases.…   [continue reading]

Volume #1: Birth [DOWNLOAD AND STREAM]

This URL initially linked to a detailed history ofย Volume #1: Birth, which is stillย online here.

After several months of putting the package together,ย Volume #1: Birthย is finally available for download. In addition, zine subscribers should receive their physical copies within a fortnight of this post. Bringing this to you is a very proud moment for us. It contains music from both Secret Cave co-founders, regular contributors (like March and MC Kat) and several guests. Nick Lutsko,ย Professor Elemental, Vic Berger and DJ Douggpound all have tracks on this release, following on from our podcasts with them.…   [continue reading]

Caedmon: Creating Creativity (Maurizio Fusillo Interview)

This article ties in to a podcast I recorded with Maurizio Fusillo, the creator of Caedmon, available here.

Atย Secret Cave, we’ve always had an obsession with the output of artificial intelligence. Across a variety of fascinating bots and other projects, it’s been shown that their artwork is more than worthy of scrutiny. Since the birth of the internet, and the entropic prevalence of technology over the past century, the capabilities of such bots has improved at a vast rate. It’s allowedย certain older ideas, about the creation of art without emotion, to be explored in the depth they deserve.…   [continue reading]