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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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!

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Tyrannosaurus Death!: A Conversation with Adam Volerich

This interview is a part of Issue #2: Breath. You can get your own physical copy of the zine through our store or Patreon.

Though we featured some of Adam Volerich’s still photography in our previous issue, he’s primarily a filmmaker. We’ve been big supporters of his work, through Magnalux Pictures or otherwise, at Secret Cave. His catalogue shines with ingenuity, off-beat humour and a deep respect for the power of location. With the release of his latest short-film, Tyrannosaurus Death!, we jumped at the opportunity to interview Adam about its production.

Below is a cropped sample page from our zine.…   [continue reading]

Outsider Textiles: A Conversation with Shanell Papp

This interview is a part of Issue #2: Breath. You can get your own physical copy of the zine through our store or Patreon.

In our last issue, Birth, we featured a single piece of Shanell Papp’s distinctive artwork. We would have liked to show more, and initially planned for an in-depth look at her talent for textiles. It’s a medium she explores and warps in surprising ways, with an intense attention to detail. The physicality of her output makes her focus on anatomy and the macabre more direct. For this zine, we spoke to Shanell about some of her intentions and drives.…   [continue reading]

Constructing Achewood: A Momentary Diversion with Chris Onstad

Click here to order Issue #2: Breath, including this interview, from our store. Alternatively, copies are available through Patreon.

Achewood, a webcomic launched in 2001, is among the densest works of fiction on the internet. Resting on the mannerisms of a developed cast of complex characters, it later evolved to include blogs, Twitter accounts and even a cookbook. Its creator, Chris Onstad, has given life to every corner of its titular setting through a series of inspired arcs. For Issue #2: Breath, we talked to Chris about Achewood, some of the process behind it and its future.…   [continue reading]

Issue #2: Breath: FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Issue #2: Breath is available to order through our store or, alternatively, as a reward to Patreon supporters.

We’re now preparing to post out copies of Issue #2: Breath! If you haven’t yet ordered a copy, you can do so by visiting our store or brand new Patreon page. We’ve worked hard to make this zine worth the money, by filling it with as much writing, art and photography as we could source. In the end, we’ve more than doubled the page count of our debut issue.

We’re immensely proud of the contributors who have given this project life.…   [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]