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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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]

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]

Issue #2: Breath: General Updates and News

This year at Secret Cave, we’re changing our pace somewhat. Following the release of our first zine last year, we’ve already started work on a second issue. It’s important to us thatย Issue #2: Breathย is an improvement in every possible way on our original venture. As such, certain elements of our output are likely to slow down until our estimated release date in April.

In no way does that mean our domain content will stop. In fact, Benjamin and I already have numerous drafts that we’re working on. However, we have made our next zine a conscious priority. Unfortunately, this is likely to have an impact on the amount of posts here.…   [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]