Published Aug 28, 2014Japanese videogames have given us some the world's most beloved tunes — the Mario theme, anyone? — so it's about time that the country's gaming music was examined with a documentary. The Red Bull Music Academy will be doing just that with the six-part series Diggin' in the Carts.
This will examine Japanese videogame music, tracing its evolution from the days of 8-bit up until the present day (although most of the emphasis is on early chiptune music). The series will include statements from the likes of Flying Lotus, Dizzee Rascal, Fatima Al Qadiri, Kode9, Havoc (Mobb Deep), J Rocc, Just Blaze, Ladyhawke, Anamanaguchi, Thundercat and more.
Each of the six episodes will examine a new chapter in the development of videogame music, and many of the community's key composers are interviewed, including Hirokazu "Hip" Tanaka (Tetris, Metroid) Yuzo Koshiro (Streets of Rage) and Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy) .
Series creator Nick Dwyer said in a statement, "We want to show that these Japanese men and women had an incredible influence on the global culture and on some of the biggest names in modern music."
The first episode will premiere on September 4, and a trailer for the series can be seen below. These episodes will be released in advance of this fall's 16th edition of the Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo, which will host the event from October 12 through November 14.