ComposerCast

ComposerCast

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The world of video games is exciting and full of innovative music. Each month, join Will Helliwell and Lloyd Tranter as they explore the phenomenon of games and music, from reviews and interviews to the history behind some of your favourite consoles. If you enjoy video games and their accompanying soundtracks, this is the podcast for you.


Interview: Evan Rogers
Jun 28 • 34 min
Our first VR interview episode! We talked to arranger, orchestrator and composer, Evan Rogers.
Celestial
May 25 • 66 min
We’re still in lockdown so join us for another lockdown episode of ComposerCast where Lloyd and I chat about virtual reality inside virtual reality.
Inside The Future?
Apr 18 • 79 min
Join us for a special lockdown episode of ComposerCast where Lloyd and I talk to each other inside virtual reality.
Interview: Chris Jolley
Feb 28 • 94 min
Episode 35 of ComposerCast. This is an interview episode where I talk to the wonderful composer and sound designer, Chris Jolley, about his audio career in games.
Bewitche(r)d
Feb 17 • 66 min
On this episode we talk about BlazeRush, a naughty goose and a witcher.
Amanita Music Part 2
Jan 16 • 68 min
Part 2 of our talk about Amanita Design and the beautiful worlds they create.
Amanita Music Part 1
Nov 22, 2019 • 48 min
On this episode we talk about VR racing, the 10 year anniversary of Machinarium and give a shout-out to Music Weeklies. Join us next episode where we’ll do a proper analysis of the music by Floex.
Making Music With Code
Sep 25, 2019 • 61 min
On this episode we talk about VR truck driving, goblin fighting, correcting past mistakes and learning to code with music. We end with a constructive deconstruction of a video game track.
Tree Stream
Aug 5, 2019 • 76 min
On this episode we try and make sense of all the game launchers that are out there competing with each other, we talk about the game From Other Suns and we breakdown some Minecraft music.
E1M1
Jun 26, 2019 • 83 min
On this episode, Lloyd and I discuss photogrammetry, E3 and deconstruct a classic video game track.
Interview: Composer Denovaire
Jun 3, 2019 • 108 min
Our guest on this episode is Deno; a classical composer, producer and artist.
Interview: Game Music Designer Matthew Walker
May 21, 2019 • 95 min
On this episode of the podcast, we talk to the wonderful video game music designer Matthew Walker.
Constructive Deconstruction
May 6, 2019 • 81 min
We delve into the future of gaming with Apple Arcade and Google Stadia before deconstructing a classic Zelda tune.
A Rift Between Us and Oculus
Apr 2, 2019 • 76 min
What is the Rift S? And why does it sound just so awful? What are those start up sounds? And why do they sound just so lovely? Memes?
Remakes and Remasters
Mar 18, 2019 • 83 min
Remasters, remakes, reboots and “remaster plusses”
History Of Video Game Music - 5th Generation Era
Mar 11, 2019 • 79 min
The last stop in our history of video game music journey. We take a look at the 5th generation era of consoles.
ComposerCast 022 | History Of Video Game Music - SNES and SEGA Genesis
Feb 2, 2019 • 55 min
On this episode, we have a look at the audio capabilities of the SNES and SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive.
ComposerCast 021 | Music And Sound In VR
Dec 15, 2018 • 51 min
Lloyd is now the official co-host of ComposerCast! We talk about music and sound in virtual reality.
Interview: Composer Tony Manfredonia
Sep 30, 2018 • 43 min
On this episode, I had the privilege of talking to the talented composer Tony Manfredonia.
ComposerCast 019 | History Of Video Game Music - NES and Game Boy
Sep 16, 2018 • 15 min
On this episode, I have a look at the chiptune sounds of the NES and Game Boy and dive into the audio capabilities of both consoles.
ComposerCast 018 | Fireside Chat With Sam Whiting
Jul 28, 2018 • 79 min
On this episode, we take a break from video game music history and sit down for a chat with my good friend Sam Whiting.
ComposerCast 017 | History Of Video Game Music - Commodore 64
Jun 29, 2018 • 8 min
1982, the year of the Commodore 64! Let’s take a look at writing music for this iconic system.
ComposerCast 016 | History Of Video Game Music - Atari 2600
Jun 21, 2018 • 8 min
We’re going right back to 1977 video game music with the Atari 2600! In this episode, I have a look at some of the limitations of that console and how music was written for it.
ComposerCast 015 | Essential Chord Theory
Jun 4, 2018 • 9 min
Music theory is one of those things a lot of musicians (I’m looking at you, guitarists) like to avoid.
ComposerCast 014 | A Gareth Coker Masterclass Summary
May 4, 2018 • 8 min
I had the opportunity to attend this great talk at BAFTA HQ in London.
ComposerCast 013 | An Interview With Kingdom Come Deliverance Composers Adam Sporka And Jan Valta
Apr 15, 2018 • 55 min
I had the great pleasure of talking with two fantastic video game composers; Adam and Jan.
ComposerCast 012 | Open Doors  Careers In Games
Apr 9, 2018 • 9 min
I went up to London to attend an event about finding your perfect role and starting your career in the games industry.
ComposerCast 011 | Music Reflecting Narrative
Feb 17, 2018 • 40 min
Episode 11 is here and I’m really happy to have my first American guest on the show!
ComposerCast 010 | Defining Your Work
Feb 9, 2018 • 6 min
This is another short episode, recorded in the car and inspired by my lack of focus.
ComposerCast 009 | Social Games With Lloyd
Feb 5, 2018 • 36 min
This episode is a casual chat between me and Lloyd.
ComposerCast 008 | My Top 2017 Game Music Picks
Dec 29, 2017 • 7 min
The great thing about being in the office over the holidays is it’s super quiet so I can do more podcast episodes like this!