ComposerCast

ComposerCast

willhelliwell.com/composercast
ComposerCast is a podcast exploring the world of video game music, from reviews and interviews to music theory and sample library tips.
Remakes and Remasters
Mar 18 • 83 min
Remasters, remakes, reboots and “remaster plusses”
History Of Video Game Music - 5th Generation Era
Mar 11 • 79 min
The last stop in our history of video game music journey. We take a look at the 5th generation era of consoles.
022 | History Of Video Game Music - SNES and SEGA Genesis
Feb 2 • 55 min
On this episode, we have a look at the audio capabilities of the SNES and SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive.
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.
020 | Interview With Tony Manfredonia
Sep 30, 2018 • 43 min
On this episode, I had the privilege of talking to the talented composer Tony Manfredonia.
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.
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.
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. Difference Between SID Chips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwUBhOwiMyA Cybernoid 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yv5\_LsRaPrY C64 Playlist:…
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.
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. So I made this episode to try and simplify it, make it less daunting and more useful. You can check out the neck diagrams over on my blog…
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. In the talk, video game composer Gareth discussed how he used music to reflect and drive the narrative of games. This episode is a collection of the notes and ideas I learned from the…
013 | An Interview With Kingdom Come Deliverance Composers Adam Sporka And Jan Valta
Apr 15, 2018 • 55 min
This was such an exciting episode for me! I had the great pleasure of talking with two fantastic video game composers. Adam and Jan wrote the music for Kingdom Come: Deliverance, a new, realistic, medieval RPG set in 1403 Bohemia.…
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. It was a great talk with some really cool people on the panel discussing their roles in the industry, how they got into games and their…
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! Brannan and I take a look at a number of video game music tracks and discuss how they reflect the narrative of the games. Follow Brannan Vitek on Twitter @brannan\_vitek
010 | Defining Your Work
Feb 9, 2018 • 6 min
Check out the written version on Medium: https://medium.com/@willhelliwell/define-the-work-you-do-187666fbf288 This is another short episode, recorded in the car and inspired by my lack of focus. I talk a little bit about defining all your projects as I…
009 | Social Games With Lloyd
Feb 5, 2018 • 36 min
This episode is a casual chat between me and Lloyd. We talk about D&D, Lloyd gives a rundown on couch co-op games and we discuss the pitfalls of drinking Margheritas on the beach all day. I hope you enjoy the more casual style of this episode plus the…
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! Check out ComposerCast episode 8 “My Top 2017 Game Music Picks”