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Diggin’ In The Carts is a new documentary series from Red Bull Music Academy exploring the secret history of Japanese video game music.

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By the end of the 1980’s, Japan was midway through its infamous “bubble era.” While stock and real estate prices soared to stratospheric heights, so too did its 8-bit technology. Companies like Konami and Sunsoft were pushing technology to the limits and sound became a weapon, with both companies devising ways of ensuring that their companies had a reputation for the most incredible sound of the Famicom era. We meet former 80’s J-Pop superstar Akio Dobashi and Masashi Kageyama, the man responsible for 8-bit’s most legendary soundtracks: Gimmick!

Masashi Kageyama
Akio Dobashi

Fatima Al Qadiri
Oh No
Flying Lotus

Over six episodes Diggin’ In The Carts shines a spotlight on the composers who created a style of music that has had an immense impact on modern pop culture. From the personal studios of these legendary composers, to the concert halls of Japan where symphony orchestras are performing their compositions to sold-out crowds today – the series will document how the music of video games was created, what inspired it, and how it evolved into its own cultural phenomenon. Peppered with commentary from some of modern music’s finest DJ’s, musicians and electronic producers from around the world, the documentary also shows the influence these Japanese composers had on the world – and the world of music.


Game Footage & Music

(c) Konami Digital Entertainment

Composed by – Konami Sound Team
Super Contra
(c) Konami Digital Entertainment

Composed by – Konami Sound Team
Castlevania II – Simon’s Quest
(c) Konami Digital Entertainment

Composed by – Masashi Kageyama
(c) Sunsoft