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ComposerCast is a podcast exploring the world of video game music, from reviews and interviews to music theory and sample library tips. Join Will as he finds out what it takes to become a video game composer.

ComposerCast is a podcast exploring the world of video game music, from reviews and interviews to music theory and sample library tips. Join Will as he finds out what it takes to become a video game composer.
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United Kingdom

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ComposerCast is a podcast exploring the world of video game music, from reviews and interviews to music theory and sample library tips. Join Will as he finds out what it takes to become a video game composer.

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English

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07760565565


Episodes

ComposerCast 021 | Music And Sound In VR

12/15/2018
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Lloyd is now the official co-host of ComposerCast! We talk about music and sound in virtual reality.

Duration:00:51:24

ComposerCast 020 | Interview With Tony Manfredonia

9/30/2018
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On this episode, I had the privilege of talking to the talented composer Tony Manfredonia.

Duration:00:43:50

ComposerCast 019 | History Of Video Game Music - NES and Game Boy

9/16/2018
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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.

Duration:00:16:54

ComposerCast 018 | Fireside Chat With Sam Whiting

7/28/2018
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On this episode, we take a break from video game music history and sit down for a chat with my good friend Sam Whiting.

Duration:01:20:44

ComposerCast 017 | History Of Video Game Music - Commodore 64

6/29/2018
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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=RDQMzoOcGHm1WDg&v=qrQuR1LHAVI

Duration:00:09:48

ComposerCast 016 | History Of Video Game Music - Atari 2600

6/21/2018
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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.

Duration:00:10:01

ComposerCast 015 | Essential Chord Theory

6/4/2018
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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 https://medium.com/@willhelliwell/essential-chord-theory-for-guitarists-fb7a84000cc0

Duration:00:09:45

ComposerCast 014 | A Gareth Coker Masterclass Summary

5/4/2018
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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 evening’s talk. Check out the written version here: https://medium.com/@willhelliwell/games-masterclass-the-art-of-storytelling-through-music-with-gareth-coker-ef259a0efacf

Duration:00:08:49

ComposerCast 013 | An Interview With Kingdom Come Deliverance Composers Adam Sporka And Jan Valta

4/15/2018
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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. https://www.kingdomcomerpg.com/ We jumped right into the conversation so for clarity's sake, Adam speaks first, followed by Jan, as they discuss their experience with music growing up.

Duration:00:55:35

ComposerCast 012 | Open Doors Careers In Games

4/9/2018
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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 personal experiences in the industry right now.

Duration:00:09:51

ComposerCast 011 | Music Reflecting Narrative

2/17/2018
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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

Duration:00:40:47

ComposerCast 010 | Defining Your Work

2/9/2018
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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 felt like the podcast was straying a little and I really want to get it back on track.

Duration:00:06:10

ComposerCast 009 | Social Games With Lloyd

2/5/2018
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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 music, sound effects and audio editing.

Duration:00:36:05

ComposerCast 008 | My Top 2017 Game Music Picks

12/29/2017
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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"

Duration:00:08:01

ComposerCast 007 | Creativity And Structure

12/27/2017
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A super short episode in response to a really interesting Medium article I read on "Why Creativity Doesn’t Have To Be Chaotic, And Structure Doesn’t Have To Be Boring".

Duration:00:03:24

ComposerCast 006 | Music And Game Reviews With Lloyd

11/11/2017
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On episode 6, we review 2 albums, talk about the hilarious game Human: Fall Flat, and generally go off on a few tangents.

Duration:00:51:50

ComposerCast 005 | Talking All Things Games With Lloyd Tranter

9/17/2017
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On episode 005 of ComposerCast, I have a great chat with my friend Lloyd about anything gaming related including indie vs AAA, how AI is going to change music and what I enjoy about VR games and experiences.

Duration:00:53:52

ComposerCast 004 | SuperPhone And Super Fans

8/20/2017
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I'm recording this episode while sitting on top of a hill in the sunshine. I chat about a new app called SuperPhone that's meant to help connect artists with their fans.

Duration:00:06:25

ComposerCast 003 | How I Network As A Composer

7/3/2017
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On episode 003 of ComposerCast, I talk about how I network as a composer who's not that confident in social situations. -- Links from episode: Check out @GameAudioNorth on Twitter. EGX Rezzed: https://www.egx.net/rezzed The Meetup web page (go download the app too): https://www.meetup.com/

Duration:00:08:36

ComposerCast 002 | Overcoming Writer's Block

4/13/2017
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On episode 002 of ComposerCast, I list some tips on overcoming writer's block when trying to compose music. -- Read the blog version of this podcast: https://goo.gl/zUvAhZ

Duration:00:04:33