Nick Dwyer's online radio show, Diggin' In The Carts, returns tonight with an episode featuring Atari's Nolan Bushnell and Donkey Kong Country composer David Wise.
A major part of what makes a video game so memorable is the soundtrack. Would Super Mario Bros. be as impressive without the catchy tunes? Maybe, but the music enhances the experience. Undertale would not be the same without its soundtrack, as another example; same with The Legend Of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and countless other iconic games. Video game music is the focus of the online show Diggin' in the Carts, hosted by Nick Dwyer. Dwyer created the concept for the show in 2014, and has interviewed many video game music masters in the first few years, such as Hirokazu "Hip" Tanaka (composer of Metroid) and Yuzo Koshiro (composer of Streets of Rage). However, over the course of two seasons, Dwyer has mostly highlighted music from composers in Japan. For the third season, starting tonight, Dwyer will be spending some time with music creators in other parts of the world. You can listen to it here.
In a press release from Red Bull Radio, the full plan for season three of Diggin' in the Carts was laid out. Most notable is that Dwyer will be taking the show overseas to shine "a light on the games, creators, composers, sounds and systems from the UK, US, Europe and beyond."
"As a result of having my head so deep in Japanese video game music for these past few years, I was biased in my thinking that there wasn’t an awful lot worth checking from beyond its borders," Dwyer says. "My goals for season three were to prove myself wrong and over the past 10 months researching for this, I think I’ve more than done just that. There is an unbelievable rich history, filled with composers that were true pioneers in every sense of the word. I hope listeners will feel the same way!"
Tonight's season premiere episode will feature Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari and Pong producer. Bushnell is a pivotal figure in the gaming industry, as Atari was big in the United States long before Nintendo came on the scene. The press release mentions the Commodore Amiga, a line of computers released in the '80s. It will definitely be interesting to hear about the Amiga, as it's a largely forgotten computer system today.
David Wise will also feature on tonight's episode. Wise was a main composer of the critically acclaimed Donkey Kong Country series for SNES. He was the composer of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest. That game (as well as other DK Countries) has been acclaimed for its atmospheric, relaxing, and just fantastic music. Stickerbrush Symphony, Forest Interlude, Mining Melancholy; these are incredible pieces of music. Wise returned to the Donkey Kong Country series in Tropical Freeze, which was recently re-released for the Nintendo Switch. Wise's name may not be as big as Koji Kondo's, but Wise is a legend to many. Finally, Fool's Gold affiliate Nightwave will be featured as a guest host.
Season Three of Diggin' in the Carts will be an eight-part series, and it begins tonight at 7pm EST. You can tune in at Red Bull Radio. There will be new episodes every Thursday at 7pm EST.