Wednesday, 10 April 2019

6 Music's History Of Video Game Music - Charlie Brooker's Video Game Playlist

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 10th March 2019

Charlie Brooker discusses his passion for video games, and selects some of his favourite game music.

Years before he created Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker was a video games journalist – reflecting a love of gaming that stretches back to his childhood.

It’s a passion that’s cropped up throughout his career – from programmes like Gameswipe to his appearance on Desert Island Discs, where he selected a track from the Gameboy title Robocop as one of his discs.

The most recent episode of Black Mirror – Bandersnatch – even revolves around the creation of a choose-your-own-adventure game, and included bespoke music written on a vintage ZX Spectrum.

As part of the 6 Music's History of Video Game Music series, Charlie sat down with Mark Savage to discuss how he discovered games at a local swimming pool, why he finds Super Mario Bros addictive, and how he’s using Zelda to teach his children to read. Along the way, he chooses his favourite tracks from video game history.

Grandaddy - A.M. 180 (Screenwipe Theme)
Unknown - Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Credits
Ray Parker Jr. - Ghostbusters
Edvard Grieg - In The Hall Of The Mountain King (Manic Miner)
Lou Reed - The Great Defender (Down At The Arcade)
Queen - Bicycle Race
Johann Strauss Jr. - The Blue Danube
C64 Orchestra - Monty On The Run
Mike Berry - Everyone's A Wally
Mel Croucher - War Crimes Are Easy (Deus Ex Machina)
Unknown - Streetfighter 2 Incidental Music
Unknown - Tetris Remix
Kōji Kondō - Overworld Theme (Super Mario World)
Jonathan Dunn - Robocop Game Boy Theme
Masatao Nakamura - Spring Yard Zone (Mega Drive Version) (Sonic The Hedgehog)
John Baker - Toejam & Earl Theme
Masaya Matsuura - Chop Chop Master Onion's Rap (PaRappa The Rapper)
The Chemical Brothers - Chemical Beats
Jun Chikuma - Super Bomberman Multiplayer Mode
Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson - Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas)
The Super Mario Players Feat. Kate Davis - Jump Up, Super Star! (Super Mario Odyssey)
Kōji Kondō - The Legend Of Zelda Main Theme
C418 - Moog City (Minecraft)
Daniel Tidwell - At Doom's Gate (E1M1 Doom Theme)
Kōji Kondō - Super Mario Bros. Underworld Theme
Kōji Kondō - Super Mario Bros. Theme
London Philharmonic Orchestra & Andrew Skeet - Super Mario Bros. Theme

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