Since its Berlin inception in 1998, Red Bull Music Academy has established itself as a sort of globetrotting hotbed for the development of modern music’s very best and brightest, counting Flying Lotus and Hudson Mohawke among its storied alumni. The 2014 cycle of RBMA finds itself in Tokyo; a city whose booming video game industry has become ingrained in its identity. So too has the music of video games become an undeniable part of our world soundscape, beginning with its rise in the arcades of the early eighties.
Diggin’ In The Carts, an inspired web series produced beautifully by RBMA, follows the stories of the unsung musicians behind the most legendary video game soundtracks, from their monophonic, soldered origins to the Hollywood-caliber swells of today’s titles, bolstered by awestruck commentary from such devoted fans as Flying Lotus, Just Blaze, and Thundercat. Watch the trailer below, or enjoy the whole series, capped off by today’s release of the final installment. Be sure to check out the Sega episode.