BEEP unites 100 of the greatest international game composers

Pioneering musicologist Karen Collins recently secured funding through a crowdfunding campaign to develop the documentary film BEEP: A History of Game Sound and an guidebook. This documentary film will take viewers on a rich audio-visual journey through the history of game music and sound, from the minimalist sounds of 1970s and 1980s arcade classics through to the surround sound orchestral soundtracks of 2014’s latest epics. It will be published together with a series of webisodes featuring full-length interviews, a book that will provide an in-depth perspective on the evolution of game audio, and insightful featurettes on the wider culture of video game music. Having now met several stretch goals, the documentary will also feature multi-language support. An official soundtrack is also planned, featuring original pieces from the documentary, composed by Retro City Rampage‘s Leonard J. Paul, and historic video game tracks that have been licensed for the album.

Now in the last few days of its campaign, BEEP has reached its ambitious goal thanks to the support of over a thousand people. The campaign has also inspired the attention of international press (e.g. CNET, Polygon, GameSpot, Engadget), gained the support of big-name sponsors (e.g. Turtle Beach, Wwise, Audiokinetic, Video Games Live, Sumthing Else), and added reputed managers, researchers, and artists to its team (e.g. Rory O’Neill, Leonard C. Paul, Rebecca Hernandez-Gerber, DB Cooper). It has also organised the involvement of numerous game sound creators, including historic game music pioneers, influential technical pioneers, insight authors, and, of course, today’s biggest freelancers. There will also be interviews with current and former audio leads at the biggest game publishers, such as Square Enix, Sony, Microsoft, Konami, Capcom, Falcom, Sega, SNK, Namco, Taito, Ubisoft, EA, THQ, LucasArts, and Atari. The documentary will start filming between October 7 to 8 at the game music and sound design conference GameSoundCon in Los Angeles.

The latest people confirmed to be involved in the campaign have been announced, among them the composers and audio directors of the Final Fantasy, Command & Conquer, Street Fighter, Tomb Raider, Kingdom Hearts, Bioshock, Phantasy Star, The Elder Scrolls, Ys, Assassin’s Creed, Mario, Hitman, Resident Evil, Quest for Glory, Fatal Fury, Alone in the Dark, and Castlevania franchises. The names also include pioneers of computer and mobile audio technology, producers of top orchestral concerts, and the creator director of revolutionary music games such as Guitar Hero. With the final roster almost fully announced, there are 100 names who will be interviewed in full for the BEEP webisodes and book. Many of them will also feature in the main film:

Japanese Creators

– Masahiro Aoki: Fan-Arranger Turned Pro (Sengoku Basara series, ROCK-MEN, Touhou albums)
– Yoshino Aoki: Co-Founder of Unique Note (Mega Man series, Breath of Fire III & IV, Earth Seeker)
– Motoaki Furukawa: Creator of Kukeiha Club (Gradius series, Policenauts, Super Contra)
– Shinji Hosoe: Namco Sound Director Turned Label Creator (Ridge Racer series, Dragon Spirit, Virtue’s Last Reward)
– Noriyuki Iwadare: Pioneer of CD-Based Game Audio (Lunar, Ace Attorney, Grandia)
– Hiroki Kikuta: An Inspirational Japanese Creator (Secret of Mana, SoulCalibur V, Shining series)
– Keiki Kobayashi: Music Director of Ace Combat Franchise (Ace Combat series, SoulCalibur III & IV, Super Smash Bros. 3DS)
– Hideaki Kobayashi: Sound Director at Sega (Phantasy Star series, Sonic series, Initial D)
– Yuko Komiyama: Composer of Unique Note (Monster Hunter, Monster Hunter Frontier, Mega Man X series)
– Seiko Kobuchi: Former Composer at Konami and Capcom (Resident Evil series, Mickey Mouse, Solar Assault)
– Yuzo Koshiro: Falcom Composer Turned Versatile Creator (Ys, Streets of Rage, Etrian Odyssey)
– Yasunori Mitsuda: Creator of Procyon Studio (Chrono series, Xeno series, Soul Sacrifice)
– Yuu Miyake: Music Director of Katamari Damacy Franchise (Katamari Damacy, Ridge Racer, Tekken)
– Goo-Min Nam (aka Nauts): Composer of Korean MMORPGs (TalesWeaver, Bar Oasis 1 & 2, Monarch)
– Shota Nakama: Artistic Director of Video Game Orchestra (Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix, Final Fantas XV Ace Combat 3D)
– Takayuki Nakamura: Musical Innovator for Tetsuya Mizoguchi’s Games (Virtua Fighter series, Lumines, Kengo)
– Koichi Namiki: Co-Founder of the S.S.T. Band (Super Hang-On, Galaxy Force, Tokimeki Memorial)
– Manabu Namiki: Composer of Cave’s Shooting Titles (DeathSmiles, Battle Garegga, Sega Ages series)
– Hisayoshi Ogura: Creator of Zuntata (Darius series, The Legend of Kage, The Ninja Warriors)
– Jin-Bae Park (aka ESTi): Leader of the Korean Game Music Field (Granado Espada, TalesWeaver, DJMax)
– Hideki Sakamoto: Founder of Music Production Company noisycroak (Echochrome, Toukiden, Yakuza series)
– Hitoshi Sakimoto: Founder of Music Production Company Basiscape (Final Fantasy XII, Vagrant Story, Valkyria Chronicles)
– Nobuyoshi Sano: Creator of the KORG DS-10 Synthesizer Range (Tekken series, Drakengard, Ghost in the Shell)
– Tenpei Sato: Pioneer of Vocal Music in Video Games (Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure, Disgaea series, Valis)
– Tetsuya Shibata: Former Sound Manager of Capcom (Devil May Cry series, Monster Hunter, Resident Evil)
– Yoko Shimomura: Former Composer at Capcom and Square (Street Fighter II, Kingdom Hearts series, Mario RPGs)
– Yuji Takenouchi: Sound Director of Dark Souls (Demon’s Souls, Sunset Riders, MonHun Nikki)
– Nobuo Uematsu: Former Sound Director at Square Enix (Final Fantasy series, The Black Mages, Blue Dragon)
– Yasumasa Yamada: Former Sound Director at SNK (Art of Fighting series, Fatal Fury series, The King of Fighters)
– Keishi Yonao: Sound Director at TILDE (Asuka 120% series, Mad Stalker, Dies irae)
– Special tribute to deceased composer Ryu Umemoto (EVE: Burst Error, YU-NO, Akai Katana)


American Composers

– Clint Bajakian: Former Senior Music Manager of SCEA (Uncharted series, Outlaws, Star Wars)
– Alexander Brandon: Vice-President of the Game Audio Network Guild (Deus Ex, Unreal, Neverwinter Nights 2)
– Phil Burk: Programmer of Experimental Music Systems (Creator of 3DO Audio System, JSyn, ListenUp)
– Peter Dreschner: Former Sound Designer for T-Mobile (The Walking Dead, T-Mobile Sidekick, Windows Branding)
– Gordon Durity: Sound Director at EA Sports (FIFA series, Madden series, SSX Tricky)
– Brad Fuller: Former Director of Audio at Atari (Marble Madness, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, RBI Baseball)
– Scott Gershin: Creative Director of Formosa / Soundelux (The Last of Us, Black Ops II, Metal Gear Rising)
– Jim Guthrie: Veteran Singer-Songwriter (Sword & Sworcery EP, Sound Shapes, Indie Game: The Movie)
– Lance Hayes: Also Known as DJ Drunken Master (Forza Motorsport series, Xbox Fitness, Kinect Joy Ride)
– Rudy Helm: Co-chairman of the Interactive Audio Special Interest Group (Quest for Glory, King’s Quest, Montezuma)
– Damian Kastbauer: Expert in Audio Implementation (Sam & Max series, Uncharted 3, Dead Space 3)
– Frank Klepacki: Former Sound Director of Westwood Studios (Command & Conquer series, Land of Lore series, Dune)
– Penka Kouneva: Lead Orchestrator for AAA Projects (Transformers series, World of Warcraft, Gears of War 3)
– Levon Louis: Former Sound Director at Ubisoft (Assassin’s Creed series, Project Gotham Racing, Silent Hill: Homecoming)
– Rich Heimlich: Leading Expert on Sound Cards (EDGE Acoustics, Tunebug, Sound Blaster: The Official Book series)
– Steve Horowitz: Co-Founder of the Game Audio Institute (Super Size Me, Nickelodeon Games, Essential Guide to Game Audio)
– Peter McConnell: Everyone’s Favourite Harvard Graduate (Sly series, Psychonauts, Grim Fandango)
– Martin O’Donnell: Former Sound Director at Bungie (Halo series, Destiny, Myth)
– Winifred Phillips: Versatile Freelance Composer (Assassin’s Creed: Liberation, LittleBigPlanet 2, A Composer’s Guide to Game Music)
– Jory Prum: Former Sound Designer at LucasArts (Sam & Max series, The Walking Dead, Gabriel Knight)
– Josh Randall: Former Creative Director of Harmonix (Guitar Hero series, Dance Central, Rock Band)
– Tom Rettig: Former Sound Director of Broderbund (Carmen Diego series, Prince of Persia, Myst)
– Emily Ridgway: Former Music Director at Double Fine (BioShock, Destroy All Humans!, Brutal Legend)
– Wilbert Roget II: OverClocked Remixer turned Freelancer (Star Wars: The Old Republic, Dead Island 2, Impact SoundWorks)
– Arnie Roth: Classically-Trained Music Director and Conductor (Distant Worlds, Dear Friends, PLAY! A Video Game Symphony)
– Tom Salta: Also Known as Atlas Plug (Ghost Recon series, Halo series, Red Steel 1 & 2)
– George Sanger (aka The Fat Man): Legendary Game Audio Guru (Wing Commander, 7th Guest, Zombies Ate My Neighbours)
– Brian Schmidt: Former Manager of Xbox Audio and Voice Technologies (Pinball titles, EA Sports, GameSoundCon)
– Garry Schyman: Veteran Film and Game Composer (BioShock series, Destroy All Humans! series, Voyeur I & II)
– Jeremy Soule: Pioneer of Orchestral Game Music (The Elder Scrolls series, Guild Wars 1 & 2, Secret of Evermore)
– Tommy Tallarico: Co-Creator of Video Games Live (Advent Rising, Earthworm Jim, MDK)
– David Thiel: Run-Time Audio Creator and Programmer (Pinball Titles, Winter Games, Q*bert)
– Chance Thomas: Pioneer of Orchestral Video Game Music (Lords of the Rings Online, Quest for Glory V, DOTA 2)
– Jeff van Dyck: Former Audio Director at The Creative Assembly (Total War series, Need For Speed I & II, Skitchin’)
– Jack Wall: Co-Creator of Video Games Live (Mass Effect series, Myst series, Black Ops II)
– David Warhol: Sound Creator Since 1982 (Bard’s Tale, Maniac Mansion, Skate or Die)
– Devon Worrell: Audio Architect at Intel (Storage Devices, PC Audio, Mobile Audio)
– Guy Whitmore: Audio Director at PopCap (Blood, Shivers, Peggle 2)
– Keith Zizza: Former Director of Audio at Sierra (Lord of the Realm 2, SimCity Societies, Caesar IV)


European & Australasian Creators

– Neil Baldwin: Former Sound Director of Eurocom (James Bond series, Duke Nukem, Magician)
– Thomas Boecker: Acclaimed Concert Producer (Symphonic Game Music Concerts, Distant Worlds, School Concerts)
– Allister Brimble: Composer of Over 100 Amiga Titles (Project-X, Superfrog, Alien Breed)
– John Broomhall: Co-Creator of Game Music Connect (X-COM series, Grand Prix series, Forza Motorsport 4)
– Mike Clarke: Former Sound Director of Psygnosis (The Last Ninja 2, Lemmings 2, Destruction Derby series)
– Peter Connelly: Sound Director at Ubisoft (Tomb Raider series, Watch_Dogs, The Crew)
– Adele Cutting: Former Sound Director of Electronic Arts (Harry Potter series, Dungeon Keeper 2, Theme Park World)
– Charles Deenen: Former Audio Director of Electronic Arts (Maniacs of Noise, Baldur’s Gate, Need For Speed series)
– Martin Galway: Legendary Commodore 64 Composer (Comic Bakery, Times of Lore, Wing Commander)
– Alberto Gonzalez: Co-Creator of Bit Managers (Asterix series, North & South, Music On series)
– James Hannigan: Co-Creator of Game Music Connect (Harry Potter series, Command & Conquer series, RuneScape)
– Chris Huelsbeck: Popular on Record and in Concert (Turrican series, Great Giana Sisters, R-Type)
– Richard Jacques: Former Composer of Sega Europe (Sonic series, Headhunter 1 & 2, Shinobi X)
– Samuel Justice: Audio Lead at Frictional Games (Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Battlefield 4, SOMA)
– Grant Kirkhope: Former Sound Director of Rare (Banjo-Kazooie series, Perfect Dark, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning)
– Jesper Kyd: One of Hollywood’s Most Talented (Assassin’s Creed series, Borderlands series, Hitman series)
– Nathan McCree: Former Sound Director of Core Design (Tomb Raider trilogy, Silent Hill: Downpour, Asterix series)
– Frederic Motte: Demoscene Legend Turned Pro (Nightmare Creatures, Fury of the Furries, Bakugan)
– Graeme Norgate: Sound Director at Deep Silver (GoldeneEye, Killer Instinct, TimeSplitters series)
– Stephan Schutze: Creator of Sound Librarian (Jurassic Park, Starship Troopers, The Polar Express)
– Kai Rosenkranz: Master of All Trades (Gothic series, Risen, Journey Home)
– Jeroen Tel: Co-Founder of Masters of Noise (Cybernoid series, OutRun 2, Stormlord)
– Kenny Young: Sound Director of Media Molecule (LittleBigPlanet 2, Tearaway, EyeToy)
– Philippe Vachey: Former Composer for Infogrames (Alone in the Dark, Little Big Adventure 1 & 2, Shadow of the Comet)
– Jonne Valtonen: Demoscener Turned Concert Arranger (Symphonic Fantasies, Symphonic Shades, Death Rally)
– Alex Wilmer: Sound Designer at Crystal Dynamics (Tomb Raider, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft 1 & 2)
– David Wise: Rare Composer for 20 Years (Donkey Kong Country series, Wizards & Warriors, Battletoads)
– Tim Wright: Better Known as CoLD SToRAGE (Lemmings, Shadow of the Beast II & III, Wipeout series)

Chiptune Creators

– Anders Carlsson (aka goto80): Chiptuner on the International Circuit (Commodore Grooves, Files in Space, Chiptuned Rockman)
– Raheem Jarbo (aka Mega Ran): Chip-Hop Pioneer Currently on Tour (Black Materia, American Gamer, Mega Ran 9 & 10)

From August 15 to September 30, Ehtonal are funds to develop the documentary film BEEP: A History of Video Game Sound. Every dollar raised will go back into the film, financing production, post-production, travel, and legal costs. The film will be developed on a tight schedule over the subsequent 18 months, with backers receiving an insider’s look during the development. Depending on the amount pledged, those who back the campaign will receive the BEEP film, book, poster, and T-shirt, together with the Retro City Rampage soundtrack and other goodies. While BEEP has achieved its goal, it is seeking further support from backers to film more people and do featurettes on game music in concert and on record. Donate to the campaign by visiting the Kickstarter and official site now.

Posted on September 26, 2014 by Chris Greening. Last modified on September 28, 2014.

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I've contributed to websites related to game audio since 2002. In this time, I've reviewed over a thousand albums and interviewed hundreds of musicians across the world. As the founder and webmaster of VGMO -Video Game Music Online-, I hope to create a cutting-edge, journalistic resource for all those soundtrack enthusiasts out there. In the process, I would love to further cultivate my passion for music, writing, and generally building things. Please enjoy the site and don't hesitate to say hello!

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