126 episodes

Lee Tyrrell looks in-depth into video game audio and music, along with the very people who crafted it.

Features exclusive insight from many of gaming's very best composers and musicians!

Season Two currently running!

The Sound Test Lee Tyrrell

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    • 4.9 • 17 Ratings

Lee Tyrrell looks in-depth into video game audio and music, along with the very people who crafted it.

Features exclusive insight from many of gaming's very best composers and musicians!

Season Two currently running!

    ST2 #15 - LucasArts Part 3 - iMUSE (w/George Sanger, Clint Bajakian & Peter McConnell) [COMPOSER INTERVIEW / PODCAST]

    ST2 #15 - LucasArts Part 3 - iMUSE (w/George Sanger, Clint Bajakian & Peter McConnell) [COMPOSER INTERVIEW / PODCAST]

    This final part of my LucasArts trilogy takes an in-depth look at the innovative iMUSE system. iMUSE was instrumental to the development of dynamic and interactive music through the 90s, and I welcome back Peter McConnell and Clint Bajakian to discuss its impact. I'm also pleased to present more insight from the incomparable George Sanger, who wrote dynamic soundtracks for games like Capture the Flag and Wing Commander (before the creation of iMUSE). Along the way, all three guests take an extended look at PC sound chips, and how they evolved across the digital audio revolution.

    I'm very pleased to present this jam-packed conclusion to a long and rewarding series of LucasArts podcasts. It's been some time in the making, but I'm back! Expect more Sound Test documentaries in the future, including further insight from George and Clint. My next episode will concentrate on the music of thatgamecompany, with their principle composers - Vincent Diamante and Austin Wintory.

    Lee Tyrrell on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/GreenT128

    George Sanger on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/TheMightyFatMan

    Peter McConnell on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/PeterNMcConnell

    Also available through:

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    and many more...

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    • 1 hr 35 min
    BONUS - Grand Theft Auto (w/Colin Anderson) [INTERVIEW / PODCAST]

    BONUS - Grand Theft Auto (w/Colin Anderson) [INTERVIEW / PODCAST]

    For this bonus, it's my great honour to welcome Colin Anderson onto The Sound Test for a lengthy talk about Grand Theft Auto. Colin was heavily involved in the music and audio of the franchise in its early days, and we talk in-depth about his contributions to both GTA 1 and 2. At the end, we even fit in a little discussion of Crackdown - another game Colin worked on, which we both consider to have more than a few connections to Grand Theft Auto.

    This is a real dream interview for me, as I consider the GTA franchise to be just about my favourite of all time; especially thanks to some of my earliest memories playing the original top-down classics that started it all. If you're familiar with their innovative radio stations and impressive bespoke tracks, this episode is guaranteed to please. We cover it all, from The Ballad of Chapped Lips Calhoun to the infectious funk of Stylus Exodus; from forgotten prog. rock stations to that pedestrian who shouts, "Dickwad!" whenever you drive past.

    My inner child can hardly believe I'm releasing this particular episode, and I hope you enjoy it too!

    Lee Tyrrell on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/GreenT128

    Colin Anderson on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/denkicolin

    Also available through:

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    Pledge to this Patreon to help support The Sound Test's second season, and unlock backdated episodes of its LIVE version (and other content)!

    • 56 min
    TOP FIVES - Puzzle Special (feat. Andrew Lackey, The Witness Audio Director)

    TOP FIVES - Puzzle Special (feat. Andrew Lackey, The Witness Audio Director)

    A brand new iteration of The Sound Test, in which I explore my top five VGM tunes from any particular topic.

    In this second episode, I take a good long look at probably my favourite gaming genre - puzzles. As a result, I get caught up in the windmills of nostalgia while presenting a rich playlist of great VGM. And that's not all! I'm also more than happy to welcome Wabi Sabi Sound's Andrew Lackey onto the show for one of my most fascinating interviews, all about the audio of The Witness. Finally, keep your ears pricked for a bespoke mini-puzzle I've snuck into the audio!

    FULL PLAYLIST COMING SOON!

    MAIN THEME:

    Mahito Yokota, Toru Minegishi, Koji Kondo & Yasuake Iwata - World 8 [Super Mario 3D World]

    Discord:
    https://discord.gg/xeMfzWy

    Requests and contact:
    https://twitter.com/GreenT128

    "The Sound Test" on Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/thesoundtest/

    Original episodes of The Sound Test LIVE, with Dale Fowler, are available through Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/_secretcave

    Also available through:

    YouTube
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    Stitcher

    • 2 hr 14 min
    TOP FIVES - Gangster Special (feat. Ken Felton, The Godfather Audio Director)

    TOP FIVES - Gangster Special (feat. Ken Felton, The Godfather Audio Director)

    A brand new iteration of The Sound Test, in which I explore my top five VGM tunes from any particular topic.

    For my first episode back in months, the topic I've chosen is gangsters; mostly thanks to the release of "The Many Saints of Newark".

    This episode is packed with fantastic music, trivia and even a few surprises along the way. The podcast is guaranteed to please longtime listeners, and hopefully convert a few new ones!

    FULL PLAYLIST COMING SOON!

    MAIN THEME:

    Mahito Yokota, Toru Minegishi, Koji Kondo & Yasuake Iwata - World 8 [Super Mario 3D World]

    Discord:
    https://discord.gg/xeMfzWy

    Requests and contact:
    https://twitter.com/GreenT128

    "The Sound Test" on Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/thesoundtest/

    Original episodes of The Sound Test LIVE, with Dale Fowler, are available through Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/_secretcave

    Also available through:

    YouTube
    Spotify
    iTunes
    Stitcher

    • 1 hr 39 min
    BONUS - Psychonauts (w/Peter McConnell) [INTERVIEW / PODCAST]

    BONUS - Psychonauts (w/Peter McConnell) [INTERVIEW / PODCAST]

    In this Sound Test BONUS, I'm joined by Peter McConnell for a detailed look at the music of Psychonauts - just ahead of the release of its long-awaited sequel!

    Within, you'll hear details about Psychonauts' cinematic and gameplay scores, their use of live instrumentation and plenty of insightful thoughts on specific, well-loved tracks. We also discuss the game's VR sequel - Rhombus of Ruin - and the implications of composing for virtual reality.

    This is a must-hear for all Psychonauts fans, and keep your eye out for another talk with Peter about Psychonauts 2 following its release!

    Lee Tyrrell on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/GreenT128

    Peter McConnell on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/PeterNMcConnell

    Also available through:

    YouTube
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    Pledge to this Patreon to help support The Sound Test's second season, and unlock backdated episodes of its LIVE version (and other content)!

    • 56 min
    LIVE - 04/01/19 [VGM Radio & Podcast] (REMASTERED)

    LIVE - 04/01/19 [VGM Radio & Podcast] (REMASTERED)

    Unfortunately, The Sound Test has been forced into a lengthy hiatus due to a very difficult personal situation I'm going through. Not only has my situation stopped me from working, but I don't even have access to my old equipment. It's not nice, and I wish I could keep the VGM going like I used to - but I'm far from done with The Sound Test. I miss it dearly, and still have many interviews to publish. So, I used my step-mother's laptop (yes!) to remaster this old show with Dale from the very beginning of 2019. That's why there are no pictures or anything fancy going on here - nevertheless, I hope you enjoy this time machine back to the past and I hope to see some of the old regulars in the LIVE chat!

    Original description:

    "Happy New Year! It's been one of the most insane festive periods for me this year, so I hope you guys understand as I land kind of slowly into the new year. From this episode, Dale and I will be a lot more regular and reliable with this show, and I have plenty of content planned for 2019. I will, of course, be keeping you updated through here, but until things develop, I hope you enjoy this latest episode of The Sound Test LIVE!"

    This week's playlist [SPOILERS AHEAD!]:

    Lee Tyrrell - Yellow [Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]
    Micheal Hunter - Soviet Connection [Grand Theft Auto IV]
    Manaka Kataoka, Yasuaki Iwata & Hajime Wakai - Kakariko Village (Day) [The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild]
    The National - Exile Vilify [Portal 2]
    Neil Biggin - On The Go [Loaded]
    Mari Yamaguchi - Dark Forest [The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse]
    Nobuo Uematsu - Cait Sith's Theme [Final Fantasy VII]
    Nobuo Uematsu - Aerith's Theme [Distant Worlds]
    Greg Weber & Steve Henifin - Cemetery Stage [Gex]
    Masaya Matsuura & Yoshihisa Suzuki - Chop Chop (Master Onion's Rap) [PaRappa the Rapper]
    New Japan Philharmonic - The Great Medley [Smashing...Live!]
    Nathan McCree & Johann Strauss Sr. - Radetzky March [Asterix and the Power of the Gods]
    Katsuhiko Suzuki, Yasuko, Kouji, Aki & Non - Headdy the Hero [Dynamite Headdy]
    Christopher Tyng - Credits [Futurama: The Video Game]
    Christopher Lennertz - Main Theme [Gun]
    Tatsuyuki Maeda & Yutaka Minobe - Neo Green Hill Zone [Sonic Advance]
    Austin Wintory - The Road of Trials [Journey]
    C418 - Dreiton [Minecraft]
    Masato Onishi & Daisuke Matsuoka - Arcade Bunny's Theme [Nintendo Badge Arcade]
    Eric Chevalier - The Fairy Glade [Rayman 2]
    Kei Morioka, Masafumi Ogata & Rei Shimizu - CAW [WWF SmackDown!]

    MAIN THEME:

    Mahito Yokota, Toru Minegishi, Koji Kondo & Yasuake Iwata - World 8 [Super Mario 3D World]

    Discord:
    https://discord.gg/xeMfzWy

    Requests and contact:
    https://twitter.com/GreenT128

    "The Sound Test" on Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/thesoundtest/

    Original episodes of The Sound Test LIVE, with Dale Fowler, are available through Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/_secretcave

    Also available through:

    YouTube
    Spotify
    iTunes
    Stitcher

    • 2 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Caloby ,

Fantastic and Underrated

Such a great podcast! So many great composers are interviewed and the quality of the editing is phenomenal. I was legitimately surprised when I saw that this wasn’t widely known haha. Keep up the good work!

Mr Reviewer Man 🕵🏻‍♂️ ,

Sounds for the Best

This is about as much as I can say. Thanks for the awesome sounds and music!

Bedroth ,

Interviews and More

Lee has great taste in a wide variety of VGM, but his interview skills and the guests he's able to book are really what make The Sound Test shine. Check out his weekly premier chats on YouTube!