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Composing Worlds: The Art and Journey of Video Game Music with Chase Bethea




When a Game Boy Camera sparks a lifetime of musical creation, you know you're in for an extraordinary story. Chase Bethea, the composer behind over 25 game soundtracks, joins us for a session that's as much an ode to video game music as a masterclass in its composition. From the tender memories of his grandmother's influence to the complexities of scoring for various genres, Chase's narrative is a testament to where dedication to one's craft can lead.


Embark on a journey with us as we unravel the threads of curiosity and creativity that weave through the tapestry of game music composition. Chase delves into the intimate process of building unique sonic identities for each new gaming world he encounters, from the retro charm of a Game Boy's sound chip to the sweeping orchestrations of modern titles. His insight into the emotional resonance of music and its power to transform a player's experience is nothing short of fascinating.


We cap off our conversation by exploring the intersection between the art, business, and passion of the entertainment industry and the crucial role of collaboration and respect within it. Chase's stories of acting, composing, and the joys and challenges of creative freedom underscore his multifaceted talent and deep understanding of the collaborative nature of game development. If you're eager to support Chase's work or are simply a fan of heartfelt, innovative game music, this discussion promises to resonate long after the last note has played.


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Music:

Jeff Dasler - Recused

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