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Episode 82 – An Evening with Barry Leitch

Episode 82 – An Evening with Barry Leitch

Barry Leitch is mostly known for his compositions on the Top Gear racing game series, and more recently, Horizon Chase Turbo. But if you dive deep enough, you’ll uncover a wealth of video game music magic from a man who was inspired by the greats of the C64 era. Starting out as a teenager, his earlier creations aren’t as fondly remembered by the composer himself but the journey to how they became what they were is the path that we have taken on this interview. In this episode, Barry tells us all about working with the limitations of retro systems, the time a tiny TV made a massively negative impact on his Utopia SNES port and what it was like to cram big samples into tiny audio chips. He chats about what it was like working with other notable composer Dean Evans and the process he goes through to write music. Mike shares some ridiculous nostalgic memories regarding Gauntlet Legends, Justin shares a tale about his Rush 2 N64 experience and more on this in-depth interview with VGM Legendary composer, Barry Leitch!
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TRACK LISTING:

Intro – Xenophobe (AMI – 1989) “Title Screen”
1- Bonnie’s Bookstore (PC/MAC – 2005) “The Moody Thinker (Level 1)”
2 – Utopia: The Creation Of A Nation (AMI/AST – 1991) “In-Game Music 2 (Vega III)”
3 – Gauntlet Legends (N64 – 1999) “Sumner’s Tower” composed by John Paul
4 – Prophecy:Viking Child (AMI/AST/Lynx/GB/DOS – 1991) “Level 9 – Valhalla”
5 – Spider: The Video Game (PS1 – 1996) “Display Cases Dinosaur Bones”
6 – Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu (GBA – 2003) “Bane”
7 – Harlequin (AMI/AST – 1992) “In Game 3”
8 – Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA (N64 – 1998) “Title”
9 – Eek! The Cat (SNES – 1994) “The Zoo” w/ Dean Evans
10 – Gadget Twins (GEN – 1992) “Level 3 – The Lost City”

Episode 81 – Consoles VS Handhelds (Same Song Different System)

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Episode 81 – Consoles VS Handhelds (Same Song Different System)

The difference between consoles and handhelds can be immense…..or….there’s not much of a difference (if we’re talking about redbook audio, at least.) But what happens when we DO compare these two regarding the same composition, but different arrangements? What sacrifices need to be made to make the underpowered consoles stand out? Today on XVGM Radio, Mike and Justin compare several handheld tracks with their console counterparts and determine which they like more…and the answers may shock you. Between Mike’s nerdy ramblings about lyrical differences in Luna’s Boat Song, Justin waxing nostalgic about his mind being blown regarding Lethal Weapon NES’ switching characters method, controversial anti-war songs and plenty of balls jokes to go around, it’s pretty clear these guys are Nutz for VGM!
What was your favorite track of the episode? Do you enjoy these track-comparison episodes? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio
Also, we have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share a random or obscure VGM song you love, or just chit chat with Mike and Justin about tacos! Join for free here: https://discord.gg/zWxDYfn
Thanks to all of our wonderful Patrons: Alex Messenger, Cam Werme, Chris Murray, Chris Myers, Chris Hart, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Llama Adam, Kung Fu Carlito, Nick Davis, Ryan McPherson, Marques Stewart, Brad Austin, Nathan Cooper, Bedroth and The Autistic Gamer 89.Become a Patron, get cool rewards, and more at http://www.Patreon.com/XVGMRadio
Our Twitter and Instagram are great ways to interact with us! Find us on there under our handle @XVGMRadio
If you’re an Apple Podcasts listener, please consider leaving a rating and a review to let us know how we’re doing! It also helps with getting the show to show up when others are searching for VGM!

TRACK LISTING:

Intro – Cannon Fodder (GBC – 2000, 3DO – 1994) “War Tune” Richard Joseph (original and GBC), Gavin Robertson (GBC arrangement)
1 – Lethal Weapon (NES/GB – 1993) Track 4/BGM02“” Neil Baldwin
2 – Lunar Silver Star Story Complete / Lunar Silver Star Harmony (PS1 – 1999, PSP – 2010) “Wind Nocturne (Luna’s Boat Song) / Nocturne of the Wind 2009” Noriyuki Iwadare feat. Jennifer Stigile
3 – Mr. Nutz (GB/GBC/GBA/GEN/SNES – 1994) “Track 06/Volcano Underpass” (GB: Raphaël Gesqua (original), Jonathan Dunn (conversion))(GEN: Raphaël Gesqua / Matt Furniss (Arranger)
4 – Patreon Pick: Rage Cage – Mcdonald’s Treasure Land Adventure (GEN – 1993) / Donald No Magical World (SGG – 1994) “Stage 2 – Magical Town” / “BGM 05” Katsuhiko Suzuki ([Music Composer]), Aki Hata (Stage 1: Cave Area and Stage 3: Sunken Ship (Music Composer [uncredited]))
5 – Final Fantasy (NES – 1987, PSP – 2009) “Battle Scene” Nobuo Uematsu
6- Robocop (C64 – 1988, GB – 1990) “Title Theme” Jonathan Dunn