Episode 30 – Perfect Dark w/ Grant Kirkhope

Following the N64 smash hit, Goldeneye, RARE lost the Bond license. But this didn’t matter much to them, as their spiritual successor to Goldeneye pushed the Nintendo 64 to its limits. Hailed as one of the greatest First Person Shooters of all time, Perfect Dark introduced gamers to Joanna Dark, the Carrington Institute, the evil corporation Datadyne and the alien races of the Maians and the Skedar. But such a unique Cyberpunk-fused sci-fi stealth journey needed a perfect soundtrack to fit it’s perfect name. Enter Grant Kirkhope, taking over for Graeme Norgate, along with David Clynick; a trifecta of composers that crafted a sound that was as unique on the N64 as it was technically impressive. Today on XVGM Radio, we are extremely excited to bring you an in depth interview with Grant Kirkhope, the primary composer on this stellar shooter. Hear about Grant’s surprising hard rockin’ roots and how a fellow RARE employee helped change his life forever. Listen to Grant’s stories about the E3 where Perfect Dark was showcased, how he and the other composers created the tunes, and what Grant thinks could be Joanna’s favorite cocktail. Count how many times a very excited Mike says “Extravaganza,” and hear Justin be in awe of Grant’s composing style. We promise, this episode won’t leave you in the dark.
HUGE Thank You to Grant Kirkhope for joining us on this episode! Please do us a favor and check out his website and social media:
Website – https://www.grantkirkhope.com/
Twitter – @GrantKirkhope
Bandcamp – https://grantkirkhope.bandcamp.com/
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Nintendo 64, Released in 2000
Original Soundtrack by: Grant Kirkhope, David Clynick and Graeme Norgate
Intro: Main Title/Enter the Dark
1 – Datadyne Central: Extraction
2 – Carrington Villa: Hostage One
3 – Carrington Institute
4 – Chicago Stealth
5 – Airbase: Espionage
6 – Training
7 – Area 51: Infiltration
8 – Deep Sea: Nullify Threat
9 – Pelagic 2: Exploration
10 – Skedar Ruins: Battle Shrine
Outro: Credits

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