This week's episode features an in-depth discussion with Cody Carpenter and Mark Day, the producers and composers of the explosive electronic/chiptune album Shadow Spirits, Vol. 1. What started as a 4-track EP in its inception, grew into a full-length auditory experience that hearkens back to the soundscapes of 8-bit and 16-bit role-playing videogames. In addition to discussing the inspiration behind the album, Cody and Mark also give listeners insight into their other work in music and indie game development.
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Episode 126: The Scarlet Warrior (with Cody Carpenter & Mark Day)
This Week's Guests
Cody Carpenter is a third generation musician. His father, John Carpenter, is a director and composer and his mother, Adrienne Barbeau, is a star of film, television and the Broadway stage. His grandfather, Howard Carpenter, was a founding member of the Nashville Strings.Cody was introduced to his first musical instrument around the age of three and has been playing and composing original music since. In addition to contributing music for two of his father's films, Vampires (1998) and Ghosts of Mars (2001), Carpenter composed and performed the full-length score for "Cigarette Burns" and "Pro-Life" in Showtime's Masters of Horror (2005) movie series. Cody co-wrote, co-produced, and performed on the acclaimed Lost Themes (2015) and Lost Themes II (2016) with his father and Daniel Davies. In 2016 and 2017 Cody toured North America and Europe with his father and a 6-piece band, performing material from both Lost Themes albums and his father's films.
Mark Day is a musician that has composed soundtracks for popular videogame releases like Diner Dash and Championship Manager as well as for indie games like Aqua Kitty. The latter's soundtrack was listed among TwoDashStash's "Top Ten Best Indie Game Soundtracks of All Time."
Beyond videogame soundtracks, Mark has also developed tracks used in some of television's most watched shows, like BBC's Top Gear, The Apprentice and Sky Sports' Sky Sports Football.