Video games have soundtracked the youth of countless people who’ve grown up in the past three decades. As more and more of Generation Y come of age, we’re seeing more and more producers crafting music heavily indebted to an upbringing surrounded in swirling neon colour, flashing images and glossy synthesised noises – and it’s helping dance music progress in interesting directions.
<p “=””>The one and only tweet posted on Burial’s now-deleted Twitter feed on November 8, 2008 read: “Settling down to some MGS4.” And the Hyperdub artist, one of electronic music’s most acclaimed figures, has sampled sounds from Metal Gear Solid games in tracks such as ‘Archangel’ and ‘Distant Lights’. In 2012 he told Mark Fisher: “A lot of my drums are just people picking up new ammo and weapons in games”. Rustie is another artist who flipped perceptions of dance music on their head and ushered in a new generation of producers with his 2011 record ‘Glass Swords’ arriving stylistically similar to, and packed full of hyperactive noises from games such as Zelda. We’ve even seen producers make the step from video game production into the world of underground dance music, such as Ape Escape composer Soichi Terada who has released on Rush Hour and grown into one of the best-loved artists on Antal’s ultrahip label.