Rare’s pirate adventure sandbox Sea Of Thieves benefits immensely from its soundtrack and sound design. Little details and music stings like when you successfully land a cannonball hit on another ship or the foreboding tune that plays when a skeleton ship is about to rise from the deep play an important part in the overall enjoyment of the game. Lee Tyrrell’s interview with SoT composer Robin Beanland for The Sound Test podcast is a fascinating look at the game’s soundscape on many accounts. From the tale of how they found just the right concertina for the game, to how Beanland first came up with the game’s main theme while playing around with rhythm bones, it’s a great episode to listen to if you’ve enjoyed the game’s music. And the episode itself is filled with many of the game’s tracks in the background.
The Sound Test’s first and second seasons include interviews with a lot of great game composers—Grant Kirkhope, David Wise, Jonathan Coulton, Danny Baranowsky, Gareth Coker and more. It’s definitely worth your time to explore the show’s back-catalog and consider contributing to Lee’s Patreon, which promises a Season 3 of The Sound Test once he gets to 50 supporters. The podcast and YouTube feed of the show also includes replays of VGM livestream radio broadcasts where Lee plays various game music tracks and talks about them.