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Beep: A Documentary History of Game Sound (2016)

Beep is a documentary history of game sound, from the Victorian penny arcades through pinball and the video games right up to 2015.

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Karen Collins

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Credited cast:
Becky Allen Becky Allen ... Herself
Yoshino Aoki Yoshino Aoki ... Herself
Simon Ashby Simon Ashby ... Himself
Clint Bajakian Clint Bajakian ... Himself
William 'Chip' Beaman William 'Chip' Beaman ... Himself
Brendan Becker Brendan Becker ... Himself
Erik Braa ... Himself
Anastasios Brakis Anastasios Brakis ... Himself
Alexander Brandon Alexander Brandon ... Himself
Allister Brimble Allister Brimble ... Himself
John Broomhall John Broomhall ... Himself
Tracy W. Bush Tracy W. Bush ... Himself
Bryan Celano Bryan Celano ... Himself
D.B. Cooper D.B. Cooper ... Herself
Michael Csurics ... Himself
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Beep is a documentary history of game sound, from the Victorian penny arcades through pinball and the video games right up to 2015. Beep shows how technology and creativity combined to create some of the most memorable music of our time. Featuring major game composers, sound designers, programmers, and voice actors and directors, Beep explores all aspects of the auditory side of games.

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Canada

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English

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15 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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Tokyo, Japan See more »

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CAD60,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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An invaluable piece of history for game audio!
10 March 2017 | by alexej_01See all my reviews

Sure sometimes the music is overused and sometimes the editing could use some work, but seriously where else are you going to get this information and this variety of game audio professionals in a film?! It's such a valuable resource in game audio, with information conveyed in this documentary potentially lost to younger generations, it's a much needed piece of history. I learned a lot about the audio used in penny arcades and the way chips were used in older consoles and gaming computers. Sometimes the film does assume prior knowledge of terms used in game audio, and explanations would have been helpful. There are also a few times where people interviewed repeat things said in other interviews, and 1hr30 might have been a better run time. I would still really recommend watching it if you have an interest in game audio or its history, plus there is an incredible amount of interview footage available online that didn't make it into the film that can be just as interesting. Some other reviews suggest this isn't worth watching but it is a documentary, and effectively serves to document a breadth of people working in the industry and their history in game audio, if that's what you care about, then you should definitely watch it, if not...I'm not sure what you expected? Thank you Karen Collins for making this film!


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