Beep: A Documentary History of Game Sound

From Sound Chips to the Symphony!
No longer just the “ugly stepchild” of the games industry, Beep traces the history of game sound from the Victorian penny arcades through pinball and to today’s massive industry of soundtracks and live music. With clips from over 80 interviews with game composers, sound designers,voice actors and audio directors from around the world, Beep is the definitive documentary on game sound.

“Do you ever think about sound for games? This movie shows it for what it is: an art and a science, brand-new yet venerated, popular yet obscure, beautiful yet quirky. It’s rooted in a sound that is beyond simple, but to make game music is as complex an activity as anything that a person can dedicate their life to. These are the people who have dedicated their lives to just that: “beep.”
– George “The Fat Man” Sanger, composer, “7th Guest”, “Wing Commander”

“The most informative and in depth film ever made on the subject of game music and sound. If you love music for games, you have come to the right place.” – Steve Horowitz, composer, “Super Size Me”

“I love this film! It’s amazing and gratifying to see and hear so many talented game audio friends and colleagues all in one place. Informative and entertaining with a bit of a walk down memory lane.” - Marty O’Donnell, composer/audio director, "Halo", "Destiny"

Purchase/rental is the full, extended director's cut of Beep-- 1 hr 52 minutes! Purchase or rental includes access to THREE extras, totalling nearly 1.5 hours!

- "Big in Japan" A special focusing on the Japanese take on game audio. Featuring Hisayoshi Ogura, Nobuo Uematsu, Yoshino Aoki, Yuji Takenouchi, Koichi Namiki, Yoko Shimomura, Tenpei Sato, and more!
- "Industry Insider Tips" a special focusing on advice from game audio professionals (composers, sound designers and voice actors) on how to get into the industry, featuring Penka Kouneva, Winifred Philips, Tom Salta, Jim Welch, Sam Hughes and Richard Ludlow
- "Tribute to Ryu Umemoto" A tribute to one of Japan's most important composers who passed away in 2011

Please note that this is for personal use only. If you would like information on purchasing for schools, community groups, non-profits, commercial or other use, please contact us. info@gamessound.com

  • Ryu Umemoto special

    22m

    A tribute to Ryu Umemoto, Japanese game composer as part of the Beep series.
    Umemoto-san was known for his visual novel and shoot 'em up games since the early 1990s, and is often thought of as one of the greatest FM synth chip composers. Here we use images provided by the family and an intervie...

  • Big in Japan

    22m

    Big in Japan is a Beep special put together for Game Music Connect, and features Japanese artists talking about game music in Japan. Subtitled in English.

  • Industry Insider Tips

    32m

    Ever wondered what it takes to make it in game audio? Hear from the pros and find out!

  • Beep Movie-- Extended

    1h 52m

    From Sound Chips to the Symphony!
    No longer just the “ugly stepchild” of the games industry, Beep traces the history of game sound from the Victorian penny arcades through pinball and to today’s massive industry of soundtracks and live music. With clips from over 80 interviews with game compose...