The History of Video Game Music

Forty years ago Space Invaders revolutionized the way we played games. With just four simple notes that got faster as aliens crept closer, video games grabbed us by the heart and compelled our attention. Now, gaming is a billion dollar industry. But how’d it get there? How did music change the history of computers?


2016 U.S. Embassy Audio Attack

In this episode, we discuss the 2016 sonic attack on U.S. Embassy officials stationed in Cuba and the Trump Administration’s response. Then, the use of acoustic crowd control weapons like LRAD, or Long Range Acoustic Device, on American Streets.



The Golden Record

“This is a present from a small distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts, and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours. We hope some day, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of galactic civilizations. This record represents our hope and our determination and our goodwill in a vast and awesome universe.”

– President Jimmy Carter, Sept. 1977

Billy Donahoe

Writer, Audio Editor

Billy Donahoe is a writer and editor producing audio content and fiction.

In college he served as News Director for Bridgewater State University’s radio station, 91.5 WBIM FM, and created the school’s first weekly news radio hour. Billy wrote, directed, and edited the narrative documentary series How Hits Made, which profiles bands and professionals working in the music industry. Currently, Billy produces Signal Cannon, a weekly deep-dive podcast into the history and science of music and sound.

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