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“I grew up playing video games because I was probably five years old,” says Michelle Zauner, best known as the brilliant songwriter behind Japanese Breakfast. She and her dad would play Super Nintendo together: “We both really loved this RPG [role-playing game] called Secrets of Mana. After school, at night in the den, we would play … I think it was the first time I realized that games could be a real art form. “
That love of games and the artistry for which she’s now famous came together in Zauner’s latest project: composing the soundtrack for a new open-world role-playing video game called Sable. Today the All things Considered, Zauner explains her long history with games, the thematic inspirations behind her choices for the soundtrack (including indirect help from Yo La Tengo), and how her work on it led her to write “perhaps the most beautiful song ever. “that she ever wrote. paper on it.
Listen to the full story in the audio player above, and listen to a piece of Zauner’s soundtrack below.