24 July 2013

Episode 143: Matt Furniss

The work of composer Matt Furniss is the focus of Episode 143, with very special in-studio guest, Matt Furniss.  Originally from England, Matt started composing music for computer and video games professionally when he was only 16 years old.  He's done original soundtracks to tons of Genesis games, and has also arranged pre-existing soundtracks to tons more.  His credits list is huge.  Brent and Rob (and Matt) primarily look at Matt's original Genesis material, but also throw in a couple non-Genesis tracks of his, as well as a couple non-Furniss, Furniss-approved tracks.  Full track listing below.

Game - Composer - Song - Company - Console - Year (North American release unless otherwise indicated)

Puggsy - Matt Furniss - The Red Woods - Psygnosis/Traveller's Tales - Genesis - 1993

Puggsy - Matt Furniss - Star Fall Lake - Psygnosis/Traveller's Tales - Genesis - 1993

Sega Chess - Matt Furniss - White Wins - Sega - Sega Master System - 1991

Second Samurai - Matt Furniss - Old Japan Stage Theme 3 - Psygnosis/Vivid Image - Mega Drive (Europe) - 1994

Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse - Matt Furniss - Moose Hunters - Sony Imagesoft - SNES - 1994

The Adventures of Mighty Max - Matt Furniss - Underwater - WJS Design/Ocean - Genesis - 1994

Alien 3 - Matt Furniss - Ending Theme - Probe Entertainment/Arena - Genesis - 1992

Predator 2 - Matt Furniss - Breaking News - Teeny Weeny Games/Arena - Genesis - 1992

James Bond 007: The Duel - Matt Furniss - Space Hop - Domark - Genesis - 1993

Plok - Tim Follin - Akrillic - Tradewest/Software Creations - SNES - 1993

Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose! - Kazuhiko Uehara, Yukie Morimoto - Space Opera - Konami - SNES - 1993

F-15 Strike Eagle II - Matt Furniss - Up, Up and Away - MicroProse - Genesis - 1993

Wiz 'n' Liz - Matt Furniss - Lunar Land - Psygnosis/Raising Hell - Genesis - 1993

ResQ - Matt Furniss - Ending - Psygnosis/Tempest Software - Genesis - 1993 (unreleased)

ResQ - Matt Furniss - 3D Bonus Section - Psygnosis/Tempest Software - Genesis - 1993 (unreleased)


  1. I know we aren't voting anymore but Up,up and Away for f-15 Strike Eagle II is just such a good track Its got that great beat and such an inspriing melody that makes you feel like you could take on Mr. T!
    Also track reccomendation for next weeks battle theme podcast. Track name: Battle. Game: Beyond Oasis/The Story of Thor.

    Love the podcast guys, and Matt was an amazing guest!

  2. Wow, what a deluxe show! Great to hear Matt speaking of his own work with all the insights. He's undoubtedly the European master of the YM2612.


  3. Wow that was a surprise! Puggsy has always been one of my favorite soundtracks, but I didn't know or had forgot that Matt Furniss did it so when he was leading up to what his favorite game was Puggsy came out of nowhere.

    Great, great soundtrack.

  4. Also, what were you doing in Norwich, Brent? Pretty random place!

    I'm American living in the UK so it's interesting to hear. Lived in Manchester for 2 years and now London

  5. Also battle 1 from Chrono Trigger is probably unbeatable when it comes to battle tracks!

    Also quick 2-part question. Brent and Rob do either of you own a playstation?/ Have you played breath of fire 3? Soundtrack is amazing and has some awesome jazz influences. Maybe you could check it out for your next Beyond 16-bit episodes whenever that may be.

  6. Awesome episode! Much like the AJG focus before, this Matt Furniss focus makes me appreciate the music much more. Very cool that he made it into the studio. And that ResQ ending is straight up emotional.

  7. Really cool episode, guys
    Especially enjoyed the C64 vibe I got from a lot of his tunes.

  8. This guy fuckin rules. thank you so much for having him on!

  9. Love your cast! One of our writers(Brianace) turned me on to your cast a week or so ago. He use to work with Matt, during his short time at Gaikai. Keep it up!

  10. Just finished listening to this episode again after a year or so. Definitely one of my most favoritist episodes ever! I learned so much from listening to Matt talk about the capabilities of the Genesis sound chip(s). His sound palette is great, his compositions were fantastic.....He definitely belongs in the Legacy Music Hall of Fame next to the likes of Tim Follin, Tokuhiko Uwabo, Yuzo Koshiro, and so on. And that Daffy Duck track is so jam! Can't believe it.