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This week, we explore the joyful soundtrack to tropical exploration game Tchia, which combines voices, folk instruments, orchestra, and ambient natural sounds in a musical celebration of the culture of the South Pacific archipelago of New Caledonia!

Composer John Robert Matz created the soundtrack in collaboration with New Caledonian singers and instrumentalists.

Listen to the episode at the button at the top of the page!

Generous support for the music heard on this program comes from the Robert T. and Ruth Haidt Hughes Memorial Acquisitions Fund.

Amanda Sewell is IPR's Music Director, and Keith Brown is GAMEPLAY’s host and executive producer. Emily Duncan Wilson is IPR's Digital Content Manager.

Here's the episode's playlist:

All selections composed by John Robert Matz
Lyrics by Marilou Lopez-Aguilera

Tingeting Afternoon (Tchia) - original soundtrack

Gutu Island (Tchia) - original soundtrack

Main Theme (Tchia) - original soundtrack

Tell Us the Story (Tchia) - original soundtrack

Sailing (Tchia) - original soundtrack

Tre Arrives at Uma / A Birthday Gift (Tchia) - original soundtrack

The Abduction (Tchia) - original soundtrack

The Quest (Tchia) - original soundtrack

An Audience with Meavora (Tchia) - original soundtrack

Song III: Eni a ea (Tchia) - original soundtrack; Jules Thoane Thomadra, vocals

Song IV: Chez nous à Weliwele (Tchia) - original soundtrack; Weliwele Singers

Song II: Lapa ië (Tchia) - original soundtrack; Yanis Ajaphunya, vocals

The Pilou (Tchia) - original soundtrack

Song I: Ö ngo eka (Tchia) - original soundtrack; Yanis Ajaphunya, vocals

Forests (Tchia) - original soundtrack

Weliwele Morning (Tchia) - original soundtrack

A Day with Tre (Tchia) - original soundtrack

White Clay Swamps (Tchia) - original soundtrack

Flying to Ga Ngazo / The Throne Room / The Big Bite (Tchia) - original soundtrack

Hostage / The Sacrifice (Tchia) - original soundtrack

My Name is Tchia (Tchia) - original soundtrack

Keith Brown was the host of Matinee Classics and the host and producer of GAMEPLAY until 2024.