Last year Double Fine Productions released the first act of their Kickstarter backed title Broken Age. The soundtrack for Act 1 was written by long time Double Fine collaborator Peter McConnell and released on various digital platforms. With Broken Age finally complete, the official soundtrack now has music from the game’s second half added to it. The score features performances by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, a set of smaller ensembles from the San Francisco area, and even performances by the composer himself.
Since I reviewed the music of Act 1, when the album was released last year, there are only a handful of new tracks to discuss with the now complete Broken Age soundtrack. While I could talk about the earlier released material, it would only be a repeat of what I’ve already stated in my Broken Age: Act 1 OST Review. You can find my thoughts on the music of Act 1 there. Otherwise this will mostly be a review on the new material, how it fits in with the rest of the music, and how the full soundtrack works as a whole. As with the Act 1 review, there will be potential spoilers for the game plot, especially if you haven’t completed first half of the game. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at the Broken Age OST. (more…)
The Original Soundtrack to Crypt of the NecroDancer is my first experience with music composed by Danny Baranowsky who has composed the music for Super Meat Boy, The Binding of Isaac and who has also worked on some excellent arrangements including Super Metroid: Relics of the Chozo.
The soundtrack contains 42 tracks and is a blend of chiptune rock and electronic melodies with a runtime of just under two hours. I listened to the soundtrack through at least three times and was blown away with the blood pumping beats and pleasant repetition and alternate versions of tracks. My first play through of the album was during a drive from Ottawa to New York State to camp over the Victoria Day long weekend in Canada. If you’re in the USA you can look forward to Memorial Day weekend next week. Read on to find out if you should pick up this soundtrack to kick off your weekend.
Coinciding with the release of the second act of Broken Age, Peter McConnell’s complete soundtrack to the Kickstarted Double Fine game is available today. You can purchase the digital version on several platforms, including Amazon, iTunes, Bandcamp, and on Sumthing Else Music. A physical version of the soundtrack is set to be released later in June of this year.
The complete Broken Age album includes the original set of tracks from act 1, released last year, and the additional music from the second act of the game. This brings the grand total of pieces on the soundtrack to 30. The album features performances by the Melbourne Symphony, the band Clarinet Thing, and The New Vocal String Quartet. If you’re a fan of McConnell’s work on Broken Age and enjoyed what he wrote for act 1, you’ll want to check out this complete version of the game’s score.
Observing and listening to music evolve over the course of a game or movie franchise is always fascinating to me. I’m always curious to see and hear if themes get brought back, and how the new material contrasts with the previous entries. But sometimes, in an interesting twist, the music of a new entry abandons the original material completely, in favor of a different set of music themes and composers. Such is the case with The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth OST, featuring all new music by Ridiculon.
This is something that can be quite intriguing. Having a completely new take on the music for a game, especially one that remains mechanically similar to its predecessor, is a great way to observe how a new set of music and themes can change a game experience. The score for the original Binding of Isaac was composed by Danny Baranowsky. This new game The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth features a new score by Matthias Bossi and Jon Evans, who make up the group Ridiculon. While it’s tempting to provide an “old vs new” comparison between the soundtracks, I want to focus primarily on this latest work and judge it on its own merits. Some comparisons will be inevitable, but there’s plenty to examine on the The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth OST on its own. With that said, let’s take a look at this fresh spin on the world of The Binding of Isaac. (more…)
Telepath Tactics is a steampunk turn-based Fire Emblem style RPG that adopts the best gameplay practices of titles like Final Fantasy Tactics and Disgaea. It was successfully financed on Kickstarter and the game was officially released by Sinister Design on April 16, 2015.
The soundtrack was composed by Ryan Richko who is new to video game scoring but has composed a wealth of music for a Yoga Instructional series called The Ulimate Yogi with Travis Eliot. Two additional tracks were composed by Craig Stearns who launched the Kickstarter campaign and designed the game. The music provides listeners with a rich symphonic and familiar RPG sound. I have been listening to it for a week, and haven’t gotten tired of it. Read on to find out (more…)
The Kickstarter for the virtual reality rock opera, [NUREN] The New Renaissance, is in it’s final couple of days, and if you hadn’t noticed, it’s added quite a bit of additional content and updates in the past couple of days. In the second half of it’s crowdfunding lifespan. the project has added:
***Vince DiCola (Transformers: The Movie, Rocky IV) as a guest composer
***Chris Huelsbeck (Turrican, Giana Sisters) as a guest composer
***Added a new $50 tier that nets Jake Kaufman’s complete Bandcamp release library (including Shovel Knight and Shantae games)
There’s still a couple days left and time for a few more surprises within the campaign, so anyone holding out should keep their eyes peeled for the next 4 days for last-minute additions.
If you haven’t heard of [NUREN] yet, it’s based as a collection of music videos, each with it’s own unique musical score, that are strung together as a complete story with a virtual reality gameplay mechanic. Optimized for the Oculus, but fully playable on PC, the game currently has demos of the game out for Windows & MAC OS X available on the kickstarter page.
You can learn everything about the project and updates on the campaign page.
If you’re a fan of virtual reality simulations, music videos, 3D animation and rhythm games, then [NUREN]: The New Renaissance is probably something you’re going to want to keep an eye on. Having just launched it’s Kickstarter, [NUREN] is a project headed by composer Jake “Virt” Kaufman (Shovel Knight, Contra 4) along with Jessie Seeley. (voice, Double Dragon NEON, Bloodrayne: Betrayal)
According to the Kickstarter page, the game is basically a interactive music video, featuring 3D animation in real-time virtual reality. The game will feature seven distinct segments planned with musical and fully voice-acted interludes joining them together, with the Kickstarter helping to fund the guest creators that will help construct the [NUREN] world.
“[NUREN] combines influences from sources including Fantasia, Space Channel 5, TRON, Ghost in the Shell, Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”, the Animatrix, and the technically and artistically brilliant PC demo scene. Dancing robot girls, synchronized light shows, vast panoramas, and starry skies await you.”
- [NUREN] Kickstarter
The game will offer full Windows/MAC/Linux support, but the biggest draw will be for the Oculus Rift and the full VR immersion experience. The current funding goal for the project is $70,000, with pledge rewards being largely immaterial and instead offering direct access and interaction with the development team. A demo for the game will be available for all to check out via the Kickstarter page, to get a good preview before your pledge! With VR games still being new and unique territory for game developers, [NUREN] looks to have the potential to really break into the new frontier with both style and a fantastic soundtrack.
[NUREN]: The New Renaissance – Kickstarter
Need some more chiptune music in your life? The Castle In The Darkness OST may have just what you’re looking for. Coinciding with the release of the game on Steam, the Castle In The Darkness OST is out and ready for download on Bandcamp. Like the game itself, the music plays homage to the 8-bit NES era of games. Some of the tracks even manage to sneak in some clever music references/easter eggs to the Castlevania and Final Fantasy series.
The music is written by Matt Kap, who also developed the game. That’s right, he created the game AND wrote the music. You may be familiar with his work as the pixel artist for games like The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. If you’re a fan of classic 8-bit music, this is a new album that you’ll definitely want to check out. Castle In The Darkness is currently available on Steam, and the soundtrack can be found on Matt Kap’s Bandcamp site.
If you didn’t notice already, Sumthing Else Music has finally released the full original soundtrack for the haunting indie game The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.
This was a soundtrack that I put on my list of Top OSV’s of 2014 and with good reason. Composed by Polish musician Mikolai Stroinski (The Witcher 3, Dark SoulsTrailer), the music of the game fits the atmosphere and pacing well and creates an eerie and ethereal feel to the subtle horror of the game, earning it Best Audio at the 15th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards as well as several other nominations. Fans of Silent Hill and Gone Home will no doubt easily find something they like about The Vanishing of Ethan Carter‘s soundtrack.
The complete album spans a bit under 50 minutes at $9.99 or $0.99 per each of the 17 tracks. Do yourself a favor and go pick it up if you haven’t already.
The soundtrack to Double Fine’s latest game project, Massive Chalice, will be available on several new platforms. The Massive Chalice OST had its original release on Bandcamp back in November of 2014, in time for the release of the game on Steam Early Access. The soundtrack features a mixture of electronic, ambient, and orchestral elements, all designed to compliment the unique turn based strategy game. The soundtrack was composed by Brian Trifon and Brian Lee White, who make up the Finishing Move music and sound production company.
The complete Massive Chalice OST will be available today for download on iTunes, Amazon, Xbox Music, and Google Play. If you haven’t had a chance to pick this soundtrack up, you will now have a few more opportunities and options available for grabbing yourself a copy.
The newest iteration of the Game Music Bundle from the fine folks at Loudr is now on sale for auditory consumption!
From now until December 18th, the Game Music Bundle 8 features 19 separate video game soundtracks for sale on different “levels” of purchase. The first level is unlocked with just $1 and offers five soundtracks, including:
Ever wondered what The Binding of Isaac would sound like if it were an NES game? Chiptune artist Inverse Phase’s newest album The Chipping of Isaac explores that very concept. Covering the music of Danny Baranowsky’s original The Binding of Isaac OST, this album features NES interpretations of every track from the original game. This includes the title screen, boss fights, and even the shop theme.
According to the album home page, Inverse Phase plans to add tracks from the Wrath of the Lamb expansion and loopable tracks at a later date. So if you’re a fan of The Binding of Isaac OST and enjoy the chiptune sounds of the NES, this may be an album you’ll want to check out. The Chipping of Isaac is currently available on Inverse Phase’s Bandcamp page.