Posts from ‘Audio’ Category

The Polynomial

By: ithamore

On: December 18th, 2010

I first played Dmytry Lavrov’s The Polynomial (and enjoyed it for an hour or so) a year ago after it was posted as an earlier build on the blog. Now I’ve rediscovered its latest rendition while I was searching for a new indie game to play, and I’m quite happy to be reacquainted with it and to experience all its new improvements. The video above explains most of the basics, so you could just watch it if you don’t feel like reading the rest of the review of this tripy, gorgeous game.

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We Love Indie Game Music

By: Derek Yu

On: November 27th, 2010

Plants vs. Zombies Soundtrack

I don’t know how it is where you are, but over here the Christmas tunes have already started creeping out of the tinsel-covered woodwork! In light of this, I thought I’d share some of the things in the world of indie game music that have brought holiday cheer to me recently. It really feels like it’s been a stand-out year for indie game composers, who are doing some amazing things in this community. Have a listen!

Plants vs. Zombies OST – One and half years after the release of Plants vs. Zombies, composer Laura Shigihara has been given permission to put out the game’s soundtrack, which includes both English and Japanese versions of her hit song “Zombies on my Lawn”. Laura is also working on Melolune, an RPG based around the concept of collecting song fragments.

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GDC 2010: Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

By: Derek Yu

On: March 14th, 2010

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is an iPhone game collaboration between superbrothers (aka Craig Adams), singer-songwriter Jim Guthrie, and Capybara Games, the creators of Critter Crunch. These two videos are from the GDC build of the game, where the player engages in some exploration and combat. I got a chance to try it at the IGF Pavilion, where S&S EP was being shown for winning IGF Mobile’s Achievement In Art award. It’s great – the stylized art, the evocative audio, and the detail in each area makes you excited to see what’s coming next. The combat was also fun, if simple.

The combat video is after the jump:

(Source: GameSetWatch)

Songs for the Cure ’10 Release Date

By: Guest Reviewer

On: February 2nd, 2010

[This is a guest post by ChevyRay.]

The Indie Music Cancer Drive has announced March 1st, 2010 as the release date for Songs for the Cure ’10. A new website has been launched for the campaign at, where you can already pre-order the CD.

Songs for the Cure ’10 is the 3rd compilation by the Indie Music Cancer Drive, an organization that coordinates the efforts and talents of performers and composers from across the world in order to raise money to fight cancer and give support to victims and their families. All of the music for each album is composed specifically or exclusively appears on its compilation, with the primary goal of raising money for the cause.

With the drive’s past success (it has raised over $6000 since it began in 2008) organizer Josh Whelchel has gotten even more ambitious this year, setting a $10000 goal, of which all proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society! While this seems quite high, a glance at the CD itself shows that Whelchel is dead serious. This year’s album features over THIRTY talented indie artists, all who have contributed music exclusive to the CD, and includes a wide range of music ranging from “…Pop, Jazz, Instrumental, Orchestral, Fusion, Alternative, Rock, Chiptunes, Musique Concrète, and even video-game-arrangements.”

Some names you might recognize that will be appearing on the album:

  • Holiday Music

    By: Derek Yu

    On: December 10th, 2009

    Just ‘cause it’s Christman/Chanukah/Kwanzaa/Festivus doesn’t mean you have to be listening to Jingle Bells and all that festive stuff (although you’re very welcome to!). Here’s some music from the indie game world to rock your stockings as we approach the new year!

    Aquaria OST

    The Aquaria OST – Alec put together an amazing production for the Aquaria soundtrack, which he composed. This 2-disc, 50-track beast comes with an 8-page booklet that features artwork by myself and Marian artist Katie De Sousa, as well as an 8-panel mini-poster featuring screenshots from the game and liner notes. It’s a really beautiful package that comes in 3 flavors: unsigned, signed, and digital.

    FEZ EP

    Fez Demo EPs – The mysterious Polytron Corporation has released 3 demo tracks from Fez, their upcoming XBLA game. The tracks, composed by Jason “6955” DeGroot, are available as a free download, or can be ordered as a limited-edition CD (250 copies). Check it out if you like chiptunes.

    Zeno Clash OST – The Zeno Clash OST was released yesterday. Composed by Patricio Meneses, the soundtrack features 18 tracks and can be downloaded via iTunes or purchased as a CD.

    Machinarium Bonus EP

    Machinarium Bonus EP – Amanita Design has released five free bonus tracks for their incredible adventure game Machinarium. These are available as mp3s. The full soundtrack comes with the game if you buy it directly Amanita’s website (what are you waiting for?).

    Game music 1

    Game music 1 – Finally, the legendary indie chiptune artist Phlogiston released a free compilation of music he wrote for various games, like Bisse’s I Was in the War, cactus’s Air Pirates and PING PONG, and Darthlupi’s Wonder Bounce. He invites indie game designers to contact him about releasing their soundtracks through his label Pause. You would be amongst good company.

    Well, that’s a lot of great indie game music right there. Hope you all enjoy these stocking stuffers. Please be sure to post any good soundtracks I may have missed that came out recently.

    Happy Holidays!


    By: Brandon McCartin (BMcC)

    On: May 13th, 2009

    BIT.TRIP CORE, game number two in Gaijin Games’ series of slick retro-yet-modern rhythm games, makes me glad I hooked up my Wii again last week. This is what the inside of Phil‘s head must look like. Coming out “Summer 2009.” (Hey, that’s this summer!)

    Check out the first BIT.TRIP game, BEAT, if you haven’t yet.

    (Thanks Offworld!)

    Relay for Life – Indie Music Cancer Drive

    By: Derek Yu

    On: March 18th, 2009

    Relay for Life

    Last year, Josh “TwiTerror” Whelchel and the independent game community raised over $800 for Relay for Life, a program sponsored by the American Cancer Society to help patients with cancer and to honor those who have died. Josh did this by selling copies of the very excellent Spirit Engine 2 soundtrack for $5.

    For this year’s Relay for Life he’s hoping to raise even more by giving donors (of at least $10) a digital soundtrack that will contain music from a variety of talented musicians, including Kyle Gabler (World of Goo), Alec Holowka (Aquaria, Paper Moon), and my good buddy David Saulesco (Eternal Daughter). If you donate $25 or more, you’ll receive the soundtrack on disc. Not only that, but Josh will throw in a free copy of his upcoming album for anyone who donates $10+!

    It’s a fantastic deal by itself. The fact that you get to beat up cancer at the same time makes it a must-have! Let’s try to blow Josh’s $1500 goal out of the water!

    Mo’ Indie Game Soundtracks

    By: Derek Yu

    On: February 13th, 2009

    Ruff ruff... ruff?!

    Following on the heels of The Spirit Engine 2 soundtrack, which was released last week by Josh “TwiTerror” Whelchel, here are some more free indie game tunes:

    World of Goo OST (2D Boy)

    Legend of Princess OST (Joakim Sandberg)

    Nanosmiles OST (Dong) – via PAUSE

    Immortal Defense OST (Studio Eres) – via PAUSE

    For your listening pleasure.

    Auditorium Released

    By: Derek Yu

    On: February 5th, 2009


    The full version of Auditorium, the popular music-based puzzle game, has been released, and can be purchased for $11. It features 70 plus levels spread across 15 acts.

    (Thanks, anonymous manbaby!)

    TIGdb: Entry for Auditorium

    TSE2 – Selections

    By: Derek Yu

    On: January 29th, 2009

    The Spirit Engine 2 - Selections

    Josh “TwiTerror” Whelchel has just released The Spirit Engine 2 – Selections for free (as torrent or direct download). “Selections” contains 22 songs from the massive 101 song soundtrack of TSE2 (which is available for $16). You can read a highly favorable review of the latter on RPGFan.

    There’s also this great live recording of a 28-track TSE2 arrangement, for those interested. Thanks, Josh!

    TIGdb: Entry for The Spirit Engine 2