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Fract OSC soundtrack available for preorder

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Montreal-based indie developer Phosfied Systems announced today that their musical exploration game Fract OSC will officially be getting a soundtrack release on April 22, 2014.

The soundtrack is composed by artist Mogi Grumbles, and heavily features synthesizers and other cool electronic sounds.

Fans of TRON will definitely appreciate the art style as they play the game and create their own sounds. Players will even be able to save and export their own musical creations made using the game’s tools.

Both the soundtrack and the game are ready for preorder right now. You know what to do.

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Bungie fires Halo composer Martin O’Donnell “without cause”

martyToday, composer Martin O’Donnell announced via Twitter that Bungie’s board of directors  terminated him “without cause” on April 11, 2014.

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A list of the latest soundtracks and where to buy them

Spring often sees a lull in major videogame releases, but that has not been the case this year. Some big games have occupied the last several weeks of gaming, and that means – you guessed – videogame soundtracks!

Here’s a quick roundup of some of most recent major soundtracks and where you can buy them. All of them are worth your listening time, so be sure to check these ones out:

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Irrational Games offers free music tracks from BioShock Infinite – Burial at Sea

burial at seaIrrational Games is offering up a collection of three songs from the BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea DLC episodes from their website.

The three tracks, titled “Little Sisters’ Song”, “The Pie Song”, and “Old Man Winter Jingle” are available for free via Soundcloud right here. Hitting the link also provides a little insight on their creation from music director Jim Bonney.

Check out Gil’s excellent review of BioShock Infinite‘s soundtrack here, and let us know what you think of the music from the DLC.

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Sumthing Digital to release Borderlands 2: Volume 2 Soundtrack

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Borderlands 2 has continued to receive an astounding amount of support since it was released in September, 2012. Downloadable content, Golden Keys, and soundtrack releases have complemented its extended life, a trend that will continue for just a bit longer with the Borderlands 2: Volume 2 soundtrack.

Vol. 2 of the official soundtrack features the return of each composer from Vol. 1 – Jesper Kyd, Raison Varner, Sascha Dikiciyan, and Cris Velasco, all with unreleased music that was previously only heard in certain areas of the game.

Fans hungry for more Borderlands 2 music, or excellent music missing from the original soundtrack, can preorder this one right now over at Sumthing.com. The official release date is April 15, the same date as the game’s last DLC pack.

Be sure to check out our in-depth look at some of the best tracks from the original soundtrack here, too.

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Thief composer releases Composer’s Cut tracks on Soundcloud

ThiefSoundtrackIt’s been almost a month to the day since Thief  hit store shelves, along with the soundtrack by Luc St. Pierre. Now, fans looking to hear additional music from the original score can do so over at St. Pierre’s Soundcloud page, where several outtakes and in-game music tracks can be found.

The official score was already 20 tracks long with a runtime of almost 45 minutes, but these new Composer’s Cut tracks add an extra 17 tracks and 25 minutes. Fans looking to purchase these extra takes may be out of luck, though, as no announcements were made to release these tracks for purchase. But, at least you can hear them on Soundcloud!

Don’t forget to head on over to Sumthing.com, iTunes, or Amazon to purchase this soundtrack, an stay tuned as well for an album review in the coming days.

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The Last of Us, BioShock Infinite win big at 12th annual G.A.N.G. awards

gang_awardsThe Game Audio Network Guild held their 12th annual during GDC this year, honoring the outstanding creative, technical, and artistic audio achievement in the world of interactive entertainment. For newcomers, G.A.N.G. is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancement and recognition of game audio.

All entries for 2013 were voted and judged upon by members of G.A.N.G. and the game audio industry, while a 70-person committee decided on the finalists after hundreds of hours of listening, watching, playing, discussing, and conducting research.

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Telltale Games announces The Walking Dead: Season 2 soundtrack with free “In The Pines” track

walkingdeadclemTelltale Games has a special treat for anyone who finished the critically acclaimed second episode of The Walking Dead: Season Two.

The special track heard during the credits of A House Divided, called “In The Pines”, is currently free to download from Telltale’s Bandcamp page, and features Telltale’s longtime composer, Jared Emerson-Johnson. Interestingly enough, vocals were provided by the multi-talented Janel Drewis, who also works as an animator for the development team at Telltale.

“In The Pines” is a preview of what’s to come later this year, once The Walking Dead: Season 2 concludes. A full soundtrack is planned for release, so stay tuned for updates on any release date and price announcements.

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Preview and preorder the InFAMOUS: Second Son soundtrack

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The release of the the PlayStation 4’s killer app is imminent, and like any good new release, is getting an official soundtrack.

Available for preorder at iTunes and Sumthing.com, with an official release date of March, 21, the official soundtrack for InFAMOUS: Second Son features 22 tracks composed by Marc Canham, Nathan Johnson, and Brain.

Also, head on over to either link to preview each of the tracks. Be sure to tell us what you think so far!

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“Maestros of Video Games” Panel Coming to PAX East

PAX East 2014Last year, I reported on the “Behind the Music of Blockbuster Video Games” panel at PAX East 2013, hosted by Top Score host, Emily Reese. Well, she’s back with a new panel, called “Maestros of Video Games.” Similar in theme, this panel will feature six new composers talking about their experiences working in the video game music industry. I, for one, cannot wait to see them and Emily in Boston this year. Here is the lineup:

 

Garry SchymanGarry Schyman – Bioshock Infinite, Bioshock 1 & 2, Dante’s Inferno, Destroy All Humans!

Peter McConnellPeter McConnellBroken Age, Plants vs. Zombies 2, Sly Cooper series, Brutal Legend, Psychonauts, Grim Fandango

Cris VelascoCris VelascoCompany of Heroes 2, Mass Effect 3, Borderlands 1 & 2, Clive Barker’s Jericho, God of War series

Tom SaltaTom SaltaHalo: Spartan Assault, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Ghost Recon series, Red Steel 1 & 2

Mark MorganMark MorganWasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, Fallout 1 & 2, Fallout: New Vegas

Billy MartinBilly MartinRayman Legends, Rayman Origins

You can read the original press release here.

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