Brandon Boyer

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Update: Well, now that we’ve gone and killed his website, Kyle has sent along word that there’s a temporary mirror at the 2D Boy’s site, which you can find here. Attack!

The best present we could have received today: World of Goo devs 2D Boy have released the game’s soundtrack — truly one of the best in recent memory — as a free download via designer and composer Kyle Gabler’s homepage, with notes on the inspiration for its various tracks. Gabler explains:

The majority of the instruments you’ll hear are computer instruments, with a few live performances on top to add a bit of warmth. For the older music, I used one of those Sound Blaster cards that let you load samples into memory. More recently, I’ve been using the freeware sfz soundfont sampler. I have an m-audio keystation 49e midi keyboard for picking out melodies. Influences include Danny Elfman, Vangelis, Bernard Herrmann, Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, and all the big movie guys. I grew up listening to them, and they remain a big influence in everything I write.

It’s hard to pick a favorite, each one conjuring very happy memories of different game highlights, but embedded below, this being Offworld and all, the most obviously Vangelis inspired, ‘Inside the Big Computer.’

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Music from World of Goo [Kyle Gabler, via 2D Boy]

At the core of the World of Goo – Offworld
2D Boy's World of Goo: The community updates – Offworld
Ragdoll Metaphysics: Ten Things That Made Me Glad To Be A Gamer In …
The Offworld 20: 2008's Best Indie and Overlooked – Offworld

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  1. Perfect. I’m away from my normal music collection today so this gives me something to listen to while I work. Thank you Offworld and 2D Boy.

  2. Those tracks in the black-and-green computer levels, and come to think of it… all of the sound effects there, just seemed to mesh with the art and gameplay to such a great effect.

    The first time I played through that portion of the game, it filled me with equal parts warm nostalgia, and childlike wonder. I had a huge smile on my face the entire time. I even giggled girlishly once or twice, how embarassing :P

  3. It reminds me a little of the original MYST soundtrack mixed with the Sega Saturn’s Rayman soundtrack.

    Good times.

  4. Drat, his server has kicked the bucket. I only got about 50 meg of the 80 meg file before it went belly up.

  5. This album made my goddamn day. What nobody mentions is how totally-superior the complete versions of the songs are. HELLA-fuckin’ yeah! SO good.

  6. I wrote to Kyle a short while back to thank him for doing this. Evidently (and thankfully) I wasn’t the only one who requested that he bulk-up the songs and release a full soundtrack. :)

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