In good good news news, 2D BOY have released the soundtrack to World of Goo. Anyone who has played the game will know what a fantastic score the game has, and quite how sickeningly talented Kyle Gabler is to have written it all himself. What price would you pay for the lot? Well, it’s free.
There are some tunes in the game that I’d leave running in the background while I got on with other work, letting the short pieces loop for a remarkably long time before I’d want to move on. Now I can leave Best of Times running on an endless loop in Winamp. I’d compare the OST with another all-time favourite soundtrack of mine, the Tosca Tango Orchestra’s Waking Life music. Gabler explains the release.
Thanks to everyone who wrote in asking about a soundtrack! I probably never would have put this together otherwise. I spent this weekend pulling together all the audio, reconstructing some of the older songs, and “remastering” them all like they do to Snow White DVDs. The final soundtrack is about 49 minutes long, and all free.
You can get the full soundtrack from one of the mirrors here, where there’s also a track listing with notes for all 24 tunes. Here you gain insights like learning Jelly was originally written for a virtual reality world in which you play a giant banana in a subway. Best of all, however, is the explanation for the Red Carpet music.
“I wrote this in 2001 as a joke for a music class in undergrad. Only the beginning of this song is used in the game, and for only one level, but it has become one of the most requested pieces of music. So, here’s the “full song”, but it comes with a warning – this song is designed to sound like every cheap 90s dance song ever made. The singer is great though, an astrophysicist named Jessica. I gave a her a chainsaw for her wedding and we never spoke again. The end.”
Oh, and if you feel the need to play the music yourself, the sheet music for eight of the pieces is here.