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Game music label under fire over late royalty payments

Video game music label and publisher Materia Collective have come under fire after reports that they've missed up to two year's worth of royalty payments to their artists. Last night, one of the musicians behind Celeste's B-Sides (remixed songs from the game's OST) claimed the music label hadn't paid him for sales or streams since 2019. Materia Collective followed up with an apology shortly after,…

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At long last, Persona soundtracks are on Spotify

As I write this, I'm listening to "Life Will Change" from the official Persona 5 soundtrack on Spotify. I can't quite believe it, is this real? Yes, it has to be, as this sizzling groove is now saved to my "Liked Songs". I can see it there, with my own eyes! And many more are due to follow, as a whole host of other Persona…

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Is it too early to cry to Christmas Pain In Christmas Town?

The Geocities-esque internet of Hypnospace Outlaw is silly fun until you see the tragedy beneath the surface, so it's fitting that the game produced one of the all-time-great Christmas heartbreak songs. Last year its washed-up rocker, The Chowder Man, gave us the present of Christmas Pain In Christmas Town - a straight banger with a delightful music video. I wept, and vowed to listen every…

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LoL’s virtual girl group K/DA have an EP out

The best thing League Of Legends has done in years is create a virtual girl group, who now have a whole EP out. After years of ha-ha-hilariously cheesy promotional songs like Warriors with Imagine Dragons, Riot's music team unexpectedly hit the big time in 2018 with K/DA, a group with real singers in the digital bodies of pop-ified alternate reality versions of League characters. K/DA's…

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The Game Music Festival Vol. 3 reimagines the sounds of Supergiant and Larian

Comb your hair, spray that perfume and suit up for a night of high culture, readers - the third edition of the Game Music Festival is underway. Starting last night, you can already tune into a full evening of orchestral rearrangement of scores from Bastion, Transistor, Pyre and Hades, with Larian Studios picking up the mic tonight for a more high-fantasy swing at the concert…

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Hades composer teaches how to play one of its lovely songs in this video

Supergiant's games all have pretty wonderful soundtracks, and their new Ancient Greek roguelike Hades is no exception. We have composer Darren Korb to thank for that, and this weekend he released a video tutorial teaching how to play one of Hades' delightful tunes. It's not one of the heavy intense tracks from your battles in Tartarus, however. Instead it's one of the soothing melodies you…

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The latest League Of Legends Worlds song is no Warriors, but what is?

The League Of Legends 2020 Season World Championship starts next week, which means it's time for another song and music video about being really good at video games. This year, Riot's music team have drafted Jeremy McKinnon (the lead singer of A Day To Remember) and mononymous singers MAX and Henry for a song called Take Over. Does it top Warriors, the Worlds 2014 song…

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Celebrate Undertale’s fifth anniversary with this orchestral concert performing the soundtrack

It's been five years since Toby Fox graced our lives with Undertale, so let's watch a concert to celebrate. Streamed last night, Undertale's Fifth Anniversary concert saw the Music Engine orchestra perform songs from the soundtrack for over two hours, as well as piano performances from Toby Fox himself.Fox also took the anniversary as an opportunity to provide an update on second chapter of Deltarune,…

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League Of Legends virtual K-pop girl group K/DA return with a new single

Of all the self-indulgent fancies which games companies blow marketing budgets on, my favourite is League Of Legends putting out K-pop from a virtual girl group of real singers pretending to be League wizards. K/DA is their name, and last night they released a new single to herald a new EP. Yes, a whole EP of songs from people kinda pretending to be video game…

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Feature: Music to our ears

Röki’s music sounds as gorgeous as the game looks

Polygon Treehouse's excellent adventure game Röki is out today, and as you may have seen from my Röki review, I was rather enamoured with it. It's a lovely, heartwarming and beautiful-looking game, but its soundtrack deserves special mention as well. Composed by Aether, Röki's music is full of poignant and exquisite melodies that really drive home the game's folkloric roots and fairytale environment, so I…

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The “It’s Bugsnax!” song launches today, with more Bugsnax reveals coming next week

Look, we're all worn out from this summer-long celebration of FakE3, right? What better way to wind down than with the digital release of that Bugsnax bop and some Bugsnax-related reveals? The former's out today, with a vinyl release planned for later. The later is coming next week on Monday, July 27th. Will we actually find out what the heck this game is, or will…

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Untitled Goose Game’s vinyl soundtrack is double-grooved for random tracks

The playful piano of Untitled Goose Game will be inscribed in plastic, creating a physical record of the goose's havoc. To hear the piano is to know the crimes it accompanied. The merchmasters at Iam8bit today announced that the soundtrack's vinyl release will launch on September 29th, and that it has a clever little trick. Just as the game's soundtrack is different every time, the…

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Overwatch has released a soundtrack featuring funky tunes from its maps

Blizzard have released an Overwatch album, so now you can bop along to your favourite in-game tunes even when you're not playing. Overwatch: Cities And Countries is a collection of soundtracks from the game, all based on the global locations of its maps. You know when you first load into a match, and it plays that short riff of music symbolic of the setting? These…

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Feature: Melodies of Life

Final Fantasy IX is 20 years old today and its soundtrack is still absolutely bangin’

It's Final Fantasy IX's 20th anniversary today and what better way to celebrate one of the best Final Fantasy games ever made than to have a good old-fashioned sing-song? I'm not just talking about bellowing out the game's celebrated end credits theme "Melodies Of Life" either. I mean a proper celebration of one of Final Fantasy IX's enduring legacies: its superb, nay, one might almost…

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Command & Conquer Remastered soundtracks now on Spotify and other streaming services

Following the launch of the Command & Conquer Remastered Collection earlier this month, EA have now slammed its soundtracks onto streaming services for your sonic satisfaction. Along with its remastered versions of the C&C and Red Alert soundtracks, they've put up an album of hard-rockin' new recordings from C&C composer Frank Klepacki and his band, The Tiberian Sons. Put a pep in your step on…

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Please watch this man perform videogame soundtracks on his Mongolian string instrument

You know how it is. You think you're into videogame soundtracks, then you go and hear someone perform ten of them on a Mongolian string instrument. I recently spent 20 minutes listening to a man do just that, and I think you should too.Genius Jaavka is the man. The morin khuur is his instrument. Songs from Horizon Zero Dawn (coming to PC this summer), Mortal…

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Game composers and YouTubers are in a murky battle for copyright control

Every time I sit down to write, the first thing I do isn’t open up a blank document, it’s find some nice video game music to listen to. And loads of it can be found free on YouTube. Ambient music from Skyrim, relaxing compilations from Animal Crossing, lo-fi Legend of Zelda remixes Sometimes, work or study just can’t get done without my 10-hour loop of…

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The secrets of Ori And The Will Of The Wisps’ incredible music

It’s quite rare for a composer to be offered as the spokesperson for an upcoming game, but it’s also quite rare for a game to sound as good as Ori And The Will Of The Wisps. So good, in fact, that it was Gareth Coker’s tinkling ivories that were first used to announce the game at E3 2017, where he sat at his piano and…

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