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Experimental Half-Life rave album Panopticon is out today

Earlier this week, Alice O pointed out the work of Graham Dunning, an artist who creates improvised dance music in Half-Life by replacing the game's audio with clips from 90s rave tracks and sample CDs. Now, Twitch isn't known for being the greatest music-streaming platform about, so this weekend Dunning released Panopticon - a moody album of experimental noise arranged in Valve's seminal 1998 shooter.

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This artist uses Half-Life to generate experimental dance music

I've just watched an experimental dance music gig created by an artist playing Half-Life. Graham Dunning has replaced every single sound in Valve's shooter with samples he says come "from 90s rave tracks and sample CDs", giving Gordon Freeman drums for feet, making sentry turrets loop vocal samples, turning ambient sounds into pounding loops, blasting drum breaks out guns, and all that. So he creates…

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Fortnite’s latest in-game concert is a great experience (even if you don’t like Travis Scott)

Over 12.3 million people dropped into Fortnite last night for the world premiere of Travis Scott's new song, The Scotts, and it was really quite cool. The in-game event sees a giant holographic Travis descend from the skies to serenade players with an extravegant performance including fire raining from the skies, the world flooding, rollercoaster tracks growing across the skies, everything going topsy-turvy... a real…

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Lord Shaxx’s Destiny 2 exercise mixtape is here to pump you up

If you too are trying to do home workouts with bottles of water and bags of sugar for weights, this might get you pumped up: a mixtape from Destiny 2 combining throbbing beats with the motivational words of Lord Shaxx. The Shaxxercize tape is a wee Easter egg in one quest from the new season, hidden on a shelf in the office of Commander Zavala,…

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Nier soundtracks are now streaming on Spotify and Apple

Nothing says 'Monday morning' quite like punching yourself directly in the heart with a fist formed from five minutes of music then crumpling on the floor, a solitary tear rolling down your cheek. Thanks, Square Enix, for enabling this Monday morning moment by adding Nier soundtracks to Spotify. As part of the tenth birthday celebrations for the series, soundtracks for Nier: Automata as well as…

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League Of Legends kicking off the new season with a Warriors cover

As League Of Legends winds up to start its tenth season on Friday, Riot Games have dropped a new anthem for the MOBA - or an old one, really. The new season's cinematic music video is a cover of Warriors, see, the iconic (and never-bested) 2014 World Championship theme by Imagine Dragons. Now the song is all grim, choral, and bwampy, like so many other…

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Steam to start selling soundtracks independently of games

The virtual hills are alive with the sound of music, thanks to Steam wresting soundtracks from the videogames they were yoked to. As of today, developers can sell soundtracks independently rather than as DLC, which means you won't need to buy or download the games themselves. Videogames are defunct now. Let us all escape into the superior medium of sound.

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Clickuorice Allsorts: The Norwood Suite’s soundtrack

After taking us to a strange train station in the wonderful Off-Peak, Cosmo D will invite us to visit a surreal hotel next week in The Norwood Suite [official site]. He has again composed the soundtrack himself, and again it sounds grand. Here's the main theme: To experience this #content, you will need to enable targeting cookies. Yes, we know. Sorry. Manage cookie settings Lovely…

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Music to my ears: live improvised soundtracks

Game music that responds to your actions can be a magical thing. I'm talking about sneaking through enemy lines accompanied by an eerie string quartet, or cresting a hill while the scenery and music swell around you. Joost van Dongen, the man behind Proun and Cello Fortress, recently did an experiment with live soundtrack improvisation that makes for interesting reading.Dongen and his fellow improviser Rene…

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No Man’s Sky Soundtrack Details And Taster Track

We don't often cover game music news on RPS, because there's always the terrifying risk that it opens the door to more people sending us press releases about their chiptune albums inspired by Zelda. But I'm flexing the informal rule today, partly because No Man's Sky remains so much of an unknown quantity even just two and half months from release, and partly because I…

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Dreamers Of Dreams: A Diary Of Whispered Truths

A Diary of Whispered Truths is a tool for creating images like the one above, which would be all very well and groovy, but as you paint, it sings. Well, in my case it coughs out rugged reams of chorduroy, unfashionable and about as smooth as sandpaper bog roll. It can make quite a racket. A Diary is controlled with mouse and keyboard, with the…

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Dreamers Of Dreams: Sentris Early Access

Do you remember a time when msuic games were so rugged and wild that they required the use of a tiny plastic guitar peripheral? I certainly do. Some people formed bands during their university years and frittered away precious hours creating melancholy joy, entertaining the tune-hungry populace of bee-soaked university bars. Other people - people like me - perfected I Wanna Be Sedated on Guitar…

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Clubbing With Nick Cave: No Wave

The pill is disintegrating, lodged in my throat like a swollen seed, sprouting dry and ticklish as it reaches back toward tongue and lips. I need a drink, to sluice it out, wash it down and carry myself away. The lights pulse like a migraine and the music is a song I recognise. Stumbling toward the stage, I grab at the singer, trying to tell…

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Feature: Making music with M.O.O.N., Scattle and Prunty

Behind the sounds: Hotline Miami and FTL

Music man David Valjalo follows-up his exploration of the big-budget orchestral soundtracks in the mainstream games industry with a look at the other end of the scale - the super-low-budget, ultra-catchy, sometimes kitschy scores of indie darlings. He rounds up the men behind Hotline Miami, Sweden-based Dennis Wedin and Jonatan Soderstrom, two of the soundtrack artists they hand-picked, US artists M.O.O.N. and Scattle, and FTL…

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Feature: Good Gaming Conduct

Behind The Sounds: Game Music’s Orchestral Revolution

Like a human q-tip David Valjalo embarks on a fantastical voyage into the realm of videogame music. Rounding up three of the most high-profile composers working today, let's call them The Three J's: Jason Graves (Dead Space, Tomb Raider), Jesper Kyd (Freedom Fighters, Assassin's Creed) and Jack Wall (Splinter Cell, Black Ops 2), he gets the inside story on a revolution in game music budgets,…

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