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Baldur’s Gate 3 devs celebrate Christmas with a song about brainworms

Christmas music as a genre is rife with earworms (I've got chuffing Slade stuck in my own head right now) but the makers of Baldur's Gate 3 have gone one step further with Christmas brainworms. Larian Studios today dropped the surprise Christmas present of Tadpole For You, Tadpole For Me - a festive song about being infested by Mind Flayer parasites. And yes, the devs…

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Spotify is now on the Epic Games Store, for some reason

Wait, what? Epic have made some rather bold moves since setting up their own storefront - chasing exclusives by the dozen, firing at Steam with aggressively dev-friendly revenue shares, using Fortnite to take trillion-dollar tech companies to court. Now, they're branching out of the games bubble, adding monolithic music streaming service Spotify to their platform earlier today. No, really. It's right there, just below Hyper…

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Study / relax / raid the underworld with these lo-fi Warcraft beats

One of the smaller frustrations that come with writing for a living is that you really can't listen to music with lyrics while working. So, for the past few years, I've listened to every "24/7 lo-fi jazz-hop beats to study and relax to" mix the that exists, a thousand variations of some Sisyphean student cursed to forever turn pages to the sound of chill, non-distinct…

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Lil Nas X will debut a new song in Roblox tonight

Live concerts are over, videogames are the new music gigs. While Fortnite probably holds some kind of record for hosting the most concerts, film premieres and documentaries, it hardly holds a monopoly on virtual performances. Tonight, it's Roblox' turn, as rapper Lil Nas X steps onto the game creation platform's stage to premiere a new track in a somewhat blocky online show.

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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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Sea Of Thieves devs made a pirate shanty tribute to Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen, song writer and lead guitarist of iconic rock band Van Halen, passed away this week. Across the internet, tributes have poured out for the legendary rocker, including a rather surprising one from Sea Of Thieves developer, Rare. They've made a pirate shanty cover of the song Jump. It's a bit weird, but you know what? It's really sweet, too.

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Kentucky Route Zero’s robot band just released an EP of chill synth jams

Looking back, I reckon Kentucky Route Zero's third act might've been the best of the lot. That it was the act to introduce wandering musicians Johnny and Junebug playing no small part in that impression. This week, the fictional duo took their music out of the supernatural road trip with an EP full of sad robot love songs - a perfect soundtrack for getting lonely…

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Quake’s soundtrack by Nine Inch Nails is out on vinyl now

If you fancy rocking out to a little bit of Quake, the game's original soundtrack by Nine Inch Nails is available to buy on vinyl now. It's the hot record for 2020, featuring aptly named tracks like "Life", "Damnation" and "Aftermath". Oh and "Quake Theme", I guess.When the listing for the record went up yesterday, a cheeky note said that it was supposed to come…

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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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Don’t listen to Microsoft Flight Simulator’s infuriating installation song, listen to these

If you're installing Microsoft Flight Simulator, you will find yourself hearing the same short piece of music over and over while it downloads all 91GB. Sure you could just manually mute this in the Windows mixer, but you'd be wrong. Clearly the developers intend to evoke feelings of hours sat in an airport listening to muzak after your flight's delayed, or the telephone hold music…

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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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