July 26, 2014
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The Ongaku's Attention Economy: July selections

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-07-25 - comments
The Ongaku's Attention Economy is a new feature highlighting low priced, artistically ambitious recent releases. The debut installment takes a look at three soundtracks, two game cover compilations, a chip music album and an indie game, all temporarily on sale or free to download this month. Total asking price: $1.00 minimum.
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Dom Beken of PixelJunk Shooter scores Enigma Express for iPhone and iPad

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-07-22 - comments
BAFTA Award-nominated game composer Dom Beken of PixelJunk Shooter has scored the soundtrack to free-to-play detective game The Enigma Express. Developed by Relentless Software for iPhone and iPad devices, eight tracks from the music score are streaming in full on SoundCloud.
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Groupees bundles Monaco, Banner Saga albums

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-07-20 - comments
Groupees' "Game Music Groupee" bundle will be downloadable for the next seven days for $1 minimum. The music collection includes mp3 and flac files for Austin Wintory's soundtracks to Monaco and The Banner Saga, as well as the Dustforce soundtrack and Scattle's Hotline Miami: The Takedown EP.
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Kyoto by Eddie Lee free for Mac and PC

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-07-18 - comments
Kyoto, an independently developed, melancholy homage to the Japanese city, is now free to download for Mac and PC through the Funktronic Labs website. Designed by Eddie Lee, whose credits include Q-Games' PixelJunk 4am visualizer for PlayStation 3, the audio-visual serenity app has sound design by Jack Menhorn.
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Steph Thirion's score to Eliss published as EPs

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-07-06 - comments
This month Steph Thirion's 2009 planet-fusing puzzle game Eliss debuts for smartphone devices with new play modes as "Eliss Infinity." Attributed to the designer's artist name Futumani, the original soundtrack release and expanded cellphone port themes have been remastered as two separate EPs.
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Name your price for Shovel Knight soundtrack by Virt

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-06-29 - comments
Yacht Club Games' 48-track soundtrack to Shovel Knight is now available to stream in full on Bandcamp and download in your file format of choice for "name your price." All tracks from the NES-style platformer, independently funded through Kickstarter, are composed by by Virt (Jake Kaufman) and Manami Matsumae.
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Op-ed: On Bit Summit sponsors and banning privileges

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-06-24 - comments
This opinion editorial on the Bit Summit 2014 press event has been updated following a banning notice I received from an event sponsor. I argue that the spectacle was indistinguishable from mainstream press events, employing a competitive, unwelcoming atmosphere in contrast to the previous year's gathering.
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Chipocrite on the chip music score to EarthNight

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-06-22 - comments
Chipocrite (Paul Weinstein) is a chiptune artist from Philadelphia who makes music using original Nintendo Game Boys, sometimes accompanied by guitars and other synths. In this E3 interview, he discusses his EP previewing the music score to EarthNight, Cleaversoft's runner for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.
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Francisco Cerda soundtracks streaming on Bandcamp

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-06-21 - comments
Chilean musician Francisco Cerda has published the soundtracks to Angry Henry and Save the Date, now available to stream in full through Bandcamp. The composer is currently contributing original themes to the upcoming independently developed titles Jamestown Plus for PS4 and Witchmarsh for PC and Mac.
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Band Saga LP by Rekcahdam and friends

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-06-19 - comments
The forthcoming indie game Band Saga by Roger "Rekcahdam" Hicks and friends revolves around music-based gameplay. The co-creator of Celestial Mechanica has released the game's LP through Bandcamp, along with the music video "Well Momma," featuring game-inspired artists Mega Ran and Bright Primate.
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Austin Wintory scores ABZÛ by Giant Squid

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-06-18 - comments
Austin Wintory is composing the music score to ABZÛ, an indpendently developed PlayStation 4 title by art director Matt Nava of Journey, now at developer Giant Squid. Hear the E3 announcement trailer's music theme "To Know, Water," streaming on the PlayStation SoundCloud channel.
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The Girl and the Robot soundtrack on Bandcamp

Source submitted by Old Monkey King on 2014-06-13 - comments
Flying Carpets Studio of Montreal has published the soundtrack to their fairytale adventure game The Girl and the Robot, crowdfunded through Kickstarter. The original score by Final Fantasy acoustic renditions arranger Eiko Ishiwata Nichols is available to stream in full on the composer's Bandcamp page.
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Los Ongaku debut interview with Francisco Cerda

Source submitted by Brian Cubría on 2014-06-12 - comments

Francisco Cerda, Chilean pianist and composer, writes music for independently developed game titles. In this debut Los Ongaku interview conducted by Brian Cubría, the musician discusses the Afro-Cuban jazz, electronica and orchestral compositional styles found in his contributions to Gunpoint, Jamestown and Save the Date.

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David Wise on composing music for Tengami

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-06-11 - comments

Having debuted on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, Tengami by Nyamyam Games is now scheduled for release on Steam and Wii U. We had the chance to speak with composer David Wise to hear about the creation of the independent game's soundtrack, which incorporates the use of traditional Japanese instrumentation.

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"You Can Be the Star" by Control Group

Source submitted by jeriaska on 2014-06-10 - comments

Bastion and Transistor composer Darren Korb is performing in the nostalgic indie rock band Control Group, with Evan Reynolds and Jack Plug.  The music video for their new single "You Can Be the Star" can now be viewed on YouTube, with music streaming in full on Bandcamp.