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…World of Goo is giving away their soundtrack?

World Of Goo Soundtrack

World of Goo has been an indie gaming sensation, and now Kyle Gabler has made the soundtrack that he created for the game available as a free download.

The majority of the instruments you’ll hear are computer instruments, with a few live performances on top to add a bit of warmth. For the older music, I used one of those Sound Blaster cards that let you load samples into memory. More recently, I’ve been using the freeware sfz soundfont sampler. I have an m-audio keystation 49e midi keyboard for picking out melodies. Influences include Danny Elfman, Vangelis, Bernard Herrmann, Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, and all the big movie guys. I grew up listening to them, and they remain a big influence in everything I write.

Many of the songs were written specifically for the game, but a few were also salvaged from previous projects that he had worked on, but if you’re looking for some interesting music to get you through the day, then give the World of Goo Soundtrack a try.

[World of Goo Soundtrack]

…You can play Counter-Strike in the Haunted Mansion ride?

Counter-Strike Haunted Mansion

A Counter-Strike map-modder named NIPPER created a reproduction of Disney’s The Haunted Mansion ride inside of the game, and when I say reproduction, I don’t just mean he created a level that’s kinda/sorta like the ride with a few nice touches thrown in here and there. No, this is a 100%, practically photo-realistic reproduction of the ride that you can actually ride through, complete with narration, backstage areas, special effects and more. I don’t know how he did it, but I sure do appreciate the effort:

Plus, if you’d like to ride the ride and see the details for yourself, you can even download the map pack from the joe.to community and play through the level on your own Counter-Strike game.

[joe.to – NIPPER Maps]

[Via: Boing Boing]

…You can have an 8-Bit Christmas?

8-Bit Jesus

Celebrate the holidays with Doctor Octoroc’s 8-Bit Jesus: Classic Christmas Songs in the Style of Classic NES Games.

Featuring 18 tracks, with titles like Ryu, The Red Nosed Ninja, Super Jingle Bros., O Come, All Ye Vampires, and Have Yourself A Final Little Fantasy, it’s the perfect entertainment for the gamer geek in all of us.

Plus, there are two ways to get the album: Download it for free from his site, or make a small PayPal donation and help him with future recordings, as well as receive a physical copy of the CD by mail sometime in mid January.

[8-Bit Jesus]

[Via: Wired]

…It’s Website Wednesday: PixelJam?

PixelJam

PixelJam makes all kinds of crazy 8-bit goodness, including games like RatMaze, where you must hunt down various types of tasty cheese as a pixelated mouse, Gamma Bros, where you help the 21hard-working duo of Buzz and Zap get home in an award winning space shooter, and Dino Run, a multiplayer game where you must run, jump and claw your way to survival.

They also host a rather cool collection of 8-bit art, let you download their original 8-bit music, and have a shop if you’d like to sport some 8-bit gear.

Plus, Format Mag has a nice little interview with the creators if you’d like to read about what inspires their pixelated creations.

[PixelJam]

[Format – PixelJam]

…AC/DC rocks your Excel spreadsheets?

ACDC Excel

Phil Clandillon and Steve Milbourne have created what they call “the world’s first music video in Excel format” for AC/DC’s Rock N Roll Train.

By creating the entire video in Excel, the two are able to bypass and subvert even the most restrictive of corporate firewalls, allowing you to rock out any time you want.

If you’d like to download the original (Windows only) Excel file, it’s available at the AC/DC Rocks site, or you can view it in YouTube format here:

[AC/DC Rocks – Excel]