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Shovel Knight Soundtracks Released on Bandcamp

Posted by Tim Latshaw

Name your price for some metal-slammin' tracks

In our recent post on the Shovel Knight release trailer, you may recall one of our questions in our state of frenzied yammering was "Where do we get this song?!"

Delightfully, we have an answer: it's Track 17 on Strike the Earth! Shovel Knight Arranged, newly released alongside the Shovel Knight Original Soundtrack.

Composer Jake Kaufman, aka virt, has made both albums available through his Bandcamp page on a name your own price basis. The page for the Shovel Knight OST also contains a link to freely download a version of the soundtrack that can be played on NES/Famicom software.

The OST was composed by Kaufman along with Manami Matsumae, the chiptune virtuoso behind the Mega Man soundtrack and many others. Kaufman, on the arrangement album page, expresses how honored he was to work with Matsumae, and that she even arranged one of his own tracks:

One of the high points in my life is knowing that Manami Matsumae, one of my biggest inspirations and the composer of the ORIGINAL Mega Man soundtrack, actually arranged a song I wrote for a game. This is completely surreal, and hard to fathom.

Kaufman also says he's perfectly happy to have you fiddle around with his music, too, and just about anything is open game:

Make your own arrangements! Make music videos! Write lyrics! Do crazy stuff! Be brilliant! Be stupid! Share your creativity and love of game music with the world. It's why I make the source files available, and why this album is free.

The soundtrack to Shovel Knight is only one great part of an overall great game, as we proclaim in our reviews for the Wii U and 3DS versions. What parts of everyday life are you planning to infuse with awe and power through these tracks?

[via virt.bandcamp.com, virt.bandcamp.com]

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User Comments (22)

MixMasterMudkip

#4

MixMasterMudkip said:

I downloaded it has soon has it went up. Really it's an amazing soundtrack as Jake Kaufman soundtracks generally are.

aaronsullivan

#7

aaronsullivan said:

Nice. Loving the music — the game is awesome!-- , but the arrangement of the Lich track (Specter Knight's stage) is much more subdued than I'd prefer. It has such a strong groove in the OST and I feel a missed opportunity. Makes me want to try my hand at it. :D

netroz

#10

netroz said:

Wow... I don't tend to buy soundtrack, but I'm so hyped by this game that I'll probable will

Discostew

#11

Discostew said:

Hah, they even have the music available as an NSF file (Nintendo Sound Format, basically, NES audio), and it utilizes the extra channels from the VRC6 chip (Famicom-only) that games like Castlevania 3 JP used.

sinalefa

#13

sinalefa said:

I can't believe it took me several reviews to realize that Virt and Chanchacorin were the persons in charge of the music. That is a selling point right there and all reviews should point to that.

Prizm

#18

Prizm said:

You know, I'm just not feeling the soundtrack. I'm sure the arranged versions sound great like the trailer, but the chiptunes are just not memorable. Yes they definitely sound authentic like they were pulled straight out of the NES, but the majority that I've heard so far in the game don't have that catchy vibe.
Actually, I wonder if the arranged soundtrack was the original? If they took regular tracks and tried to cram them into chiptunes, then no wonder it sounds a bit off.

JustinH

#20

JustinH said:

I love the chiptune stuff in the game, but I gave the first half of the arranged version a spin and early response is... I don't really like it, sadly. Maybe it'll grow on me. Definitely love the game and the original tracks, though.

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