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Music from World of Goo

Thank you to everyone who emailed asking about a World of Goo Soundtrack. This is probably as close to an "official" soundtrack I'll ever make for the game World of Goo. I'm making it available here on my personal portfolio for free. I wrote much of this music specifically for the game, but many of the tracks were excerpts from music I had written previously for various small projects, or just for fun. This soundtrack includes the full versions of most of those songs, as best as I was able to recover them. Notes accompany the tracks below.

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.

Thanks, and enjoy the music!

Kyle
(at) kylegabler.com

 

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Licensing

Although I am providing this soundtrack for free, it is still a copyrighted work just like any CD you might buy in a store. That means this music is not for use in other movies, games, tv shows, etc. If you would like new or existing music for a project you are working on, feel free to contact me here.

 

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Track Notes

    1. World of Goo Beginning
    This is the main theme of World of Goo, and the first chunk of music I wrote for the game, specifically for our first trailer. I wanted the theme of the game to somehow reflect the song Libertango by Astor Piazzolla, which was the track I used in the original Tower of Goo prototype back in school. Listen for a similar chord progression once the melody kicks in.

    2. The Goo Filled Hills

    3. Brave Adventurers
    A livelier version of Ode to the Bridge Builder.

    4. Another Mysterious Pipe Appeared

    5. World of Goo Corporation

    6. Regurgitation Pumping Station
    From a soundtrack I wrote for a friend's short film about going on a date with the devil.

    7. Threadcutter
    From one of my small games, Blow.

    8. Rain Rain Windy Windy
    From a soundtrack I wrote for a short kid's movie. Writing kid's music was difficult.

    9. Jelly
    Music I wrote for a virtual reality world. You are in a subway. And you are a giant banana.

    10. Tumbler

    11. Screamer
    Almost didn't include this one in the game, but a friend convinced me a few days before we finished. I'm glad he did!

    12. Burning Man
    Theme I wrote for a friend's drama/mystery series. I recorded two friends singing single notes, and then I was able to play them back with my keyboard to get a "choir". This became the theme for "progress" in the game. A variation is used for MOM's theme.

    13. Cog in the Machine
    You can hear a clip from this track in one of my other small games Robot and the Cities Who Built Him

    14. Happy New Year (tm) Brought to You by Product Z
    Recorded some great singers from Carnegie Mellon. This is the first time the "what's up there anyway" theme can be heard. You can hear the same theme in the tracks Years of Work and The Last of the Goo Balls.

    15. Welcome to the Information Superhighway
    I wrote this one back in high school, which makes me feel old. You can hear a nod to phantom of the opera in a section of the organ part. I had forgotten this song existed, and was glad to find it burned onto an old rotting cd-rom. I think this was the first time I ever recorded someone singing. Only the second half of this clip is used in the game.

    16. Graphic Processing Unit

    17. Years of Work

    18. My Virtual World of Goo Corporation
    Originally written for a friend's NES game Dikki Painguin.

    19. Hello, MOM

    20. Inside the Big Computer

    21. Are You Coming Home, Love MOM

    22. Ode to the Bridge Builder
    This was the second track I wrote for the game. The goal was to make a variation on Amazing Grace, in the style of those old western soundtracks by Ennio Morricone.

    23. The Last of the Goo Balls and the Telescope Operator

    24. Best of Times
    This has become the unofficial second theme to World of Goo, after we used it in our second trailer. I originally wrote this for an animated short film I made with some friends. I recorded a bunch of performers all huddled around a single microphone in my bedroom to get the layers used in this track. Drums were made by banging on chairs and cardboard boxes.

    25. Red Carpet Extend-o-matic
    I wrote this in 2001 as a joke for a music class in undergrad. Only the beginning of this song is used in the game, and for only one level, but it has become one of the most requested pieces of music. So, here's the "full song", but it comes with a warning - this song is designed to sound like every cheap 90's dance song ever made. The singer is great though, an astrophysicist named Jessica. I gave a her a chainsaw for her wedding and we never spoke again. The end.

    26. World of Goo Corporation's Valued Customers

    27. World of Goo Ending
    Main theme to World of Goo, and used in our third and final trailer.

    Thanks for listening!

 

(c) Kyle Gabler