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Aquaria Original Soundtrack: Testdrive

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Derek and I have been working on a CD release of the Aquaria soundtrack. Its proven to be a painstaking endeavor - figuring out the best way to present the ~50 music tracks from the game, while designing some awesome packaging.

Recently I burned a CD of what I call the “Alpha 1″ build of the OST, so I could try listening through the whole thing to see how well it flows. Now I’m working on “Alpha 2″; remastering tracks, rearranging others and extending some with newly written music. It seems likely that the whole OST is going to require two discs, and there’s a good chance that I’ll write some completely new bonus tracks for the second disc.

The packaging will include liner notes with details on the creation of each track by yours truly and some great new art by Derek. We’ve been working on this one for a long time, but I think we’re finally getting there!

In the meantime, I’m still busy working on the Mac beta, and we’ve started working on a couple new things… ;)

40 Responses to “Aquaria Original Soundtrack: Testdrive”

  1. Paul Says:

    I’ve really enjoyed the music samples you’ve put on the site in past, so I’m definitely looking forward to the soundtrack.

    What sorts of instruments and software are you using?

  2. FoggyNight Says:

    The fact that you’re working hard not only on the game but also on related material is really awesome. I’ll love to see a bundled package, but I guess I’ll start with buying the Mac version of the game when it’s out :)

    Keep the good work guys!!!

  3. Myxe Says:

    Awesome, I wondered how this was coming along. Is there ever a plan for an Aquaria Boxed Edition?

  4. dg10050 Says:

    Heck yes. :)

  5. Zam Says:

    Yay!

  6. Na Says:

    Yay! I just recently installed the jukebox mod, and though it works great, I’d really love a CD so that I can take the music anywhere. I’m absolutely addicted to the sounds!

  7. IceD Says:

    Sounds awesome! I’ve been waiting for this since I wondered about the soundtrack after listening to the beautiful music from the game. Just can’t wait till the release :)

    2 CD’s? You’ve gotta be crazy! If so, this will be definately one of my favourite music cd’s I’ll ever put my hands on! :)

    Cheers & good luck on your work

  8. Isaac Says:

    Great news ! Will you add the lyrics of the credits “Lost To The Waves” ? Could be great !

    Aquaria forever !

  9. Hiro Says:

    OH YES! This is I like, lots. LOTS. :D

    *want*

  10. leon Says:

    can’t wait my friend, your music is awesome!

  11. EGM92 Says:

    Once the OST is complete, will those who purchased the game get any sort of deal on it?

    I have a very bad habbit of just turing on Aqauria, traveling to certain zones and just letting it idle so I can hear the music play :D

  12. Xiagan Says:

    That. Is. Awesome. :D

  13. thechef Says:

    Finally. News about the Soundtrack.

    I remember a citation that fits here. I forgot whose, however:

    “That. Is. Awesome”

  14. Quemaqua Says:

    Heck yes! Can’t wait. Highly anticipating this, the new patch, and a boxed edition. I want them all!

  15. Al3xand3r Says:

    please provide a more robust downloading process once this patch is live (or for your next game).

    I’m not even able to re-download the game from the link I received in my e-mail. I’m sure we can work it out if I ever lose my backup files but it’d still be better if the file was readily available, and if you also provided updated setup files that include the patches so that we don’t have to keep different files backed up for our game(s).

    I think you mentioned Plimus had the updated version(s) but as I said it doesn’t allow me to redownload it after so long anyway.

    Maybe you could add some sort of key based activation that turns a demo file available on all big gaming sites into the full game, a lot like Mount & Blade does (which as far as I know has managed more than decently enough against pirates with each subsequent version). That would make you able to just send the updated setup files to the file sharing websites and everyone could redownload the game whenever he needed to without adding to costs for you or the payments provider you have chosen.

    Also, you should put the patch files on the Aquaria page, not every player will check the blog or forums for it (please fans, let’s not hear any “if they can’t bother with the forums they don’t deserve the patch” kind of discussions).

    If the demo file is actually the full game then please just ignore my rant (but still let me know that’s the case so I can get it through there).

    Anyway, I can’t wait for widescreen Aquaria and all your other improvements :)

  16. Alec Says:

    If you want to reactivate your download, you can email admin@bit-blot.com and we’ll get you a new link ASAP.

    Keep in mind, version 1.1.0 isn’t out yet.

  17. Al3xand3r Says:

    Well, thanks, I figured that’s possible. I’ll do that when the patch is out so I can get the latest complete setup file (if you offer that). I’m just saying, it’s probably more convenient for you if you don’t have to actually go through e-mails and such for reactivations :)

    Plimus just seems to be a bit backwards to me, with manually activating the downloads and stuff… I have no real complaints from the service since it worked out fine, if a bit slower than usual automatic systems, I’m just thinking you’d be better off also with something more modern?

  18. Tracy Says:

    Hooray! Soundtrack update!

    If it’s not too late, I wonder if you would consider editing all of the themes from the water areas of the game to flow from one to the other. So as one ended, the next would begin without pause and create a continuous piece of music, almost like a classical suite.

    I think it would be so lovely to hear how the basic theme from Home Waters builds into Open Waters, then into the area right before The Veil, then The Veil theme itself. Just an idea :)

  19. Nycteris Says:

    I’m really looking forward to buying this!

  20. D3stiny_Sm4sher Says:

    So how is this coming along?
    My girlfriend and I want it ASAP! :)

  21. Alec Says:

    We’re almost done! :D

  22. Sirensongstress Says:

    Aye, I love the music to Aquaria… I also like the idea of making all the themes blend together and build into one another. I’d honestly buy TWO copies of the soundtrack, if one was a normal version and the other was the blended version ;). I love the music that much, haha. It’s one of the HUGE draws for games for me. If I can’t stand the music of a game, it’s unlikely I’ll play for long at all. Keep up the wonderful work!

  23. Fabrice Debarge Says:

    I enjoyed the game a lot, it reminded me the old amiga days with their 2D games. Excellent work dudes !

    Is the Aquaria soundtrack available ?
    If yes, where to buy it ?

  24. Alec Says:

    Not yet, but soon hopefully…

  25. ArchArbiter Says:

    Man, I don’t mean to come in after everyone’s long gone, but sheesh. I just beat Aquaria last night and the music’s been stuck in my head ever since. I’m trying desperately to remember every track I can while I’m here at work. From the wild, verdent tunes from the Kelp Forest to the dark, foreboding Abyss, I’m just crazy about these tunes. I’d really like this soundtrack so I can stop wracking my brain!

  26. Fabrice Says:

    Hi Alec,

    Do you have any news about the Aquaria soundtrack ?

  27. X-Commer Says:

    Hi there.

    Just wanna join to all the good words mentioned here. You guys really did a wonderful work! :)

    As for the soundtrack, pl keep us updated - I think, I’m not the only one who can’t wait to see the official release. :)

    Good luck to you all!!! :D

  28. David Says:

    Is the soundtrack out yet? I would really love to buy it

  29. Mandie Says:

    I’m so excited for the soundtrack to come out… I’ve already got over 3000 track plays, and I still can’t get enough ;)

  30. effitol Says:

    Just curious as to how this is going. Also wondering if anyone has or has even thought about making an actual Aquarian Font. Love the Game and keep up the Outstanding work :)

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