Music Spotlight #6: Darren Korb

MAY ISSUE: POST #23

To be honest, I’m going to jump straight in and say that the composer for Bastion is an outright genius. Even though I actually played it first a few years ago, the music has stuck with me ever since then. I never forgot it, and so, I picked the game up again a few days ago and beat it. It’s not a very long game if you aim to beat the story only, but it’s still really worth putting your time into.

If you’ve played Bastion before, you’ll know what I mean when I say that the music is absolutely perfect. Unfortunately, I haven’t played the developers other games yet, but I’m sure the music for those games is fantastic too.

So, who is the composer for BastionWell, his name is Darren Korb, alongside Bastion, he did indeed work on the sound and music for Supergiant’s other games, called Transistor and Pyre.

Name: Darren Korb
Nationality: American
Born: November 5th, 1983
Links: Twitter
Thank you to the YouTube channels for providing us with the music!

Darren Korb is a songwriter and composer for the indie developer Supergiant Games. He attended New York University for music production and music business, and after that, before joining the indie team, he had worked on a few small television and film projects. The co-founder of Supergiant Games is Darren Korb’s childhood friend, so that’s rather sweet, isn’t it? I wish a childhood friend of mine would come to me and ask if I wanted to take part in whatever they were doing. Although, to be honest, I have no idea what my childhood friends are doing right now. Maybe one of them is in jail. If so, perhaps I should be careful what I wish for.

Anyway, moving on. The music for Bastion is phenomenal, really. Kotaku even agrees with me, having stated that it was ‘one of the best video game soundtracks of 2011’. Darren Korb himself describes it as ‘acoustic frontier trip-hop’ which is a very intriguing sounding mix of words if you ask me. You sure don’t hear that every day. Why don’t we have a listen?

This makes me feel like some old dude with a hat ready for a pistol fight. Or, actually, it reminds me of Borderlands a lot, and that’s a good thing because the soundtrack for Borderlands is also one of my favouries. But to be honest, I won’t sit here and compare this game’s soundtrack to any other, because it really is unique on its own and it fits the game like a glove (if that makes any sense). It’s such a beautiful mix of sounds and instruments, and I really can’t get over it.

Now, this is the song I had on my iPod years ago (actually, I had the extended version on my iPod), because I loved it just that much. I still do. A lot of this music gives me goosebumps, and that doesn’t happen too often with video game soundtracks.

Speaking of goosebumps. This. This. It’s such a calm song and so so beautiful. I was trying to think of a better word to describe it, but unfortunately, beautiful is the only word I can think of. It’s extremely beautiful. Yes. Beautiful.

And then there’s this version. To be honest, it creeps me out. You have been warned. Please never have this on repeat, you will go crazy. I think I’m shuddering.

I honestly think the score should stop giving me goosebumps before my skin decides to leave me. Seriously, it’s clear that Darren Korb worked so hard on this and that he is extremely talented. The soundtrack is full of songs that you can’t forget.

Don’t ask me how, but I sang along with this one sometimes. With doo -doo-doos or something- yes, I’m an embarrassing human. But again, this is what I mean when I say that the soundtrack is easy to remember. There are certain parts of this particular piece that stick with me and will suddenly pop into my head when I’m not asking for it.

Even though I still yet to play Transistor and Pyre, I think it’s only fair in a music spotlight to show music from as many different works as possible. So let’s have a listen to a few.

I personally like this one. It sounds pretty nice, as if you were to relax on a beach or something on a bright day. It also makes me want to dance around with a hula skirt (never ask me what I imagine doing while listening to most music. I’m probably a strange human).

I was quickly listening through Pyre‘s songs and by golly, it’s amazing. These songs already make me feel like the game is full of emotions, and I haven’t even played it yet. I don’t know if I’m ready. To be honest, I’m never ready, and with music like this? Oh boy, I’ll probably need some tissues. Or lots of moral support.

And there we have it! Did you enjoy all that music? I know I certainly did. If you have any appreciation for video game scores, I recommend that you go listen to the full soundtracks for all three games as soon as possible. And, also, give the composer some love. In this day and age, we need to share around all the love we can (I don’t even know what I’m saying. Have a good day everybody!)

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

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