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The Don’t Starve soundtrack meets all your demented-carnival-music needs

By John Teti • May 22, 2013

I’ve got Don’t Starve on the mind today, as Drew Toal and I dove into the game to cap off this month’s edition of The Digest. So the Don’t Starve soundtrack has been in my iTunes rotation on and off throughout the day. I have come to the conclusion that it is really super. Composed and arranged by Vince de Vera and Jason Garner, the songs are an inspired accompaniment to the game—which an unforgiving yet cute survival adventure in the wilderness—complementing the hand-drawn, early-20th-century vibe of the visuals. As Gameological assistant editor Matt Gerardi put it, “It’s definitely got the whole demented carnival music thing going on.” I’ve embedded my favorite track, “D.R. Style,” above, and the entire soundtrack is available for five bucks from Klei, the publisher of Don’t Starve. My only complaint is that each track is so short. It’s common practice on game soundtracks to run through a song twice on a single track if it’s especially brief, which makes sense given that the songs are usually heard on a loop in the game itself. Klei didn’t do that for this album, so as it stands, my “repeat” button is getting worn out.

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9 Responses to “The Don’t Starve soundtrack meets all your demented-carnival-music needs”

  1. NakedSnake says:

    Can we take a second to talk about how consistently awesome games by Klei Entertainment are? Over the past 3 years they have produced Shank/Shank 2, Mark of the Ninja, and now Don’t Starve. Pretty impressive for an indie studio.

    • Marozeph says:

      I didn’t care much about Shank, but Mark of the Ninja is indeed excellent. Don’t Starve definitely looks (and sounds) interesting, might get it when i have some cash to spare.

      • NakedSnake says:

        I’m just impressed with their volume of output of polished games.

        • Marozeph says:

          So am I. It’s pretty impressive for a 11-Man studio to succesfully dabble in four different genres (their first game, Eets, was a puzzler) and even give every game a distinctive visual flair.

  2. His_Space_Holiness says:

    Wait, there’s such a thing as NON-demented carnival music?

  3. Mr_Propellerhead says:

    “Demented carnival music” always brings The Stranglers to mind for me – most especially Waltz in Black…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cuPKGbDtZc