Monday, October 6, 2014

Grant Kirkhope releases free 160+ track Banjo-Kazooie album - this man should be knighted

...or, I dunno, maybe sainted?

You might not recognize the name Grant Kirkhope right away, but chances are good that you're familiar with his works if you ever owned a Nintendo 64.  The legendary Rare composer scored the iconic OSTs for Goldeneye, Banjo-Kazooie, and Donkey Kong 64 (among many other titles) - and left an indelible mark on the collective memories of millions of gamers around the world.

Recently, Kirkhope began a one-man campaign to get his music into the hands of fans again when he noticed someone selling a copy of his Perfect Dark soundtrack on ebay for $500.  Incensed at the price inflation, Kirkhope releases three of his most famous soundtracks for the low, low price of free.

As if that wasn't cool enough, he then went ahead and released the soundtrack for Donkey Kong 64 for free as well.

Now Kirkhope is going back to one of his most beloved projects - the soundtrack for the quirky 3D platformer Banjo-Kazooie - which he's remastered as a 164-track "Everything But the Kitchen Sink" edition.

Oh yeah - and it's absolutely free, too.

The incredible soundtrack contains everything from full tracks used in the game to 3-4 second long sound effects that would absolutely awesome ringtones.

As always, you can pay whatever you'd like for the soundtrack - which means, of course, that you can pick it up for free.

Considering how comprehensive this one is, however  - it even contains the lobby/central hub versions of the various game worlds' themes! - you might want to find it in you to send a few bucks to the man who's single-handedly trying to bring mid-90s VG music back into the mainstream.