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Darren Korb


Serving as audio director and composer for Bastion, Korb chose to establish a unique genre of music for Supergiant Games' first title. Labeled by Korb as "acoustic frontier trip-hop," the music of Bastion features electronic drum beats and plucked acoustic instruments like guitar, banjo, mandolin, and sitar.

This combination of heavily-sampled percussion and raw stringed instruments creates an attractive juxtaposition unique to most music in general, let alone that of video games. The music of Bastion went on to win the Spike Video Game Awards for Best Original Soundtrack back in 2011, and is still considered some of the most original music of any video game.

Published Nov. 28th 2015
  • Fuzunga
    Just so you know, Gusty Garden from Super Mario Galaxy was composed by Mahito Yokota. Koji Kondo only composed four songs for that game. He doesn't do a whole lot of composition any more.
  • Joe DeClara
    Featured Contributor
    Hi there! Any chance I could get a source on that? I've done research, and have only turned up the two collaborating, nothing on either specifically being accredited with writing Gusty Gardens (I don't have a hard copy of the OST myself). Definitely don't want such misinformation in my work.

    Thanks for pointing it out!
  • !Xabbu
    Great list.

    And since you included Beethoven, I'll feel free to mention Joe Hisaishi, who did the wonderful soundtrack for Ni No Kuni (couldn't be a Studio Ghibli production without him!).
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    I love Jeremy Soule!
  • GameSkinny Staff
    I'mma let you finish, but Transistor is the greatest soundtrack of all time. OF ALL TIME.

    Ok, not really, but it's damn amazing and worth a mention whenever Darren Korb pops up. Bastion was phenomenal and Korb somehow managed to top it, in a different genre, with Transistor. Feast your ears: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zA1jRmAYfU (And major props to Supergiant for making it so easily accessible on YouTube.)
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    Yes, Transistor is fantastic.

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