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10:00 PM on 08.05.2012

Bit.Trip Runner2 encourages you to f*ck the past

Bit.Trip Presents: Runner2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien will be at PAX Prime this year, and it's clear the team at Gaijin Games is driving hard to push forward. If you are one of the many fans of the prior Bit.Tri...

Jonathan Holmes





5:00 PM on 06.23.2012

Bit.Trip Presents: Runner 2 is bigger, better, & whetter

When I first heard about the Bit.Trip Presents: Runner 2's exclusive playable character Whetfart Cheeseburger at PAX East 2012, I would haver never guessed he'd look like this. With a name like Whetfart, I expected him to loo...

Jonathan Holmes

11:15 AM on 06.21.2012

Just a few hours left to buy the Cube Pack on Steam

Whilst we all await the inevitable Steam Summer Sale with a mix of excitement and dread, there's a chance for you to save some money right now on some top indie titles with the Cube Pack on Steam. The sale finishes at 4:00pm ...

Alasdair Duncan

10:00 PM on 06.13.2012

'Potato Sack Reunion' discounts familiar indie games

It's all coming back to me. That time Valve got me to spend an entire weekend trying to find potatoes in independent games. Those of you who missed out on the infamous sale that morphed into something much more substantial no...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 06.09.2012

E3: Retro City Rampage in my hands! My dreams came true!

The final game I checked out at E3 was the PS Vita port of Retro City Rampage, the title I was most looking forward to playing. With the copious amounts of hands-on previews and the frustration of its seemingly endless develo...

Tony Ponce

10:05 PM on 06.07.2012

Gaijin Games announces Bit.Trip Runner 2 for the Wii U

Since wrapping up the Bit.Trip series with the sublime Bit.Trip Flux, Gaijin Games has broadened its horizons, re-releasing some of their more popular titles for PC and iOS. Spending the last few years inducing...

Kyle MacGregor

7:00 PM on 04.21.2012

Catch a fleeting glimpse of Runner 2's Unkle Dill

One of my great regrets of PAX East 2012 was not devoting more time to Unkle Dill from the upcoming Bit.Trip Presents: Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. Though we talked quite a bit to Gaijin Games about the many glori...

Jonathan Holmes

2:30 PM on 04.10.2012

Runner 2 presents: Whetfart Cheeseburger

Like a lot of Bit.Trip fans, I was unsure what to think when I first laid eyes on the direct sequel to the 4th (and most popular) game in the series. On the surface, Runner 2 looks a lot different than Bit.Trip Run...

Jonathan Holmes

11:15 AM on 04.10.2012

The DTOID Show: PAX East is over, have a recap!

I may not have been in attendance this year, but that doesn't mean we don't have plenty of news to recap from this year's wonderful-but-slightly-less-so-because-I-wasn't-there PAX East! First up, Gearbox announced a new char...

Tara Long

3:00 PM on 02.25.2012

Gaijin says kill Mega Man but give Revengeance a chance

Last week's Sup Holmes? was full of surprises. Our guests, Mike Roush and Alex Neuse from Gaijin Games were so overflowing with artistic integrity that it was actually leaking out of their nipples, in the form of a thick, ra...

Jonathan Holmes

7:00 PM on 02.21.2012

Bit.Trip devs on the $.99 app-ocalypse and making an RPG

[Destructoid's Director of Communications Hamza Aziz asked Jonathan Holmes to make a show called Sup Holmes so that Destructoid could later sell a t-shirt that says "Sup Holmes" on it. This is that show] On the latest episod...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 PM on 02.18.2012

Bit.Trip Complete & Saga now releasing March 16th for EU

Bit.Trip Complete and Saga were released several months ago here in North America, but across the pond there are still plenty of fans eagerly awaiting their release. Fortunately, Europeans don't have much longer to wait,...

Kyle MacGregor





5:00 PM on 01.15.2012

Runner 2 secrets unlocked in this drunken video expose

Gaijin Games put together a video for their fans that works to both let them feel what it's like to hang out with the guys (and gals) at the studio's Holiday party, while simultaneously answering a multitude of que...

Jonathan Holmes

6:00 AM on 01.05.2012

New shot of Bit.Trip Runner 2 shows off new style

The folks at Gaijin Games are cranking away on Bit.Trip Runner 2 but paused long enough to give a little update over at the official blog. Along with some well wishes for the new year, Mike Roush also tossed up an image ...

Conrad Zimmerman

11:00 PM on 11.30.2011

Bit.Trip Runner 2 soundtrack teased, Wii U hinted

First off, yes people, I know it's not called Bit.Trip Runner 2. The game is called Bit.Trip presents: Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. I knew that without having to look at the official webpage as a reference (though ...

Jonathan Holmes



Exclusive: Bit.Trip and Homefront composer SPEAKS photo
Exclusive: Bit.Trip and Homefront composer SPEAKS
by Jonathan Holmes

There was a long time when no one knew who the composer for the critically acclaimed Bit.Trip series was. That pained me. I desperately wanted to know who the man or woman was who deftly fused dubstep with classical piano, chip tune, and multiple other styles of music to create one of my favorite game soundtracks ever. When I finally found out that the man behind the music was Matt Harwood, and that he had worked on the symphonic soundtrack for Homefront, as well as the indie classic Alien Hominid, I was pretty freaked out. Things only got more fun from there.

In this interview, Mr. Harwood lays out how a successful game composer and sound designer should approach their craft, while revealing secrets to creating the music for the award winning Bit.Trip titles, the differences and similarities between scoring a rhythm action game and a cinematic FPS, what Guitar Hero and Call of Duty have in in common, and much more. 

If you've ever wanted to compose music for a videogame, or want a closer look at how the under-appreciated craft of game music and sound creation affects the way you play, this interview is for you. 

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