Shovel Knight Original Soundtrack

by Jake Kaufman

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    The NES compiled version of this soundtrack (a single file under a megabyte, which contains the machine-language code for the music, and can be played back directly on real NES / Famicom hardware, using special hobbyist flash cartridges -- or listened to in dozens of free NSF players available on every imaginable computer OS or phone -- can be found here:
    http://biglionmusic.com/Shovel_Knight_Music.nsf
    The only NSF player it has been currently tested in (as of release day, 6/26/2014) are VirtuaNSF and NotSoFatso, both freely available, with lots of cool features for study and examination. More players will be tested, and a hardware recording is planned soon!

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about

Shovel Knight is taking the gaming world by storm! Not content to merely give nods to classic game mechanics and aesthetics, Yacht Club Games' debut title is a distillation of everything that made our favorite 8-bit platformers magical.

Shovel Knight began life as a Kickstarter campaign which raised several times its goal. A year of frenzied development followed, and the music was part of the plan from day one.

Composer Jake Kaufman used freely available hobbyist tools to write the soundtrack and program all the sound effects, resulting in over 2 hours of music that can actually be played on a real NES / Famicom console!

Joining him is the legendary Manami Matsumae, who created the music and sound effects for the original Mega Man - one of the greatest soundtracks of all time - and inspired Jake and countless other composers to start their own careers in game music.

It is our hope that THIS soundtrack might someday inspire a young composer or two to do the same.

NOTE: Because there were so many guest arrangements, there is an entire separate album just for arrangements! Check it out here:

virt.bandcamp.com/album/strike-the-earth-shovel-knight-arranged

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released 27 June 2014

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