Get to Know Amplitude’s New Class of Artists

If you’ve ever played the original “Amplitude” on the PlayStation 2 back in 2003, then you already know that the main stars of the game are the widely diverse bands that populated its soundtrack. This included the guitar ripping sounds of Weezer’s “Dope Nose,” Slipknot’s hard metal inclusion of “I Am Hated,” and Logan 7’s electronica dance mix “Uptown Saturday Night.” You can hear the original soundtrack here.

11 years later, Harmonix proposed to reboot the game through a Kickstarter campaign  and launched it on May 14, 2014. After the 18-day funding period passed, the campaign surpassed its goal of $775,000, reaching $844,127 thanks to its 14,112 backers.

The game took around a year and a half to develop and backers received their early access codes on Dec. 23, 2015. The game then settled in the PlayStation Store on Jan. 5, 2016.

Now that both Kickstarter backers and non-backers have had a chance to drive through the game’s musical streets and listen to its new class of artists’ offerings, it’s time that you get to know them a little better.

Please note: No information on Inter:sect, Naoko Takamoto, Patrick Zosso, Nik Bärtsch, Jeff Allen, Shiohito Taki or Junichi Kamiunten is given due to lack of availability.  ___________________________________________________________________________________________

C418

C418 | c418.bandcamp.com

 

AMPLITUDE TRACK INCLUDES:

“All the Time”

 

C418, or Daniel Rosenfeld, is a German-born artist that is best known for creating the music in Mojang’s building-block video game “Minecraft.” But his resume doesn’t end at producing beats for budding architects. He’s also released a handful of ambient- and electronica-flavored albums, such as his latest simply titled “148.”

To sample or purchase digital copies of Rosenfeld’s music, you may visit C418’s iTunes page. ___________________________________________________________________________________________

DANNY BARANOWSKY | dbsoundworks.bandcamp.com

 

AMPLITUDE TRACK INCLUDES:

“Crypteque (1-2)”

 

Danny Baranowsky began the first step as a video game music composer when he started producing remixes for OverClocked Remix, a community-based web site dedicated to appreciating and promoting video game music as an art form. He then went on to create video game soundtracks for “Super Meat Boy,” “Gravity Hook,” “SteamBirds,” “The Binding of Isaac” and “Time Donkey.”

To sample or purchase digital copies of Baranowsky’s music, you may visit his Bandcamp page. ___________________________________________________________________________________________

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DARREN KORB | supergiantgames.bandcamp.com

 

AMPLITUDE TRACK INCLUDES:

“Impossible”

 

Darren Korb’s no stranger when it comes to music composition. When he’s not performing on stage in his Brooklyn-based indie rock band Control Group, he’s working as Supergiant Games’ audio director and creating the next soundtrack for its latest game. His past works include the soundtracks for the video games “Bastion” and “Transistor.”

To sample or purchase digital copies of Korb’s music, you may visit Supergiant Games’ Bandcamp page.  ___________________________________________________________________________________________

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FREEZEPOP | freezepop.net

 

AMPLITUDE TRACK INCLUDES:

“Phantoms”

 

The electro-synth band that made their way into Harmonix’s debut game, “FreQuency,” with “Science Genius Girl” was formed in Boston, Mass. in 1999. From the beginning, the band used a Yamaha QY-70 battery-powered sequencer and lead singer Liz Enthusiasm’s voice to form their debut tracks. As time moved forward, the band’s gear got upgraded and founding member Kasson Crooker retired from Freezepop after 10 years, but that first piece of equipment still remains in play.

To sample or purchase digital copies of Freezepop’s music, you may visit their iTunes page.  ___________________________________________________________________________________________

George & Jonathan

GEORGE & JONATHAN | georgeandjonathan.com

 

AMPLITUDE TRACK INCLUDES:

“Crystal”

 

George Michael Brower & Jonathan Baken make up two halves of the chiptune group George and Jonathan.

Brower graduated from UCLA’s Design Media Arts department in 2010 and has worked on a number of web-based projects that incorporate art and sound. One of his most ambitious is an interactive 3D piano roll that he created for the band’s home page. As the music plays, the notes appear in a 3D spatial environment.

Baken grew up with Brower, and the two exchanged electronic music together using a PxTone.

To sample or purchase digital copies of Brower & Baken’s music, you may visit George & Jonathan’s iTunes page.    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Harmonix Team 1

HARMONIX | harmonixmusic.com

 

AMPLITUDE TRACKS INCLUDE:

“Dalatecht”

“Digital Paralysis”

“Dreamer”

“Energize”

“Human Love”

“I.C.U.”

“Magpie”

“Perfect Brain”

“Wayfarer “

“Wetware”

 

A leader in the video games industry’s music genre, this company has been responsible for the creation of popular hits such as “FreQuency,” the original “Amplitude,” “Guitar Hero” and “Dance Central.” It’s also noteworthy that some of its team members serve as vocalists, guitarists and drummers in actual bands.            ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Ingrid Lukas

INGRID LUKAS | ingridlukas.com

 

AMPLITUDE TRACK INCLUDES:

“Muze (Amplitude Remix)”

 

Ingrid Lukas is an Estonian singer and song writer. She’s always had a lifelong love of music and has been writing compositions ever since she was 13. Her works stem strongly from her Estonian roots, but she allows some improvisation to weave into her melodies. Her latest album, “Demimonde,” was released on Feb 26, 2015.

To sample or purchase digital copies of Lukas’ music, you may visit her iTunes page. ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Insomniac team

INSOMNIAC GAMES | insomniacgames.com

 

AMPLITUDE TRACK INCLUDES:

“Crazy Ride”

 

Since 1994, Insomniac Games have breathed life into popular franchises such as “Spyro the Dragon,” “Ratchet & Clank,” and “Resistance.” To celebrate their 20th anniversary, the studio produced a music video titled “Crazy Ride” that told of the company’s brief history and its passion into making fan-favorite games. In addition, Insomniac Games donated $7,500 to Harmonix’s Kickstarter campaign four days before it closed to help boost the campaign’s efforts. This amount entitled Insomniac Games’ “Crazy Ride” single to be listed in the rebooted “Amplitude’s” track list.

To see Insomniac Games’ “Crazy Ride” music video, you may visit its YouTube page. ___________________________________________________________________________________________

James Landino edited

JAMES LANDINO | jameslandino.bandcamp.com

 

CONTRIBUTED TO AMPLITUDE TRACK:

“Break for Me”

 

James Landino has spent a number of years working as a freelance music composer and sound designer for the Xbox Live Arcade, standalone arcade units, and Windows and Mac platforms. Some his past works can be found in “Aces Wild,” “iDance,” and “Flash Flash Revolution.” On March 23, 2014, he released his debut EP titled “Transition,” and in September of that same year, he joined Harmonix as the company’s sound designer and composer.

To sample or purchase music from Landino’s digital album “Transistion,” you may visit his Bandcamp page.  ___________________________________________________________________________________________

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JIM GUTHERIE | jimguthrie.bandcamp.com

 

AMPLITUDE TRACK INCLUDES:

“Force Quit”

 

If there’s ever a man that has traveled down the road of music, it’s Jim Gutherie. The Canadian-born 42-year-old rock veteran has spent nearly a decade composing music for documentaries and video games. His most notable are “Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery EP” and “Indie Game: The Movie.” But before he made tunes for on-screen entertainment, Gutherie released several indie-folk albums at Three Gut Records. His last, titled “Now, More Than Ever,” was nominated for a Juno award.

To sample or purchase digital copies of Gutherie’s music, you may visit his iTunes page. ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Chris Child edited

KODOMO | kodomomusic.com

 

AMPLITUDE TRACK INCLUDES:

“Red Giant”

 

The brain child behind Kodomo, Chris Child, has been able to spread his talents to the vast corners of the entertainment world. The Emmy award-winning television composer was a prominent composer for both ABC’s “One Life to Live,” and CBS’ “As the World Turns.” His works have also appeared in the CBS cop-drama series “CSI,” in NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and in the video games “FreQuency,” the original “Amplitude,” “Rock Band,” and “Phase.”

To sample or purchase digital copies of Child’s music, you may visit Kodomo’s iTunes page. ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Kasson Crooker

KOMPUTER KONTROLLER / SYMBION PROJECT | symbionproject.tumblr.com

 

KOMPUTER KONTROLLER’S AMPLITUDE TRACK INCLUDES:

“Do Not Retreat”

 

SYMBION PROJECT’S AMPLITUDE TRACKS INCLUDE:

“Concept”

“Synthesized”

 

Two names and one man behind both. On the business side, Kasson Crooker has been in the video games industry for the past 14 years, and 12 of them were spent at Harmonix wearing the hats of audio director, project director, senior producer and creative lead.

On the music side, Crooker’s been an active member in bands such as Freezepop, Splashdown, Larkspur and Sirensong. And he produced original tracks for the first “Amplitude” game under the aliases Cosmonaut Zero, DJ HMX, Komputer Kontroller and Symbion Project.

To sample or buy digital copies of Crooker’s music, you can visit Symbion Project’s Bandcamp page.  ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Arthur Inasi

M-CUE | mcuemusic.com

 

AMPLITUDE TRACK INCLUDES:

“Entomophobia”

 

M-Cue, aka Arthur Inasi, has brought the world of hip-hop and electronica and blended them together to form body-moving beats for video games such as the “Dance Central” series. He’s also served as sole composer, sound designer and level designer for the PC and Mac game “A City Sleeps,” and has directed the music video “I Need My…” based off the track from his album “#Smoke.”

To sample or buy digital copies of Inasi’s music, you can visit M-Cue’s Bandcamp page. ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Noelle LeBlanc edited

NOELLE LEBLANC | noelle.bandcamp.com

 

CONTRIBUTED TO AMPLITUDE TRACKS:

“Astrosight”

“Break For Me”

“Decode Me”

“Recession”

 

Noelle LeBlanc grew up and made music with her brother Danny in their preteen years. As an adult, she provided the guitar and the vocals for the touring band Damone. She then joined the band The Organ Beats and has released a number of solo works.

To sample or buy digital copies of LeBlanc’s tracks, you can visit her Bandcamp page. ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Jeff Webster edited

SINGLE WHITE INFIDEL | singlewhiteinfidel.bandcamp.com

 

AMPLITUDE TRACK INCLUDES:

“Assault on Psycho Fortress”

 

The Kentucky native and one-man-band, Jeff Webster, centers his music around fast and furious punk rock licks that will guarantee to shred your fingers to their bones. After releasing his debut album No One Listens to Skate Punk Anymore, a number of his singles landed in Rock Band Nation’s music library, such as “Inheritance,” “An Exercise in Futility,” and “Right to the Apex.”

To sample digital music from Webster’s albums, you can visit Single White Infidel’s Bandcamp page. ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Cory Hale

WOLFGUN | wolfgun.bandcamp.com

 

AMPLITUDE TRACK INCLUDES:

“Lights”

 

Cory Hale is the pilot that guides the interstellar-travelling wolf to new destinations in electronica. Personal experiences write his lyrics and melodic explorations generate his beats. With nearly a dozen albums credited to his name, he’s already made a mark in the music world. But he hasn’t reached his final destination yet. He’s still searching the stars for the words to his next new beat.

To sample digital music from Hale’s albums, you can visit Wolfgun’s Bandcamp page.

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