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Sol's Shady Music Café: Noisia's Gaming Contributions Special

Hailing from the Netherlands, Noisia has become legendary within the electronic music scene. Since their debut in 2003, the trio has risen quickly from being an unknown drum'n'bass group to owning three record labels, remixing famed artists such as The Prodigy, and producing the soundtrack for the recent DmC: Devil May Cry.

The Dutch trio was no stranger to video game soundtracks when they were signed on to make over three hours worth of music for DmC. Many of their tracks have been licensed in the past to various game franchises. WipEout 2048 for the Vita featured "Regurgitate," Gran Turismo 5 included "Yellow Brick," and the newest SSX had "Could This Be." Noisia's electro-house track "Groundhog" was used in DJ Hero twice, once in a mashup with Motorhead's "Ace of Spades" and the other in a remix by The Scratch Perverts. The original version"Machine Gun" was used in the trailer for WipEout HD: Fury, while 16bit's remix of the song was used for one of Far Cry 3's trailers.

In 2011, Noisia was commissioned by Evolution Studios to provide eight tracks to the soundtrack, all of which were given away as free downloads on the group's Soundcloud. The Motorstorm: Apocalpse tracks were all reinterpretations of themes written by Klaus Badelt for the game. Despite this, each one retains Noisia's signature sound and prove to be great to listen to on their own.

None of this is as important to me as Noisia's work on the new DmC: Devil May Cry. Aside from the metal battle songs written by Combichrist (who may feature in another artist special a few weeks down the road,) most of the game's music was produced solely by Noisia. From the ambient sounds played during the platforming segments to the truly epic boss themes, the 36 track release is only rivaled by Solar Fields's work on Mirror's Edge in my book. Any fan of high quality electronic music should at least have the boss themes.

There's a reason why I consider Noisia to be the masters of electronic dance music. Their unique style that transcends genres is easily recognizable. Their skill in making technically perfect recordings is almost unrivaled. Even other top artists within the DnB, dubstep and house scenes pale in comparison to Noisia's production. The little things in Noisia's songs are what get me, especially the way they arrange the hi-hats in a lot of their songs. They put attention where most artists put filler, and it really shows. So turn up your subwoofer and gget to exploring Noisia's massive catalog.

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This version of my music segment is mostly a test. If you guys liked the emphasis on a larger aspect of an artist's career, I might put one of these special posts every Friday. Artists of focus will only be favorites of mine, ones that I have been listening to consistently for a long time. Chevelle, Refused, mind.in.a.box, Combichrist, and Amon Tobin might be featured soon.


If you're already a fan of Noisia, post your favorites. If not, feel free to share your thoughts about any of their songs I listed. As always, feel free to share any music you deem worthy, even if it has nothing to do with what I've been talking about.

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