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An advertisement for Nitrome music on the Nitrome.com website.

Most of the music heard in Nitrome games falls under the genre of chiptune or electronic music. Tracks from selected Nitrome games were made available to purchase on the Nitrome shop upon its official release on August 26, 2010.

History

When Nitrome released their first game on the Nitrome.com website, entitled "Hot Air!", it was Lee Nicklen who composed the music. As fans began to play the game, the music became one of the most memorable components of the game.[citation needed] Except for the games Gift Wrapped, Go! Go! UFO and the Magic Touch series (done by Shockwavesound.com), Lee Nicklen continued to compose all the music for Nitrome until March 2008, when Nitrome introduced a new musician - Dave Cowen.

Dave Cowen did the music for some of the games in 2008 and 2009, the first of his works appearing in Knuckleheads, but Lee still composed the majority of Nitrome's games music in the two year period. By 2010, however, it was Dave Cowen that composed the majority of the music for games. Lee's last composition before 2010 started was Cold Storage.

It was only until May, 2010, that Lee composed less music for Nitrome, doing the music for Bullethead and later, Worm Food. In October 2011, Lee Nicklen silently set up a Facebook fan page and started to release remasters of all of the music he had composed for Nitrome, including some rare tracks that never ever got used. It was then Dave Cowen who composed the majority of Nitrome's music in 2010.

Music types

Two types of music are always present in a Nitrome game: one known as "Menu Music," or Track 1, and the other "Main Music," or Track 2. "Menu Music" is the music that plays when the menu is browsed, or in other words, when the player is not playing a level.

The second type of music in a Nitrome game is "Main Music", which is the music played during levels. It is usually composed so that the player could play the game without much distraction from the music.

In some games, there is a third type of music that plays. Sometimes, a third type of music is known as "Boss Music", plays when a boss is fought.

Some games also may include short clips of music to indicate when a player has completed or failed a level. Different music may play when a player browses a menu, such as in Bad Ice-Cream, Knight Trap, Office Trap and Mega Mash where there's a little clip when failing or completing a level. These compositions are usually shorter in length, as they are only to indicate the status of the player's progress for a level or for easy browsing when in the menus section.

FX

Effects, also known as FX, is not a type of music, but the sound played when certain things are done. The most recurring effect is the Nitrome Jingle, played at the end of a startup, both appearing in every single Nitrome game.

There have been several FX's made for Nitrome games. The second most used effect was a sped up version of the Nitrome Jingle, which was first used when point related objects were picked up. It was first used for the sound made when the yellow stars from the Hot Air series was picked up. The sound was later replaced with a different effect.

While some FX's are reused throughout other games, others are used only once. Typically, an option to toggle the sound effects is placed next to the "music off" button.

Cover art

Tracks available to purchase on the Nitrome shop have cover art to accompany the music. It is a screenshot from the specific game with an overlay of the game's name and composer on the top of the cover art. Below is a gallery of these music covers, in order of release date.

Gallery

List of Nitrome music available

If the "Music Available" field says "NO", the music cannot be purchased even though the other fields are filled in. Time for the tracks are provided from websites the song is purchasable on. Some tracks are only available in certain countries, while others cannot be found on the shop, but can still be purchased directly from the music store.

Name Music Available Composer Stores # of Tracks Tracks & Time
Hot Air Yes Lee Nicklen AmazonMP3
Napster
iTunes
2 Titlescreen (2:12)
Level (1:28)
Sandman No Lee Nicklen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Chick Flick No Lee Nicklen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Roly Poly No Lee Nicklen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Feed Me! Yes Lee Nicklen iTunes, Amazon mp3, Napster 2 Titlescreen (3:25)
Level (3:54)
Tanked Up Yes Lee Nicklen iTunes
AmazonMP3
Napster
2 Titlescreen (1:54)
Level (1:42)
Scribble No Lee Nicklen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Frost Bite Yes Lee Nicklen Available directly from iTunes 2 Titlescreen (1:53)
Level (2:10)
Skywire Yes Lee Nicklen iTunes
AmazonMP3
Napster
2 Titlescreen (2:54)
Level (1:35)
Space Hopper Yes Lee Nicklen iTunes
AmazonMP3
2 Titlescreen (1:32)
Level (1:34)
Dangle No Lee Nicklen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Hot Air 2: All Blown Up No Lee Nicklen None 6 Titlescreen
Level
Boss
Titlescreen(Miniclip)
Level(Miniclip)
Boss (Miniclip)
Square Meal No Lee Nicklen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Toxic Yes Lee Nicklen iTune
AmazonMP3
Napster
2 Titlescreen (1:39)
Level (2:36)
Yin Yang No Lee Nicklen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Nanobots No Lee Nicklen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Off the Rails No Lee Nicklen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Headcase No Lee Nicklen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Pest Control No Lee Nicklen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Twang Yes Lee Nicklen iTunes
AmazonMP3
Napster
2 Titlescreen
Level
Thin Ice No Lee Nicklen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Snow Drift Yes Lee Nicklen iTunes
AmazonMP3
Napster
2 Titlescreen (2:08)
Level (3:21)
Jack Frost No Lee Nicklen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Aquanaut Yes Lee Nicklen Available directly from iTunes 2 Titlescreen (2:38)
Level (2:14)
Dirk Valentine No Lee Nicklen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Magneboy Yes Lee Nicklen iTunes
AmazonMP3
2 Titlescreen (2:19)
Level (2:39)
Cheese Dreams Yes Lee Nicklen iTunes
AmazonMP3
Napster
2 Titlescreen (3:19)
Level (2:03)
Knuckleheads Yes Dave Cowen iTunes
AmazonMP3
Napster
2 Titlescreen (1:12)
Level (3:02)
Skywire 2 Yes Lee Nicklen iTunes
AmazonMP3
3 Titlescreen (2:54)
Level (1:35)
Boss (2:08)
Small Fry Yes Lee Nicklen iTunes
AmazonMP3
Napster
2 Titlescreen (2:11)
Level (2:37)
Mutiny Yes Dave Cowen iTunes
AmazonMP3
2 Titlescreen (1:07)
Level (3:21)
Final Ninja Yes Lee Nicklen iTunes
AmazonMP3
Napster
2 Titlescreen (2:50)
Level (2:34)
Onekey Yes Lee Nicklen iTunes
AmazonMP3
2 Titlescreen (1:28)
Level (2:15)
Mallet Mania Yes Dave Cowen Available directly from iTunes 2 Titlescreen (1:27)
Level (3:21)
Dog House Yes Lee Nicklen iTunes
AmazonMP3
2 Titlescreen (2:32)
Level (2:25)
Numbskull No Lee Nicklen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Bomba Yes Dave Cowen iTunes
AmazonMP3
2 Titlescreen (1:09)
Level (2:41)
Flipside Yes Dave Cowen iTunes
AmazonMP3
Napster
2 Titlescreen (1:09)
Level (3:11)
Toxic II Yes Dave Cowen iTunes
AmazonMP3
2 Titlescreen
Level
Fat Cat Yes Dave Cowen iTunes
AmazonMP3
Napster
2 Titlescreen (2:06)
Level (2:02)
Frost Bite 2 Yes Lee Nicklen See "Frost Bite" 2 Titlescreen
Level
Ice Breaker Yes Lee Nicklen iTunes
AmazonMP3
Napster
2 Titlescreen (2:33)
Level (2:19)
Pixel Pop Yes Dave Cowen iTunes
AmazonMP3
Napster
3 Level 1 Music (1:29)
Level 2 (1:29)
Titlescreen/Level 3 Music (1:29)
Flash Cat Yes Dave Cowen iTunes
AmazonMP3
Napster
2 Titlescreen (2:08)
Level (2:04)
Twin Shot Yes Dave Cowen iTunes
AmazonMP3
Napster
2 Titlescreen (1:13)
Level (3:10)
Mirror Image Yes Dave Cowen Available directly from iTunes 2 Titlescreen (1:03)
Level (3:11)
The Glassworks No Lee Nicklen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Ice Breaker: The Red Clan No Lee Nicklen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Rustyard Yes Lee Nicklen iTunes
AmazonMP3
2 Titlescreen (1:52)
Level (3:26)
Final Ninja Zero Yes Dave Cowen iTunes 2 Titlescreen (2:14)
Level (2:04)
Power Up Yes Dave Cowen Available directly from iTunes 2 Titlescreen (1:02)
Music (3:07)
Droplets Yes Dave Cowen iTunes
AmazonMP3
Napster
2 Titlescreen (2:09)
Level (2:12)
Double Edged Yes Lee Nicklen iTunes
AmazonMP3
2 Titlescreen (1:56)
Level (1:41)
Castle Corp Yes Dave Cowen iTunes
AmazonMP3
2 Titlescreen (0:59)
Level (3:11)
Parasite Yes Dave Cowen iTunes
AmazonMP3
Napster
2 Titlescreen (2:17)
Level (2:17)
Twin Shot 2 Yes Dave Cowen iTunes
AmazonMP3
2 Titlescreen (1:13)
Good Level Music (3:10)
Evil Level Music (2:26)
Rockitty No Dave Cowen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Nebula Yes Dave Cowen Available directly from iTunes 2 Titlescreen (0:57)
Level (3:02)
Cave Chaos Yes Lee Nicklen iTunes
AmazonMP3
Napster
2 Titlescreen (2:17)
Level (2:09)
Graveyard Shift No Lee Nicklen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Cold Storage Yes Lee Nicklen Available directly from iTunes 2 Titlescreen (2:07)
Level (3:11)
Ice Breaker: The Gathering No Lee Nicklen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
B.C. Bow Contest Yes Dave Cowen Available directly from iTunes 2 Titlescreen (1:00)
Level (3:19)
Avalanche Yes Dave Cowen iTunes
AmazonMP3
Napster
2 Titlescreen (1:09)
Level (3:07)
Rubble Trouble Yes Dave Cowen iTunes
AmazonMP3
Napster
2 Titlescreen (0:57)
Level (2:57)
Skywire V.I.P. Yes (Same as Skywire) Lee Nicklen iTunes
AmazonMP3
Napster
2 Same Music as Skywire
Titlescreen (2:54)
Level (1:35)
Blast RPG Yes Dave Cowen iTunes (only in America)
AmazonMP3
3 Titlescreen (0:30)
Level Select Screen (n/a)
Level (3:02)
Tiny Castle Yes Dave Cowen iTunes
AmazonMP3
2 Titlescreen (1:02)
Level (3:15)
Chisel Yes Dave Cowen iTunes
AmazonMP3
Napster
2 Titlescreen (0:58)
Level (2:59)
Bullethead Yes Lee Nicklen iTunes
AmazonMP3
Napster
2 Titlescreen (0:59)
Level (2:01)
Fault Line Yes Dave Cowen iTunes
AmazonMP3
Napster
2 Titlescreen (0:59)
Level (2:57)
Ribbit No Dave Cowen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Worm Food No Lee Nicklen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Temple Glider No Dave Cowen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Sky Serpents No Dave Cowen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Enemy 585 No Dave Cowen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Super Treadmill No Dave Cowen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Bad Ice-Cream No Dave Cowen None 2 Titlescreen
Level
Rush No Dave Cowen None 2 Titlescreen
Level

Trivia

  • The longest track in a Nitrome game is the titlescreen music to Feed Me, which, according to iTunes, is 3 minutes and 54 seconds long.
  • The shortest track of music in a Nitrome game is the start screen music for Leap Day, lasting for a duration of twenty-three seconds (0:23).
  • In Pixel Pop, all 3 tracks are exactly one minute and twenty-one seconds (1:29).
  • The music for Hot Air 2: All Blown Up on Nitrome.com was completely different then the music on Miniclip. 3 tracks completely different than the Nitrome.com music for Hot Air 2 were made and released only in the Miniclip version of the game for unknown reasons.
  • Orange nose enemy from Jack Frost has hands in the ad for music section of the shop

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