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Calum Bowen's Funny, Lighthearted Soundtrack For 'Pikuniku'


Pikuniku is a clever, kind of trippy platform puzzle game, but it's the game's humor that's got everyone's attention. In our conversation, composer Calum Bowen told me that he wanted his music to have the same light touch.

The world of Pikuniku actually has a dark secret, which gave Calum a lot of latitude to create music that fits with all the different environments and the surprising conclusion of the story.


Calum grew up playing now-classic games including Final Fantasy VII and Wind Waker, and in our conversation he's got some great advice for composers who are just getting started writing for games, or who want to get into the field, including scoring a finished trailer with your own music.

The Pikuniku soundtrack is available on Bandcamp, and there's a vinyl release coming soon!

Episode tracklist:

All tracks composed and performed by Calum Bowen

Pikuniku: Introducing Pikuniku (Trailer 1); Wake Up (Trailer 3); The Mountain Village; King of the Dancefloor; Pinecone Power!; Toastopia; Sam's Pottery; The Cave; The Forest Town; Everything's Gonna Be OK

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Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Kate Remington joined WSHU in December of 2000, and she's been WSHU's Music Director since 2002.
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