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Study Music: “Homestuck Vol. 9”

The talented segment of one of the world’s biggest (and often most annoying) fandoms are at it again: they’ve released yet another Homestuck album.

Back in December of last year, I reviewed Volume 8 of the Homestuck soundtrack series, and found it to be quite awesome indeed. Does Volume 9 match up?

The college info geek says… indeed it does.

Homestuck Volume 9 is yet another triumph in indie electronic music. While I don’t read (play?) Homestuck at all, I’m sure the creator and the fanbase would be proud.

Volume 9 seems to be slightly more biased toward chiptune music than the last outing, and takes a lot of inspiration from video games – both classic and neo-classic.

For example, the beginning of track 3, Trepidation, reminds me a lot of Anamanaguchi’s work on the Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World video game OST – another chiptune-inspired, high-energy soundtrack for a brawler that makes me want to start a bar fight and put someone’s medical coding degree to good use.

Heck, this soundtrack has its own anthem to brawling, aptly named A Little Fight Mewsic (track 13). Other tracks remind me of much older games – such as ASSAULT (track 12), which reminds me a lot of Dr. Wily’s Castle from Mega Man 2.

In fact, if this game doesn’t inspire you to play a couple games of Mega Man, Super Meat Boy, or said Scott Pilgrim Game, I don’t know what will.

Still, Homestuck Vol. 9 is a great study soundtrack. Most of the album’s 49 tracks have no vocals, so you end up with a nice, long album full of energetic, video game-inspired tunes for those long study sessions you’ve got coming in a little over a month. There are also some softer, classically-inspired songs thrown in to keep things diverse.

My personal favorite track from the album is Portrait (track 34), a fast-paced drum n’ bass track with an awesome ethereal opening section. Check it out.

As always, this album is on Bandcamp and you can listen to it there absolutely free. I’ve also included the entire album in this post so you can stream it from here if you like. Should you decide you want to buy the album, you can pick it up for $11.11 – pretty good for 49 tracks.

So, what’s your opinion on this album?