Aquaria Soundtrack, Alec Holowka / Ian Holowka, 2007
By 2009, the indie game resurgence had already begun to make its mark on the gaming market at large. However, indie games’ impact on game music took longer to materialise. Existing digital distribution channels like iTunes and other online music stores didn’t cater to the requirements of these often tiny projects created on very limited budgets. True, Bandcamp had been around since 2007. However, it hadn’t yet turned into the foremost distribution outlet for Western game music that it is now.
In this environment, the release of the Aquaria soundtrack was a watershed moment for Western indie game music. At the time, a 2CD album release for a Western indie game soundtrack was unheard of. What made the album release more surprising still was that it happened two years after the game itself had been released. Publisher Infinite Ammo’s courage was duly rewarded. Like the game, the Aquaria soundtrack met with an enthusiastic response from critics and gamers alike.