Song: Spiral Mountain
Composer: Grant Kirkhope
Above: Spiral Mountain from Banjo-Kazooie
Ah, the sweet country pluckins of Banjo-Kazooie. For a game filled withirritating noises (opens in new tab)and characters who never shut the hell up, it's got a surprisingly catchy, borderline heartwarming soundtrack that'll soothe even the most burningest of rages.
This particular song, which plays just outside of Banjo's house, will one day save me from having a heart attack. Something about the pleasant banjo sound and down-home melody calm my nerves and bring me back from the edge of pure madness. It may be early in the game, but I daresay it's the best song of the whole soundtrack.
Above: The game's opening is a right hillbilly hoedown! Take it away Mumbo
Above: Click Clock Wood sounds like they lifted pieces of Mario 64 and Mario Kart 64, but hey, it's still a great track
Interesting note about the BK music that you've likely noticed by now - there are a lot of animal effects throughout. Not sure why Kirkhope used shrieking animals as instruments, but it's certainly a unique choice. Something that doesn't immediately come across in YouTube videos, however, is the "interactivity" of BK's music. When you swim underwater, for example, the area's music will slightly change to convey a more aquatic, lightweight feel.
Above: Spiral Mountain, as heard while swimming underwater
FASCINATING! I still think Banjo Kazooie holds up, even if Tooie and then Nuts %26amp; Bolts never did anything for me. In fact, I still recommend downloading the XBLA version and having a quick run through the whole thing. It's kind of a relic and doesn't stand up to severe scrutiny, but in a time of mascot-filled, collectible-heavy platformers, nobody did it better that Rare. Well, other than Nintendo.(opens in new tab)
(opens in new tab)
Lava Cave by Miya, Nakabai and Shigeno
(opens in new tab)
Snake Eater theme by Hibino and Harrell
Even Rats by The Slip