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Postby V0RT3X; Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:13 pm Video game soundtracks that inspired you.

Around the age of 11 we bought a PC which was my entry into the world of early PC gaming. This was such a major upgrade for me from my SNES and NES which just couldn't compare sound wise to the realistic CD soundtracks that came with tons of games back then.

Here are a few of the games that had a real impact on me and are partially responsible for me wanting to learn how to make my own music. I've added a few links to my favourites in case anyone wants to listen to them.

Quake 1
https://youtu.be/qVOHTGYoM6E?t=5m17s

Quake 2
https://youtu.be/jY6yBTYxLko?t=13m52s

Descent 2
https://youtu.be/_UGGojdnjSc?t=4m13s

Diablo 1
https://youtu.be/gXUcwprvldc?t=10m48s

Diablo 2
https://youtu.be/4zABc79sq2c?t=1m45s

Fallout 1 & 2
https://youtu.be/vGyB093QOIo?t=13m36s

Silent hill 2
https://youtu.be/YKWK1Wd1UXI?t=28m27s

Anyhow what are yours?
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Postby foosnark; Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:31 am Re: Video game soundtracks that inspired you.

Marble Madness (1984) -- the first arcade game to use Yamaha FM, and the first to really have stereo sound (a couple of other games had two channel audio but used one channel for FX and one for beepy music). Some really cool compositions, too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJ-N7d3mVf0

And beyond that point I was already on my way in electronic music (my inspirations came more from Tomita, Carlos, etc.), but I still loved a few game soundtracks...

Galaga '88 -- not so much in terms of style, but it's just so well executed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96E_BR4i-1Y

Diablo 2 for sure.

Total Annihilation had an incredible, epic orchestral soundtrack by Jeremy Soule.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljDyp__ejco

Borderlands 2 had an amazing soundtrack. I played better when I turned it off because it raised the tension so much I made more mistakes, but I listened to it when I wasn't playing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88YdCmTS3lw

In the bizarre earworm department there's Katamari Damacy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAA6hq9RL-4

...and slightly less goofy, but still super catchy, Plants vs Zombies:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNXphqxbePM

Cheap Golf was a tiny Kickstarter game, too frustrating to stick with IMHO but the background music is this damn cool Atari 2600 glitch and drone stuff that I wish was a more extended form. There are OGG files right there in the game folder but the longest is 1 minute, and most of them are about 20 seconds or less.
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Postby foosnark; Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:40 am Re: Video game soundtracks that inspired you.

Oh, and Rez. Some of the soundtrack is just kind of okay on its own, other parts are better -- but the way the game integrated with it was pretty special. Rez Infinite is finally out on Steam as of a few weeks ago, so I had the chance to revisit it more recently.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2WDW6vEEqA


The various Wipeout games, though that was more a case of collecting mixes of existing music than of people making music specifically for it. It introduced me to Future Sound of London though :)


Half-Life 1 and 2, and Portal 1 and 2, had some very cool moments in their soundtracks.
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Postby DJ Warmonger; Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:43 am Re: Video game soundtracks that inspired you.

Personally I don't think that Borderlands 2 soundtrack is anything special. Surely it's good, but I guess there are 100 people here on KVR who could make music like that :shrug:

Unreal series is something that inspired me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx8tFvrhmfI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sg2QJP388pM
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Postby AsPeeXXXVIII; Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:57 am Re: Video game soundtracks that inspired you.

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Postby chk071; Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:02 am Re: Video game soundtracks that inspired you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvrdtlyUXPg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yDVM77lGlM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sv9mnYDwuQ

I think, of those 3, the System Shock 2 soundtrack is my favorite. Just one of a kind... even better when you actually play the game, BTW. ;)

And nowadays? Soundtracks you will hardly notice, and quickly forget... it's just all not what it used to be. :cry:
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Postby Jace-BeOS; Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:11 am Re: Video game soundtracks that inspired you.

Quake 1 continues to inspire me. It went from being a disappointment to me as a NIN fan expecting NIN-like music, to an inspiration and pleasure of ambient weirdness. i'm still biased toward the tracks that feel a bit more like songs than ambient noise. i so wish Trent Reznor had been able to stick with Doom 3's development despite iD's problems because i would have loved that game with more of his sound design (it was a decent moody game, still, since i'm not a fan of what people love about Doom 1/2 and the newest one).

Quake 2's intro music is really cool. It's too bad that's not in the soundtrack or available online without dialog, though the sound design of the dialog is really well done. The part where the distorted bass/guitary thing kicks in as the player character descends on Stroggos sticks with me. It's a great mix of genres (probably because it was Bill Brown and Rob Zombie working together) and very cinematic. The game's heavy metal-influenced soundtrack is fun, but ultimately samey and tiresome. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miHAh2Q-U94

i'm glad to see Unreal 1 was in the list up above. It has an awesome soundtrack. Its composers managed to go beyond the usual formula for soundtracker music with their Unreal 1 compositions (Unreal Tournament has some cool music too, but it's more common fare). i especially liked how the music was dynamic and changed with the game events, from peaceful, to dread, to action.

The intro to Another World/Out of This World sticks with me. That game just impressed the hell out of me in general. Soundtracker-style audio engine, mostly underutilized, but the intro and game sound design was cool.

Portal 2's soundtrack is awesome in so many ways! Maybe the best game soundtrack ever, for me. One of the best games of all time. i have been inspired to figure out how to utilize this game's mix of very different sounds. The soundtrack has cheesy synth sounds, rich atmospheric orchestral sounds... It all goes together amazingly. The composer, Mike Morasky, might as well be another one of my musical heroes. i've probably already included this in my list on the "soundtracks you love" thread.

Here's the Friendly Faith Plate, a noise composition not easily heard in the game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0uW04oswbI

And this very cool piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqzObGS ... 5E&index=3

The music made for the Half-Life 1 remake Black Mesa is excellent, especially the more moody pieces/themes. The use of violin in that sends chills down my spine. It's almost too beautiful for the game.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSnHcbbofDk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8fW_SeNm_8

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Postby wickfut; Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:54 am Re: Video game soundtracks that inspired you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLXcGS_Q1Fk

this blew me away when I was a nipper. It came free with C64 magazine. It's a synth version of a C64 game tune.
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Postby Vortifex; Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:48 am Re: Video game soundtracks that inspired you.

Akira Yamaoka's work on the Silent Hill games is amazing. He really nailed the atmosphere with eerie melancholy chords that sounded like they were being played by some ghostly entity in a dream, it matched the game so perfectly. Easily in my top ten video game soundtracks of all time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6L9Cbs0m_U

Michael McCann's work on Deus Ex: Human Revolution deserves a mention. Another soundtrack that absolutely nails the aesthetic of the game.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42xHkfucwS8
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Postby Jace-BeOS; Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:40 pm Re: Video game soundtracks that inspired you.

I almost included Deus Ex Human Revolution in my post, but i don't know if it has inspired my music at all, or if my pre-existing aesthetic tastes were simply indulged by the game's soundtrack ;-)
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Postby incubus; Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:53 pm Re: Video game soundtracks that inspired you.

GTA san andreas ................... ........ .. .................

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Postby Vortifex; Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:26 am Re: Video game soundtracks that inspired you.

chk071 wrote:And nowadays? Soundtracks you will hardly notice, and quickly forget... it's just all not what it used to be. :cry:


It seems to be more about mood than melody these days. Take the Mass Effect games, for example. The first three had some incredible and memorable music. The latest one sounded like it was phoned in by some guy playing a few chords from an ambient soundscape Kontakt library.

And I still remember Michael Giacchino's excellent score from Medal Of Honor: Frontline

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKa0oq6EvsQ
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Postby kbaccki; Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:33 pm Re: Video game soundtracks that inspired you.

Little known shareware game Pocket Tanks has great intro and in-game tracks from DNA-Groove... fun little game too... :tu:

Intro:
https://soundcloud.com/dna-groove/pocket-tanks-intro

In-game:
https://soundcloud.com/dna-groove/fabri ... ks-in-game

LOVE IT!!!!! Brings back memories...
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Postby whyterabbyt; Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:01 am Re: Video game soundtracks that inspired you.

The only video game soundtrack I ever bought:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOeubRGrPVs
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Postby auricle; Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:20 am Re: Video game soundtracks that inspired you.

I got drawn into Eve Online because of the music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ09bTPLohM

I also love listening to Solar Field's soundtrack to Mirror's Edge and Mirror's Edge Catalyst - even though I've never played them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8CVVvLzXik
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