Vgm (video game music)

Discussion in 'Soundtracks Discussion' started by L-ONE-X, Apr 6, 2019.

  1. L-ONE-X


    What soundtracks from a game really get the creative juices flowing? Could be an OST that you put on TO think or a soundtrack that inspired you to pursue what you do. Name as many as you want!
    Try to explain the sound aswell if you can.

    - Silent Hill 2 (2001) ( the dank lofi hiphop elements and dream-like horror ambience really gives the OST a unique flavour)

    - DOOM 2016 (Mick Gordon is a legend. This OST is just brutal, 8 string guitars, obscure russian synths from the 60 all distorted and the high energy of modern metal and electronic music is just chaotic!)

    -Crash Bandicoot 2 (97) (very bouncy and fun! Each "zone" has a unique feel to it and the music is as colourful as the environments. If crash is surfing up a stream in the jungle, close your eyes and you will know, if hes in a cold, snowy place filled with crazy Aztec obstacles, close your eyes and you will know)
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  2. osum

    osum New Member

    Jan 23, 2019
    My favourite is the one from Witcher 3 (with both Add-Ons). It just fits so well to the atmospheres and the melodies are awesome (for example the Kaer Morhen theme)
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  3. MrLinssi

    MrLinssi A glorified bedroom musician.

    Oct 1, 2016
    You...I like you. For me, Witcher 3, everything by Mick Gordon, the Mass Effect series, anything by Jeremy Soule, BF1...too many to list really.
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  4. MA-Simon

    MA-Simon Senior Member

    Jul 23, 2011
    Lets see... there are so many.

    - Obviously everything by Austin Wintory (So I wont list them again)

    - The Last Guardian (My absolute favorite at the moment)

    - Everquest II (The original one, when they still used a real orchestra, I remember those Woodwinds super often)

    - The Dark Void (By Bear McCreary, awesome Strings and Drums)

    - Outcast (one of the first games to use a live orchestral soundtrack, still brilliant stuff)

    There is another soundtrack I like very much, but is a bit of an odd choice:
    Rimworld! It's just so fitting to the game. And when you sink ...300h into a game that is very important.

    I did not really like the soundtracks to the Witcher 3 / God of War, not because they are bad, but because I can't remember a thing. Those are game I played a long time, but are just not memorable to me. Meanwhile I can hum and play everything from Jeremy Soule up and down my piano.
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2019
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  5. Bear Market

    Bear Market Member

    May 9, 2017
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    I have to give a shout out to Austin Wintory's magnificent soundtrack for the Banner Saga series.
  6. Henu

    Henu Senior Member

    Nov 17, 2017
  7. Shiirai

    Shiirai Resident Crow

    Oct 11, 2018
    As I'm into VGM as well, I make sure to cycle through soundtracks every few weeks so I keep receiving new information.

    That said, the soundtrack to Persona 5 hasn't left my playlist since the game came out. So much swing. So much jazz. So much lounge. So much awesome.

    I am also a huge fan of Darren Korb, who made the soundtracks to Bastion and Transistor. The way he uses his experience as a guitar player in his soundtracks is amazing.

    Finally, during my current 'OST cycle' I got very much inspired by the music of Kirby and Phoenix Wright and as such my playlist has expanded with the aniversary concerts by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. I really like the groove and old-school vibe of Phoenix Wright and the whimsical nature of Kirby.


    I also second Rimworld and Silent Hill II as great, inspiring soundtracks.
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  8. Shiirai

    Shiirai Resident Crow

    Oct 11, 2018
    Doublepost because 5-song limit:

    Oh, and really, truly finally, I've been trying to incorporate parts from the Stellaris soundtrack in my own works. It's nice and grand, more orchestral than you may expect and often horribly clichéd. I love it.

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  9. ghobii

    ghobii Active Member

    Mar 14, 2017
    I also am a fan of the Transistor Soundtrack, but not crazy about Darren Korb's other stuff. I'm actually kind of puzzled why I like Transistor so much. Maybe the way it connected with the game which I really enjoyed? Love Journey, and also the soundtrack to Dear Esther, by Jessica Curry. I also really like Mirror's Edge by Solar Fields.
  10. dariusofwest

    dariusofwest Active Member

    Apr 21, 2006
    So many! But a choice few would be:

    Soul Calibur 3 (2005/2006, Alot of what sounded like early VSL patches, Gigastudio libs + live musicians throughout whole soundtrack, always loved the sound and writing for the entire score)-

    Starfox 64 (1997, this is the soundtrack that inspired me to first take up writing music, even with the now very dated sound MIDI)-

    Sonic Adventure (1998/1999, Tons of cool rock/pop tracks throughout, heavily inspired my rock writing through today)-

    Mario 64 (1996, very first 3D title I've played, very fun and memorable music-
  11. Hat_Tricky

    Hat_Tricky Active Member

    Sep 19, 2015
    Posting World of Warcraft music is almost cheating in a thread like this lol - its just too good.
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  12. Tice

    Tice Active Member

    Jun 10, 2018
    My go-to game soundtrack to remind myself why I love this job is Jeremy Soule's Total Annihilation soundtrack.
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  13. whiskers

    whiskers Perpetual student

    Sep 5, 2018
    If you like dark lo-fi and ambient, I've always had a soft spot for Vampire: the Masquerade soundtrack:
    Other ones I like:

    Deus Ex Human Revolution & Mankind Divided by Michael McCann

    Horizon Zero Dawn by Joris de Man & The Flight

    Divide by Chris Tilton

    Mirror's Edge by Solar Fields

    Everybody's Gone to the Rapture by Jessica Curry

    Journey & ABZÚ both by Austin Wintory

    Surely there's plenty of others too :)
  14. Denkii

    Denkii Member

    Mar 15, 2019
    Ok you got me. I usually don't post a lot on forums but I can't resist a reply. It's incredibly hard to narrow it down so I went with some of my favorites that came to my mind at first. Here's my three cents:

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  15. Mornats

    Mornats Senior Member

    Feb 21, 2016
    Bristol, UK
    Did you see his talk from a couple of years ago about writing the Doom music? His Doom array is awesome.

    From World of Warcraft I love Pride of the Seas.

    Which then inspired me to pull up Albion One to do this:

  16. Ok, I'll bite.
    There has been mention of Jeremy Soule, but the biggest influence on me was his KOTOR-Score.
    I mean check it, that is an orchestral Star Wars score with unique themes:

    As far as I can tell all samples. In 2003! And also some super weird electronic diegetic music.

    And then this follow up score by Mark Griskey, now with live recordings:

    Man! I love it!
    Listening to it now makes me realize how many of my preferences in harmonic development derived from listening to this score and playing this game over and over.

    Not to mention that I consider this game and the sequel to be more original and creative in it's storytelling and the building of the star wars universe than any of the movies combined.
    Obviously that plays a role in my nostalgic perception of the music.​
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  17. gtrwll

    gtrwll Member

    Jun 14, 2015
    The already mentioned Outcast was probably the first game that had a soundtrack I listened to regularly even when not playing the game as I realized I could listen to the music straight from the game CD when I fired up Winamp.

    The other one was Halo, which released its main theme as a free download as part of the pre-release marketing, man that theme was (is!) cool. O'Donnell is certainly one of my heroes, and I still have mixed feelings about Destiny because how Bungie treated him when they parted ways.

    Jeremy Soule, Austin Wintory, Jack Wall etc. have gotten all the love they deserve already, but I'd like to point out a game which recently totally surprised me by the the sheer quality and genius of its soundtrack, and that was Xenoblade Chronicles 2, composed by industry veteran Yasunori Mitsuda, ACE, Kenji Hiramatsu and Manami Kiyota. Especially the themes by ACE are really bloody great, and the music fits soooo well with the game and the emotional themes it carries.


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