Tufan Demir – SOS 16: Gamers Elite

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Video games have come a long way since the glory days of Pac Man or Commando, as did video game music itself. In the evolution we’ve gone from catchy 8-bit ditties to full-blown orchestral scores as compelling as movie soundtracks. Back in the day, one couldn’t have imagined that techniques like serialism or aleatoric would be utilized in connection with video game music. In time, however, every sonic aspect has become a useful tool to enhance gameplay as music started to play a crucial role in creating moods and building experiences.

In other words, of all the things that make a great video game, soundtracks are every bit as important as visuals or mechanics. In this podcast you’ll hear some well-crafted scores from different games in different genres released in the last decade, ranging from traditional tonal to ambient, jazz noire to piano solo. If you are familiar with the games in the playlist you’ll probably recall the moments, but if not you’ll sure create your own ones.

1 – Garry Schyman – Ocean on His Shoulders (Bioshock)
2 – Motoi Sakuraba – Firelink Shrine (Dark Souls)
3 – Gustavo Santaolalla – All Gone (The Last Of Us)
4 – Misao Senbongi & Shusaku Uchiyama – Serenity (Resident Evil 4)
5 – Ron Fish & Nick Arundel – Aftermath (Batman: Arkham Asylum)
6 – Lorne Balfe & Hans Zimmer – Beyond (Beyond: Two Souls)
7 – Garry Schyman – Out the Airlock (Bioshock 2)
8 – Sam Hulick – The Fate Of The Galaxy (Mass Effect 3)
9 – Gustavo Santaolalla – The Outbreak (The Last Of Us)
10 – Garry Schyman – Welcome to Rapture (Bioshock)
11 – Tommy Tallarico – Aurelia (Advent Rising)
12 – Normand Corbeil – Ethan Mars’ Main Theme (Heavy Rain)
13 – Austin Wintory – First Confluence (Journey)
14 – Garry Schyman – Lost Soul (Bioshock)
15 – Akira Yamaoka – Theme Of Laura – Reprise (Silent Hill 2)
16 – Andrew Hale & Simon Hale – Redemption, Pt. 1 (L.A. Noire)
17 – Christopher Young – The Saboteur Theme – Piano version (The Saboteur)
18 – Garry Schyman – Elizabeth (Bioshock Infinite)
19 – Bill Elm & Woody Jackson – Muertos Rojos (Red Dead Redemption)
20 – Shunsuke Kida – Storm King (Demon’s Souls)
21 – Lorne Balfe & Hans Zimmer – Dawkins’ Suite (Beyond: Two Souls)
22 – Jason Graves – Nicole’s Farewell (Dead Space)
23 – Raison Varner – Traversing The Deep (Borderlands)
24 – Jesper Kyd – Waiting For Action (Hitman 2)
25 – Shunsuke Kida – The Beginning (Demon’s Souls)
26 – Jack Wall – Love Theme (Mass Effect)
27 – Jason Graves – Canonical Aside (Dead Space 2)
28 – Inon Zur – Elves At The Mecry Of Men (Dragon Age)
29 – Jesper Kyd – Caverns (Borderlands 2)


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