Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Dancing Through Rapture

I've been watching my boyfriend play a lot of BioShock lately, and besides being absolutely engaged in the visuals, story, and game play, one thing sticks out as the icing on the cake. The musical score of BioShock really adds that final touch, making the game go from just good, to great.

Like everything else in BioShock, the music feels organic. Sometimes you'll hear a rousing old tune on a jukebox or on the overhead speakers. Other times, the orchestral score composed by Garry Schyman, really sets up scenes and upcoming battles or just builds the tension in a room. If there is an award for best original soundtrack in a game, I'm pulling for this guy.

2K Games not only produced one helluva good looking and sounding game, but they really went that extra mile for the fans by giving back something extra. On their site, you can download the full orchestral score and a high-res version of the BioShock Artbook.

But what about the other music in game? There are many classic tunes heard throughout BioShock from greats such as Bobby Darin, Billie Holiday, and Frank Sinatra to just name a few. Going through the game and matching up every song to singer can be hard to do, specially with mislabeled mp3s in Soulseek and other downloading sites. Here is a compiled list of known songs and their performers as of the time this article was published:

  • 20th Century Blues - Noel Coward
  • Bei Mir Bist du Shon - The Andrew Sisters
  • Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darin
  • Brother Can You Spare a Dime? - Bing Crosby
  • God Bless The Child - Billie Holiday
  • How Much is that Doggie in the Window? - Patti Page
  • If I didn't Care - The Ink Spots
  • It Had to Be You - Danny Thomas
  • It's Bad for Me - Rosemary Clooney
  • Jitterbug Waltz - Fats Waller
  • Just Walking In The Rain - Johnnie Ray
  • La Mer (Beyond the Sea Instrumental) - Django Reinhardt
  • Liza - Django Reinhardt
  • Night and Day - Billie Holiday
  • Nutcracker (Waltz of the Flowers) - Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky
  • Oh Danny Boy - Mario Lanza
  • Papa Loves Mambo - Perry Como
  • Please Be Kind - Frank Sinatra
  • The Best Things in Life are Free - The Ink Spots
  • The Party's Over - Noel Coward
  • World Weary - Noel Coward
  • Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams - Bing Crosby
  • You're the Top - Cole Porter
2K Games has also released an EP with Moby and Oscar the Punk. This combines some of the dated songs like "God Bless The Child" by Billie Holiday with horrible electropopvomit. My opinion is to skip out on this little extra. It'll make your ears bleed and Bobby Darin roll over in his grave.

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