I don’t know about you, but whenever I hear distant, old music playing on the radio, I find myself wanting to take cover from an incoming Big Daddy. In fact, an incident from a couple of nights ago is a great example of how BioShock’s musical score and sound has scarred me for life.
I shut down my Xbox 360 after an extended session of BioShock went into the wee morning hours. After the sound of my rig and Xbox 360 died down, I could hear a faint, scratchy song in the distance, and it scared greatly. At the very moment that my mind had identified the music as the score from a black-and-white film playing on a television in another room, I heard/felt a thunderous room-shaking rumble right outside my front door. Genuine fear hit me in the center of my gut, and I really thought that Big Daddy had arrived to take me on in my living room. It turns out that it was a massive truck passing by my house, but it was enough to send me to bed with the covers over my head.
After all of that, I don’t know why you’d want to compile a list of the ambient music that plays in BioShock, but Major Nelson has put one together for us. He has put up a great chart with some clickable Amazon links for your freaky playlist making convienece. Hit the jump to see it.
Wow. Even out of the game’s context, The Ink Spots’ “If I Didn’t Care” still manages to be spooky.
|20th Century Blues||Noel Coward|
|Academy Award||Stanley Black|
|Bei Mir Bist Du Schon (means you’re grand)||The Andrews Sisters|
|Best Things in Life Are Free||The Inkspots|
|Brother Can You spare a Dime||Bing Crosby|
|Danny Boy||Mario Lanza|
|God Bless the Child||Billie Holiday|
|How Much is that Doggie||Pattie Page|
|If I didn’t care||The Ink Spots|
|It Had to Be You||Django Reinhardt|
|It’s Bad For Me||Rosemary Clooney|
|Jitterbug Waltz||Django Reinhardt|
|Just One Of Those Things||Lee Morgan|
|Just Walkin’ in the Rain||Johnny Ray|
|La Mer (Beyond the Sea )||Bobby Darin|
|La Mer (Beyond the Sea)||Django Reinhardt|
|Let’s Fly Away||Lee Wiley|
|Night and Day||Billie Holiday|
|Papa Loves Mambo||Perry Como|
|Please Be Kind||Django Reinhardt|
|The Party’s Over Now||Noel Coward|
|The Waltz of the Flowers||Pytor Llyich Tchaikovsky|
|This Is A Changing World||Noel Coward|
|Wild Ride||Faux Frenchmen|
|World Weary||Noel Coward|
|Wrap your troubles in dreams||Bing Crosby|
|You’re Getting To Be A Habit||Harry Edison Bing Crosby|
|You’re the Top||Cole Porter|