Posted by Charlie Carlo on Feb. 14, 2013, 11:04 a.m.

death's blog about game music reminded me of the Ballad of Black Mesa, despite not actually being video game music. Instead of being music made FOR a game it's music made FROM a game, and that kicks ass.

After which I discovered these other ones.

These are badass. Every game should have one of these remixes. Best for last:

I just wanted to share those.

If anyone knows of any more of these, let me know.


JID 11 years, 4 months ago

yeah, though it kinda makes me laugh. also it brought back so many feels for me.

i kinda want to go back and play gears 2 now, so i can escape the ultra poo poo bum bum sauce that is gears 3 mp


Eva unit-01 11 years, 4 months ago

I will smash your family, JID.

JID 11 years, 4 months ago

i was looking for you to reply to that, lmfao xD

it's 5:00 AM and your comment may have made my day already.

..which makes me realize that i really need some sleep

Juju 11 years, 4 months ago

If your output is terrible, it doesn't matter how good the concept is. And it is a good concept, it's a shame it's been so poorly executed. Here's a nice lil' retro example some of you may have heard:

My problem with the music posted in the blog is that it's mind-numbing rhythmically and compositionally. The first one has some semblance of dynamics through structure but the others are just proof-of-concepts. Unfortunately, they only prove how dull modern dance rhythms are. This is where I start posting Steve Reich…

Reich is known for his tape delay music, using freeform rhythmic offset to create beats between the beats. This track, Clapping Music, is designed to emulate effects created in the studio. It works well but it's pretty tiring to listen to more than once. If you want more "musical" examples of rhythmic offset, I'd point you towards the genius Music for 18 Musicians:

I think I'm asking too much from amateur musicians who are, probably first and foremost, gamers. Hobbyists aren't known for pushing boundaries.


To be honest, poly-rhythmic music isn't uncommon. Jazz has a lot of it… but not many people really like jazz. Afrobeat has a lot of it, but again, not many people listen to or play Afrobeat in the Western world. There must be some band out there who are really popular and do some cool drumming…

Even the morons who make dubstep have worked out how to use polyrhythms.

Come on people, get your act together.

firestormx 11 years, 4 months ago

This was supposed to be about gunshots, Juju. :(

Also, metal has a lot of polyrhythmic stuff. But whatevs. I guess it's fine for you to mention Radiohead over Meshugah.

Juju 11 years, 4 months ago

True, it does, but I wanted something that wasn't going to immediately destroy people's ears (given that the rest of the music in my post is pretty quiet).

firestormx 11 years, 4 months ago

This is a post about gun shots. if you didn't come prepared with ear protection, you shouldn't even have your gun license.

JuurianChi 11 years, 4 months ago

Still glad I reopened the topic.

Charlie Carlo 11 years, 4 months ago

Get your stoner music outta here. This blog's about beats made with sound effects.