[TRANSMISSION 200] The best ambient music in video games


…Music news and review site Pitchfork recently posted this excellent article on gaming’s best ambient tracks. It features outstanding selections from some of the most celebrated game titles released over the past three decades. It also goes to show how a wealth of beautiful ambient lurks in video game releases both large and small, if you’re listening out for it.

Inspired by Pitchfork’s article ARS has cast the spotlight on a further 19 examples of ambient found in the world of video game OSTs.

Below you can find the further selection of ambient tracks intended to supplement the great choices already made by Pitchfork. 


Mass Effect – Vigil (2007)

Composer: Jack Wall


Limbo – Menu (2010)

Composer: Martin Stig Andersen

A special shoutout also goes to Andersen’s soundtrack to Playdead’s darkly imaginative follow-up, Inside.


Half-Life – Vague Voices (1998)

Composer: Kelly Bailey


Braid – Maenam (2008)

Composer: Jami Sieber


Journey – First Confluence (2012)

Composer: Austin Wintory

A special shoutout must also go to Flower – thatgamecompany’s first release and its accompanying soundtrack.


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Under An Ancient Sun (2011)

Composer: Jeremy Soule

Also, be sure to give a listen to the 42 minutes of Skyrim “Atmospheres”. Beautiful.


Fez – Compass (2012)

Composer: Disasterpeace


Ico – Heal (2001)

Composer: Michiru Ōshima and Pentagon


Machinarium – The Glasshouse with Butterfly (2009)

Composer: Tomas Dvorak


Fallout – Metallic Monks (Lost Hills) (1997)

Composer: Mark Morgan


Metal Gear Solid – Psycho Mantis Hymn (1998)

Composers: Takanari Ishiyama, Gigi Meroni, Kazuki Muraoka, Lee Jeon Myung, Hiroyuki Togo


Celeste – Awake (2018)

Composer: Lena Raine


Monument Valley – The Garden (2014)

Composer: Stafford Bawler


Resident Evil 4 – Save Theme (2005)

Composer: Misao Senbongi


Super Metroid – Opening (1994)

Composer: Minako Hamano


Homeworld – The Beginning (1999)

Composer: Paul Ruskay


ABZÛ – Heaven Was Not Named (2016)

Composer: Austin Wintory


Gone Home – The House pt 2 (In game) (2013)

Composer: Chris Remo


Myst – Shipgate (1993)

Composer: Robyn Miller