[TRANSMISSION 200] The best ambient music in video games

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…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