This weekend is the 16th annual QuakeCon, a 4 day event that has been called the “Woodstock of Gaming” where thousands of people bring their computers to a hotel in Dallas, Texas and play against each other. To honor this big gaming event, we bring you the theme to the game that launched the FPS game genre into the mainstream and started the whole Quake series. The game featured a soundtrack completely composed by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, at the height of his Downward Spiral-era fame. This was his first bit of score work, before the Lost Highway soundtrack and over a decade before his award-winning The Social Network score. This is where he got his taste for it and this theme sounds an awful lot like Nine Inch Nails, which NOBODY complained about.
True, this is not typically the sort of track we feature in Song of the Day. It should be noted, however that a soundtrack has a very difficult job to do. Not only does it have to personify the mood of the scene or level, it has to be good enough to be memorable but not so memorable that it detracts from everything else. Movie and game soundtracks don’t get enough recognition, and today we buck that trend. Trent managed to create a haunting and dark piece of pure mood and macabre that stands the test of time today. The soundtrack music can be found as audio tracks on any CD copy of the game (shareware or full version) as well as downloadable from various places around the internet.
Jarad Matula | Senior Writer