What else sounds like the Quake soundtrack?
January 29, 2008 1:24 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for music similar to the Quake 1 soundtrack.

I enjoyed Quake's threatening, ambient soundtrack of bestial breathing, eerie heartbeats, distant screams, blasts of wind, weird dronings...
What other music sounds similar?
So far I've found Lustmord and Sun O))), and I'd like some more suggestions. This stuff really helps me concentrate!
posted by Black Spring to Media & Arts (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
FYI, the soundtrack to Quake 1 is composed by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Most of his NIN stuff is not so ambient but there are a few choice tracks to be found, especially on The Fragile.
posted by utsutsu at 1:28 PM on January 29, 2008

You would probably like Trent's work on Further Down the Spiral.
posted by secret about box at 1:34 PM on January 29, 2008

(If I recall, it's not totally his doing, but you should still give it a shot.)
posted by secret about box at 1:35 PM on January 29, 2008

There is TONS of this stuff out there. Off the top of my head: Mike Patton's solo work, Acid Mother's Temple, Bohren & The Club Of Gore, Om, some John Zorn

That should get you started.
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb at 1:36 PM on January 29, 2008

Okay, now that I give it the 30-second treatment, there are only a couple of tracks on that release that fit your question:

"At the Heart of It All"

"The Beauty of Being Numb"

and maybe "The Downward Spiral (The Bottom)" (the original version might also work for you)
posted by secret about box at 1:42 PM on January 29, 2008

Lustmord. Coil. Nurse With Wound. Early Current 93. Download.
posted by Sticherbeast at 2:00 PM on January 29, 2008

Best answer: If going for "Download", go for "The Eyes of Stanley Pain"

Haswell & Hecker
Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation
Contagious Orgasm
Deathprod (and the collaborative album with Biosphere)
Ah-Cama Sotz
Imminent Starvation's (now just "Imminent") album "Nord" is pretty great.

Not sure if they all fit what you have in mind, but all worth checking out.
posted by mkn at 2:24 PM on January 29, 2008

"At the Heart of It All"

Worth noting that it's not a Trent Reznor track. It's actually Aphex Twin.
posted by mkn at 2:27 PM on January 29, 2008

Response by poster: Thanks folks, these should keep me going for a while!
posted by Black Spring at 2:51 PM on January 29, 2008

Sounds like "dark ambient" is a search term you want to keep in your back pocket.
posted by rhizome at 3:57 PM on January 29, 2008

the doom (1 and 2) soundtrack is similar i think, and also awesome
posted by lohmannn at 4:25 PM on January 29, 2008

All the things people said up there, plus Lustmord.
posted by softlord at 5:55 AM on January 30, 2008

Download is what I came here to recommend, and you may enjoy other cEvin Key projects as well - Plateau, The Tear Garden, etc.
posted by emmastory at 1:13 PM on January 30, 2008

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