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Game Music of the Day: Alone in the Dark

Welcome to GamesRadar's daily blast of all things pertaining to the ever-growing field of game music. Each post will introduce new sounds, games, composers and fan-made remixes of gaming's greatest aural achievements.


July 14, 2010

Game: Alone in the Dark (2008)

Song: Who Am I?

Composer: Olivier Deriviere

       
Above: Who Am I? from Alone in the Dark

Say what you will about Alone in the Dark, but 2008's fatally flawed horror/fire adventure had one thing that even its angriest critics found hard to hate: an awesome musical score. Performed by all-female choir group Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices, the music perfectly sets the stage for a pitched battle against a monolithic and unknowable evil. And if you listen to Who Am I?, its most prominent track, with the game's premise in mind (a race against time to prevent the apocalypse in a single night), the desperate vocals and crashing symphony arrangement are enough to inspire chills - something the game itself failed to do.

The song, along with the rest of the soundtrack, is only made more eerie by the impenetrable Bulgarian lyrics (if you'd like to know what they mean, a translation can be found here). The singers themselves make it captivating, and they're no less captivating when they turn strikingly mournful on tracks such as Prelude to an End:

As it turns out, composer Olivier Deriviere actually has a history of creating excellent music for so-so horror games, like this awesome piece he wrote for Obscure II (aka Obscure: The Aftermath):

You can hear some of the same touches that made Deriviere's Alone in the Dark pieces interesting, but the addition of drums give this earlier track a punch that the AITD music lacks. In both cases, though, it's kind of a shame to see such great music wasted on mediocre games. Luckily, Deriviere has made a lot of his compositions available for listening on his website, removing the need to actually play the games in order to hear them.

Jul 14, 2010

 

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16 comments

  • TheCheesy4 - July 15, 2010 4:27 p.m.

    Is there any chance you could put a link to somewhere where you could buy the soundtracks in these articles? Good choice though, I never played the game, but bought the soundtrack after watching a review :D
  • JayBeat - July 15, 2010 10:50 a.m.

    @Metroidhunter32 Couldn't agree more. Still a great song.
  • philipshaw - July 15, 2010 10:24 a.m.

    Great score to a awful game. Who am I should be put into the Jackie Chan film of the same name
  • Samael - July 15, 2010 5:40 a.m.

    @Tyler *stands up and claps* Bravo sir. Bravo. I'll be there on opening night. I already have Who Am I and Prelude To An End on my iPod. I was already heavily anticipating the Alone in the Dark remake and when I heard the GORGEOUS music for it, my anticpation went up a thousand notches. Then the game came out. Thankfully, the music is still epic.
  • TyeTheCzar - July 15, 2010 4:34 a.m.

    You forgot this little gem of a remix: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCKiN-isREQ
  • mdhammer - July 15, 2010 2:53 a.m.

    its good.
  • CommandoDS - July 15, 2010 1:22 a.m.

    This song kind of reminds me of Ghost in the Shell, with its chanting anyway. Then you get the tea house fight from the matrix in there. Over all good song, keep up the good work.
  • penguinsrule3 - July 15, 2010 12:36 a.m.

    Remember that article GR once did about the crappy games they liked for some reason? Yeah, well... I kinda liked the 2008 "Alone in the Dark."
  • atomgrad - July 15, 2010 12:09 a.m.

    Awesome choice! I was going to PM Brett about doing Alone in the Dark for GMotD. The music is great. I really like Tiesto's remix of one of the songs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZP6HHjk6cXU
  • CH3BURASHKA - July 14, 2010 9:12 p.m.

    The trailers always enthralled me with the music. Sucks that the actual game didn't stack up. Awesome choice, Ray Parez.
  • Metroidhunter32 - July 14, 2010 9:08 p.m.

    That almost sounds like Enya.
  • juicenpancakes - July 14, 2010 9:04 p.m.

    These are now on my iPod. Great finds Mr. Reparaz. -- And Mr. Wilde, I have pre-ordered my ticket already. I eagerly await you decoding the mystery of what happened to Nicholas Cage's money.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - July 14, 2010 8:55 p.m.

    Love this soundtrack. I wish Who Am I? would play during a montage of me writing at a dimly lit mahogany desk, consulting dusty old tomes, scrawling on a chalk board and posting notes on the wall as I decode the greatest mystery mankind has ever tackled. Coming this fall.
  • flabslapper - July 14, 2010 8:45 p.m.

    the only thing good about that horrible game, well that and the free t-shirt i got for pre-ordering it, hahahaha...AHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA!!! ;___;
  • Strangleme - July 14, 2010 8:45 p.m.

    Wow!! Never played this game. Sweet score though.
  • Evil_AppleJuice - July 14, 2010 8:40 p.m.

    Its like Hans Zimmer meets Satanic gregorian chanting. Just might download it.

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