Game music of the day: BioShock

Game: BioShock

Song: Welcome to Rapture

Composer: Gary Schyman

Above: Welcome to Rapture from BioShock

I had today's game music all picked out, but then Irrational Games went and announced BioShock Infinite, so I quickly canceled the previous GMOTD and replaced it with one of the most stirring, chilling pieces of modern music - game or otherwise.

Welcome to Rapture narrates your first glimpse at the submerged city, kicking up just as you ascend a pile of rocks and fully see the extent of Andrew Ryan's dream come true. It's every bit as moving as any orchestral score you'll hear in a movie, and light years ahead of similar efforts in other games. This is grade-A stuff that's both listenable and immediately identifiable. When you hear John Williams' Jaws, Star Wars or Jurassic Park themes, you know them right away. The same goes for Schyman's aural personification of Rapture.

Above: Welcome... to Rapture

Strong as this work may be, it's the licensed music from the '40s that really sticks with you. The various songs pulled from history both sound great and help further Rapture's pervasive atmosphere, making the now-ravaged city feel like a dystopia frozen in time. And while we loved just about every song that played in the broken down jukeboxes and record players, the Andrew Sisters' Bei Mir Bist Du Schon ("With me, you are beautiful") stands out.

Now, with Ken Levine and Irrational "2K Boston" Games working on the Americana-soaked, floating city of Columbia, we can assume we're in for something just as captivating as the original BioShock (and hey, the second was was great too!). We gotta wait until 2012 for the finished product though, so until then maybe dip into the past and give System Shock 2 a try?


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  • Cleanser247 - March 18, 2011 4:40 a.m.

    I can play this song on my violin perfectly! Another great song Brett, is Cohen's Scherzo. It is from Bioshock as well, and it is another awesome song I can play on the piano : )
  • Sukharevskaya - August 21, 2010 3:49 a.m.

    Please, where can I legally download this song and the soundtrack? from you guys or where?!
  • philipshaw - August 13, 2010 10:58 a.m.

    The intro to Bioshock is still the best intro to any game of this generation and the music really helps to sell that. When the music builds up you are waiting for the game to show you something and when it does, it blows your mind
  • elpurplemonkey - August 13, 2010 7:35 a.m.

    The music and the introduction to Rapture are just done so perfectly. The song itself is hauntingly beautiful, perfectly mirroring Rapture. And while my personal favorite is Cohen's Masterpiece, this was a great pick.
  • AlpineGuy - August 13, 2010 5:03 a.m.

    Absolutely LOVE 'Welcome to Rapture.' I totally agree that it's iconic on par with great movie themes. On another note, both BioShock and Fallout 3 both have some of my favorite licensed tracks in a game, as I just really like that era of music. 'La Mer' (a.k.a. 'Beyond the Sea') is a personal fav.
  • toastile - August 13, 2010 4:54 a.m.

    Yay! I like me some Game Music of the days.
  • The_Tingler - August 13, 2010 3:17 a.m.

    Brilliant choice, have both of the Bioshock soundtracks. Although I'm only really commenting so mine and RebornKusabi's avatars can attack each other. CAPTCHA: How the hell am I supposed to type umlauts?!
  • MrSuitMan - August 13, 2010 3 a.m.

    Old-timey music is my absolute favorite kind.
  • RebornKusabi - August 13, 2010 1:28 a.m.

    The music of this series was really well done, worthy of a "The Brettinator's Official Music of the Day". While I prefer the industrial techno of System Shock 2, this game's music WAS good and it DID fit these games.
  • CH3BURASHKA - August 13, 2010 1:23 a.m.

    How very appropriate, Mr. Elston. Indeed, The Biological Shock had great music, a virtue it pushed onto the player from the very beginning, in the bubble ride. Can't wait to see Bioshock Infinite in all of its glory, even though IMO that's a dumb name.
  • Unholy2 - August 13, 2010 12:45 a.m.

    Just want to say thanks for picking this game
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - August 13, 2010 12:43 a.m.

    @notallthegoodnamesweretaken That might be because they also had a song in Fallout 3! "Civilization"
  • CoolBowling - August 13, 2010 12:20 a.m.

    Great choice for GMOTD. The music is great and helped create the atmosphere in the game
  • WaffleLeech - August 13, 2010 12:03 a.m.

    I would highly recommend Eleanor's Lullaby for the BioShock 2 edition of GMOTD. Welcome to Rapture was also a very powerful piece of music.
  • notallgoodnameswheretaken - August 12, 2010 11:53 p.m.

    The Andrews sisters song kind of reminds me of the old '50-'60s songs from Fallout 3.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - August 12, 2010 10:38 p.m.

    Now I regret not buying the limited edition of Bioshock 2.
  • GOD - August 12, 2010 10:37 p.m.

    Good stuff, but now I'm curious what the original GMOTD was supposed to be...
  • juicenpancakes - August 12, 2010 10:36 p.m.

    Hearing this music instantaneously brings back vivid memories. Fantastic game AND fantastic music. I love it when those two come together this brilliantly.
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - August 12, 2010 10:17 p.m.

    Jolly good choice..
  • Curtis_Stone - August 12, 2010 10:16 p.m.

    "The Ocean on His Shoulders" is the tune I would have picked; it's screeching strings grab you and then it's somber strings lull you in and the semi-violent ending prepares you for "something."

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