Game music of the day: Operation Body Count


Game: Operation Body Count
Song: Try
Composer: Joe Abbati

Above: One of Operation Body Count's gameplay tracks

Stop listening to things that make sense! I'm back with another bewildering game music choice, this time from 1994 PC game Operation Body Count. The Wolfenstein 3D engine DOS shooter was kind of crappy, but the music that plays in random sequence throughout the game is awesomely unique and weird. As you combat terrorists on your way to rescue hostages at the top of the UN building, Joe Abbati's super-deep, heavily-distorted bass tracks shake the bone marrow out of your skeleton. Turn it up!

Fun Fact! Joe Abbati has also created the music for THQ's SpongeBob games.

Above: Is the wall a terrorist?

Who knew dubstep was influenced by a 1994 DOS game? Okay, it wasn't, but the sounds in these tracks certainly remind me of fellas like Skream. Some of the game's rhapsodies are so strange it's hard to justify featuring them as anything other than oddities, so here's another of the game's more coherent tracks:

Above: Another track from Body Count

And, because I'm in a nostalgic mood, here's a totally different track from a totally different game. But it is related! Operation: Inner Space, aside from also having the word "operation" in its title, was released the same year as Body Count, during the glory days of shareware. The game involved defeating "viruses" on your computer with spaceships, and it was awesome, but its music doesn't quite justify its own GMOTD, which is why I'm featuring it here.

Inner Space's main track contains odd, rambling synth melodies similar to Body Count's, though it's much more upbeat, which is why I felt it would offer some nice contrast to help encapsulate the experimentation with PC game music that went on in the early-90s.

Above: The main track from Operation: Inner Space

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  • elpurplemonkey - August 28, 2010 7:21 p.m.

    I just did what juicenpancakes suggested and I think I need to throw up now. The first two tracks remind me of The Chessmaster way too much. But that last track on its own is alright.
  • thedutewaw - August 26, 2010 10:54 a.m.

    Inner Space was awesome, but the other two, ehhhhhhhh
  • philipshaw - August 26, 2010 10:48 a.m.

    This noise gave me a headache, this stuff should stay in the 90's where it belongs
  • Boxer47 - August 26, 2010 2:55 a.m.

    o yea old school music i love it take me back i never played these games but i like the music
  • DarkTone - August 26, 2010 12:04 a.m.

    Very retro. Sorry, still laughing at The Chessmaster.
  • ventanger - August 25, 2010 11:56 p.m.

    Oh man Body Count... I remember playing this game off a shareware CD back in the day, I think it was a wednesday.
  • juicenpancakes - August 25, 2010 11:33 p.m.

    I ask that everyone hit "play" on all three of them at the same time and experience the life-changing event that I just did. I am currently out of my body and mind.
  • juicenpancakes - August 25, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    "Try" just gave me a stomach ache.
  • batmanboy11 - August 25, 2010 10:46 p.m.

    That music is actually pretty cool.
  • linko9 - August 25, 2010 10:45 p.m.

    Not really digging the body count, but that inner space one's not bad.
  • abbottfrizzell - August 25, 2010 10:45 p.m.

    I think I just saw Robot Dancing Man from the Chappelle's Show go by

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