Portal 2 “Songs to Test By” soundtrack volume 2 now free

Valve has just released the second volume of its Songs to Test By series, digital-download albums of music from Portal 2. When the first release dropped, many assumed it was just a faux-generous taster designed to rope you in before jacking up the price for the complete album  – but that cynicism has been put in its place as the second 18-track bundle, once again, carries a price-tag of exactly zero dollars and zero cents. Even during this tough new economy, that’s a pretty great bargain.

Above: GLaDOS is watching. Are you listening?

The second batch of Songs to Test By can be downloaded from Thinking With Portals, which is also hosts ringtones, the original release and (eventually) the third installment, too. Are you flabbergasted at what a good deal you're getting, or is this music worth about what you're paying for it? If the tracks inspire you to new creative heights – or if you're just desperate to get something more out of the whole affair – there's still a little over a week to get an entry in for the somewhat-related Portal 2 music video contest...

Jul 5, 2011


  • Zeb364 - July 6, 2011 10:08 a.m.

    Ironic, just finished playing through the entire Developer Commentary.
  • D0CCON - July 6, 2011 5:57 a.m.

    Every time I see that picture, I always imagine how terrified I'd be to find a massive Glados looking down on me.
  • Defguru7777 - July 6, 2011 5:24 a.m.

    I absolutely love Valve. Now if only they'd release info on Half-Life 2: Episode 3. Pick your battles, pick your battles. Also, has anyone else been getting weird symbols in their Re:Captcha? I swear I'm getting Arabic writing in it.
  • NightCrawler_358 - July 6, 2011 4:49 a.m.

    Good stuff, thanks for the download! I guess I'll listen to this in place of TalkRadar... :(
  • therawski - July 6, 2011 2:03 a.m.

    The device has been modified... again!
  • 8bitBaby - July 6, 2011 2:01 a.m.

  • MySistersMenstruationTastesFunny - July 6, 2011 2 a.m.

    Well to be fair, it's $0.00 with tax. Fucking California.
  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - July 6, 2011 1:40 a.m.

    Interestingly I only really noticed one or two tracks in the game so im surprised they've found enough to fill 3 volumes, but thanks for the free music valve, and also more importantly thanks for the game of the year XD
  • mockraven - July 6, 2011 1:35 a.m.

    I actually stumbled across this earlier today on Steam. It's really awesome that they're releasing the soundtracks and for free. Thanks, GR, for keeping us all up to date!
  • Valntyne - July 6, 2011 1:35 a.m.

    I want to have Valve's babies. Yes. One from very staff member AND the name itself.
  • TheCakeIsaPie - July 6, 2011 1:35 a.m.

    I love this music, and in my opinion it's a great improvement on the first Portal's OST. And it's free, so that's icing on the cake.

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