[Music] – Quake. A primer for dark ambient.

Quake was a revolutionary PC game for its time. The sound design was also revolutionary, being created/composed by NIN’s Trent Reznor, who provided a dark, moody soundscape as well as punchy weapon sounds, effects, and everything.

The opening track was just brilliant. Firing up Quake for the first time and hearing that intro just let you know exactly what you were in for.

It’s descent from powerful industrial synths to gloomy darkness was just perfect. The rest of the soundtrack ain’t half bad either. It finally led me to finding and buying this: Narcosis – A Dark Ambient Compilation which is just the perfect introduction to the darker side of sound.