Music of the BioShock series

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The music soundtrack of the BioShock series is composed of licensed music from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, as well as an original orchestral score by Garry Schyman.

BioShock[edit]

Original score[edit]

The original score for BioShock was composed by Garry Schyman. A selection of tracks was released to fans for free on August 24, 2007 in MP3 format via the official 2K Games website. But for now the links are broken.[1]

Orchestral Score
Soundtrack album by Garry Schyman & Various
Released August 24, 2007
Recorded c. 2007
Genre Video game music
Length 21:47

BioShock: Orchestral Score[edit]

  1. "Bioshock Main Theme (The Ocean on his Shoulders)" - 1:56
  2. "Welcome to Rapture" - 1:52
  3. "Dr. Steinman" - 1:00
  4. "The Docks" - 0:53
  5. "The Dash" - 0:35
  6. "Step into My Gardens" - 1:10
  7. "Dancers on a String" - 1:28
  8. "Cohen's Masterpiece" - 2:53
  9. "The Engine City" - 1:07
  10. "Empty Houses" - 1:43
  11. "This Is Where They Sleep" - 1:21
  12. "All Spliced Up" - 1:03

Sounds of Rapture[edit]

A soundtrack was released to German consumers, containing all the same tracks as Orchestral Score, but with dubbed recordings from the game in between the songs, such as the speech of Andrew Ryan that plays when entering Rapture in the beginning of the game.

BioShock: Sounds of Rapture
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Soundtrack album by Garry Schyman & Various
Released August 24, 2007
Recorded c. 2007
Genre Video game music
  1. "BioShock Main Theme (The Ocean on His Shoulders)" - 1:58
  2. "Andrew Ryan - Tauchfahrt" - 1:03
  3. "Welcome to Rapture" - 1:55
  4. "Andrew Ryan - Hohn" - 0:33
  5. "Dr. Steinman" - 1:02
  6. "Dr. Steinman - Schwester, Skalpell!" - 0:39
  7. "The Docks" - 0:55
  8. "Geist - Schönheit versprochen" - 0:16
  9. "The Dash" - 0:37
  10. "Atlas - Little Sisters" - 0:20
  11. "Step Into My Gardens" - 1:13
  12. "Dr. Suchang - Zarn-Versuch" - 0:38
  13. "Dancers on a String" - 1:31
  14. "Atlas - Die ganze Stadt geht zum Teufel" - 0:19
  15. "Cohen's Masterpiece" - 2:55
  16. "Martin Finnegan - Der Eismann kommt" - 0:49
  17. "The Engine City" - 1:10
  18. "Geist - Total verspliced" - 0:11
  19. "Empty Houses" - 1:46
  20. "Dr. Suchong - Bewussteinskontrolle" - 0:29
  21. "This Is Where They Sleep" - 1:23
  22. "Andrew Ryan - Natur der Dinge" - 0:18
  23. "All Spliced Up" - 1:04
I Am Rapture, Rapture Is Me (Official BioShock Score)
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Soundtrack album by Garry Schyman & Various
Released February 9, 2010
Recorded c. 2007
Genre Video game music

I Am Rapture, Rapture Is Me[edit]

The entire soundtrack for BioShock was collected on a vinyl record and included with the Special Edition of BioShock 2. It features almost all the tracks from the downloadable score, save for "The Dash", along with other unreleased tracks.

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Ocean on His Shoulders (BioShock Main Theme)"   1:54
2. "Welcome to Rapture"   1:48
3. "Dancers on a String"   1:30
4. "Cohen's Masterpiece"   2:54
5. "Step Into My Garden"   1:07
6. "The Docks"   0:54
7. "This is Where They Sleep"   1:21
8. "The Engine City"   1:09
9. "All Spliced Up"   1:01
10. "Dr. Steinman"   1:55
11. "Empty Houses"   1:45
12. "Lost Soul"   0:42
13. "The Good One"   1:04
14. "Rapture Daily News"   1:01
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Busted Sub"   1:06
2. "Spliced Aphrodite"   1:08
3. "Diseased Medical"   2:02
4. "Cohen is Lurking"   4:01
5. "Haunted Slums"   1:49
6. "Bowels of the City"   1:11
7. "Becoming One of Them"   1:39
8. "Combat Medley"   2:46
9. "Rise Rapture Rise"   1:44
10. "Gameplay Cues"   0:37

Licensed soundtrack[edit]

While playing BioShock, phonographs will occasionally play music from the 1930s, 40s and 50s as the player explores.[2]

Songs appearing briefly

Licensed but unused songs

In addition to these, the song "You're Getting to be a Habit With Me" by Buddy Rich and Harry Edison appears during the installation sequence for the PlayStation 3 version of the game.

The BioShock EP[edit]

The BioShock EP
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EP by Moby and Oscar the Punk
Released December 4, 2007
Genre Electronica
Length 11:04
Label Take-Two Interactive Software
Moby and Oscar the Punk chronology
Go – The Very Best of Moby: Remixed
(2007)
The BioShock EP
(2007)
Last Night
(2008)

The BioShock EP (also known as The Rapture EP) is a CD included with the limited edition version of BioShock and contains remixes by Moby and Oscar the Punk.[3] The three remixed tracks on the CD include "Beyond the Sea," "God Bless the Child" and "Wild Little Sisters". The original recordings of these songs are in the game.

No. Title Length
1. "Beyond the Sea" (Moby and Oscar the Punk Remix) 3:13
2. "God Bless the Child" (Moby and Oscar the Punk Remix) 3:55
3. "Wild Little Sisters" (Moby and Oscar the Punk Remix) 3:56

BioShock 2[edit]

Original score[edit]

(Official BioShock 2 Score)
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Soundtrack album by Garry Schyman & Various
Released February 9, 2010
Recorded c. 2010
Genre Video game music
Length 48:02

The original score for BioShock 2 was composed by Garry Schyman. It was released to consumers in the special edition of the game under the name, Sounds From The Lighthouse (Official BioShock 2 Score) on February 9, 2010 on CD. The score soundtrack features all 26 tracks from the game.

Sounds From The Lighthouse[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Pairbond - BioShock 2 Theme"   2:33
2. "Waking Up in 1959 (Multiplayer Main Menu)"   1:31
3. "Ten Years Later"   1:46
4. "Protecting His Charge"   1:07
5. "Welcome Back"   2:20
6. "Cult of Lamb"   1:18
7. "Out the Airlock"   1:42
8. "How She Sees the World"   2:46
9. "Grace Under the Ocean"   1:51
10. "The Abyss"   1:24
11. "Big Sister on the Move"   2:00
12. "Send Him Howling Back to Hell"   2:07
13. "Eleanor's Darkness"   1:42
14. "That Symbol on Your Hand"   2:00
15. "Drained Memories"   2:40
16. "Entrance to Eden"   1:38
17. "Persephone"   1:07
18. "Cell Block"   1:14
19. "Lockdown March"   1:29
20. "Welcome to the Drop (Alt. with Vocal)"   1:38
21. "Under the Tracks (Unused with Vocal)"   2:44
22. "Research"   1:11
23. "Destroying the Lobby"   1:10
24. "Gil's Entertainment"   1:49
25. "Escape"   3:32
26. "Eleanor's Lullaby"   1:39

Licensed soundtrack[edit]

The licensed music featured in Bioshock 2 was officially released as an Amazon MP3 and CD on demand service album on April 15, 2010, entitled Bioshock 2: The Official Soundtrack - Music From And Inspired By The Game (Special Edition). It contains 18 tracks spanning 52 minutes[4]

The Official Soundtrack[edit]

  1. "The Boogie Man - Todd Rollins & His Orchestra with Chick Bullock" - 3:03
  2. (How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window? - Patti Page - 2:38
  3. Twentieth Century Blues - Noël Coward - 3:34
  4. Nightmare - Artie Shaw & His New Music - 2:49
  5. Daddy, Won't You Please Come Home? - Annette Hanshaw - 2:58
  6. Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition - Kay Kyser & His Orchestra - 2:32
  7. Dawn of a New Day - Horace Heidt & His Musical Knights - 2:30
  8. Night and Day - Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra - 2:58
  9. My Heart Belongs to Daddy - Eddy Duchin & His Orchestra, featuring Mary Martin - 2:54
  10. Chasing Shadows - Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli - 2:57
  11. Jitterbug Waltz - Fats Waller & His Rhythm - 3:20
  12. I Cover the Waterfront - Connee Boswell - 2:57

The Official Soundtrack (Special Edition)[edit]

  1. "The Boogie Man - Todd Rollins & His Orchestra with Chick Bullock" - 3:03
  2. (How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window? - Patti Page - 2:38
  3. Twentieth Century Blues - Noël Coward - 3:34
  4. Nightmare - Artie Shaw & His New Music - 2:49
  5. Daddy, Won't You Please Come Home? - Annette Hanshaw - 2:58
  6. Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition - Kay Kyser And His Orchestra - 2:32
  7. Dawn of a New Day - Horace Heidt And His Musical Knights - 2:30
  8. Night and Day - Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra - 2:58
  9. My Heart Belongs to Daddy - Eddy Duchin & His Orchestra, featuring Mary Martin - 2:54
  10. Chasing Shadows - Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli - 2:57
  11. Jitterbug Waltz - Fats Waller & His Rhythm - 3:20
  12. I Cover the Waterfront - Connie Boswell - 2:57
  13. Mental Strain at Dawn - Jack Purvis - 2:46
  14. Bei Mir Bist Du Schön - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra, with vocal by Martha Tilton - 2:32
  15. The Trouble with Me Is You - Red McKenzie - 2:32
  16. The Skeleton in the Closet - Putney Dandridge - 2:33
  17. We Saw the Sea - Fred Astaire - 2:19
  18. La Mer - Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli - 4:16

Licensed music in-game[edit]

Songs featured on Rapture Radio (online commercial broadcast) but removed from the final version:

In addition to these, the song "Dream" by The Pied Pipers was played over the Teaser Trailer for BioShock 2.[7]

The song "Daddy, Won't You Please Come Home?" by Annette Hanshaw is used in a trailer, it can also be heard in one of the early levels of the game.

BioShock Infinite[edit]

Original score[edit]

The BioShock Infinite Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Garry Schyman & Various
Released March 26, 2013
Genre Video game music
Length 45:08

The original score for BioShock Infinite was composed by Garry Schyman. It was exclusively included with the limited Premium Edition and Songbird Edition as a digital download.

The BioShock Infinite Soundtrack[edit]

All tracks composed by Garry Schyman, except where noted.

No. Title Performer Length
1. "Introduction" (Ken Levine) Troy Baker, Jennifer Hale, Oliver Vaquer 0:28
2. "Welcome to Columbia" (Garry Schyman, Jim Bonney)   1:01
3. "Will the Circle Be Unbroken (choral version)" (Ada Ruth Habershon, Charles Hutchinson Gabriel) Maureen Murphy 2:56
4. "Lighter Than Air"     1:46
5. "Lutece"     2:45
6. "The Battle for Columbia I" (Garry Schyman, Jim Bonney)   1:16
7. "The Girl in the Tower"     0:37
8. "Elizabeth"     2:02
9. "The Songbird"     1:55
10. "Rory O'More/Saddle the Pony" (Samuel Lover/anon) Elvie Miller, Rodney Miller, David Porter 3:41
11. "The Battle for Columbia II"     2:01
12. "The Readiness is All" (Ken Levine, Jim Bonney)   1:32
13. "Lions Walk With Lions"     1:06
14. "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" (Ada Ruth Habershon, Charles Hutchinson Gabriel) Troy Baker, Courtnee Draper 0:40
15. "Unintended Consequences"     1:00
16. "The Battle for Columbia III"     0:59
17. "Family Reunion"     1:08
18. "Solace" (Scott Joplin) Duncan Watt 3:40
19. "The Battle for Columbia IV"     1:19
20. "The Battle for Columbia V"     1:08
21. "Let Go"     0:32
22. "Doors"     1:19
23. "The Girl for the Debt"     1:10
24. "Back in the Boat"     1:07
25. "AD"     1:21
26. "Smothered"     1:13
27. "Baptism" (Garry Schyman, Jim Bonney)   1:25
28. "Will the Circle Be Unbroken (full version)" (Ada Ruth Habershon, Charles Hutchinson Gabriel) Troy Baker, Courtnee Draper 4:43

Licensed soundtrack[edit]

Some of the music featured in Bioshock Infinite was unofficially released as an MP3 album and on demand service album on February 1, 2013, entitled The Original Songs Uncovered (Tracks Inspired By Bioshock Infinite). It contains 12 tracks spanning 33:49 minutes [8]

The Original Songs Uncovered[edit]

Licensed music in-game[edit]

Anachronistic covers of modern songs[edit]

Trailer tracks

Burial at Sea soundtrack[edit]

Burial at Sea's soundtrack consists of licensed music as well as an original score composed by Garry Schyman.

Episode One

Episode Two

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tobey, Elizabeth (2007-08-24). "Introducing the BioShock Orchestral Score". 2K Games. Retrieved 2007-11-04. 
  2. ^ a b Hyrb, Larry (2007-10-11). "BioShock Music list". Major Nelson's Blog. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  3. ^ Plunkett, Luke (2007-08-17). "Limited Edition Rapture EP". Kotaku. Retrieved 2 November 2007. 
  4. ^ Shirley, John. "Bioshock 2: The Official Soundtrack - Music From And Inspired By The Game (Special Edition): Various Artists: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  5. ^ "Turret Hack Gameplay HD". Game Trailers. 2009-11-20. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  6. ^ "Electrobolt Gameplay HD". Game Trailers. 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  7. ^ Tobey, Elizabeth (2008-10-23). "BioShock 2's Teaser: Now In HD". 2K Games. Retrieved 2010-01-25.