Sascha Dikiciyan

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Sascha Dikiciyan
Also known asSonic Mayhem, Toksin, Buzzfunk
Born1970 (age 48–49)
Stuttgart, Germany
Occupation(s)Musician, producer
InstrumentsKeyboards, synthesizer, drums
Years active1993–present

Sascha Dikiciyan, known professionally as Sonic Mayhem, is a German game musician, producer and professional sound designer of Armenian origin, who has produced the soundtrack for Quake II,[1] Tomorrow Never Dies and Hellgate: London, as well as approximately half of the soundtrack for Quake III Arena and all the weapon sound effects for Unreal Tournament and, since the build 222 patch, also its predecessor, Unreal. Dikiciyan has also produced independent music albums.

Dikiciyan's style is primarily a very driving and forceful form of aggro-industrial, with an emphasis on repeated musical phrases (though this is less pronounced in his non-soundtrack work). Currently Sascha collaborates with Cris Velasco who is responsible for orchestral moods in their music.

Dikiciyan is also known under the name Toksin, producing dance remixes for the likes of BT and Celldweller and many others.

Dikiciyan's work came to prominence when he sent a copy of his first CD Methods of Destruction, an alternate Quake soundtrack, to id Software in 1996. As a result, John Romero asked him personally to score the soundtrack for Quake II.

Dikiciyan has also contributed sound patches to Moog Music's award-winning Animoog app.


Video games
Title Year System Notes
Quake: Methods of Destruction 1996 Microsoft Windows Alternate soundtrack for Quake[2]
Quake II 1997 Windows, PlayStation with Bill Brown and Jer Sypult, also composed the music expansion packs, Ground Zero & The Reckoning
Unreal 1998 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS Sound effects
Unreal Tournament 1999 Microsoft Windows, Linux, PlayStation 2
Tomorrow Never Dies 1999 PlayStation with Tommy Tallarico, Howard Ulyate, and Todd Dennis.
Quake III Arena 1999 Windows, Linux, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360 with Bill Leeb
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines 2003 PlayStation 2, Xbox, Game Boy Advance, Mobile phones
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent 2006 GameCube, Windows, PS2, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360, Wii Composed the main theme whilst Michael McCann composed the rest of the soundtrack.
Battlezone PSP 2006 PlayStation Portable
Dark Messiah 2006 Windows, Xbox 360
SpyHunter: Nowhere to Run 2006 PS2, Xbox with Kyle Richards and Cris Velasco
TMNT 2007 GameCube, PC, PS2, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360 Jake Kaufman composed the music for the Nintendo DS version.
John Woo's Stranglehold 2007 Windows, PS3, Xbox 360 with Jim Bonney, Jamie Christopherson and Serj Tankian.
Beowulf: The Game 2008 Windows, PS3, Xbox 360, PSP
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra 2008 PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, Mobile phone, Nintendo DS, PSP
Prototype 2009 Windows, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe 2009 PS3, Xbox 360 with various others.
Borderlands 2009 Windows, OS X, PS3, Xbox 360 with Raison Varner and Jesper Kyd.
Mass Effect 2 2010 Windows, Xbox 360 Composed the soundtrack for the DLC pack, Kasumi - Stolen Memory.
MAG 2010 PS3 Composed the music for the Raven faction.
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty 2010 Windows, macOS Additional music with Laurence Juber, Cris Velasco and Inon Zur
Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard 2010 PS3, Wii, Windows with Jason Graves.
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2011 with Cris Velasco.
Tron: Evolution 2010 Windows, PS3, PSP, Xbox 360 with Cris Velasco and Kevin Manthei
Mass Effect 2: Arrival 2011 Windows, PS3, Xbox 360
Mortal Kombat 2011 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows with Todd Haberman and Cris Velasco
The Agency Unreleased PS3, Windows
Twisted Metal 2012 PS3 with various others.
Might & Magic: Duel of Champions 2012 Windows, PS3, Xbox 360
Mass Effect 3 2012 Windows, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U with Sam Hulick, Chris Lennertz and Clint Mansell, also composed the soundtrack for the DLC pack, Leviathan.
Borderlands 2 2012 Windows, OS X, Linux, PS3, PSVita, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, Nvidia Shield with Raison Varner, Kevin Riepl and Jesper Kyd.
Injustice: Gods Among Us 2013 PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, iOS, Android with various others
The Long Dark 2014 Linux, Windows, OS X, Xbox One, PS4
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 2016 Linux, Windows, OS X, PS4, Xbox One Co-composed the main soundtrack, including the soundtrack for the System Rift DLC, with Michael McCann whilst Ed Harrison composed the soundtrack for the Breach DLC. Also composed the soundtrack for the A Criminal Past DLC by himself.
Title Year System Notes
Promo 2001 2001 Digital album
Music for Visual Media 2002 Digital album
Doomsday 2015 Digital album


  1. ^ The Hollywood reporter. Wilkerson Daily Corp. 2003. p. S-30.
  2. ^ "Methods of Destruction -".

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