Sascha Dikiciyan

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Sascha Dikiciyan
Also known asSonic Mayhem, Toksin, Buzzfunk
Born1970 (age 49–50)
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 PC Alternate soundtrack for Quake[2]
Quake II 1997 PC, PlayStation with Bill Brown and Jer Sypult, also composed the music expansion packs, Ground Zero & The Reckoning
Unreal 1998 PC, Mac Sound effects
Unreal Tournament 1999 PC, PS2
Tomorrow Never Dies PlayStation with Tommy Tallarico, Howard Ulyate, and Todd Dennis.
Quake III Arena PC, PS2, Xbox 360 with Bill Leeb
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines 2003 PS2, Xbox, GBA, Mobile phones
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent 2006 GameCube, PC, PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360, Wii Main theme only, with Michael McCann
Battlezone PSP PSP
Dark Messiah PC, Xbox 360
SpyHunter: Nowhere to Run PS2, Xbox with Kyle Richards and Cris Velasco
TMNT 2007 GameCube, PC, PS2, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360
John Woo's Stranglehold PC, PS3, Xbox 360 with Jim Bonney, Jamie Christopherson and Serj Tankian.
Beowulf: The Game 2008 PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PSP
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, Mobile phone, Nintendo DS, PSP
Prototype 2009 PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe PS3, Xbox 360 with various others.
Borderlands PC, PS3, Xbox 360 with Raison Varner and Jesper Kyd.
Mass Effect 2 2010 PC, Xbox 360 Composed the soundtrack for the DLC pack, Kasumi - Stolen Memory.
MAG PS3 Composed the music for the Raven faction.
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty PC Additional music with Laurence Juber, Cris Velasco and Inon Zur
Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard PS3, Wii, PC with Jason Graves.
Tron: Evolution PC, PS3, PSP, Xbox 360 with Cris Velasco and Kevin Manthei
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2011 PC, PS3, Xbox 360 with Cris Velasco.
Mass Effect 2: Arrival PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Mortal Kombat PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PSVita, PC with Todd Haberman and Cris Velasco
The Agency Unreleased PS3, PC
Twisted Metal 2012 PS3 with various others.
Might & Magic: Duel of Champions PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Mass Effect 3 PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U with Sam Hulick, Chris Lennertz and Clint Mansell, also composed the soundtrack for the DLC pack, Leviathan.
Borderlands 2 PC, PS3, PSVita, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One, Nvidia Shield with Raison Varner, Kevin Riepl and Jesper Kyd.
Injustice: Gods Among Us 2013 PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360, PC, PS4, PSVita, Mobile with various others
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 2016 PC, PS4, Xbox One With Michael McCan, also scored the System Rift and A Criminal Past DLC packs.
The Long Dark 2017 PC, Xbox One, PS4
Title Year System Notes
Promo 2001 2001 Digital album
Music for Visual Media 2002
Doomsday 2015


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

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