Roleplaying music – Bioshock

The award-winning computer game Bioshock takes place in an underwater city called Rapture, where the dream of scientists and artists turned into nightmare. The soundtrack of Bioshock not only featured songs form the 40s and 50s but twelve original orchestrated pieces composed by Garry Schyman. The score (without the licensed songs) has been released for free shortly after the game came out.
In my opinion the Bioshock score is perfectly suited for horror campaigns set in the  first half of the 20th century. I think I will make use of it the next time we play Call of Cthulhu.

You can download the Bioshock soundtrack here (ZIP file; 21.7 MByte).
There’s also a review of the score and an interview with the composer at!

Bioshock – Main Theme “The Ocean on His Shoulders”

4 thoughts on “Roleplaying music – Bioshock”

  1. You keep bringing up music as a tool for creating mood, and I do like the idea a lot, but do you have any ideas on how to introduce it to the players so that it doesn't just feel like a gimmick to them?

    PS. Thanks for the link to the Bioshock soundtrack.

  2. @Typhinius: Hmm, when I was first introduced to music as a tool for creating mood in RPGs, the GM just told us he wanted to try something new. We were playing CHILL at this time and he used the "Nightmare on Elm Street" soundtrack in the background. And it worked instantly and we never played without music in the future.

    I have no idea on how to introduce it to your players other then just try it out. I haven't met a group that was opposed to playing fitting music in the background.

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