Posted on July 17, 2007,

Bioshock To Include Original Schyman Score

garry_schyman.jpgWe all know when it comes to media, whether it be movies or video games, music plays a huge part in our overall experience. Music can heighten the excitement of an ongoing gun battle, or it can draw us into the mystery of certain area in a game.

With that said, Bioshock just got that much better because 2K Games along with developer Irrational Games announced today famed composer Gary Schyman has written the original score for BioShock.

“BioShock is a composer’s dream project; I have never been offered such a unique palette to write for,” said Garry Schyman. “I really pushed myself to create a score that truly complements the extraordinary experience of BioShock and Irrational Games supported me all the way. I even had the opportunity to write a solo piano work in the style of late Rachmaninoff!”

Is anyone else getting antsy with anticipation from all of the stars aligning just right with this game? I mean, it just seems too good to be true that BioShock may very well change the way we perceive video games and launch a new era where games are much more engrossing.

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3 Comments on Bioshock To Include Original Schyman Score


On July 17, 2007 at 8:04 am

Sticking just to the music and not so much the games, I’d say the music to beat is for Halo. Regardless of whether or not you like the game, it has a phenomenal score and whilst perhaps a guitar version of the Truth and Reconciliation theme isn’t as good as an orchestral, the full piece in Halo 3 looks likely to blow us off the world in music alone.

I’d say though that other competitors would be the Zelda series (when they stop using computer-generated sounds and get an orchestral version, it’ll be on par with Halo) and maybe Final Fantasy, which has some good stuff for it.

It does make me happy though to know that some developers don’t overlook music. Whilst in some cases it adds to the game, in others, it’s just great to listen to some brilliant music. I hope this doesn’t disappoint.


On July 17, 2007 at 9:07 am

When music is an integral part of the production, instead of just an afterthought, it definitely adds to the overall enjoyment of a game. It’s nice to see companies looking at a broader scope for their titles instead of focusing solely on gameplay or graphics.


On August 7, 2007 at 11:56 am

Speaking as a composer, it’s a thrill to write for games. I am and have always been convinced that good ‘game music’ is an important part of the overall package being marketed.