Why Do Horror Games Sound So Beautiful?


but i have seen
death’s clever enormous voice
which hides in a fragility

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Visual Media Used: Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, The Evil Within, The Evil Within 2, Silent Hill, Silent Hill 2, Silent Hill 3, The Making of Silent Hill 2 (documentary), Resident Evil 1, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 7, Resident Evil 2 (Remake), Outlast, Dear Esther, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

Music Used: What Darkness Awaits You (Scanner Sombre), New Year’s Eve, Recital, Clockwork Soul, The Factory Gates, Mandus, The New Century (Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs), Serenity, Mercenaries- Wesker’s Theme, The Drive (Resident Evil 4), Secure Place (Resident Evil 2), Safe Room (Resident Evil 2 Remake), Save Room (Resident Evil 1), Saferoom (Resident Evil 7), Heaven’s Night, Promise, Theme of Laura (Silent Hill 2), Not Tomorrow (Silent Hill 1), Rain of Brass Petals (Silent Hill 3), Clair De Lune, Carousel Theme (The Evil Within 1), Serenade for Strings in C Major Op. 48, Making Your Way Home (The Evil Within 2)

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  1. If you want to hear more about horror games, sounds, and any song with strings, I'll be releasing a full-length video commentary for this essay on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/JacobGeller

  2. Silent Hill is by far my favorite horror series, and my 2nd favorite series ever. And the music is a LARGE portion of it. Laura's Theme kills me when I hear it. Akira Yamaoka is a god with music.

  3. Hey Jacob Geller! if you life horror games with good soundtracks you should check Cry Of Fear!, it's an amazing horror game with an amazing story and the soundtrack is beautiful and extremely inspired by the silent hill songs, you should check it out, at least the full ost

  4. I feel ya bro: Resident Evil: Directors Cut: Dual Shock OST Mansion Basement is truly a beautiful song that trancsends everything you know about music and soul

  5. Music is the language of emotion. Horror as a genre puts a big focus on evoking emotions. It just makes sense

  6. The developers of A Hat In Time clearly know this. There's a track that plays at the end of Queen Vanessa's Manor (the game's horror chapter) that sounds a lot like the Resident Evil 4 track you highlight at the start of the video. In the game's files it's simply called "Attic.ogg" after where it plays. In the official soundtrack, it's titled "You're Safe Now".

  7. Side note a machine for pigs either stole someones work Or in reverse. The entire story is desterbingly simmiler to an SCP story called The house of the worm http://www.scp-wiki.net/the-worm

  8. Man. Holy fuck. I love this channel. Hands down best video essays, and most the consistently best essays on youtube

  9. This is probably the best youtube video I've ever watched, the way you write and convey your ideas and your emotions is sublime. Thank you

  10. If anyone is curious I’ve located the track Serenity on Apple Music after 20 minutes of searching. It’s in an album compilation called “biohazard sound chronicle best track box.” You’ll have to scroll down quite a bit, but thank god its there.

  11. i just found your channel, i want to say i'm in love with your voice. It's like the music you where talking about. Without your voice this video essay would be not as good as it was. Thanks for existing and making content. 🙂

  12. I genuinely think this is one of the best videos on YouTube. The structure of your videos are incredible, they are told like a story with a narrative of different concepts and feelings. This is the epitome of analysis in the form of a video. The editing, script and passion all funnel into a video highlighting a detail I hadn't even thought about. Perfection.

  13. As a huge fan of horror and the first Amnesia, A Machine For Pigs spits on the face of the first one. The game was a lazy cash grab and had some of the most boring, uninspired level design I've ever seen. The game was just boring and not fun to play whatsoever. It stripped out everything that made Dark Descent good and just kinda threw a bunch of random hallways together with a vague, overdone theme. The game just felt uninspired and rushed with lots of open streets and bland environments.
    Sure, the music was good, but unfortunately that doesn't make for a good game.

  14. Hold up just wait 1 mother F SECOND. Grunt Birthday Party is also an absolutely crucial mandatory gameplay enhancer and not optional. You would have to be a complete fascist to argue against GBB. It's so satisfying to hear those children congratulate my lethal accuracy with a whimsical "yay!" IWHBYD is another M.G.E. and not optional (unless this is your first playthrough/lore reasons)

  15. No idea if you'll see this but this video overall made me think even more fondly of Hyper Light Drifter. On surface level, the game isn't at all scary, it's bright and colorful, it's rare any singular enemy besides a boss is much of a threat, and you have a lot of control over just about any situation, but the underlying world building that the game partakes in is generally very dark and grim, taking place in a dying world, playing as one of many characters stricken with what many consider to be an incurable disease that causes nightmarish visions and the infected to cough up blood regularly, genocide being fairly rampant in some areas of the world, and it all taking place after the collapse of some long forgotten empire, and this is all told without a single line of dialogue or text, solely through visual queues.

    But, to bring it back to the video, it also has an incredibly striking soundtrack that follows a lot of the themes you talk about, the most obvious of which being the end theme, Panacea, which is all together very wistful, coming across as longing for a better time as you mentioned, but also tinged with hopefulness that ties into the title of the track, and overall is probably my all time favorite closing track to any game iv'e ever played.

    To any who haven't played it I would highly recommend it, as I would consider it to be one of the most visually beautiful games in the last decade, with an amazing score, and also happens to be quite fun to play.

  16. There is an interesting dissonance in your theory and the discussion of music, I agree with you with every part, but nostalgia changes how this works. You grew up with RE4, so when you hear the save room song, it makes you be thrown back into that calming feeling, reinforcing the beautiful song as well as your love for the game. I however, played the Evil Within as one of my first games ever. “Clair De Lune” to me is what “Serenity is to you. When I hear Clair De Lune, I get transported back to those nights playing the game, and the calmness and mental break that the upgrade station gave me. Overall it is interesting to see how the music in the game affected you and I through vastly different gaming experiences

  17. Being honest, the track examples for A Machine For Pigs and Evil Within Two aren't moving to me because of the media attached: convoluted stories whose execution doesn't live up to the ideas behind them, so the songs without explanation would have just sounded like 21st century cinematic style emotional music from nothing in particular. This style is so, so used it's killed itself. And seeing you explain how it ties to Amnesia's themes it's horrible to see it die like that

  18. Horror game : we are scary and will ggive you trauma!
    everyone : ahh yes the melody is beautiful in my ears like a sunset

  19. Growing up playing horror games I’ve never put much thought into music until recently when I played Yuppie Pyscho that I noticed the music. Then I went back and played some games with some of the most beautiful scores I heard in the video games and thought wow how did I miss this.

  20. Ngl I was still p hype when that dead space trailer came out. I get it, it doesn’t fit the game overall but that game is kind of grand with the markers and aliens and shit. Felt like dead space 3 (the coop game) is p bad ass sometimes lol

  21. Nah the Deadspace scene hit me on point u felt badass af but it does feel out of place in a horror game


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