Bioshock — Empty Houses
Buying the special edition of Bioshock Infinite, which comes with a digital copy of the game’s score, was a pretty fantastic decision.
I’ve been listening to Garry Schyman’s superb work for the better part of a week now, and it’s absolutely beautiful. Any fan of game music, or orchestral music, or music that’s able to evoke any kind of emotion at all, ought to look it up immediately.
But I thought this afternoon that I’d highlight a track from Schyman’s score for the original Bioshock, which is every bit as worthwhile as his newest endeavor. This track, “Empty Houses,” is not as immediately recognizable as “Welcome to Rapture” or “Cohen’s Masterpiece,” but it’s still my favorite piece in the whole score–it gets utilized early on in the game, just as you realize what a bleak and appalling mess you’ve stumbled into, just as your one ally is asking of you an impossible task. This piece, more than any other, captures just how sad the story of Rapture is.
Give it a listen–really let the strings sink in–and think about how frightening it was to contemplate the prospect of navigating through the whole of that decaying, anarchic metropolis beneath the waves.