Someday Soundtracks is a semi-regular feature where I post a great track (or whole score) from one of my favourite games.
Mark Morgan‘s ambient soundtracks for Fallout 1 and Fallout 2 have always held a special fascination for me. His soundtracks, especially those he did for Fallout 1 and 2 don’t just communicate excitement or mood, but always communicate something to the player. Fallout maintains a consistent atmosphere of dread mainly because of Mark Morgan’s stellar work. I’ve never quite enjoyed Inon Zur‘s ambient score for Fallout 3, preferring to keep on Galaxy News Radio. I was happy when Obsidian decided to use Morgan’s ambient work for Fallout: New Vegas and was surprised about how well his score works, even in a very different type of Fallout game.
While most people gravitate to The Ink Spot’s “Maybe” since that opens and closes Fallout 1 or even to Louis Armstrong’s “A Kiss To Build A Dream On” for Fallout 2, the industrial synths, desert reeds, and military noise Morgan created for the original games greatly enhances the experience of the game. Sometimes while I’m working, I’ll boot up the game’s soundtracks and remember the last time I traveled through the post-nuclear haze of Fallout’s world. Morgan has gone on to do the soundtrack for Wasteland 2 and will also be providing the music for Torment: Tides Of Numenera. I can’t wait to hear what he comes up with next.