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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

REDO #2: Sonic Mayhem - Quake II (1997)

Okay, maybe the third time will be a charm. Because of a nagging suspicion that the Rob Zombie theme music must be somewhere on the disc, I discovered a way to extract the audio from the cut scenes. This led to the addition of three tracks to the compilation. I promise, no more redos!

The story goes that when id Software brought in Trent Reznor to do the music for Quake, they were hoping for something that sounded more like industrial rock, something more like, well, Nine Inch Nails. Whether this story is apocryphal or not is immaterial, as Sonic Mayhem delivered the goods for Quake II. The driving hard rock/metal guitars perfectly complement the adrenaline rush game play of Quake II.

A note from Sonic Mayhem's official webpage: "We produced all the level music for this release... Eight were put on the original Quake II game. Some of the other tracks were used for the mission packs... The only actual new track we wrote was an all new "Orchestral/Industrial" style theme track for Rogue Entertainment's Quake II mission pack." In putting this compilation together, I used the PC CD-ROM discs for Quake II (1997), Quake II Mission Pack: The Reckoning (1998) and Quake II Mission Pack: Ground Zero (1998).

In this time period, the most convenient way to add music to a PC game was to sequence the music as normal CD-Audio. If you pop one of these older PC games into your CD player, the background music plays. That makes it very simple to rip the audio. Games today have the music embedded in more advanced ways so that it is not as easily accessible.

All well and good, but who created the music for the last two tracks on Quake II? Sonic Mayhem don't claim credit for them and they don't sound like anything else on the discs. After some online research, it turns out that the industrial dance "Climb" is by musician/sound designer Jer Sypult (aka Jeremiah Sypult). A post on a German Unreal forum pointed to composer Bill Brown's web page. Sure enough, he has two downloadable tracks for Quake II available. One is "Showdown," which is labeled generically as "Ambient," plus, as a nice bonus, an unreleased track called "Intro," a 1:03 orchestral cue from the game's opening intro movie!

There has been a bit of talk online about Rob Zombie contributing music to this soundtrack. This has bugged me because his music doesn't appear on the PC CD-ROM as CD-Audio. In scanning through the directory structure of the CD-ROM, I discovered a bunch of .cin files. It turns out that this is a specialized audio/video file format container created by id Software. I found a program online called Total Video Converter that, among other things, allows audio and/or video conversion of these .cin files. There are eleven .cin files on the CD-ROM. Eight of them are short computer dialogue bits with no music. One is the id Software opening logo sound. The final two are "ntro.cin" and "end.cin". "ntro" runs 3:30 and is the opening movie, which features quite a bit of panicked dialogue. Underneath the dialogue I can hear Bill Brown's "Showdown," which segues into that "Intro" track from his web page. Running for the last 1:15, however, is a bit of cinematic-sounding guitar music I don't recognize. As it sounds different than the music of Sonic Mayhem or Bill Brown, I have to conclude that this is Rob Zombie's theme music contribution. The music in "end.cin" runs :52 and sounds to me like an additional Bill Brown music cue. The audio in these .cin files was stored as uncompressed PCM audio with a 22,050Hz sample rate (half that of normal CD-Audio). I used Total Video Converter to losslessly extract the audio to .wav and then used Audiograbber to convert to MP3. I sequenced the various audio tracks in what seemed the most logical way. As I've no idea who created the id Software logo music, I've credited it to id Software.

Check out the intro cut scene for Quake II:

Each of the two Quake II Mission Packs contains ten CD-Audio tracks, five of which are new. "One Bloodbath" on Ground Zero is identical to "Crashed Up Again" from The Reckoning, so it's not included. I apologize to the folks that took the time to download this previously, but, hopefully, with this third revision, I've finally created the ultimate Quake II soundtrack compilation!

Quake II (1997)
Extracted from "idlog.cin" on Quake II PC CD-ROM (1997):
1. id Software - id Logo (0:05)
Unreleased from Bill Brown's web site (1997):
2. Bill Brown - Intro (1:03)
Extracted from "ntro.cin" on Quake II PC CD-ROM (1997):
3. Bill Brown / Rob Zombie - Ntro (3:30)
CD-Audio from Quake II PC CD-ROM (1997):
4. Sonic Mayhem - Operation Overlord (3:28)
5. Sonic Mayhem - Rage (2:17)
6. Sonic Mayhem - Kill Ratio (2:32)
7. Sonic Mayhem - March of the Stroggs (2:51)
8. Sonic Mayhem - The Underworld (2:34)
9. Sonic Mayhem - Quad Machine (3:34)
10. Sonic Mayhem - Big Gun (3:03)
11. Sonic Mayhem - Descent into Cerberon (2:35)
12. Jer Sypult - Climb (1:59)
13. Bill Brown - Showdown (2:00)
Extracted from "end.cin" on Quake II PC CD-ROM (1997):
14. Bill Brown - End (0:52)
CD-Audio from Quake II Mission Pack: The Reckoning PC CD-ROM (1998):
15. Sonic Mayhem - Gravity Well (2:33)
16. Sonic Mayhem - Counter Attack (3:10)
17. Sonic Mayhem - Stealth Frag (2:57)
18. Sonic Mayhem - Crashed Up Again (2:54)
19. Sonic Mayhem - Adrenaline Junkie (2:50)
CD-Audio from Quake II Mission Pack: Ground Zero PC CD-ROM (1998):
20. Sonic Mayhem - ETF (2:53)
21. Sonic Mayhem - Complex 13 (2:56)
22. Sonic Mayhem - Pressure Point 1 (3:01)
23. Sonic Mayhem - Pressure Point 2 (2:26)
24. Sonic Mayhem - Ground Zero (4:33)

93.8MB ZIP archive
MP3: (1x) Constant bitrate (160kbps) &
(23x) Variable bitrate (209.5kbps average)
Audiograbber 1.83.1 w/LAME 3.97 (--preset fast extreme)



Anonymous said...

Kevin, you RoCK!! You always make it feel like Christmas... Thanks SO much for this one. :)

Anonymous said...


Thanks for this very exciting collection of Quake II music. Interesting about the Quake I music and how it could have ended up sounding totally different. Glad it didnt since thats one of my favorite creepiest game music.

Here is a link to a site where they offer free music to another very horrific game called..BLOOD.

Cellar said...

this album bring back memories.
thank you

Anonymous said...

lol... I can work with Halloween! :)

Kevin, the research you do and share is always great as well. Thank you!

Unknown said...

Great, thanks a lot. I have updated the Wikipedia Quake II soundtrack information now. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, thanks. I was trying this with my old 2001 planet of the apes game, but no luck. Any advice? Thanks

Anonymous said...

OH MY GOD. You wouldn't believe how long I've been looking for this!
Awesome job, dude, Serious Kudos to you.

Anonymous said...

pwnd ;)

Some background music for Tremulous me thinks.

I lost my CD many years ago!
Many Many Thanks!


Unknown said...

Holy shit man, you ROCK! Many thanks :)

Sturm Brightblade said...

Thank you!! I had been searching for a long time after discovering (on Wikipedia) that I did not have all the tracks from Quake II. Then I found out that you've already done all the legwork and provided it for everyone else to download! You're awesome in my book!!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU! I've been looking for the Ground Zero and The Reckoning soundtracks forever, after I discovered that the music wasn't included in the Special Edition of Quake 4. Now I can finally play the expansions with music!

onslaught86 said...

Eeeexcellent. I've long been a fan of the Q2 soundtrack, and I've been after the tracks from the expansions for some time. As I understand it, the PSX version had tracks from those in addition to the PC's set.

zenobi said...

you're great!
i'm quake 2 fan .
last week, i've buy quake2 by steam, but they don't sell the soundtrack.

a lot of thanks, from spanish

Anonymous said...

Thank You SO MUCH - I was looking for this SO LONG TIME ago.
Thank's man!

alff said...

Man!!!! You are really damn good!!!!! Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!! You're the BEST!!!

HerZeLeiD said...

Many thanks man! I also have been searching for the mission pack soundtracks for years. Now I can finally enjoy them while fragging :)

Much love from South Africa ;)

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this. I really love playing gears of war with these tracks.

Anonymous said...

This is some of the most awesome music I've ever heard in my life. I came past this site by a random google search and my life is complete now! Thank you very much! :D


Anonymous said...

Great archive, but could you please include .CUE files for the track ordering for those of us who want to make CDs to give us the music in our Steam purchases? I wrote one, but the ordering for Quake 2 was just guessing that the first several tracks in order were in the order they were in on the original disc. I have no idea about the expansions, though.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. I intended to get the original soundtrack with a torrent, but I'm stuk at 76% and it hasn't got any tracks from the expansion packs >_>

Anonymous said...

I'm too lazy to create a login here but to answer the Question for Steam users about per CD tracks for the Quake II mission packs here they are:

The Reckoning

1.Decent into cerberon by Sonic Mayhem
2.Gravity well by Sonic Mayhem
3.Counter attack by Sonic Mayhem
4.Quad machine by Sonic Mayhem
5.Stealth frag by Sonic Mayhem
6.Operation overload by Sonic Mayhem
7.Crashed up again by Sonic Mayhem
8.Kill ration by Sonic Mayhem
9.Rage by Sonic Mayhem
10.Adrenaline junkie by Sonic Mayhem

Ground Zero

1.ETF by Sonic Mayhem
2.Gravity well by Sonic Mayhem
3.Counter attack by Sonic Mayhem
4.One bloodbath by Sonic Mayhem
5.Stealth frag by Sonic Mayhem
6.Complex 13 by Sonic Mayhem
7.Adrenaline junkie by Sonic Mayhem
8.Pressure point by Sonic Mayhem
9.Pressure point II by Sonic Mayhem
10.Gound zero theme track by Sonic Mayhem

As noted above a Steam user simply needs to create a copy of "Crashed Up Again" from the Reckoning and rename it to "One Bloodbath" for inclusion in the Ground Zero soundtrack also.

As you can see here, they reused parts of the Quake II soundtrack for The Reckoning and parts of The Reckoning for Ground Zero. It's all good as they say.

I go by the name of DirtyHarry50 on Steam btw and this track listing was kindly provided by our good friends at Activision support when I requested it of them. :-)

Anonymous said...

Wow, BAD DirtyHarry! I almost forgot to thank you very much for making the music available to us!

So, thank you very much for this. I really appreciate it along with other Steam users who bought these fine titles sans soundtracks on Steam because as they put it, "id didn't have time to fix this" before release.

Thanks for helping us to fix this grievous omission by providing the music tracks so we can burn mixed mode CDs of these songs that play perfectly along with the games on Steam. Further instructions on how to do so for anyone needing them are available on the searchable Steam forums for Quake II.

Now if you'll excuse me it's time for some of my own kind of pyschotic leisure killing everything that isn't me... ;-)

chiba.slash said...

Sonic Mayhem's are masters in designing ad creating games' soundtracks, and this way - I mean, giving me the chance to find out some old stuff - listening is a real plasure.
Thanks to you, Kevin.

A little comment from a little place lost in Italy ;)

Anonymous said...

Ohh holy sh... I was looking for this since years ago, ´cause there are 11 tracks only and the PS quake II version had a lot more!

Thanks anyway

Anonymous said...

Ohh holy sh... I was looking for this since years ago, ´cause there are 11 tracks only and the PS quake II version had a lot more!

Thanks anyway

Anonymous said...

hi. thanks for that tracks.
how to make it work to play that music while playing Quake2 ?

Anonymous said...

please reupload the file, it's no longer available.

Kevin Sartori said...

I just checked and it's still available. Maybe there was a momentary glitch on Megaupload? Try again!

Anonymous said...

just got it then, fantastic stuff ;p

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! It's a shame the music didn't come with the Special DVD Edition of Quake 4. But thanks to you I can listen to good fraggin' music while I enjoy Quake 2 again!

Deimonian said...

Dude! I've been looking for these awesome tracks for ages! You rock!

Many thanks from Dei :D

Santiago said...

Muchas Gracias !! saludos desde Argentina .

maltech said...


as stated at a german forum, john carmack from id software verified the fact about rob zombie's quake theme:

the theme was also used by activision in a video called 'history of quake' which can be found on youtube.

bfg666 said...

Link is dead, please reupload. And while you're at it, you might wanna upload a better quality than 160kbps, since you converted it to wav before doing the mp3s. That would be greatly appreciated!

Kevin Sartori said...

Download link was expired/deleted. Re-uploaded and available for download again!

@bfg666, only one of the tracks is 160kbps, the unreleased track that I grabbed from Bill Brown's website. The other 23 tracks are variable bitrate that average out to 209.5kbps, encoded using LAME 3.97 --preset fast extreme (-V0).

Anonymous said...

Appreciate the service, sir. This will allow me to enjoy the placeholder music for my flash development ;)

Anonymous said...

You're a $#!%in God. Hand's down the greatest soundtrack for a shooter, brings back a lot of memories.

John said...

I came across this post today, thanks for throwing all this together. Its great to find people with the same affinity for good, classic and under appreciated game music.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much Kevin.

I've been searching after this for years. I could always find the standard 11 tracks but never those included in the playstation release. I'll assume that the PS release included the music from the expansion packs as I've been informed the PS soundtrack has 24 tracks to the PC's 11.

Thanks again...and again,and again.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting QII sound track. I still own The Reckoning and kept just for the soundtrack. My QII disk is missing at the moment so I can't verify this, but I'm 95% sure you have a track missing. It's a basic track like Descent into Cerberon. It's one of those nagging things when I find it missing (that track) My memory of gets stronger. Overall, great job.

Anonymous said...

Best blog ever?

Kevin Sartori said...

Share has been uploaded to MediaFire and is available now!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the effort and intel brother. This has been an awesome piece of work!


Anonymous said...

THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH!!! GREAT JOB!! I never get tired of hearing this songs, inmortal soundtrack.

Marcelo said...

Thanks! Love this compilation

balrog5 said...

possible your download site got compromised. hit the download link and got a malware popup of one of the fake virus detector/checker trojans.

Kevin Sartori said...

I'm not sure what to tell you, balrog5. I just tried the link. I was taken directly to MediaFire. Once there, I clicked the big green download button and downloaded the zip file. I double-checked the zip file and it's fine. I didn't get any redirects or pop-ups. I'm not sure what's wrong on your end, but this zip file has been downloaded hundreds of times by other visitors.

Did you get the warning when you clicked the download link on the blog or when you clicked the download link on MediaFire? Have you had any issues on other sites?

Anonymous said...

This is the music that introduced me to metal! Remember loving the music when was a kid and I had the CD with me in dads car. It is still one of my favorite "alums" ever. The original Quake II cd that is. Best riffs ever, should be awarded with some kind of price for awesomeness.

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for this.
Just had an HD go poof and this, plus the added tracks, should be great.

Mauricio Maximino said...

Muito Obrigado!

Hugs from Rio de Janeiro

Anonymous said...

Hey Kevin thanks for uploading this album, good memories from my childhood are coming back :D

Unknown said...

thank you very much amigo!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks man. I had all these back in day and I miss them terribly. You are a saint!

Unknown said...

Hey, thanks for sharing this!