10 Beautiful and Dark Sound Designs

by Saul Edmonds

This collection of Beautiful and Dark Sound Designs will focus primarily on that genre known as Dark Ambient. Dark Ambient is an emotive composition style used to bring an ‘epic quality’ to cinema and gaming.

“If you want to make someone feel emotion, you have to make them let go.

Listening to something is an act of surrender.” (Brian Eno)

The Darker Side

Brian Eno is commonly hailed as the innovator of the Ambient Music style.

The darkest of Eno’s early works is ‘Ambient 4 : On Land’ (1982). It is a collage of electronic and acoustic sounds that creates a mysterious otherworld landscape.

Where Ambient Music is concerned with background textures and soundscapes (oftentimes experimental in style) - Dark Ambient as a genre is characterized by greater diversity of musical form.

  • Specificity of mood is paramount.
  • That mood is as distinctive as the Night.
  • Foreboding, ominous, disturbing.
  • Both unseen and unknown.
  • Only heard.

Industrial Music, Noise, Ethereal Wave, Black Metal - share a commonality with Dark Ambient which grew out of the heady synthesizer and sampling days of the 1980‘s.

Projects feature an atmospheric use of synthesizers, electric guitar and keyboards. Instrumentation is often loaded with discord, reverb and other effects. Noise, experimental sound, vocals and field recordings provide additional spatial elements.

The Dark Ambient style is featured in many films and games. It is at its best when when portraying post-apocalyptic worlds and puzzling future-scapes.

1. Eraserhead (1977) - Sound Design by Alan Splet

2. Zodiac (2007) - Composed by David Shire

3. Fallout Series - Composed by Inon Zur

4. Oddworld - Strangers Wrath - Composed by Michael Bross

5. Portal - Composed by Kelly Bailey and Mike Morasky

6. Mirror’s Edge - Composed by Magnus Birgersson

7. Doom 3 - Composed by Chris Vrenna of Nine Inch Nails

8. Donnie Darko (2001) - Composed by Michael Andrews

9. Silent Hill - Composed by Akira Yamaoka

10. The Elephant Man (1980) - Main Theme by John Morris


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As Creative Director & Roundhouse Founder Saul Edmonds has over 20 years professional design and digital experience. 

He is an expert on Brand, Website and App Development. He has worked with clients across all industry groups - including startups, small business, government and entrepreneurs - on projects of all sizes and budgets.

Saul and his team can help you grow your business and discover new possibilities with :

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    Game themes list top 20 (part 1)

    by Saul Edmonds
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    “War. War never changes.” (Fallout)

    The lines between film and gaming continue to blur

    A theatrical soundtrack is essential: gaming is an immersive cinematic experience. Appreciation for video game music as an art genre continues to grow

    The melodies and themes featured below are all thoughtfully resolved pieces of music, that offer listening pleasure beyond the context of the game for which they were written. Today, it is quite common for such music scores to be performed by philharmonic orchestras around the world

    We offer these top soundtrack in no particular order, but as a collection of well crafted gaming themes for your listening pleasure

    • Indigo Prophecy (Fahrenheit) Main Theme Very beautiful music written by Angelo Badalamenti
    • Mirrors Edge theme Epic music. Epic game
    • Parasite Eve : Primal Eyes Music from the soundtrack of Parasite Eve composed by Yoko Shimomura. Japanese games are awesome games
    • Metal Gear Solid 3 : Snake Eater The drum line is amazing
    • Fallout 3 : “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire” by The Ink Spots The music is perfect as the game is in the same style
    • Heavy Rain - Ethan Mars themeThis game theme has all the emotion of a movie
    • Tetris theme Tetris. Gameboy. Mucho fun. Unforgettable
    • Halo 3 theme This music is a legend written by Martin O’Donnell And Michael Salvatori.
    • Portal Theme : Still Alive Ending song of this great game made by Valve
    • Battlefield 1942 Intro theme Epic war anthem

    Part 2 next week >>

    What’s your fav ?


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    Get to know Saul Edmonds & Roundhouse

    As Creative Director & Roundhouse Founder Saul Edmonds has over 20 years professional design and digital experience. 

    He is an expert on Brand, Website and App Development. He has worked with clients across all industry groups - including startups, small business, government and entrepreneurs - on projects of all sizes and budgets.

    Saul and his team can help you grow your business and discover new possibilities with :

    • strategic brand design
    • web design & development
    • app design and development 
    • digital marketing 
    • creative engagement 

      Saul Edmonds believes that every project begins with a story. 

      Saul and his team offer a one to one, tailored service - where he works with you closely to develop innovative solutions that will take your business to the next level. 

      Find out how Saul can help you turn your ideas into reality.

      Book an obligation free consultation with Saul Edmonds for ideas and strategies to take your business or project to the next level. Click here to arrange your booking.

      Phone : +617 1300 727 749
      email : us@roundhouse.cc

      • Learn about our web design here.
      • Learn about our app development here.
      • See our brand and logo portfolio here.

      Connect with Saul Edmonds on Linkedin here or Google+ here.
      Connect with Roundhouse on Google+ here.

      by Saul Edmonds