Quake for N64 Official Soundtrack by Aubrey Hodges on Bandcamp

Jerry on 2023-02-11
Today, the official soundtrack album for the Nintendo 64 edition of Quake commemorates 10 years of publication on composer Aubrey Hodges' Bandcamp page. The digital album includes the classic game score and two bonus arrangements.

The science fiction-themed first-person shooter was developed by Id Software in 1996 for Windows, using a custom engine supporting real-time three-dimensional rendering. The PC title came with a highly publicized soundtrack by Trent Reznor and the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails.

In 2000, Midway Games handled the Quake port for the Nintendo's N64 home console, including a tailor-made score by Hodges that complements the title's labyrinthine, medieval environments by mixing orchestral and electronic elements. Midway introduced a two-player split-screen mode, and colored lighting not seen in the original.

Bethesda Softworks' remastered 2021 edition of Quake for Windows through Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One can be augmented with an emulated port of Quake 64. The console game can be played by downloading the software through the Quake Remastered Add-Ons menu.

From the liner notes by Hodges:
The challenge for me from the audio perspective was in how to deliver an aggressive and edgy sound using very low quality (small) samples. I used less samples in the music and reused sound effects as instrument samples at times. I really liked how it came together and the game is one of my favorite works.
Bandcamp - Quake - Nintendo 64: Official Soundtrack