Methods of Destruction

Methods of Destruction was an alternative soundtrack for Quake, created in 1996 by Sascha Dikiciyan ("Cyber-Age Studios") who later did the Quake 2 soundtrack as Sonic Mayhem. It was for sale on his website which can be found in the Internet Archive. You can also download some sample files there.

Methods of Destruction received a nice review by Bluesnews. Some more random tidbits: 1, 2, 3, 4 (says it was not him alone making the music). There are hints that some more snippets might have aired at QuakeCast. Does someone have those archived?

Tracklist (source)

1. (Data Track)
2. Welcome to Mayhem
3. Premonition
4. B7
5. Ultimate Rage
6. Military Installation
7. Methods Of Destruction
8. Mental Anguish
9. Sounds of Decay
10. B7 (Reprise)

On the archived version of the original website the Shockwave streams seem to be unarchived but the .wav files can be downloaded. See below for the WAV files encoded in FLAC (original WAVs are in /files/music/methods_of_destruction/, the Ogg Vorbis versions were encoded in Q5 and tagged by Spirit.

Do you have a physical copy? Please contact Spirit!

Track 10 - B7 (Reprise) on the Sega Saturn Quake soundtrack

Quake for the Sega Saturn has an additional CD audio track, namely the track B7 from Sonic Mayhem's Methods of Destruction. Well, I set out to get it and what I got was ugly. First of all, the track is only on the US release. And then comes something really ugly. They shrunk all the originals tracks. Not only on the US release to make room for the track. But also on the PAL/EU one where it would not be needed. Well, lazy porting after licensing issues I guess.

Take a look at this if you want a glimpse. The first one is always the full PC soundtrack. Long story short, I decided to host a copy of the track until further notice. You could also get a used copy of Quake for the Sega Saturn (the US version!) very cheaply (just wait if there is no decent offer anywhere).



Some twitter conversations, toksin is Sascha:

About a track on the Sega Saturn port's soundtrack

  • @toksin Sega's Quake has xtra track on it that isn't on the PC's. By chance is that yours? Gracenote says it's NIN's but I'm skeptical.
    7:22 PM Dec 31st 2009 from web
  • @_Catalyst I think it was one of the left over tracks they used but i'm not sure myself!
    8:28 PM Jan 1st 2010 from TweetDeck
  • @toksin TY 4 the response, was hoping to clarify, "End" sounds more like you, what I'd call a preface to q2 soundtrack imo. Not ambient NIN.
    8:44 PM Jan 1st 2010 from web in reply to toksin
  • @toksin Sega credits you 4 'additional music' , "B7″ from MOD and original music as Reznor's. "End" is a track not on PC soundtrack, end=b7?
    8:47 PM Jan 1st 2010 from web in reply to toksin
  • @_Catalyst b7 is the one. Rest was by nin of course! That track was only on the sega version!
    9:11 PM Jan 1st 2010 from TweetDeck
  • @toksin so the 3 min track entitled as End is indeed b7? Yeah it freaked me out the PC/Sega soundtracks were diff. I felt robbed…lol
    9:15 PM Jan 1st 2010 from web in reply to toksin

About (not) being able to get the music

  • @toksin Quake II soundtrack is the best game soundtrack I've ever heard. But I'm curious, why is their a "pop" at the beginning of track 1?
    10:10 PM Oct 16th 2010 2010 via web
  • @toksin Is it a relic of the stamping of the CD? Is it because it's a hybrid data/audio disc? Was it in the original? Just curious. :)
    10:12 PM Oct 16th 2010 via web
  • @jasondavidcarr Well the original Q2 cd had data on it as well. Its just the way red-book audio worked back then.
    10:20 PM Oct 16th 2010 via web in reply to jasondavidcarr
  • @toksin Cool…thanks. Is it true you worked on music for Quake 1 as well? Was it ever released?
    10:30 PM Oct 16th via Twitter for Android in reply to toksin
  • @jasondavidcarr No but I made a custom cd in 1996 that was the first audio add-on at the time.
    11:50 PM Oct 16th 2010 via web in reply to jasondavidcarr
  • @toksin Killer…is it available for purchase? What's it called?
    11:53 PM Oct 16th via Twitter for Android in reply to toksin
  • @jasondavidcarr haha no way. I don't even know where the original files are. It was made in 1996….really dont want people to hear it!
    12:43 AM Oct 17th 2010 via web in reply to jasondavidcarr
  • @toksin Hahaha…as a musician myself, I know what you mean. But believe it or not, people are still looking for it lol…me too. ;)
    12:47 AM Oct 17th via Twitter for Android in reply to toksin
  • @jasondavidcarr It will never happen. :)
    1:17 AM Oct 17th 2010 via web in reply to jasondavidcarr
  • @toksin Hahaha…won't argue with you there. Is that what won you the job for Quake 2 though?
    1:22 AM Oct 17th via Twitter for Android in reply to toksin
  • @jasondavidcarr Not really. But its really weird talking about something that was done in 1997. Maybe time to move on something else…
    4:34 AM Oct 17th 2010 via web in reply to jasondavidcarr
  • @toksin No problem…thanks. Just ignore me if I'm asking too many questions lol. What's the project you're most proud of? I'll get it…
    10:40 AM Oct 17th via Twitter for Android in reply to toksin

Not releasing it

This needs an update