The Music of Portal 2June 3, 2011
The wonderful folks at Valve have made the in-game music for Portal 2 available for free download. The 22 songs in volume 1 (volume 2 is supposed to be up soon) are mainly industrial-themed instrumental electronica, but with a number of classical influences added to the mix.
I’ve been giving them a listen over the past few days, and one in particular, “Ghost of Rattman” stands out as one of the creepier ones. I should run it through an audio editor to see if the vocal rhythm is using any intelligible words. It sounds like there are bits and snatches here and there, but it’s either being played backwards or clipped in mid-word so that only half-syllables and tortured grunts are left.
Incidentally, never having played Portal, I had no idea about the complex back story created around the game. Rattman doesn’t appear anywhere in the first game, but is supposed to be a former researcher at Aperture Science and one of the only survivors of GLADOS’ rampage. Living in the crawlspaces and gradually succumbing to psychosis, he’s the source of the famous “The Cake Is a Lie” line.
I wanted to include “Ghost of Rattman” here, but I need to purchase a space upgrade to load music files. I may consider that at some point.