Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, The Soundtrack to Tom Clancy's

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Composed by Амон Тобин
Arranged by Амон Тобин
Published by Ninja Tune
Catalog number ZENCD-100
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 10 Tracks
Release date January 25, 2005
Duration 00:48:16
Genres Electronica: IDM / Jazz: Jazzcore
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Amon Tobin is, without a doubt, one of the best electronica artists in existence. By fusing jazz, hip-hop, drum 'n bass and his native Brazilian influence, he creates unique soundscapes with a lot of rhythmic flavor and experimentation, managing to push the boundaries of music each time he tries something new. Tobin has a more-than-impressive discography behind his back, like the mind-blowing Permutation or the jazzy and psychedelic Bricolage, but his works were starting to sound slightly similar, despite his craft never fading. Luckily for Tobin, Ubisoft contracted him to score the soundtrack for Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, marking his first video game debut, and giving him the chance to experiment in many innovative ways. The final result was one of the best and most context effective soundtracks that were ever produced. Not only that, Tobin also gathered a very talented group of musicians for the sampling of the instruments (including mellotrons, flutes, and other mostly-acoustic varieties) achieving some top-notch production qualities.


Despite his experimentation and originality, this is still an Amon Tobin album at its core. Most of the album is a potent mash of intense breakbeats and atmospheric sound effects, creating a sonic contrast of ambience and rhythm. The music definitely sounds very nocturnal, with some cinematic flair thrown in. Perfect examples of this are the heart-pumping opener "The Lighthouse", the unique and atmospheric "Theme from Battery", or the eerie "Kokubo Sosho Stealth". All of the tracks inspire imagery of dark, night-time environments, fitting for the setting and stealth elements of the game.

Other notable mentions include "The Clean Up", which adds some ethnic Asian elements into the mix of intense drum 'n bass and strings, or "Displaced" and "Ruthless" with their incredibly cinematic, tense, and fast-paced electronica. In addition to offering an engaging accompaniment to the gameplay, these tracks have the length and substance of music featured in Tobin's original albums, ensuring a fulfilling stand-alone listen. In fact, one track — the frenetic "Kokubo Sosho Battle" — is directly adapted from one of Tobin's original albums.

Technically speaking, each track has three different levels of intensity corresponding with the degree of danger during the missions: the calm sections for exploration, the more tense ones when danger is approaching, and lastly the action-fueled segments when enemies are alarmed. The evolution of "The Lighthouse" with increasingly complex breakbeats and hybridised forcese is an excellent example. Still, the album is mixed and produced in such a way were everything flows cohesively and feels like a whole, so this album is more than just a "soundtrack".

Note that there are technically two versions of this soundtrack. One is the regular edition featuring ten tracks reviewed here. I highly recommend listening to this version with the headphones on, preferably during the night, to appreciate the best that the album has to offer. However, audiophiles with surround sound systems can also purchase a DVD soundtrack featuring bonus videos and an additional track. This is arguably the definitive version of the score.


Ultimately, Chaos Theory is one of the most effective in-context soundtracks to ever grace a video game, bringing intensity and interactivity to the main gameplay while complementing Jesper Kyd's score for the cinematics. Despite that being more than enough, the album also surprises by being a magnificent accomplishment of electronic music, mixing ambient soundscapes and electronic beats in a rare and unique way. It's a must-listen for everyone, whether game music fans or Amon Tobin followers. Although it can be difficult to taste for some, as it requires understanding and appreciation of the genre, and in particular of Tobin's style, anyone who is willing to be adventurous is in for an out-of-this-world trip. Definitely, this is one of Tobin's most memorable efforts, if slightly less accomplished than his debut main albums, which is still saying a lot. Note that this regular edition is primarily targeted for non-audiophiles lacking surround sound systems, however.


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Album was composed by Амон Тобин and was released on January 25, 2005. Soundtrack consists of tracks with duration over about 50 minutes. Album was released by Ninja Tune.

Sounds like Electronica, Jazz - that's what we can say about this album.

CD 1

The Lighthouse
Theme from Battery
Kokubo Sosho Stealth
El Cargo
Ruthless (Reprise)
Kokubo Sosho Battle (Adapted from Cougar Merkin)
The Clean Up
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