See You Starside: The Marathon Soundtrack Reimagined 1.0
The Man on Feb 5th 2023
First off, I want to make something abundantly clear: This is not a conventional remix album – I categorise it as an arrangement album. Anyone expecting these songs to preserve the originals’ mood and atmosphere is in for a severe disappointment, though I do have a much older set of remixes¹ that might be more to your taste. I also strongly recommend against using this album for your first playthrough; it’ll substantially alter the game’s atmosphere, which is one of its most memorable qualities. It would (hopefully) still be enjoyable, but it wouldn’t really be Marathon.
That said, these intricate, dense, yet dynamic mixes are brimming with retro synths, arpeggiation, musical cross-references, reverb, and entirely new instrument parts and melodies: where the OST runs for forty minutes, these run for seventy-eight. They’re Marathon’s OST by way of ’70s progressive rock songwriting and arrangement, ’80s pop production, and ’90s Japanese games’ atmosphere, with secondary influences from genres as disparate as jazz, blues, disco, ambient, post-rock, classical, electronic music, Krautrock, and metal.
I’ve included both a lossless FLAC version of this album and an Ogg Vorbis version suitable for in-game use. The Vorbis versions are mostly based on the FLAC files. The sole exception is “Flowers in Heaven”, which loops infinitely² in-game. Thus, the FLAC version in the album simply fades out after completing a loop.
The album also comes with a 16-page PDF featuring additional album artwork and my commentary on each individual song and the album as a whole.
My complete discography, including some works in progress, is available here: https://aaronfreed.github.io/aaronfreed/discography.html
I also have these on YouTube, although I strongly encourage use of an adblocker, since YouTube has decided to take the liberty of running ads that I do not want on my videos and do not make a single cent from. There’s no copyright claim on the video, so this is just Google violating its erstwhile mantra of “don’t be evil”. https://youtu.be/bRiDh3PziWU
Plus, I’ve posted videos of “Cool Fusion” and “Bob-B-Q” showing how, respectively, “Flowers in Heaven” and “What About Bob?” play in-game.
“Cool Fusion”: https://youtu.be/QfF01WLolgM
¹You can get my older remixes at https://1drv.ms/u/s!AuD0MykSsmaRpiobXz51kqObAIqH?e=WogGPt
²Explanation of how looping works: https://aaronfreed.github.io/aaronfreed/mapmaking.html#looper
136 downloads, 0 reviews, 1 screenshot, 0.0 rating
Marathon OST 2021 1.4
ckt1138 on Mar 14th 2021
The entire Marathon OST meticulously restored with new instruments and better production value.
Unlike most M1 music replacers, this one does NOT try to heavily alter the original composition nor is it simply a sound font swap. I remixed everything inside of FL Studio 20 with high quality VST instruments and (occasionally) real hardware synths and sounds. My goal was to create a faithful reinterpretation of the OST with mostly appropriate sounds (nothing more modern than 1990's electronic instruments, etc) but with a better overall balance and less cheap sound. I'm extremely proud of the outcome, and I think fans of the original game and its score will really appreciate it too!
This download contains a FLAC and OGG version, to replace the in game music, simply drop the OGG files into the "Music" folder in your Marathon directory.
If Aleph One is ever updated to allow gapless looping of music, I will create a loopable mix.
(if you enjoyed this music, check out fragileforms.bandcamp.com , where I post my original music as MetaMorphosys)
Notes for version 1.4:
Corrected typographical errors in the tags
1366 downloads, 1 review, 1 screenshot, 5.0 rating
Eupfhoria - Marathon Soundtrack Remake 1
Zuranthus on Nov 18th 2018
Eupfhoria - Marathon Soundtrack Remake
Eupfhoria is a fully re-instrumented and re-scored soundtrack mod for the first Marathon. This replacement tries to remaster the original soundtrack while retaining the original feel. It IS the tracks you know and love, as it's based off the original MIDI files. Most tracks should fuller and more atmospheric, hopefully a bit like Marathon's younger brother, Halo.
To see if this is for you without downloading, you can stream it all here: Eupfhoria - Full Album Stream
Installation is simple, just replace your Music folder found in the Marathon directory. Backup your original folder if you want to go back to the originals.
NOTE: Don't use this for your first playthrough. Really. This is for people who've played through it before and want a new experience. Updating those pesky textures is one thing, but save this for your second playthrough.
Notes for version 1:
1612 downloads, 2 reviews, 1 screenshot, 3.5 rating
Marathon Music Remasterd 2.0
herecomethej2000 on Dec 30th 2017
The music that is shipped with the Marathon release is based off of the classic Quicktime synth. This is the fed through fluidsynth which utilized a modern sample set — in this case, Don Allen's Timbres of Heaven. All tracks have been normalized and made working for in-game.
To install, simply replace the Music folder within the Marathon data folder
Notes for version 2.0:
-A new attempt utilizing Timbers of Heaven 3.4 and the latest fluidsynth.
fixed missing track 14
3026 downloads, 4 reviews, 1 screenshot, 3.0 rating
NEFX - Thresholds of Rite 1
Adminn_1 on Aug 9th 2017
"Thresholds of Rite" is a level built for Tempus Irae in the style of a Wolfenstein 3D level -- that is to say, no variation in floor or ceiling height (save for obstacles). It has slightly modified textures and physics, along with a new NEFX music track that plays in-game (if you have music turned on).
To get the track to run, just drag the Music folder into your Tempus Irae folder along with the map and it should run. If it doesn’t for whatever reason, say so in the comments. If nothing else, you can just listen to the music separately, loop it on a media player while you play, or simply go without.
Much thanks to Windbreaker for helping me with a lot of the technical hurdles, as well as playing through the level and offering a couple of good tips in design. You are a true comrade.
1594 downloads, 1 review, 0 screenshots, 5.0 rating
KILL ME EP 1.0
irons on Jun 23rd 2014
Chibi Usa Soundtrack Bonus Edition
ftg.death.rhino on Jun 5th 2013
Now you can hear the Original Marathon Soundtrack in the modern MIDI Instruments for Quicktime! Me sad though, no plugin, no MML script, just replace your Tracks folder with the new one... :'-(
Notes for version Bonus Edition:
It may not be a plugin, and it may not replace on its own, but it has some cool extra stuff, things for newcomers and things for Born on Boards!
2626 downloads, 2 reviews, 1 screenshot, 4.5 rating
Marathon 2 Special Edition soundtrack in MP3 Format
Marathoner325 on Aug 3rd 2011
This is the Marathon 2 special edition soundtrack in MP3 format. THIS IS NOT MY MUSIC
3737 downloads, 0 reviews, 0 screenshots, 0.0 rating
Marathon 2 Map with Special Edition Soundtrack
Marathoner325 on Aug 3rd 2011
This is the Marathon 2: Durandal map file coupled with the Special Edition soundtrack, which, when the map and tracks are installed, will play over the Marathon 2 levels. I DO NOT OWN THIS MUSIC
3080 downloads, 1 review, 0 screenshots, 1.0 rating
Marathon 2 SE Tracks 1.5
fracai on Aug 3rd 2011
A collection of 28 ogg tracks created by Mark Sumner (Zipper Cat), Mike Gorczynski (The Punisher), The Cannibal Whore Feast(Iain McLaughlin), Julian Zielke (Mercenary), MuShoo.
Originally uploaded to Orbital Arm, I am not the author of this release.
Notes for version 1.5:
1024 No More.ogg
All Roads Lead to Carnage.ogg
Bob is Dead.ogg
Frogblast the Dance Floor.ogg
Haunter of the Darkness.ogg
Pyramids of Jjarro.ogg
See You Starside.ogg
They Are Coming.ogg
They Are Waiting.ogg
This Means War.ogg
Trapped In Space.ogg