Audiosurf: Rock Ballads Are Cool Again

By John Walker on February 19th, 2008 at 9:40 am.

We’ve all obviously bought our copies of Audiosurf from Steam now, so what we want to know from you is which songs make the best tracks?

GIVING OFF SPARKS!

It’s quickly becoming apparent that the cheesier your music taste, the more elaborate and interesting the racing results. Hey emo kids, where’s your complicated hair getting you now, eh?

For instance, I’ve just tried it with Steeleye Span‘s All Around My Hat. A very bumpy course, but despite my best hopes, possibly not the most exciting. But then! Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler! This song has EXPLOSIONS IN IT. An epic track.

So come on – only the best. Nerd up, and confess which songs you’ve tried. We’ll create the ultimate Audiosurf playlist. Right, more Steinman then… MEATLOAF!

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  1. Kieron Gillen says:

    I’ve been challenged by Hobbes to get into Bat out of Hell, but only after I thrashed him at Wuthering Heights.

    KG

  2. Freelancepolice says:

    essential listening is stan bush – the touch (from the original transformers soundtrack)
    oh and ac/dc – riff raff

    power of love was pretty epic as well

  3. Chris Evans says:

    Ah yes, Bat out of Hell was pretty good, did the live version :D

    Noticed that live versions of tracks can vary wildly to the original tracks.

    Bleeding Me by Metallica (S&M version) is damn good too.

  4. Meat Circus says:

    Biology – Girls Aloud – PURE AUDIOSURF WIN.

    Wheeeeeeee.

  5. Meat Circus says:

    Also, National Express – The Divine Comedy has a lumpy charm to it, kinesynaesthically.

  6. Mickiscoole says:

    Well I don’t have the game, but when I played the beta, the katamari damanci theme was amazing.

  7. arqueturus says:

    Knocked Up by The Kings of Leon was awesome, as was Throwing Shapes by Dirty Vegas.

    Tonight Matthew, I anticipate a journey through my ELO back catalogue.

    Fast dance tracks are a downhill blast slower music seems to be the most complex fun.

  8. AbyssUK says:

    Anything from the Erotic Lounge Series.. honestly Porn music + Audiosurf = winner

  9. Poke says:

    Mostly songs by Machinae Supremacy or Propellerheads works great for me. Fast beats, explosions, not a lot of talking ^^

  10. Meat Circus says:

    @Kieron:

    I haven’t experimented with exposing Audiosurf to Kate Bush yet. Tonight, oh yes.

    EAT MY DREAMING.

  11. Jonathan Burroughs says:

    Right Said Fred’s “Deeply Dippy”. Perfection.

  12. Jonathan Burroughs says:

    “Fell in Love With a Girl”, “Party” by the D4 and “Ace of Spades” are all one way trips to Audiosurf hell! In a fun way.

  13. rb_lestr says:

    I only played the demo,
    but playing on the track based on Broken Social Scene’s – “KC Accidental” will be an experience that will remain with me for a while.

    Guys, i don’t care how you do it, get that song, load it up, and have your balls ripped off wipeout style.

  14. Seniath says:

    On the recommendation of Trioptimum I tried Yo’ Pumkin Head off the Cowboy Bebop Movie OST, and I must say it worked rather well. Also tried Hardest Button to Button, and was much easier than expected. Black Math, however, prooved far more interesting.

  15. James says:

    Though I haven’t had my chance to grab a copy yet, I have to wonder how “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen would look. I suspect that Audiosurf might be heaven for a guy who’s music collection is full of ridiculous 80’s rock.

    Of course, I mean ridiculous in the *awesome* way.

  16. Finncognito says:

    Most songs by Queens of the Stone Age (I like Go With The Flow the best) and The White Stripes (Fell In Love With A Girl especially) are pretty great.

    Fortunate Son by CCR, More Than A Feeling by Boston and Hush by Deep Purple are some of my favorites, although I’m not sure if my love for those songs clouds my judgement of their suitability.

  17. Steve says:

    @ Meat Circus:

    Dayum! Never thought of playing National Express, mighty fine fun that level was!

  18. trioptimum says:

    Desert Planet’s Return of the Ninja Droids (downloadable here from the DP site) makes a nice intense level (and 8-bit nostalgia music and Audiosurf are two tastes that go great together).

    Sen already mentioned Yo Pumpkin Head, which makes a track so bouncy I thought I was going to fly off it, but also from the CB soundtrack Space Lion is a long, mellow ride.

    Also every Fantastic Plastic Machine track I’ve thrown at it works great.

  19. John P (Katsumoto) says:

    By far the most fun so far are:

    A View to a Kill – Duran Duran

    Bim Bim Smash – John Powell
    The Buffalo Hunt – John Barry

    The last two are taken from the Bourne Supremacy and Dances with Wolves OSTs respectively. Orchestral music works suprisingly well, in fact, some of it can really gather pace.

    If anyone of you have seen the Bourne Supremacy, Bim Bim Smash is the 6 minute long mental accompaniment to the car chase at the end, and playing Ninja Mono along to it is pretty much like being in a car chase.

  20. Flint says:

    I got the most insane runs with Moby’s Feeling So Real and Aphex Twin’s Heliosphan – I broke the 100 000 point border with the latter (come on, that’s big for me considering I’ve only played the game for a day :(). Also loved the ride with R.E.M.’s It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine).

  21. dartt says:

    @Meat Circus:

    I think ‘The Big Sky’ worked fairly well.

    A lot of us have been having fun with ‘Tank!’ (off the Bebop OST again). Tenacious D’s ‘Explosivo’ has become the focus of some competitive attention.

    Today I’m going to take Tom Waits for a spin and, oh, it’s just occured that ‘African Mailman’ by Nina Simone could be interesting!

  22. Stew says:

    I need to unleash my Sultans of Ping collection. I dread to think what kind of track “Where’s Me Jumper” will create.

  23. Yhancik says:

    Verdi – Dies Irae
    & The Private Psychedelic Reel by The Chemical Brothers (although a slow start)

    and I second Finncognito on QOTSA

  24. Tom says:

    someone really needs to try some System of a Down!
    i’d imagine that being a healthy dose of madness…

  25. skillian says:

    Led Zeppelin’s Dazed & Confused was pretty mental – great fun but not exactly a relaxing ride even with the mono character – huge downhill sections.

    Other than that, I’ve found classical music to be the most fun. Mozart’s Allegro (no I don’t know which one) was awesome, skipping along merrily with loads of peaks and troughs.

  26. Alex says:

    When I played the last beta, my absolute favourite (although not very cheesy) was the track I got with TV On The Radio’s “Province”.

  27. eoy says:

    Soad is not very hard at all. Try a round at ‘Muse – Hysteria’ on Mono Elite (or w/e it’s called) and you’re in for some fun!

    And since it’s apparently okey to brag here, it’s totaly possible to collect 100% of bricks and get 0 grays. :D

  28. James says:

    I don’t know if anyone here caught Funtwo’s youtube video of Pachabel’s cannon performed on the electric guitar. However it makes a fantastic audiosurf track, and surprisingly has had several people playing it.

  29. Mike says:

    Strangely, I find Bohemian Rhapsody pretty boring. Right, here’s the tracks you need:

    Sigur Ros – Hoppipolla
    OK GO – Get Over It
    Jet – Rollover DJ
    Frank Sinatra – Theme From New York, New York (Big bands come out really well in AudioSurf)
    The Divine Comedy – I’ve Been To A Marvellous Party

    And if you’ve got it, Steriogram’s Walkie Talkie Man is as awesome as you’d expect it to be.

  30. Laco says:

    For short and fast tracks, the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 soundtrack works very well.

    I think the best I’ve discovered so far, though, have been Weird Al’s various polkas. It’s the best in cheesy music, doubled in speed!

  31. Man Raised By Puffins says:

    They Might Be Giants’ Birdhouse in Your Soul is good if you want to give yourself motion sickness.

    I also tried East Hastings by Godspeed You! in an attempt to get the ‘Stealth Legend’ achievement, but it kind of gets boring waiting for the crescendo to build (not helped by Audiosurf not picking up on the quieter notes) and then wipes me out when it does arrive.

    The most enjoyable track I’ve tried so far is probably All My Life by Foo Fighters though.

  32. Kieron Gillen says:

    I just did Birdhouse actually – works well.

    KG

  33. John Walker says:

    I should very much like to recommend Lacrosse’s Go Ego Go.

    And Detachable Penis by King Missile, which I’m delighted to notice I’m not the first to try (three others).

  34. Jonathan says:

    Not very cheesey (I think) but my best experiences so far are the last two Beck albums. New Round in particular had a great bouncy track. The best thing about them though is how much they lull you into a feeling of safety. Flat, flat, uphill, peak, flat, flat, flaaaat- free fall! Playing mono ninja I actually screamed on a few tracks.

    I’m tempted to buy some thrash metal or industrial metal just for this. Psalm 69 by Ministry might be unfathomably deadly.

    But aren’t we all forgetting to praise the inclusion of the Half Life soundtrack. There’s some seriously good techno in there, I could listen to the TF2 theme all day.

  35. skillian says:

    They need to integrate it with Last.fm (i.e. scrobbling). Then it would be awesome.

  36. Elyscape says:

    Pink Floyd’s Pigs (Three Different Ones) is pretty good. Demons & Wizards’ Terror Train is bloody impossible. And awesome.

  37. mo says:

    While cheesy rock is always going to be the popular choice, there must be so much more on offer. How about modern jazz like Portico Quartet, or something like Bollywood soundtracks? Come on now, people! Think outside the box, push the envelope, etc, etc.

    Personally, I think Flint has the right idea with Electronica. Seeing how both the game and I can cope with Aphex Twin’s repertoire should be interesting, provided it doesn’t melt my brain…

  38. John Walker says:

    I just tried Laurie Anderson’s O Superman. Now that’s a weird track.

  39. Clicky says:

    I dont really find rock very fun, this game is better with some speedcore or really fast dnb, or with some really mellow chill-out music.

  40. Yhancik says:

    Skillian : indeed. For now there’s a last.fm Audiosurf group, at least. A good place to look for recommendations (after RPS, of course ;) )

  41. Aquarion says:

    VNV Nation seems to work well, but my favourite track so far has been Dandy Warhols’ Bohemian Like You.

  42. Ben Abraham says:

    OMG! I haven’t played it yet, but will someone please tell me if this video is how the game normally goes?

    Dragon Force – Through the fire and the Flames

  43. Namey says:

    Any music with violin + high tempo for the win.

  44. Alex says:

    OMG! I haven’t played it yet, but will someone please tell me if this video is how the game normally goes?

    It’s dependant on the track you use, ofcourse, but there are plenty of tracks that will make something like that happen, yes. It’s a great little game – at the moment I’m stone broke, otherwise I’d be getting it myself.

    Has the time limit for the tracks changed, btw? One of the things myself and many, many others asked for after playing the beta was to make it possible to play 10+ minute songs (10 minutes was more or less the limit). I hope they found a way to implement that.

  45. Matt says:

    I think I recall reading the limit is 25mins for a song

  46. James T says:

    Tch, stupid bloody thing still tells me my demo’s expired after I bought it! Oh well, redownload time.

    TRY!

    Voodoo People (Pendulum Remix) – The Prodigy

    Erotic Nightmares – Steve Vai

    Refuse/Resist – Sepultura

    Got That Feeling – Faith No More

    Immigrant Song – The Zep

    50 Million Year Trip (Downside Up) – Kyuss (also, ‘Green Machine’)

    Born in ’69 – Rocket From The Crypt

    And of course,

    Ace of Spa– oh, someone got that. Okay then, Sexual Healing – Motorh– er, Marvin Gaye.

    “Gee, is that who did ‘Sexual Healing’? Thanks James…”

  47. The_B says:

    I tested The News, Dead Ringers, Zero Punctuation, the PCG Podcast and the Shipping Forecast in my quest to find the ultimate Auidosurf track.

    They were all rubbish. Don’t use them.

  48. skillian says:

    Tch, stupid bloody thing still tells me my demo’s expired after I bought it!

    It did that for me too. Just restart Steam, that sorted it for me. I’m sure you worked that out by now though.

    And Yhancik – thanks, for the link, I joined the Last.fm group.

  49. Clicky says:

    That Voodoo People remix is completely insane. I saw a thread on the Audiosurf forums where a guy uploaded a 1 kHz test sound. That was the most ridicolous thing ever.

  50. Meat Circus says:

    ZOMG at that Youtube video.

    Whoever made that IS NOT HUMAN AND MUST BURN.

    Thanks, Ben Abraham, for making me feel insignificant.