In 1986, the world's worst nuclear disaster occurred at the Chernobyl power station. Soviet authorities established a 30km 'Exclusion Zone' around this nuclear wasteland, but in 2006 a second explosion rocked the stricken reactor, obliterating all living things and causing the Zone's boundaries to ripple outwards. From this epicenter came waves of mutated creatures, deadly radiation, and a strange, anomalous energy. The Zone was cordoned off by the military, who would shoot on sight anyone foolish enough to brave the horrors within.

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Because what's a horrendous wasteland without music? Shadow of Chernobyl music expansion.

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After many months of work, hurdles, and most of all - procrastination, I have completed my S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - SoC music expansion mod. It can be previewed below, and downloaded here:

Download STALKER Music Expansion

And what a seemingly hopeless battle it was to get this thing done. After doing some research I learned that it wasn't enough to simply save my songs in the ogg format; I had to open them up in a hex editor and copy and paste data from the existing STALKER music. Then run them through some magical command line program, the purpose of which still evades me.

More excitingly: I am now working on Call of Pripyat. And it's going much more smoothly; I'm more motivated and there is no trouble with the files, so I can focus on actually writing music. I've already written about 25 minutes of music, and I'm aiming for 60, so this could be finished quite soon. You can listen to a sample (and see some pretty footage) in the video below.

Shadow of Chernobyl expansion preview:

Call of Pripyat expansion preview:

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Sharkz
Sharkz

Really loving the look of this, did a small release post about it here: Modsentry.com gonna install it soon

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KEEP_IT_UP!
KEEP_IT_UP!

sounds great, gonna test it too. :)

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kommandojoe
kommandojoe

Cool beans, you have a mod setup that we can follow?

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Sclera Author
Sclera

What do you mean?

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C-zom
C-zom

Sounds wonderful, nice work. GSC Should think about picking you up, the Firelake music is getting old. :P

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Sclera Author
Sclera

One can dream...

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Robber_baron
Robber_baron

Wonderful, nice work... Sclera, did you know, that the SOC SDK can do this work (ogg commenting) for you with one click without magic programs and hex editing?
So is with COP SDK, if you care.

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Sclera Author
Sclera

Yeah, I tried that for a long time and it didn't work, hence my frantic googling. I believe it works for sound effects but not for music.

Thanks for the comment.

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Robber_baron
Robber_baron

For me it worked with long wav (music) files too.

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Sclera Author
Sclera

Hm, fair enough. I'm probably just stupid.

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TehCourtJester
TehCourtJester

Can one find the MP3's or FLAC anywhere? That cordon theme is just stunning... I'd want to listen to it more often then just in stalker.

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