There is a large variety of music in Duke Nukem 3D. There is a total of 42 tracks that can be found in the game files. Each level in the game has a different signature track, and there are also tracks for the title screen, the opening cinematic for the fourth episode, The Birth, and one track used in a multiplayer-only level (Episode 1, Level 7).

MIDI files in the game use the special EMIDI format, designed by Jim Dose' and Lee Jackson. Songs were written by Lee Jackson and Robert C. Prince III (aka Bobby Prince), who previously was employed at id Software, working on such titles as Wolfenstein 3D, Commander Keen and, most famously, Doom I & II.

Track Listing Edit

Episode One Edit

No. Track Name Composer Level MIDI Notes
01 Grabbag Lee Jackson Title Screen/Menu grabbag -
02 Stalker Lee Jackson E1L1: Hollywood Holocaust stalker -
03 Taking the Death Toll Bobby Prince E1L2: Red Light District dethtoll -
04 The City Streets Bobby Prince E1L3: Death Row streets -
05 Water World Bobby Prince E1L4: Toxic Dump watrwld1 -
06 Sneaky Snake Bobby Prince E1L5: The Abyss snake1 -
07 The Call of Death Bobby Prince E1L6: Launch Facility thecall Secret level
08 Ah, Geez! Lee Jackson E1L7: Faces of Death ahgeez Dukematch only level

Episode Two Edit

No. Track Name Composer Level MIDI Notes
09 Future Military Conquests Lee Jackson E2L1: Spaceport futurmil -
10 Space Storm Bobby Prince E2L2: Incubator storm -
11 Gut Wrencher Bobby Prince E2L3: Warp Factor gutwrnch -
12 RoboCreeping Lee Jackson E2L4: Fusion Station robocrep -
13 Stalag 3-D Lee Jackson E2L5: Occupied Territory stalag -
14 Pissed! Bobby Prince E2L6: Tiberius Station pizzed -
15 Aliens, Say Your Prayers! Bobby Prince E2L7: Lunar Reactor alienz -
16 Plasma Lee Jackson E2L8: Dark Side xplasma -
17 Alfred H. (My Family's Plot) Lee Jackson E2L9: Overlord alfredh -
18 Gloomy Lee Jackson E2L10: Spin Cycle gloomy Secret level #1
19 In Tents Lee Jackson E2L11: Lunatic Fringe intents Secret level #2

Episode Three Edit

No. Track Name Composer Level MIDI Notes
20 In Hiding Bobby Prince E3L1: Raw Meat inhiding -
21 Going After the Fat Commander Bobby Prince E3L2: Bank Roll fatcmdr -
22 Taking Names Bobby Prince E3L3: Flood Zone names -
23 Subway Bobby Prince E3L4: L.A. Rumble subway -
24 Invader Bobby Prince E3L5: Movie Set invader -
25 Gotham Lee Jackson E3L6: Rabid Transit gotham -
26 233.778 Celsius Lee Jackson E3L7: Fahrenheit 233c -
27 Lord of L.A. Bobby Prince E3L8: Hotel Hell lordofla -
28 Urban Jungle Lee Jackson E3L9: Stadium urban -
29 Spook Bobby Prince E3L10: Tier Drops spook Secret level #1
30 Whomp Lee Jackson E3L11: Freeway whomp Secret level #2

Episode Four Edit

All songs for the Plutonium Pak were composed by Lee Jackson.

No. Track Name Level MIDI Notes
31 Briefing Room Opening Cinematic briefing -
32 Missing? Impossible! E4L1: It's Impossible missimp -
33 Preparation D E4L2: Duke Burger prepd -
34 Baked Goods E4L3: Shop-N-Bag bakedgds -
35 Calypso Facto E4L4: Babe Land cf -
36 Lemon Chilllllllllllllllll E4L5: Pigsty lemchill -
37 Pissed Office Box E4L6: Going Postal pob -
38 Warehaus E4L7: XXX-Stacy warehaus -
39 Layers of Dust E4L8: Critical Mass layers -
40 Floghorn E4L9: Derelict floghorn -
41 Departure E4L10: The Queen depart -
42 Restricted Area E4L11: Area 51 restrict Secret level

Grabbag Edit

The title track in the game is "Grabbag", written by Lee Jackson. It has become quite famous, eliciting an officially sanctioned studio version by the thrash metal band Megadeth (for the compilation album Duke Nukem: Music to Score By), and remixes of it are used in several of the games. Another version of the song was recorded by Chris Kline in August of 2005. 3D Realms featured this rendition on the front page of their website and contracted with Kline to use it to promote their release of Duke Nukem 3D for the Xbox Live Arcade.

The track's title comes from the impression which Lee Jackson had when he was working on the song.

As the song progressed, I started to feel like I was reaching into a bag, pulling things out, and just seeing how they fit together. I'd grab the ideas for the drums in from one place, the harmonic progression from another, and the melody from several different places. Bits of Pantera-inspired riffs showed up in the guitar lines, and a good measure of Ozzy Osborne and Black Sabbath inspired the mode switching I did in the melodic line. For a bit of fun, I tossed in a Rick Wakeman-style keyboard riff, just to see whether or not it would work. When it came time to wrap up the session and save the song, I still had no idea where I was going with it. I hadn't even begun to think of a title, and to be honest, I didn't really think that there was much of a song there yet. Nevertheless, I needed a filename in order to save the song to my hard drive, even though I still didn't have a title for it. Since it seemed like I'd been reaching into a grabbag and pulling out song ideas while writing the song, that's what I chose for its filename: Grabbag.

For the Atomic Edition CD, a remixed version of Grabbag was recorded in CD-Audio format and placed as the hidden audio track (number 2 on a mixed-mode CD). This updated version can be found here.

Duke Nukem: Music to Score By Edit

Several Duke Nukem games contained popular tracks from well known bands, a greatest hits compilation, titled Duke Nukem: Music to Score By (the Official Duke Nukem Album) was released in 1999 and consisted of heavy metal and hip hop music, by acts like Megadeth, Slayer, Type O Negative, Stabbing Westward, Sevendust, Xzibit, Wu-Tang Clan, and others.

External links Edit

The Official Duke Nukem Forever FAQ: The History Of Grabbag, via the Wayback Machine

Duke Nukem 3D Music (MIDI) by JudgeDeadd

Duke Nukem 3D (Remixes and PS1) by ultddave (currently removed by youtube)

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