Chaos Theory

Chaos Theory
Chaos Theory - Splinter Cell 3 Soundtrack
Soundtrack album to Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory by Amon Tobin
Released January 25, 2005
Recorded Buenos Aires, 2004
Genre Breakbeat
Drum and Bass
Length 48:20
Label Ninja Tune
Producer Amon Tobin
Amon Tobin chronology
Solid Steel Presents Amon Tobin: Recorded Live
Chaos Theory - Splinter Cell 3 Soundtrack
Foley Room
Jesper Kyd chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (7.2/10)[2]

Chaos Theory – Splinter Cell 3 Soundtrack is the fifth album by Brazilian trip hop artist Amon Tobin. It was released on 25 January 2005 by Ninja Tune.


Album information

The album consists of a collection of songs that Tobin wrote for Ubisoft's video game, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory. Ubisoft was so pleased with Tobin's work that they decided to release the album several months ahead of the actual game.

Technically speaking, the album is not a soundtrack. In the game, each track is split into individual components that are independently layered over one another to correspond with a player's actions. Thus, none of the songs on the album would ever be heard in the game except in small fragments.

This album showcased the beginning Tobin's shift from collecting samples from vinyl records to recording his own samples. For the recording of Chaos Theory – Splinter Cell 3 Soundtrack, Tobin hired a live band whose members ranged from Mexican composer Nacho Mendez to Japanese flutist Eiji Miyake.[3] Seminal composer Jesper Kyd was also hired to score the game's cinematics.[4][5]

It was a real special session. I can't believe the legendary Nacho Mendez was even available and tracking him down in the deepest Mexico was no picnic either. Eiji... hell, he doesn't even speak English but it was magic to hear him click with everyone when he picked up that flute. And who can forget the tearful reunion of the Modugno brothers. They hadn't spoken for years due to some beef over writing credits on some of their earlier works. We didn't even tell them they would both be on the record for fear of one of them would walk out. Fortunately after some initial awkwardness in the studio, they sat down at their respective instruments and the rest is all here.

—Amon Tobin, in the liner notes of the Chaos Theory CD.

Tobin would more fully explore the use of his own samples by using field recordings in his 2007 album, Foley Room.

Track listing

  1. "The Lighthouse" – 5:05
  2. "Ruthless" – 5:15
  3. "Theme from Battery" – 4:26
  4. "Kokubo Sosho Stealth" – 3:25
  5. "El Cargo" – 4:23
  6. "Displaced" – 6:58
  7. "Ruthless (Reprise)" – 4:26
  8. "Kokubo Sosho Battle" – 4:16
  9. "Hokkaido" – 3:00
  10. "The Clean Up" – 7:00
  • "Kokubo Sosho Battle" is adapted from "Cougar Merkin", a B-side from Amon Tobin's "Verbal" single.
  • On 23 March 2005, the official game was released with bonus features that included a DVD version of the album. Along with 5.1 surround sound versions of each song, the DVD included a music video for "El Cargo" by Hexstatic and a bonus track called "Stolen".
  • A bootleg recording of the game began to circulate the web in mid-2005, which included extended versions of the tracks, themes that did not appear in the retail soundtrack, and music from the game's cut scenes composed by Jesper Kyd.


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