You can work music without interfering with your GM duties easily, if you are a techno GM, with a computer/ laptop by your side. By creating a bunch of launches for various tunes you will need (no fumbling for them) and setting up a set of real speakers for real sound, your computer familiar can provide musical accompaniment to perfectly match the mood you want. Go to Comment
Greetings. I have just spent three days searching for just the right song to put on a website for an Everquest Guild. The feeling is simple. They are a clan of noble Knights who represent all that is good, Holy, and Just. I am searching for a song to evoke Nobility and Honor, pride of ones clan. I searched under many different fields and found nothing but hard rock remixes or Classical tunes that were just way to dead. Maybe something befitting an epic battle of good against evil. I found a song on a different website and loved it, but i am not down for robbing from other websites. It was found in the intro of the guild called The White Cross. I am looking for something similar to that if possible. I have exhausted my efforts and do not know under what search parameters i can look under to find such songs. Please help. Thank you. Go to Comment
Hmm, guess that I'm not gonna' be to original, but I use a lot of soundtracks: 13th Warrior (Jerry Goldsmith), Children of Dune (Brian Tyler), Lord of the Rings of course (but It's a little bit to known and generally it already suggests the Lord of the Rings storyline to the players...)... Yeah, and one thing amongst them all: if You have a good extraction program (I think that the best one available would be Nova Software Extractor 2.4) always try to ripp music from Your favorite games! I have a wild variety of such kind of music, just the examples: Divine Divinity (the file named "bitva" is just great, all other are good too), War of the Ring (this one is one of my all-time favourites), Warcraft III (You don't need the ripper - there's a special option in the map editor to extract music), Vampire: the Masquerade - Redemption (the music is unpacked somewhere in the game's folder), Ultima IX, Blair Witch Project series, Medal of Honor (not all of its wonderful tracks suit the fantasy setting, but some of them can), Majesty (another great one), Heroes of Might & Magic III (not to particulary good, but if You insist You can use it as a background...), Heroes of Might & Magic II CD (extract the cd audio - nice vocals I must say), Diablo and many, many others... You can also look for some music in the internet (www.billbrownmusic.com , www.kmmproductions.com - a lot of mp3 for starters). If You want some names to search the Kazaa, try: Jerry Goldsmith, Sergei Prokofiev, James Horner, James Newton Howard, Elliot Goldenthal and Basil Poledouris. Have fun! ))) Greets from Poland to ya' all! ) Go to Comment
"Dueling Banjos" From The Original Soundtrack: Deliverance
- Dueling Banjos
- Pony Express
- Old Joe Clark
- Fire On The Mountain
- Bugle Call Rag
- Hard Ain't It Hard
Any number of classic western's soundtracks if you can find them
"Dancing with Wolves"
"A Gun for Ringo"
"Hang 'em High"
"A Fistful of Dollars"
"My Name is Nobody"
"Once Upon A Time in the West"
"A Silhoutte of Doom"
"Bullets Don't Argue" for tense scenes
"Death Rides a Horse" and "The Big Gundown" for battle sequences.
"Young Guns 2" and at times "Young Guns 1"
***"The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" soundtrack it has a wealth of music spanning moods from sad to contemplative to rousing enough that you're ready to start a gunfight in a bar.
"Outland" has a space/ western feel to it.
"Quigley down under"
"Shanghai Noon" Which works better than you might expect
Johnny Cash: Highway Man" "Don't Take Your Guns to Town" "Ghost Riders in the Sky" and "A Boy Named Sue"
Willie Nelson: "Poncho and Lefty" "Me and Paul" and "Whiskey River."
Bela Fleck - Tales from the Accoustic Planet Volumes 1 & 2
Anything by Nickel Creek
Much of the Charles Daniels Band Decade of Hits has a nuber of them
"Old Time Hammered Dulcimer Favorites" It just has the right sound.
Soundtrack for the PBS series The Civil War
"The Wild West- The Essential Western Film Music Collection"
"Songs of the West"
Speaking of TV series: Deadwood soundtrack as well.
The Lonesome Dove soundtrack by Basil Poledouris.
The Irish volunteer is a great collection of civil war music.
Doc Watson is a master banjo player and worth looking in to for more folksy sounding stuff.
Appalachian Stomp: Bluegrass Classics
Shine from Bond (www.bondmusic.com)
'Vale Of Plenty' from the "Black Hawk Down" soundtrack sounds very appropriate
'Prometory' from the soundtrack to "Last Of The Mohicans".
Any number of chamber music CDs for cheap (1.99) are available for when you want to be "cultured".
For Companion-y music
Natasha Atlas give the perfect Eastern feel.
For Asian Feel
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"
"House of the Flying Daggers"
some of the hong kong action movies.
Rel Fexive of waves in the black @ aimoo board posts these two CDs he has burned
01. Sonny Rhodes - Ballad Of Serenity
02. Natacha Atlas - The Righteous Path
03. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly - Il Tramonto
04. Jelly Roll Morton - Stars And Stripes Forever (from Deadwood)
05. Firefly - Ready For Battle
06. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly - Il Treno Militare
07. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - A Wedding Interrupted
08. Last Of The Mohians - Promentory Part 1
09. Firefly - Leaving
10. Natacha Atlas - Ashwa
11. A Fistful Of Dollars - Square Dance
12. Serenity - Going For A Ride
13. Kate Rusby - Underneath The Stars
14. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly - La Storia Di Un Soldato
15. Firefly - Mal Fights Niska
16. Macross Plus - Welcome To Sparefish
17. Firefly - Big Bar Fight
18. Bruce Springsteen - Devils And Dust
19. Firefly - Caper
20. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - The Encounter
21. June Carter Cash - Will The Circle Be Unbroken (from Deadwood)
22. Last Of The Mohicans - Promentory Part 2
23. Firefly - Out Of Gas/Empty Derelict
01. Serenity - Serenity
02. Michael Hurley - Hog Of The Forsaken (from Deadwood)
03. Juno Reactor - Pistolero
04. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - To The South
05. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly - La Carrozza Dei Fantasmi
06. Serenity - River Goes Wild
07. Natacha Atlas - Iskanderia
08. A Fistful Of Dollars - Without Pity
09. David Schwartz - Theme From Deadwood (from Deadwood)
10. Firefly - Saffron
11. For A Few Dollars More - Il Colpo
12. Natacha Atlas - Kidda
13. Firefly - Back Home
14. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly - Il Forte
15. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Night Fight
16. Natacha Atlas - Leysh Nat'Arak
17. Michael Brook - Arriving In Deadwood (from Deadwood)
18. Firefly - Inara's Suite
19. Gustavo Santaolalla - Iguazu (from Deadwood)
20. Hans Zimmer - Vale Of Plenty (from Black Hawk Down)
21. Firefly - River's Dance
22. Serenity - Love
23. Firefly - End Credits Go to Comment
Personaly I go with ephemeralstability and select clasical music very often.
Prokofiev, Scjostakovich, Dvorak, Rachmaninov, Tsjakovski, but also Grieg and Field.
Besides that various irish and scotisch folk music. My current favorite is a album by magna carta. This album is relased but a few months ago in the netherlands and I keep forgetting the name. Otherwise, the "lord of the ages" album remains a favorite in our group. Go to Comment
Personally, I love music in a game (especially as a GM). I feel it relaxes me and it helps to ease the pressuse that sometimes arises. Most important of all... when your busy trying to work something out the players will listen to it instead of talking to each other and then arguing (at least my players to) and distracting you. We dont use music much but when we do its a much better experience.
Some of my favorites are:
Blue Oyster Cult -Dancing in the Ruins
Blue Oyster Cult -Astrology
Blue Oyster Cult -Ballroom Blitz (for a barfight)
a few other b.o.c. songs
Aerosmith -Kings and Queens
and Enya works well
Heh... I was just reminded of the time all we had to listen to was Adam Sandler. To say the least, we had to turn it off. Go to Comment
Some of the music i think is awsome is
The sorow song from grandia II
For the dragons from breath of fire III
Renas theme song from star ocean II
The battle music from all star oceans
the big boss music from grandia II
lockes theme from final fantasy III
The boss music from legend of mana
fighting spirit from tales of phantasia
darts theme from legend of the dragoon
the chapter II world map music from legend of the dragoon
Most of the music from gundam wing endless duel
By the way, captain penguin, i want my soundtrack from icewind dale back. Go to Comment
hey guys, go to bluelaguna.net for pretty much every final fantasy mp3 from 6-11, kingdom hearts, and fft advance. (some of the mp3s will only work if you have a relatively good mp3 player) Go to Comment
They also have the Chrono Trigger soundtrack, which in my opinion is one of the best game soundtracks ever. That probably why the game was such an awesome one. There's usable stuff across the entire CD. Horror, heroic, love, sorrow, action, all of it is there. I know that when I run a Tyren game, it'll use some of those songs as background music. Go to Comment
I love this thread. There's so much variety, I'm shocked we don't have more and more scroll entries. I myself can't push much of an opinion, since I haven't run a table-top game. Ever. Lots of ideas for one though...
Our gaming group uses music very much and I think it plays a really important part in the atmosphere. Without music, any game especially if the rhythm is wrong feels a bit "empty". For scifi games we often use ambient soundscapes, electronic music, synthesizer music like Vangelis (Blade Runner soundtrack is exceptionally good - Cliff Martinez does a great work on the modern Solaris etc)
But I have also fiddled around in my home studio for a few years now, mainly making orchestral soundtrack -pieces and ambient atmospheres. I have myself used the material as a background music in my pen&paper -roleplaying sessions so I thought it would be nice to offer the music for everyone to use. All of the stuff is free so you can copy, modify and use it as you like.
I'll update the projects as often I can, so feel free to check back every now and then.
Mikseri.net is finnish page, so some of the texts are probably not understandable, but I have written everything I can in english, so I hope the pages are browseable.
Here's one sample song from Essence -project, called Hope for rebirth
Essence is the main project which contains mostly orchestral soundtrack-pieces
Divinity is the ambient project, which contains mainly soundscapes and background atmospheres.
Frozen Silence contains improvised solo piano pieces.
So feel free to browse the material and if you find it useful, hopefully it will bring something new to your games also! Go to Comment