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KnightOfRound 
Ebon Hand Cultist
(12/11/03 4:28 pm)
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Some ambiance music for RttToEE?
I'd like to try to find some background music for my upcomming RttToEE campaign. Has anyone found some appropiate music? (For the Moathouse, Hommlet, Nulb, CRM, Fanes, etc...)

Usually I take a look at movie soundtracks and try to find one with a good theme for the campaign (For example, Gladiator for a Rome-based campaign). Needless to say, it is a bit more difficult to find something for RttToEE.

Any ideas?

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arcane12
Tolling Bell Cultist
(12/11/03 7:23 pm)
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Re: Some ambiance music for RttToEE?
It kinda depends on what sort of theme you want to set. Dark and forboding? (world gonna end music) Fast and racey (get though those tedious combats... OK they are not that bad, but the CRM can bog down a bit)? Do you put a CD on, or MP3's? Also there could be a selection of musics, depending on where they are. It would be good to have three types of music (three CD's) loaded up, Combat, General, and other (or town/talky).

So many choices...

Enigma can be good background stuff, a rock band like Korn, etc for combat, and something else for other. The Temple of Elemental Evil, A Classic Greyhawk Game (PC game by Trioka Games) has great background music, all in MP3's in a directory - great DnD music :D

paulpage
Crimson Coil Cultist
(12/12/03 4:34 am)
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Re: Some ambiance music for RttToEE?
You know what, they'd be a lot of money in it if someone were to write a computer program that would play appropriate music according to one or two mood descriptors that the DM input. Imagine being able to do what the computer game creators have managed!

PerfectParabola7
Ebon Hand Cultist
(12/12/03 5:19 am)
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Re: Some ambiance music for RttToEE?
I think I'm going to use a lot of Godspeed You Black Emperor! and A Perfect Circle. I might use the Underworld soundtrack.

My Realm

Ramblings of a Sleepwalking Man

silchor
Ebon Hand Cultist
(12/14/03 1:37 am)
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horror movie soundtrack?
I've been thinking about trying a horror movie soundtrack...maybe dracula or something for the early parts.

Something good and creepy. I want my players to be scared shitless when they find the obelisk!

Taxman66
Crimson Coil Cultist
(12/15/03 6:56 am)
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Re: horror movie soundtrack?
The opening credits theme from The Bounty
from Themes by Vangelis (sp?)

is perfect for slow haunting music.

Taxman
"It takes an uncommon mind to think of these things, Hobbes." - Calvin

KnightOfRound 
Ebon Hand Cultist
(12/15/03 11:41 am)
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Re: Some ambiance music for RttToEE?
Good suggestions thus far.

I usually have a laptop at the D&D session, so I can use either CDs or MP3s, it doesn't really matter to me. I'd like to get a variety of music, dark and forboding, fast and racy, emotional, everything inbetween. I also like to have "theme" music for major areas where the PCs travel.

My main problem is finding such a variety of moods all in one disk, which is why I usually look for soundtracks (in my last campaign I used the Street Fighter soundtrack, and the PCs never noticed :) ). But RttToEE is harder to catch.

It's good to see that there's people here that like good metal/alt metal music :) but I prefer to have songs without lyrics, so the PCs can focus on playing rather than getting distracted by the music. I do have a friend who bought the computer game, so I'll certainly look at that.

A Perfect Cricle really stuck out, some of their quieter stuff especially...

I do love Vangelis' work, and I'd love to try to use some of stuff...however I don't have The Bounty in my collection, so I suppose I must go try and find it...

any other suggestions? keep 'em coming...

TrinityDM
Tolling Bell Cultist
(12/15/03 7:01 pm)
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Re: Some ambiance music for RttToEE?
As always for these sorts of questions, I heartily reccomend the Deep Listening Band's The Ready Made Boomerang for the ultimate in ambience when exploring creepy underground places (especially large creepy underground places).

I will forever consider it the soundtrack to Return to the Tomb of Horrors, but it works very well for RTTTOEE as well.

PerfectParabola7
Ebon Hand Cultist
(12/15/03 8:20 pm)
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Re: Some ambiance music for RttToEE?
I also suggest the LOTR soundtracks. :)

My Realm

Ramblings of a Sleepwalking Man

arcane12
Tolling Bell Cultist
(12/15/03 10:26 pm)
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Re: Some ambiance music for RttToEE?
Some other thoughts: If you have the Quake CD (as in the first one :P ) there is some music files on there after the main data track that makes for some great background dungeon music :)

Another one: Portishead (sp). It does have lyrics, but some of the songs can still work quite well for DnD. In a similar vein deftones. Again lyrics, but in a way that doesn't detract from the scene.

Cordo Crowfoot
Deathmantle Cultist
(12/16/03 5:06 pm)
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Wow, some great suggestions, here. Reading a thread about the demise of Fallout 3 turned me onto another good suggestion (that the developers had been using as beta background music) --
www.amazon.com/exec/obido...ce&s=music

I'll have to check out the Quake CD...

"They were immediately and absolutely recognizable as adventurers. They were hardy and dangerous, lawless, stripped of allegiance or morality, living off their wits, stealing and killing, hiring themselves out to whoever and whatever came... They were scum who died violent deaths, hanging on to a certain cachet among the impressionable through their undeniable bravery and their occasionally impressive exploits" China Mieville, Perdido Street Station

GibberingDM
Tolling Bell Cultist
(12/26/03 8:40 pm)
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Re: Some ambiance music for RttToEE?
Specifically for the various CRM Temples, but also appropriate to any of the more eerie locales, I'd recommend some Tibetan chanting - try "Freedom Chants from the Roof of the World" by the Gyuto Monks.

It's near-wordless [and if there are words, I'm betting your players don't have any ranks in Language (Tibetan)], heavy on the bass, and drones on and on. Perfect.

--GDM

Mr Kaze
Ebon Hand Cultist
(12/29/03 4:11 pm)
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Re: Some ambiance music for RttToEE?
Disclaimer: I don't generally play with background music. This is because I like my music a whole lot and my players don't like it when the DM gets distracted by pretty noises. ;D

But if I were in the market for pretty noises...

In case you've not heard, Midnight Syndicate has some other albums out besides the Official Dungeons & Dragons Soundtrack. Rumor has it that they're pretty good.

The first main trailer for The Two Towers lifted a stunning piece of despair music from the Requiem for a Dream soundtrack done by the Kronos Quartet. I didn't care for the movie (Requiem), but the music is fabulous, especially against never-ending odds. If I played with background music, I'd probably use the Winter portion of the music quite a bit.

Infected Mushroom's latest, Converting Vegetarians has some potent tracks on it. Most of the double-album isn't, but "Apogiffa Nights" and "Deeply Disturbed" are quite suitable to certain situations. This is full-on, but not (usually) over-the-top, Israeli techno. It is more refined and less self-aware than, oh say, Orbital (though the "I don't know you people" Orbital sample and much of their older work, especially the 28 minute version of "The Box" -- another good soundtrack piece from certain copies of In-Sides second disc -- is priceless).

Brainbug's older Rain album has many nicely flowing variations on three very nice tracks (it's hard to come by these days), in a similar vein to "Flowers Become Screens" from Delerium's Semantic Spaces. Both of these are nice.

Branching off from Delerium, Medieval Baebes may be up your alley if you want a lot of nice female voices that go for an old-European style.

Honestly, though, for doing all sorts of heroic things for no reason better than I darn well felt like doing them, I frequently find myself listening to music from the Slayers soundtrack -- you can probably find it on eBay; I've got the one with Lina and Naga on the front and was able to cobble together a single fabulous disc out of the otherwise un-arranged double album. You can scour the net for most of the useful translations as it's 99% in Japanese if you need to. (That's what I did before realizing that, like most pop music, it sounds better if you don't know exactly what they're singing.)

On a related note, the soundtrack for .hack//SIGN sounded like it might be pretty good -- I couldn't really get into the series, but the music sounded pretty and was mostly in english. So that might be more your thing than Slayers, I really can't say. ;)

So that's what I've got to say about that. Hopefully somebody can turn it into something useful.

::Kaze (would probably use Collide's Chasing the Ghost for a D20 Modern game...)

Mr Kaze
Ebon Hand Cultist
(1/1/04 12:56 pm)
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Re: Some ambiance music for RttToEE?
[And now for a silly idea...]

Oh, and if you're not through the earth temple yet, you can have this going (quietly, but with a lot of bass) in the background the entire time they're going through. Would probably work better if you replaced some of the creatures with a colony of Myconids or something. :D

As near as I can tell, it'll just keep on looping so you don't have to worry about your players staying too long (though you do have to worry about them losing their fragile grip on reality and sundering your speakers..).

www.albinoblacksheep.com/...adgers.php

::Kaze (wonders what you expected from a DM who's renaming NPCs "Dearth Voodoo-er", "Animalkin Skywalker" and "Oni con Wasabi"...)

Elijah
Ebon Hand Cultist
(1/11/04 12:43 pm)
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More Music
I have gathered a good bit of the suggested things, plus added some songs I thought of as well, notably some of the tracks from the 2 Conan movies, the Wagner theme from Excaliber, and am really looking for more stuff similar to this. I'm poking around amazon atm and will get back with more ideas I find.

Knowe Remorse 
Tolling Bell Cultist
(1/13/04 2:11 am)
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Re: More Music
Man O War has some great DnD worthy songs, im sure you can test out a few from napster or Mykaza.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of All Who Threaten it.

Cordo Crowfoot
Deathmantle Cultist
(1/13/04 3:43 am)
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Re: More Music
Just realized that some people may not have read Monte's orginal articles on this very subject. Some good recommendations here. I particularly like The Cell for RttToEE.

www.montecook.com/arch_dmonly6.html

www.montecook.com/arch_dmonly19.html

"They were immediately and absolutely recognizable as adventurers. They were hardy and dangerous, lawless, stripped of allegiance or morality, living off their wits, stealing and killing, hiring themselves out to whoever and whatever came... They were scum who died violent deaths, hanging on to a certain cachet among the impressionable through their undeniable bravery and their occasionally impressive exploits" China Mieville, Perdido Street Station

Elijah
(1/13/04 4:34 pm)
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AH
Well I found a large number of those on my own heh. Nonethless theres many excellent suggestions there I had not considered.

KnightOfRound 
Ebon Hand Cultist
(1/13/04 9:12 pm)
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Re: More Music
Thanks for the links, Cordo! Monte has good taste! :)

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