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Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby RobJN » Sat Apr 04, 2009 2:15 am

Have you ever found a piece of music that just burst at the seams with just the right mood for something you've been writing?

I have.*

Not sure when I'll be using it just yet, but it will be running in the background when I get to the scene that it's perfect for....




* ANY piece of music that requires two tympanists? PURE GOLD.

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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby maddog » Sat Apr 04, 2009 2:29 am

RobJN wrote:* ANY piece of music that requires two tympanists? PURE GOLD.


They're surrounded by tympani! That piece rocks!

As for where it could be used? Maybe the final battle of the campaign? Works for me. :D
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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby RobJN » Sat Apr 04, 2009 2:36 am

maddog wrote:It's not just two musicians. They're surrounded by tympani! That piece rocks!

As for where it could be used? Maybe the final battle of the campaign? Works for me. :D


Having been a percussionist in high school, having played tympani, let me just say that a piece of music like that makes me weep that I didn't pursue a career in music.

Final battle? Maybe. Or at least an end to a major story arc.

Please, feel free to post your own bits of inspirational media here!
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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby Thorf » Sat Apr 04, 2009 6:59 am

Ah, Kenji Kawai.... His music is usually excellent. I'm not an anime fan but I'm definitely a fan of Kenji Kawai. ;)

I would recommend this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBvwhnmUxDA

It's from the same concert (the man speaking on the microphone with curly brown hair is Kenji Kawai), only this song is from Ghost in the Shell. During the introduction at the start he introduces the singers, three of whom were the original singers for the movie's soundtrack back in 1995. (For the recording they recorded it multiple times and did overdubs to get the choir effect.)

About timpani... I completely agree. Watching my high school's brass band playing I usually find myself watching the timpani, and sometimes it has me absolutely spellbound.

Since we're talking about music, is anyone else here into soundtracks? 90% or more of the music I listen to is soundtracks - mostly for movies, but also for TV shows, musicals, video games, and so on. (The other genres I listen to are mostly classical plus a few artists who I've come to know through their songs in soundtracks.) There's an awful lot of inspirational music in soundtracks.
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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby RobJN » Sat Apr 04, 2009 1:23 pm

Thorf, it sounds like our playlists are very similar. My Japanese is very, very spotty, but I got the feeling that Kawai was introducing veterans of his other musical endeavors. The entire concert is a masterpiece.
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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby Havard » Sat Apr 04, 2009 1:46 pm

Wow! Inspirational indeed! Thanks for making me aware of Kenji Kawai, RobJN!

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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby RobJN » Sat Apr 04, 2009 1:54 pm

Everybody needs to be aware of a conductor who jams out on guitar, or plays along with the percussion section and is actually a) smiling and b) knows what he is doing. :ugeek:
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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby Havard » Sat Apr 04, 2009 1:57 pm

RobJN wrote:Everybody needs to be aware of a conductor who jams out on guitar, or plays along with the percussion section and is actually a) smiling and b) knows what he is doing. :ugeek:


*lol*
Just awesome. Do you have any recommendations for what do get, if I want to buy some of his recordings?

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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby RobJN » Sat Apr 04, 2009 2:40 pm

Kenji Kawai has a huge discography. I knew he'd done a LOT of music, but had no idea just how much until I looked at his wikipedia page. Of the material that I have heard, I have really liked:

Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell: Innocence
Seirei no Moribito Sample 1 Sample 2
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai Main Theme
Sky Crawlers
Avalon
Ring*
Seven Swords*
A Battle of Wits*

* I have not actually seen the movies yet, nor heard the whole soundtrack, but I will be doing one or the other one of these days. Ring gets bonus points for "creepy as heck." You should be able to find samples of these scores from the YouTube footage of the Cinema 2007 concert.
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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby metal » Sat Apr 04, 2009 3:59 pm

Cool music!! :)

Thanks for the intro, RobJN!! :)
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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby RobJN » Sat Apr 04, 2009 4:01 pm

metal wrote:Cool music!! :)

Thanks for the intro, RobJN!! :)


You're most welcome.


Its all going according to my Master Plan..... :evil:
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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby Havard » Sat Apr 04, 2009 11:33 pm

RobJN wrote:Kenji Kawai has a huge discography. I knew he'd done a LOT of music, but had no idea just how much until I looked at his wikipedia page. Of the material that I have heard, I have really liked:

Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell: Innocence
Seirei no Moribito Sample 1 Sample 2
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai Main Theme
Sky Crawlers
Avalon
Ring*
Seven Swords*
A Battle of Wits*


Thanks alot Rob! I will be keeping my eyes open for these in the future :)

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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby Big Mac » Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:59 pm

RobJN wrote:
maddog wrote:As for where it could be used? Maybe the final battle of the campaign? Works for me. :D


Final battle? Maybe. Or at least an end to a major story arc.


I love the quiet bit 2.30 seconds into the music. I wonder if it would actually be possible to speak over the music and time the action of the game to slow down in time for that bit.
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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby Big Mac » Thu Apr 09, 2009 8:11 pm

I'm really loving the music from The Mysterious Cities of Gold.

The theme of The Golden Condor and the Solaris are pretty cool, but I'm also loving a lot of the other bits of music.
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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby AuldDragon » Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:49 am

One type of music I enjoy that isn't done nearly as often as I like is when a voice is a primary instrument in a musical piece (as opposed to a background chorale or something). Two great examples from arranged game music albums are:
To the Sealed Land from Suikoden Celtic Collection 1
Prelude from Final Fantasy Pray (probably too recognizable to use in a gaming session, unless you know your players don't play console RPGs).

The Suikoden Celtic Collections in general have some great music (although there are a number of tracks I don't think I'd really classify as Celtic):
Distant Mountain
Touching Theme
Toppo-Nei-Shabon Theme

Here's a nice joyful theme from one of the other Suikoden arrangement albums:
Beautiful Morning

And then a few great tracks from one of my favorite soundtracks, Xenosaga III (Incidentally, this user has some music up on youtube that was in the game but NOT on the OST):
Godsibb
Hepatica
In a Limestone Cave (I think this one is especially effective at evoking an ancient cave or forest feeling - yay cello!)
Old Miltia Forest

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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby RobJN » Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:41 pm

I loves me the Celtic ensemble instruments!

Yuki Kajiura did some great stuff with the Xenosaga music. However, she has yet to top .hack//SIGN or Noir.

I really like what Mitsuda did with the Chrono Cross soundtrack, particularly the heavy celtic influence.
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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby Big Mac » Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:45 pm

AuldDragon wrote:The Suikoden Celtic Collections in general have some great music (although there are a number of tracks I don't think I'd really classify as Celtic):
Touching Theme


Touching Theme sounds like it is the music used for a Kung-Fu version of River Dance. Its weird. I can't work out if I love it or hate it. :?
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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby AuldDragon » Fri Apr 17, 2009 4:46 am

RobJN wrote:I loves me the Celtic ensemble instruments!

Yuki Kajiura did some great stuff with the Xenosaga music. However, she has yet to top .hack//SIGN or Noir.


While I like those particular songs (although I prefer the Fiction version of Salva Nos more), I was never that fond of the overall albums for those shows. I find Yuki Kajiura very hit-or-miss; generally when I don't like a piece by her, i really don't like it, and when I do like it, I find it brilliant. Xenosaga III has by far the most "hits" for me. Now if only the full soundtrack would be released....

RobJN wrote:I really like what Mitsuda did with the Chrono Cross soundtrack, particularly the heavy celtic influence.


I'm looking forward to the Arrange Album, whenever it comes out. It should be excellent, if the sample Mitsuda put up on his website last December is any indicator. :)

I prefer Xenogears and Xenogears Creid over Chrono Cross though. :)

Mitsuda's Kirite is great, too; it has the advantage of being fairly obscure to people who aren't die-hard fans of Mitsuda's work, so it can easily be used in gaming sessions without cancelling immersion in the game, like something from Chrono Cross or Xenogears can.

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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby RobJN » Fri May 15, 2009 4:58 pm

Somehow, I knew Hans Zimmer would not disappoint with the Angels and Demons soundtrack. Giving it a listen right now, not having seen the movie (nor anything about it). I have the book, but haven't yet cracked it open.

Zimmer takes the "Chevaliers de Sangreal" theme, and runs with it, really gives it a workout. Which is nice, because I appropriated it as Thorn's theme.

Very suitable for where Thorn's Chronicle is heading.
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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby Big Mac » Sat May 16, 2009 9:35 am

RobJN wrote:Zimmer takes the "Chevaliers de Sangreal" theme, and runs with it, really gives it a workout.


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YouTube wrote:This video is not available in your country.


The Internot raises its ugly head again. :cry:
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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby RobJN » Sat May 16, 2009 8:47 pm

YouTube wrote:This video is not available in your country.


The Internot raises its ugly head again. :cry:[/quote]

Except-YouTube....? :roll:
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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby Big Mac » Tue May 19, 2009 12:49 pm

RobJN wrote:
Big Mac wrote:
YouTube wrote:This video is not available in your country.


The Internot raises its ugly head again. :cry:


Except-YouTube....? :roll:


That is why I called it the Internot. There are just too many people out there detecting people's countries and then saying: "you are not allowed to see our website". We live in a global economy now, and legal people can't really stop importation via the net. If I can buy a video from the USA or Japan, then I should really be able to look at a US website under US law and then look at a Japanese website under Japanese law*.

* = And the fact that The Piazza has an "org.uk" URL should mean that everyone here should be legally bound to "be" British while posting and should do a Dick Van Dyke impression and dress up as a chimney sweep and have a signature that says: "Strike a light, guv!" (Thorf and Silverblade could have: "Hoots Mon!" signatures instead, but we should all act in a hammed up British way.) ;) :P :lol:
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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby Hugin » Tue May 19, 2009 2:10 pm

Big Mac wrote:...but we should all act in a hammed up British way.) ;) :P :lol: [/i]

What, are you trying to turn this place into Monty Piazza's Flying Circus? ;)
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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby RobJN » Tue May 19, 2009 7:38 pm

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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Postby Big Mac » Wed May 20, 2009 12:50 pm

RobJN wrote:"I didn't expect a kind of Spanish Inquisition..."


Noone expects a Spanish Inquisition!

Our chief weapon is suprise! :twisted:

....suprise and fear. Doh! :oops:

EDIT: Our chief weapons are suprise and fear! :twisted:

...suprise, fear and an uncanny ability to post silly links that take the tread back on topic. Blast! :oops:

EDIT 2: Our chief weapons are suprise, fear and an ability to post silly links that take the thread back on topic! :twisted:
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