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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Post by RobJN » Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:58 am

I just need to stop watching movie trailers. They have some of the best music in them. Like this little diddy, from the second trailer for the next big DiCaprio movie, "Inception." (And, hey, it's got Ellen Page, so I might actually want to go see her it on the big screen....)
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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Post by RobJN » Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:04 pm

This, I think, will become the cue I will call "Daughters of Andahar"

Originally off Christopher Tin's "Calling All Dawns" album, this track was picked up by Cornerstone Cues.

The lyrics, five haikus, take us through the cycle of the seasons. Fitting, I think, for the timeless daughters of Uther Andahar and their eternal quest. Sad in places, but ultimately uplifting, I can see (hear?) this being sung by the older of Andahar's twins, more fragile than her younger sister, prone to taking ill and being confined to her bedroom, where she watched through the window while Leansethar played.
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SPRING:
mado kara mieru
kagayaku ume ichirin
ichirin hodo no
sono atatakasa

SUMMER:
mado kara mieru
mabushii me ni wa aoba
yama hototogisu
aa hatsugatsuo

AUTUMN:
mado kara mieru
sawayaka akikaze no
yama o mawaru ya
ano kane no koe

yomei
ikubaku ka aru
koyoi hakanashi
inochi mijikashi

WINTER:
mado kara mieru
hieta yuki no ie ni
nete iru to omou
nete bakari nite

SPRING:
mado kara mieru
tanoshi ichihatsu no
ichirin shiroshi
kono haru no kure


through the window I see
one shining plum blossom
that warmth of
one blossom

through the window, I see
radiant greenery for the eyes
a mountain cuckoo
ah, the first bonito


through the window, I see
the refreshing autumn wind
churns in the mountains
and that over there - a bell's voice

my remaining days
how much more is there to live?
the night is brief
life is short


through the window, I see
cold snow all around the house
in bed I think
only of this


through the window, I see
this cheerful iris
a lone, white flower
in this springtime dusk
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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Post by Planefarer » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:39 pm

A few choice pieces of music I noted after watching a bunch of Battlestar Galactica episodes recently. These two are excellent for an eerie mood:

"Thousands Left Behind" by Richard Gibbs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T99blrM1DgQ

"Heeding The Call" by Bear McCreary

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2dyN5A12js


But listen around - a lot of the Battlestar Galactica music is just fantastic. For example, I really love this bit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o40JlfPou20
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Post by RobJN » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:43 pm

Bear McCreary does really good work. His Caprica and Human Target scores are full of win, also.
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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Post by BotWizo » Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:46 pm

i'll second that a great deal of the BS music was great!
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Post by Planefarer » Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:34 am

BotWizo wrote:i'll second that a great deal of the BS music was great!
A bit of an unfortunate abbreviation that... :lol:
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Post by Angel Tarragon » Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:48 am

RobJN wrote:Bear McCreary does really good work. His Caprica and Human Target scores are full of win, also.
It's a shame Caprica is being canceled.

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Post by Gawain_VIII » Tue Nov 16, 2010 8:29 am

This might not be the soundtrack for my next campaign, but the Trans-Siberian Orchestra makes some damn fine music! Their Winter Tour is on sale now. Unfortunately, I cannot go this year, but if anyone else can, please go and tell me how freakin' awesome it was!

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Post by Azaghal » Tue Nov 16, 2010 8:52 am

Gawain_VIII wrote:This might not be the soundtrack for my next campaign, but the Trans-Siberian Orchestra makes some damn fine music! Their Winter Tour is on sale now. Unfortunately, I cannot go this year, but if anyone else can, please go and tell me how freakin' awesome it was!

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Post by RobJN » Wed Jan 05, 2011 1:06 am

So, bravo to the BBC for finally giving a voice to the music behind the Doctor. The inclusion of choir really gives the music that final bit of an edge that I've felt it's been needing. The music has always been pretty good. Now it's climbed even higher on the ol' appreciation scale.

One of my particular favorites is the track "Vampires of Venice," from that same episode. I love how it opens and closes with the almost fairytale-like bells and violin. And the suitable Grimm's feel comes through as well, with those eerie climbing violin glissandos.

This goes on the playlist, most definitely. Now, to find a suitable scene for it. Perhaps if Thorn and company ever visit Glantri.....
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Post by RobJN » Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:06 pm

More very evocative music, this time from the score of a Japanese anime rendition of the classic Romeo and Juliet. No, no giant robots. Very moody in places, grand in others, and sweeping in still others.

And while I'm here, I do love to hear a great use of chimes. While the track is called "Sedame" ("Destiny" in Japanese), I think it could be retitled "EPIC"
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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Post by BotWizo » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:38 pm

before a large battle in our campaign I recently played Prodigy -- Invaders Must Die
It worked everyone up, and the battle seemed more intense, and people were roleplaying it that way.
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Post by RobJN » Sun May 01, 2011 3:47 pm

Just found the name of the group/company that does trailer/teaser background music, very much in the tone of Immediate Music: Two Steps from Hell. I've found their stuff to be a bit brighter than Immediate. Well worth a listen through a search of YouTube.
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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Post by Planefarer » Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:41 am

Just found several montages of music by David Lawrence from the cancelled (yet again...) tv-series Jericho on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxu2tWSJCAQ

I always liked that show and actually think it's a perfect base for an RPG. I mean, pick another small town somewhere in the US and then run the entire plot again. Heck, you can steal all the plots from the show, if your players don't know, though I would naturally never plan to do so... ;) :P

There are five montages of about 8-10 minutes each. Funny thing is, even though I've seen the whole show before, I never noticed before that the music is actually quite good for RPG background mood. I wuoldn't use all of these, but some of the cues are just brilliant.
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Post by RobJN » Sun Oct 23, 2011 9:51 am

Not sure how I missed this, but Two Steps from Hell has released another album of epic goodness. Perusing YouTube for their "Archangel" album will probably yield some previews, for those so inclined.

iTunes keeps taking all my monies. :oops:
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Post by Havard » Sun Oct 23, 2011 10:08 am

RobJN wrote:Not sure how I missed this, but Two Steps from Hell has released another album of epic goodness. Perusing YouTube for their "Archangel" album will probably yield some previews, for those so inclined.

iTunes keeps taking all my monies. :oops:
Thanks for sharing this Rob, Two Steps from Hell have alot of good stuff.

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Post by RobJN » Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:48 pm

Thomas Bergersen (half of Two Steps From Hell -- would that make him one step?) has a solo album out. Fantastic stuff. I eagerly await his 2012 release.

While working through the climax of the second arc of Thorn's Chronicle, I've found the album's titular track growing on me:

Illusions


Now, what to put on the playlist for the third arc....?
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Post by RobJN » Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:11 pm

Mind blown.
Nothing is sacred. :mrgreen: :oops:
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Post by Havard » Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:35 pm

RobJN wrote:Thomas Bergersen (half of Two Steps From Hell -- would that make him one step?) has a solo album out. Fantastic stuff. I eagerly await his 2012 release.
I have been listenin to the same stuff as you it seems. However I just realized Thomas Bergersen lives in my city... :geek:
RobJN wrote:Mind blown.
Nothing is sacred. :mrgreen: :oops:
Pretty cool actually :) :mrgreen:

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Post by RobJN » Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:41 pm

It is fantastic. except for the part where iTunes keeps taking my money.
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Post by RobJN » Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:28 pm

Very nice. I like a piece that has a broad range like this.
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Re: Inspirational music for RPGs

Post by Planefarer » Thu Dec 08, 2011 7:51 am

How about this for a moody background track:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iloksf5- ... re=related

It's "Bud's Big Dive" from James Cameron's The Abyss, composed by Alan Silvestri.

I think this track is perfect for background. It's quiet, yet still very ominous. Oh, and it's actually fairly long (6+ min.), which is good for a role-playing session.

But frankly, you should listen to the rest of Silvestri's music for the film. It's easily among his best work and not given the credit it deserves IMHO.

For example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyQ8Zu-feNU

Or:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t1LUsxS ... re=related
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Post by RobJN » Tue Dec 20, 2011 2:39 pm

Silvestri writes some good stuff, yes! I think the Abyss is a bit overlooked, as far as his soundtracks go. I had a fantasy/sci-fi compilation album by the Cincinnati Pops that had one of the best arrangements of the Abyss main theme I've ever heard. In fact, all of the arrangements on that album were top notch....


Incidentally, I found another trailer music studio, Audiomachine, on YouTube. Some really good stuff. Right now, I'm listening to "An Unfinished Life" -- nice and simple piano and then the strings creep in. Another fitting theme for the twins in Thorn's Chronicle....
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Post by True_Atlantean » Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:13 am

All of these links have been really useful to expand my music selection for campaigns. I did recently discover E Nomine and Two Steps from Hell (both with extensive entries on YouTune) and this strikes the right chord for my games, especially for battle scenes. I always strive to have something suitably energetic playing during combat and I've found it gets our group quite engaged and inspires them to more description than 'I rolled a 15'.
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