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Kas'ir Faywind
16 August 2002, 06:39 PM
Basically just list some songs and the type of action in which it would best fit the background of a game session.

Battle:
Pitchshifter: Most songs from their album PSI
Dual of the Fates(hehe probably not a good idea if your players are like mine though)

Setting up for a big fight:
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly theme song

HyperSpace/"cruising music":
Techno works really good I suggest the downloadable songs form this guy http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/278/ej_ronin.html not too heavy and is really nice on the ears.


Space Battle:
Tank! (from cowboy bebop)

Keep it coming expect the first edition of the GM's Snak Pak sometime next week with updates when appropiate.

Nafai
16 August 2002, 08:10 PM
Here's a helpful link I thought I'd share:

Freeplay Music (http://www.freeplaymusic.com)

You can probably find the snippet of music your local news broadcast uses to introduce a story. LOTS of music here, catagorized by feel, keyword, etc. Royalty free usage, and EVERY song comes in a 2:00, 1:00, :30, :20, :15, and :10 second variant, both in .wav and .mp3 format.

It rocks, to say the least.

If you want a good listing of Star Wars music to play during adventures, Star Wars: Gamer issue 3 has a fanTAStic article called "The Force of Music." Even outlines by track number from specific soundtracks what some good songs are for chase scenes, alien encounters, cantinas, etc.

The article also mentions, and I tend to agree that looking at 19th century composer's works is a great idea, and often very cheap. Wagner and Rimsky-Korsakoff are two of the best, imo.

bagman19
17 August 2002, 06:35 AM
Running a Starfighter campaign means I need a lot of music to keep the combat flowing. I like the Transformers: The Movie music (weird, huh?) Unicron's Theme fits like a glove for the arrival of a stardestroyer. There is a great track on the Plunkett & Macleane Soundtrack (obscure movie, really good though) called Business Part 1/Part 2/Part 3 which works for an easy groundpound. I just got the Unbreakable Sndtrk, and I love it. I will let you know what I think of as far as how to use it. For theme songs, I like Massive Attack's Angel, from the Snatch CD, as well as Oasis, Klint, and the Disco Science song from the same soundtrack.
That is about all I can think of right now.

Admiral_Atredies
17 August 2002, 06:06 PM
Wow! I'm glad that someone else mentioned Cowboy Bebop music. It's just great! It ads a nice Jazzy feel, and it works great for cantinas, nightclubs, casinos, and other scoundrel-oriented locations. Cat Blues is a nice alternitive for cantina music, and Bad Dog no Biscuts is nice for chase scenes.

Nova Spice
17 August 2002, 06:27 PM
One of my PCs favorite songs for a fight scene is "Let the Bodies Hit the Floor" by Drowning Pool. Scary is it not? :D

A good starfighter battle theme, especially for the NJO, is "Downfall" by Trust Company. I find that real songs with words can be just as cool as the classic themes from the films.

I remember for the longest time using the "Mission Impossible II Theme" by Limp Bizkit in one of our sessions a while ago. It had something to do with a Dark Jedi and the music seemed to fit the tone of the adventure well.

Anyway, just some lyrical music examples for everyone there. Nice idea for a thread Kas'ir! ;)

Kas'ir Faywind
17 August 2002, 08:37 PM
After tonight's session i'll have to add one

Cantina/dance/or just plain slap happy:

Butterfly (from dance dance revolution)

Don't ask but for some reason everyone started dancing to it :\

blaznee
18 August 2002, 11:47 PM
If you're online while running your session then I heartily recommend www.streamingsoundtracks.com.. Try it out.. You can make requests and stuff on it.. It's also great to listen to while designing adventures..

/Blaznee

Reverend Strone
19 August 2002, 11:33 AM
In my Tatooine-based campaign I've used a bunch of other soundtracks, dotted in amongst the predominantly SW themes.

Given the desert environment, I've found the sweeping themes of the recent Graham Revell Dune miniseries score very appropriate on occassions, especially when my lads are striking out across the Northern Dune Sea or such like, -real stirring, swelling stuff, reminiscent of the magnificent Lawrence of Arabia themes.

Considering the number of times my lads have enounters, both peaceful and hostile, with Tusken Raiders, reusing the Sand People encounter track from Ep IV can get repetitive. Again, there's some great stuff that sounds rather Tusken in Dune, but also in Jerry Goldsmith's original Planet of the Apes soundtrack, and a couple of the tracks from Walking with Dinosaurs.

Shadows of the Empire has some stirring and evocative tracks too. I have a buddy who earned himself a speeding ticket listening to the final, epic Skyhook Battle track in his car on the way to work. He kinda let it sweep him away a little too far and forgot what he was doing (I reckon he thought his car was an Xwing- not the first to be guilty of that either).;)

Moff Neomen
19 August 2002, 01:43 PM
Originally posted by Admiral_Atredies
Wow! I'm glad that someone else mentioned Cowboy Bebop music. It's just great! It ads a nice Jazzy feel, and it works great for cantinas, nightclubs, casinos, and other scoundrel-oriented locations. Cat Blues is a nice alternitive for cantina music, and Bad Dog no Biscuts is nice for chase scenes.

Indeed.

Another good one would be "What Planet is This?" To me, it's the quintessential starfighter combat theme (especially if you've seen the Bebop movie).

There are other ones that are great for cantina scenes...Farewell Blues if it's a more somber cantina, or Goodnight Julia. Other good action ones are Rush or NY Rush. For a good downtime piece, look at Spokey Dokey or Forever Broke; for wandering around, Pot City would be a good one.

As for other good music...look into the Halo Soundtrack. There's a lot of good ones on there that could be used as background.

Admiral_Atredies
19 August 2002, 04:04 PM
Also, as I like to throw a bit of randomness into the game, simply tune your radio to your local classical station. It can set the mood for a scene, or even decide the scene for you (this is great for those times GM's are caught unprepared and must improv :)).
Sure the talking parts sometimes throw you off sinc, but it sure is great when opera blares on during your lightsaber duel, adds a nice dramatic touch :D).

Wedge in Red2
19 August 2002, 04:44 PM
Originally posted by Reverend Strone
He kinda let it sweep him away a little too far and forgot what he was doing (I reckon he thought his car was an Xwing- not the first to be guilty of that either).;)

Please excuse the off topic post, but did I mention my car is nicknamed Red 2? And this is a nickname that's been in place since 1995...well before my holonet days (and user ID of "Wedge in Red 2").

In terms of on topic, obviously I use the movie soundtracks lots. But there's some great stuff out there. The Alien 3 soundtrack is really haunting and creepy (actually, we use this for Call of Cthulhu a lot). The Fight Club soundtrack is quite industrial, good if you're wanting to do something, say, in the seedy underbelly of Coruscant.

I like the concept of this thread, I think Reverend Strone and I had this conversation at a cafe a few weeks back...trying to remember what else we said...

Jon :)

Tony J Case, Super Genius
19 August 2002, 08:53 PM
Well, after scouring my collection, I came up with the following list. I tried to stay away from instantly indentifiable pieces, like something with the Indy theme in it. I also tried to stay away from tracks everyone already knows - like anything Star Wars. And I tried to spread it out a bit, I mean I could have done the whole damn Conan soundtrack for the Lightsaber battle listings, but wheres the fun in that.

And of course I should point out that you should NOT use a file sharing program to find these tracks. Especialy the rare and harder to find soundtracks, like the exceptional Giant Robo.

So, here we go. . . .

Chase Music
Armageddon: Asteroid Chase / The Shuttle Crashes
Galaxy Quest: Red Thingie, Blue Thingie
The Rock: The Chase

Counting Down / Race Against Time
Jurassic Park: High Wire Stunts
Star Trek II: Genesis Countdown
The World Is Not Enough: Pipeline

Creepy Music
Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Miracle of the Ark
Event Horizon: The Forward Decks

Drama / Bad Guys Arrive / Bad Things Happening Music
Giant Robo: Cataclysm Over Paris
Giant Robo: Big Fire Appears
Metropolis: Judgement
Holst: Mars, the Bringer of War

Lightsaber Fight Music
The Vision of Escaflowne: Dance of Curse
Gladiator: The Battle
Conan the Barbarian: Battle of the Mounds
Conan the Destroyer: Conan & Bombaata Battle

Large Ground / Space Battle Music
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Belly of the Steel Beast
The Time Machine: Morlocks Attack
The Peacemaker: The Chase

Nightclub Music
Macross Plus: Information High
Macross Plus: Santi-u
Herbie Handcock: Headhunter

Tense / Suspenseful Music
Volcano: March of the Lava
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: The Ecstasy Of Gold
Metropolis: The Awakening

Touching Music
Macross Plus: Voices

Up Close and Personal Battle Music
The Rocketeer: Zeppelin
The Sea Hawk: Thorpe Confronts Wolfingham / The Duel
Superman: The Helicopter Sequence

StClair
26 August 2002, 01:00 PM
Tony's list reminded me of something:

Almost anything else by John Williams (and his body of work over the years is truly impressive) will fit in nigh-seamlessly with his SW scores. So if it's a similar sound you're looking for, look to Mr. Williams first.

Marusame
28 August 2002, 11:10 AM
Good battle music is Sandstorm. I think its by durane.

Kas'ir Faywind
28 August 2002, 02:29 PM
Originally posted by Marusame
Good battle music is Sandstorm. I think its by durane.

That would be Darude :)

Marusame
29 August 2002, 02:07 PM
yeah, that's it. Thanks buddy. :D