I am a new GM and I really want to impress upon my new players a sense of bleakness, despair and horror that is the Warhammer 40K universe. It is my hope use music to help draw players into the setting and keep them immersed. I haven't done a lot of digging, but so far I have found that the new Evil Dead 2013 soundtrack and even the video game Dead Space soundtrack lends itself well to the ambience I'm shooting for. Maybe even John Carpenter's The Thing soundtrack might work. I'd love to hear any further recommendations for what others have found works for their game sessions.
Recommendations for Ambient Music
Posted 22 November 2013 - 10:14 AM
This may seem an odd suggestion, but since it isn't just bleakness, despair and horror, but actually Dark Ages in Space bleakness, despair and horror, maybe Gregorian chant?
Posted 08 December 2013 - 06:37 PM
I'd suggest Battlestar Galactica - the soundtrack has great drums and quite a few scenes that can be used for the scifi as well as the supernatural aspects of a Black Crusade game.
Posted 14 January 2014 - 10:08 PM
Personally, I use anything from Two Steps from Hell. They used to make movie soundtracks; but split off on their own and now make great albumns of pure symphonic majest. Go hit them up on youtube to sample the tracks; you won't go wrong.
Posted 23 January 2014 - 02:39 AM
Soundtrack from the original Quake. Done by Trent Reznor!
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Posted 23 January 2014 - 01:01 PM
I like to get either really arrhythmic techno or big bass doom/drone and turn it down to just the edge of hearing. This way it doesn't overpower conversation, but there are no truly silent moments, and there is always a feeling of something happening just out of sight.
I played this during the first session of my campaign:
I used this for yesterday's session:
I try to mix in less stressful songs for normal sessions, but for the whole time that the players are exploring a hollow mountain that is actually an ancient Yu'Vath facility, it will be Sunn O))) the whole evening.
Posted 25 January 2014 - 07:08 AM
Two Steps From Hell indeed, UncleSickey. Two Steps From Hell indeed.
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Posted 03 February 2014 - 08:05 PM
if you can find it, the sound track from dawn of war 2 works really well.
ding dong mala mortuus est,
quem veteres strigam
ding dong impiorum strigam mortuus est.
Posted 07 February 2014 - 03:13 PM
During warp travel/on-ship sessions I play 'Toxic', by Brittany Spears, on repeat at a very low volume in the background.
Players get a little twitchy around the edges, just like PCs would during warp travel.
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Posted 10 March 2014 - 12:29 PM
ARCANA (Serpent Rouge)
DEAD CAN DANCE
SWANS (early & latest)
DIMMU BORGIR/MORBID ANGEL
OST CONAN THE BARBARIAN (in planet, in Vortex)
BLACK SABBATH 13
Lest I forget
Posted 16 March 2014 - 07:11 PM
if you don't like rock and roll horror soundtracks then us villan songs like
friends on the other side
poor unfortunate souls (original or otherwise)
red wedding rains of castamere insturmental
and other tvtropes villain songs.
Posted 16 March 2014 - 07:12 PM
ps and in the dark of the night anastagia movie
sorry only know movies and tv mostly.
Posted 30 March 2014 - 07:40 PM
I like to use,
Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell Album
Skyrim Full OST
God of War
Game of Thrones
Edited by Drama, 30 March 2014 - 07:40 PM.
Posted 31 March 2014 - 03:27 AM
two steps from hell, immediate music, most music from 40k games, gregorian chanting and the deadspace/borderlands sound tracks are all staples for me
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Posted 02 May 2014 - 12:43 PM
Nick Cave - stuff like Red Right Hand, Tupelo, Up Jumped the Devil
Bauhaus - pretty much anything
some of Tom Waits's stuff, like Underground or Just The Right Bullets
If you can find it, a lot of E Nomine's stuff is really good - German techno with Latin chanting. Try Vater Unser, Im Zeichen Des Zodiaks, Heilig, or Deine Welt.