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Recommendations for Ambient Music

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je6NChw3LiY&list=PL1yYEMwtFZHNP6hwp1lgEEQqkfFXIeqcS

 

I used this for yesterday's session:

http://sunn.bandcamp.com/album/the-iron-soul-of-nothing

 

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.

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Hi:

 

Some ideas:

 

LUSTMORD

 

NOX ARCANA

 

ARCANA (Serpent Rouge)

 

DEAD CAN DANCE

 

SWANS (early & latest)

 

DEVIN TOWNSEND

 

NILE

 

DIMMU BORGIR/MORBID ANGEL

 

OST CONAN THE BARBARIAN (in planet, in Vortex)

 

BLACK SABBATH 13

 

 

...

 

 

HtH!

L

Lest I forget

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if you don't like rock and roll horror soundtracks then us villan songs like

be prepared

friends on the other side

poor unfortunate souls (original or otherwise)

red wedding rains of castamere insturmental

 

and other tvtropes villain songs.

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I like to use, 

 

Black Sabbath Heaven and Hell Album

 

Anything DIO

 

Skyrim Full OST

 

Nox Arcana

 

God of War 

 

Game of Thrones 

Edited by Drama

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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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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.

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