Random Music Thought

So, referencing an old movie, I was going through my CDs and putting music back on my Ipod… and I started listening to the score to The Crow and I remembered what great session music this is.

What other old scores have I forgotten about? Tell me.

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8 responses

  1. I’ve recently become addicted to The Postal Service. Imogen Heap is really mellow. I’ve also developed a weird attraction to emo rock. (It’s like chicken nuggets. I know how awful they are but they’re still tasty.)

    I don’t know if you’re the type of retro 8-bit video game nerd who likes the nostalgia of 80’s computer-generated music, but I hear chiptunes are popular. Not my thing, but people keep recommending them to me.

    PS: First post!

  2. JC ran an In Nomine game for which he made an amazing soundtrack. It included songs like The Miracle, Devil Inside, Eve of Destruction and others. Very fitting for the theme.

  3. The sound tracks to all 3 of the Matrix movies are spectacular. Despite the latter movies’ questionable plots the music stays excellent. Chemical Brothers, Rob Zombie, and Marilyn Manson mix with the scores of Don Davis to make one of my favorite music collections. Oh and how could I forget Rob Dougan. He has some of the best synth/techno/dance beats around.

  4. Specialis,

    I agree that the Matrix soundtracks are awesome, but I guess my issue with them is that the score pieces are so, “recognizable” that it often ends in tangents more than mood. With the Crow soundtrack, I felt it was far enough removed from the mind that it might not distract anymore…

    I could be wrong. Just thinking out loud.

  5. Specialis and RG,

    I feel the same way about a good deal of the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter scores. Excellent scores, I would never say they aren’t, but one time we had some mood music playing for us during a 3.5 game and we all got distracted by the theme to the Riders of Rohan. It was awesome, but definitely detracted from the gaming experience.

    Tangent: IF one were to play music while running a game, what would one suggest for such a thing?

  6. I am very fond of the Tomb Raider soundtracks, especially from Tomb Raider: Legends. Unfortunately, I never found a ‘soundtrack’ for it, so I have mp3’s of the actual music used in the game, which is means you get the 30 second transitional clips along with the minutes of gameplay music. Not a problem, just makes it tougher to weed out songs that are not as useful.

  7. As for what would work for music while running a game, I think it would useful to look at how good video games do it:

    * In games that do it right, you don’t notice the music at all. It does not subtract from the playing experience, and it’s not so overwhelming that you notice it during the play. It’s only on reflection later that you think, ‘Whoa, that piece was amazing and enhanced that moment.’

    * During ‘talking’ moments, the music fades or is removed entirely. This allows the player to hear what the NPC’s are saying (although this point seems self explanatory, you would be surprised by how many games get it wrong. If you want to see a wrong vs. right comparison – look at Bioshock 1 vs. Bioshock 2.)

    * The music should fit the mood of the scene. ‘Concerning Hobbits’ from “The Fellowship of the Ring” does not work when the party is trekking through Moria.

    Playing music during a tabletop game is significantly harder. The GM not only has to run the game, but now has to be DJ?

    Never having done it myself, I would guess the most successful way to do it would be to selections of music picked out for specific scenes, rather than try to play a generic soundtrack throughout the entire session. This way, the music is special and you don’t fatigue your players.

    Anyone pull the music thing off successfully?

  8. I hate to spam this thread, but it is a really interesting topic for me.

    Anyways, related to this topic, the team of Bioshock 2 had a ‘radio’ station playing up until the release of the game. For days(?) before the launch, the radio station played 40’s and 50’s music, a la what would be heard on a radio station in Rapture. However, on release day, you heard the ‘live’ broadcast of the New Year’s Eve celebration of 1959 and the start of the fall of Rapture.

    Anyways, for those who want to check it out, Joystiq has links to some of the audio clips:
    http://www.joystiq.com/2010/02/09/tune-in-to-bioshock-2s-rapture-radio-and-prepare-for-new-years/

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