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Turtletron

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« on: (14:27:04/09-06-10) »
Hello everyone,

I don't know if I should post it here but it looked like the best place to do so. I would like to know what kind of music you like to play in background during your game and if the player likes  the feeling it gives to the game(even if you don't play music usually feel free to give your ideas)

Here are some music group/songs that i usually play during my games:

"Johnny Mnemonic Movie Soundtrack" is a good starter
"Grendel" - Harsh Generation, Void Malign, Remnants and Dirty
Some good ol' "Daft Punk" - a lot of their songs can fit in the setting I believe
"Harmony Steel" - all the free songs she shares from her website www.alarinmusic.com
For a little more matrix style music there is "Machinae Supremacy" - Fury, Seventeen, Sidology Episode 1,2,3 , Legion of Stoopid
For those who played the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis Shadowrun games, the song in the games, even if old, bring kind of a nice nostalgic feeling(well, for those who played)
Also "Static-X"- Black & White, Shadow Zone, Cold and many others
And a lot of other songs that I happened to find on the net.


Please feel free to had more to the list, since everyone's  taste for music is different
(>) ...and I would have made it too, except for those nosey kids & their stupid dog...
(>) excerpt of The Smiling Bandit's taped deposition, Knight Errant casefile #E385h-0516

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« Reply #1 on: (14:39:28/09-06-10) »
I was thinking on this the other day. It mostly depends on where the runners are. If they are in clubs/bars, I try to match the music to the atmosphere (Goblin rock = Russian/Slavic Death Metal; Elvish trance = Enya or likewise; Techno = Techno...)

If it's on the run time, I'll grab music from various movie soundtracks like Serenity, Dark Knight, Star Wars (if I want to be blatant about the mood), or some classical stuff that instantly recognizable (like Oh Fortuna).

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« Reply #2 on: (16:17:07/09-06-10) »
I've used the Ghost in the Shell soundtracks (movie and TV seasons) to good effect.
Garbage 2.0 works pretty well for some portions of the game.
Back in the day, Queensryche's Operation: Mindcrime was essential listening for those of us who wanted to get that oppressive corp/dirty streets feeling.
Catalyst by A Dark Halo provides some interesting techno/industrial/death metal mix.  Good for forays into the bowels of industry (unsurprisingly).
Oddly enough, Butthole Surfers does a good job with lawlessness.
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« Reply #3 on: (16:22:53/09-06-10) »
Oh, and Billy Idol: Cyberpunk is a great album. No matter what anyone else thinks.

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« Reply #4 on: (17:15:15/09-06-10) »
Man I always thought way out of the box on this. I'd grab some Celtic Mood stuff, throw it in with classic Clash or Sex Pistols, and then look up some Steve Vai solo albums or some experimental rock from classic 80s icons who are still in the biz. Guys I know still talk about listening to Paul Simon singing an acoustic Sound of Silence. Mix the obvious with the not-so-obvious.

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« Reply #5 on: (17:44:15/09-06-10) »
No music on we talk alot and one player would whine he can't hear anything. (yes even at very low barly able to hear levels)
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« Reply #6 on: (16:19:26/09-07-10) »
I don't put on music much, but when I do I use a lot of noise rock: Melt-Banana, Lightning Bolt, The Locust, Foetus, Butthole Surfers, Deerhoof, Boredoms, etc.  Mostly because it's the main part of my music collection, but also because it often fits surprisingly well.

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« Reply #7 on: (18:58:33/09-07-10) »
Any group named Butt Hole Surfers will never see any air time in my house.  ;D

Two Steps From Hell has some great background music, you can find it on Amazon in MP3s.

The Bourne Supremacy soundtrack has some decent tracks for chase scenes, track 2 off of Casino Royale is great for that though.

The Dark Knight soundtrack for suspense.

Phil Collins...The Brazilian is good for runners preping their gear.
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« Reply #8 on: (19:16:59/09-07-10) »
Funny. Most of the pieces quoted here are titles I'd never use, for one (or both) of these two reasons:
  • I almost never use music with dominant lyrics. It's highly distracting, especially if people know the text and start to sing along. Which takes us to the second point...
  • I never play music that is very popular or well-known, because players tend to hum along with the song (instead of paying attention to the game). Plus, it may create unwanted comic effects. If you don't believe me, just try to create a serious, menacing atmosphere by playing the Imperial March from Star Wars. Oh, and write me a letter if you succeed! :D

The OSTs of movies and computer games, however, are highly suitable for RPG use. Just off the top of my head: Ghost in the Shell, Metal Gear Solid, Fallout, Max Payne, Iron Man, Unreal Tournament, The Island, Hackers, ... . "Regular" musicians: Vangelis, The Prodigy, Interlace, ... and loads of other artists doing electronic music.

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« Reply #9 on: (20:15:06/09-07-10) »
Phil Collins...The Brazilian is good for runners preping their gear.
That's on one of the Genesis albums... but  damn good choice.  I like it for more intense scenes as well.  Its got a great buildup and release
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« Reply #10 on: (20:20:39/09-07-10) »
It's Phil Collins of course it's good
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« Reply #11 on: (20:40:26/09-07-10) »
Think i'll have a bunch of new groups and soundtrack to listen to in the next days, sounds fun  8).
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(>) excerpt of The Smiling Bandit's taped deposition, Knight Errant casefile #E385h-0516

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« Reply #12 on: (21:14:37/09-07-10) »
Kraftwerk is good for classic Techno as well. And don't forget the Blade Runner soundtrack.

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« Reply #13 on: (21:58:22/09-07-10) »
Grats fastJack and Casazil on your "ace runner" title (even though it's maybe not the right place to say it) :P
(>) ...and I would have made it too, except for those nosey kids & their stupid dog...
(>) excerpt of The Smiling Bandit's taped deposition, Knight Errant casefile #E385h-0516

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« Reply #14 on: (01:26:52/09-08-10) »
I am collecting movie and game soundtracks for the sole purpose of using them in my p&p games. So far I have nearly 300 OSTs and I have everything converted to MP3 for easy access at the gaming table, sorted into categories ("Moods", "NPC themes", "locations", etc.)
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