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In-game Music Recommendations

Gerald.Lock

Member
Adventure Builder
I'm a HUGE fan of using evocative music in my games, and my players really respond in kind.
I consistently get 'that was a great game' comments after every game that I play suitable music and as an experiment I've run a few sessions where I don't play music and I find the level of 'wow' in my players is significantly diminished.
I also find that it gets me into the role of storyteller, using music to set and hold the tone and atmosphere when words can only hint at this.

So, here I hope to start a thread of recommendations for excellent dark ambient- and cinematic-style music to use in your games to ensure everyone not only has more fun but gets more 'wow' from every game!

Top artists (and notable albums):

Crypt of Insomnia
https://cryptofinsomniacinematic.bandcamp.com/music
- Gothic Romanticism
- Mysterious Orchestral
- Atmos
- Phobos
- Dystopian Sci-Fi Thriller
- Atmospheric Ambient Choir
- Replicants
- Minimalist Chamber Strings
- Vikings — Dramatic and Atmospheric
- Epic Orchestra

Trial of the Bow
- Rite of Passage (available on mp3va)

Robert Rich
https://robertrich.bandcamp.com/music
- Stalker (available from www.robertrich.com)

Lustmord
https://lustmord.bandcamp.com/music
- Heresy

Shinjuku Thief
- The Witch Hammer
- The Witch Hunter

Michael Damon
- The Pyramid Code OST

Michael Stearns
- Samsara OST
- The Lost World

Yen Pox
- Blood Music
 

JohnnFour

Game Master
Staff member
Demonplague Author
Wizard of Adventure
Beta-Tester
Adventure Builder
Gamer Lifestyle
I'm always looking for great gaming music. I don't use Spotify, so this is grea, thanks @Gerald.Lock.

An RPT GM who's run me through Savage Worlds Last Parsec a few times streams his tunes and sounds to us via https://www.syrinscape.com/online/
 

ejnotts

Member
Adventure Builder
I've had some success using sync-tube.de along with a Youtube playlist of D&D-relevant tracks to ensure all my players can remotely hear the same music at the same time.

It's not perfect, since breaks between tracks are not blended, so there are some verisimilitude-breaking cuts, and you're completely reliant on the tracks available from Youtube (so you can't layer additional ambient sounds over the top of a track), but it's free and easy to use, so I like it!
 

Barbarulo

Member
Wizard of Adventure
I've tried a few including playlists and settled on this (I use the iOS version):
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.mediavibe.rpgsoundscapes&hl=en&gl=US
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/rpg-sounds-fantasy-worlds/id1453514004

It's really easy to manage during the game, which is essential for me, but also very flexible. It's generative so you can just leave a theme going, but you can also easily customise a theme. I had a player death and just played the music from the Siren's Song and the players loved it.
 
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