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    Dwarf in the Playground
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    Default Seeking Music for Space Setting

    Hello. In a few weeks, I'll be running an RPG in a space setting, and I'm trying to find musical backing for the player characters' interactions with various factions, especially in spaceship combat. The goal is to have an expansive repository of music suited to each race, and for that I would certainly appreciate your help in finding music. Ideally, the music would be instrumental and not too obviously tied to a specific era in history. I need music for both war and peace.

    For one race I need music that is martial, proud, and unrelenting. Perhaps something with loud drums or electric guitars, and possibly something soft metal.

    For another race I need music that is elegant and orchestral. Maybe something that feels old or like it hails back to a past civilization.

    I appreciate any help I can get.

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    Halfling in the Playground
     
    Chimera

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    Default Re: Seeking Music for Space Setting

    Quote Originally Posted by falloutimperial View Post
    Hello. In a few weeks, I'll be running an RPG in a space setting, and I'm trying to find musical backing for the player characters' interactions with various factions, especially in spaceship combat. The goal is to have an expansive repository of music suited to each race, and for that I would certainly appreciate your help in finding music. Ideally, the music would be instrumental and not too obviously tied to a specific era in history. I need music for both war and peace.

    For one race I need music that is martial, proud, and unrelenting. Perhaps something with loud drums or electric guitars, and possibly something soft metal.

    For another race I need music that is elegant and orchestral. Maybe something that feels old or like it hails back to a past civilization.

    I appreciate any help I can get.
    FTL OST: Great space game on steam. Has specfic music for several races (both an explore an a battle tune) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygH9VcV7IBg

    Endless space OST: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIUeE9gFGZc
    Last edited by mig el pig; 2015-08-08 at 08:22 PM.

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    Ogre in the Playground
     
    BlueKnightGuy

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    Default Re: Seeking Music for Space Setting

    I'll recommend the music of Two Steps from Hell. They do background music for trailers, videogames, and the like, and you can find a lot of their songs free on Youtube and/or Spotify. It ranges from martial, driving fight music to mournful and a bit eerie. You should be able to find what you're looking for.

    I particularly recommend To Glory, White Witch, Black Blade, and Tristan for the former (all of them but To Glory are in the video I linked earlier). Those are some of my personal favorites, you might find others you like better.

    EDIT: I also think Earth, Smoke, Fountain of Life, or Atlas from that video might work for your second race, too.
    Last edited by rs2excelsior; 2015-08-08 at 11:27 PM.
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    Troll in the Playground
     
    BardGuy

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    Default Re: Seeking Music for Space Setting

    Seconding FTL OST. May not be as "epic" as much intrumental music these days but it's perfectly atmospheric and doesn't distract at the table. Sits in the background and does its job.
    Last edited by JAL_1138; 2015-08-09 at 08:49 AM.

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    Ettin in the Playground
     
    Flumph

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    Default Re: Seeking Music for Space Setting

    The original Mass Effect.

    Not the sequels. They're less spacey and more shootmans.

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    Barbarian in the Playground
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    Default Re: Seeking Music for Space Setting

    I second most of the suggestions made here - also I would suggest looking for some Immediate Music albums. They've got a wide selection of some pretty nice tracks.

    I run a fairly regular space opera setting, and I have used JENOVA from the Black Mages, as well as this list, which, any of the songs from this list are so recognizable by my players I often don't have to describe where they are or what they're doing:

    Chris De Burgh - Spanish Train
    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Runnin' Down A Dream
    Zager & Evans - In The Year 2525
    The Screaming Jets - Better
    Sloppy Seconds - The Queen Of Outer Space
    Space - Female of the Species
    Squirrel Nut Zippers - Hell
    Kyrie
    Pink - Don't Let Me Get Me
    Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink, Lil' Kim - Lady Marmalade
    Nine Days - Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)
    Toto - Africa
    Tal Bachman - She's So High
    Coldplay - Speed Of Sound
    Filter - Take A Picture
    Goo Goo Dolls - Black Balloon
    Kelly Clarkson - Breakaway
    Linkin Park - Breaking The Habit
    Goo Goo Dolls - Iris
    Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It
    Sonic Team - Cry, for 'IDOLA' the Holy
    Sonic Team - Burning Hearts
    I'm a Pioneer
    Information High
    Inner Universe(long)
    Audioslave - I Am The Highway
    Audioslave - Like A Stone
    Eagles - Hotel California (Original)
    Fountains of Wayne - Lost In Space
    Generator Gawl - I Want Out
    Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.
    Emily Bindiger - Aura
    Emily Bindiger - Key of the Twilight
    Yes - Homeworld
    Scudelia Electro - Shout It Loud
    Gasaraki - Message #09
    Move Your Dead Bones
    Mr. Big - Shine
    No Escape
    Bonnie Tyler - Holding Out For A Hero
    Powerman 5000 - Bombshell
    Powerman 5000 - When Worlds Collide
    RadioFreeZerg
    Taku Iwasaki - 13 - AudioTrack 13
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    Barbarian in the Playground
     
    PaladinGuy

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    Default Re: Seeking Music for Space Setting

    Stanley Kubrick proved that it is impossible to go wrong with classical music for a Space Setting.
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    Orc in the Playground
     
    Beholder

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    Default Re: Seeking Music for Space Setting

    Quote Originally Posted by GloatingSwine View Post
    The original Mass Effect.

    Not the sequels. They're less spacey and more shootmans.
    Quote Originally Posted by JAL_1138 View Post
    Seconding FTL OST. May not be as "epic" as much intrumental music these days but it's perfectly atmospheric and doesn't distract at the table. Sits in the background and does its job.
    These. ^^^^^

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    Dwarf in the Playground
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    Jun 2012

    Default Re: Seeking Music for Space Setting

    The expansive response I've gotten is amazing. Seriously, you guys have provided soundtracks and long lists, plus you've corroborated each other's suggestions.

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