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Old 09-14-03, 03:42 PM
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Recommend Some Theme Music

OK, yes, this is indirectly a gaming question. I am running a role-playing game at a convention coming up in November. It is a Vampire game (think Goth) set in Alaska. I'd like to find some music for the game... preferably something in the modern-classical genre, or opera, but I'd be willing to go the New Age or soundtrack route if anyone has any recommendations.

Think gothic horror Northern Exposure and you'll get the general idea. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-14-03, 03:50 PM
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The October Project.
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Old 09-15-03, 01:06 PM
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Thanks for the suggestion. Does anybody have any other thoughts while I research The October Project?

EDIT TO ADD: Nooo.... I don't think The October Project is quite what I'm looking for here. At least not the music I sampled from their first album. I need something darker, a bit richer.

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Old 09-15-03, 01:56 PM
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Twin Peaks music?

Something by Vangelis (e.g. Bladerunner theme music, if available)?

Rush instrumentals?

Or, maybe check out Tangerine Dream as they have a large back catalogue of theme music and some of it is in the scary/atmospheric vein. (They even have a piece called StratosFear).
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Or, maybe check out Tangerine Dream as they have a large back catalogue of theme music and some of it is in the scary/atmospheric vein. (They even have a piece called StratosFear).


If you go this route, also check out Christopher Franke's work for Babylon 5. He did a lot of dark alien background music for the show that actually sounds like the backdrop for a dark video game (not thematic, just pulsating backgrounds).

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Try these soundtracks:

Bram Stoker's Dracula
Interview with a Vampire
Mary Shelly's Frankenstein
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Old 09-16-03, 10:04 AM
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Originally posted by benedict
Or, maybe check out Tangerine Dream as they have a large back catalogue of theme music and some of it is in the scary/atmospheric vein. (They even have a piece called StratosFear).
Tangerine Dream is pretty cool. Can you recommend any one album of theirs? They have a pretty extensive catalog.

And das, I will check out the Bab5 music. Do you have a link for any Real Audio?
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I really like Craig Armstrong's score for Plunkett & Macleane. It has a lot of choral music over electronic backgrounds and strings, among other stuff. You may be familiar with one of the songs as it was used for the theme to the "Dark Angel" TV show. Maybe it will work for you, maybe it won't.

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Old 09-16-03, 02:07 PM
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Originally posted by NCMojo
Tangerine Dream is pretty cool. Can you recommend any one album of theirs?
The only one I currently possess is Dream Sequence; a compilation double CD and which happens to include an excerpt from the aforementioned "Stratosfear". I've copied and pasted their film soundtrack albums which might be worth a quick look if you've seen any of the films and can recall something you liked: Sorcerer (1977), Thief (1981), Risky Business (1983), Wavelength (1983), The Keep (1984), Firestarter (1984), Flashpoint (1984), The Park Is Mine (1984), Heartbreakers (1985), Legend (1986), Near Dark (1987), Three O'Clock High (1987), Shy People (1987), Deadly Care (1987), Destination Berlin (1989), Miracle Mile (1989), Dead Solid Perfect (1989), Catch Me If You Can (1989), The Man Inside (1990), Canyon Dreams (1991), Rumpelstiltskin (1992), Zoning (1994), Oasis (1997), Der Meteor (1997), Luminous Visions (1998), Transsiberia (1998), The Great Wall of China (1999), What A Blast (1999), Mota Atma (2003).

I've also just thought that Mike Oldfield is another artist worthy of consideration. Tubular Bells was his first album and was used as the theme for The Exorcist.
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And das, I will check out the Bab5 music. Do you have a link for any Real Audio?


There are at least 30 different Babylon 5 soundtracks, and it appears there's a lot of samples on Amazon.com. I have the originals at home, but you'd need to narrow down the sound for me to help. If you can find something of his on Amazon that fits what you want I can go from that. I was thinking the episode "Soul Hunter" would have some good stuff that suits what you've described, but I don't see any links to that. Still, you can try clicking around.

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Mojo, there is one fantastic piece on the budget NAXOS classical label, a ballet (Dracula) by Philip Feeney! I was surprised when I heard this, it is very gothic and should be looked into!

A lesser recommendation would be Elliot Goldenthal's score to Interview With the Vampire. Probably not a good decision is the soundtrack to Vampyros Lesbos!
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