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tathel tathel's picture
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Cereth wrote:
Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts I-IV - All instrumental and very creepy.

Dude you are a genius i'd totally forgotten about those albums, they are like perfect. And they are under Creative Commons as well i believe which suits EP perfect. I'm actually thinking of scrapping my list and just sorting ghosts by theme

Tick Tock goes the clock, but time is standing still

acantha acantha's picture
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I would humbly recommend a favorite of mine: www.tettix.net

he does a lot of different stuff, all free for the record, but his 8bit stuff is of particular interest. Technology Crisis 1 and 2 are both excellent. His best album, however, for EP, is called the Tyrant's Parable. Its awesome. check it out.

neonphysalis neonphysalis's picture
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Anything by Celldweller goes well with EP.

I also highly recommend ES Posthumus

The Doctor The Doctor's picture
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neonphysalis wrote:
Anything by Celldweller goes well with EP.

I will second that - the music they contributed to Seventh Son really made the show.



neonphysalis neonphysalis's picture
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Other bands I would recommend,

Powerman5000
Apocalyptica
The Prodigy
Unkle
Rob Zombie
Juno Reactor

Cereth Cereth's picture
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Just downloaded and am listening to the soundtrack from the movie "Sunshine".

Very cool and perfect for EP.

evapor8 evapor8's picture
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Really loving things like Frontline Assembly, VNVnation, Bass Communion might be a bit too down tempo.

Liking some early Jean Michel Jarre LPs like, Magnetic Fields, Equinoxe, and a bit later Rendezvous. A Zoolook track 'Ethnicolor' was sampled and used on an old 16-bit (atari & amiga) game called 'Captain Blood'. It still evokes the idea of moving in space and meeting alien entities (well, for me anyway). Meat Beat Manifesto is also another favourite.

There's a great compilation out there somewhere called Future Pop (lame-names 'r' us).

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Cereth wrote:
Just downloaded and am listening to the soundtrack from the movie "Sunshine".

Very cool and perfect for EP.

Sunshine's plot looks very much like one of the existential threats that Firewall fights. That was a great movie, and it definitely fits the style of the EP setting in both music and story.

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Help me get my gaming fix, if you want.

Meldaran Meldaran's picture
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Well I'll add my little grain of salt :)

Some of the music I've been listening to a lot the past few years is an austrian futurepop group named mind.in.a.box. It's kind of a fusion of prog. trance and EBM with a noir cyberpunk theme. I find it is perfect for reading Eclipse Phase stuff :).

I wouldn't necessarily use it all for a roleplaying session though. You'd have to sort through it as everyone has different tastes :D

Mel.

Shark_Sandwich Shark_Sandwich's picture
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The Fountain OST by Clint Mansell is also a good choice. It is big and sweeping, but also a little unsettling and creepy in a hard-to-define way. "Death is the Road to Awe" and "Xibalba" are particularly good for confronting something alien, and "Tree of Life" for a more dramatic part.

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Anything by Dub FX really. I can imagine the autonomist habs rocking with his dub... :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhBoR_tgXCI&feature=fvst

What's special about this guy is that all the sounds you hear have been created with his voice using a Roland Effects & loop pedal (except for the saxophone, of course). And it sounds...awesome! I guess that an artist like that would be extra popular in post-Fall!

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Apparently not. Or this one was extra sneaky!

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Anyway, to return this thread to its topic, I happen to DJ rhythmic noise, EBM, techno-industrial, and similar electronics, and I think a lot of the stuff we spin would be appropriate for EP. We have setlists up here: http://kineticnoise.net/set-lists/ -- the stuff we play earlier in the night tends to be more downtempo, glitchy, and/or melodic, and so might be more appropriate for gaming than the stompy/dancey stuff later in the night. Some specific artists I would recommend: ESA, Memmaker, Geomatic, Monstrum Sepsis, Detritus, Aphorism, Twinkle, Contaminant, Chainreactor.

There are two labels I would recommend. One is Tympanik Audio: http://tympanikaudio.com/
They're putting out some great electronic music these days, and a lot of it would make for good background music while gaming.

Another is Absetzer. These guys produce a bunch of Russian noize, and best of all they release their stuff for free download (mp3 and FLAC) under a Creative Commons license. In particular I would recommend Fla Vector, T_Error-404, and 5Fat: http://absetzer.alter-x.net/

Rob Boyle :: Posthuman Studios

Meldaran Meldaran's picture
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Continuing the music trip, I had a revelation while listening to some Future Sound of London on the way to work this morning :)

May I suggest the following albums:
- FSOL - Lifeforms
- FSOL - ISDN

They're not dark stuff, but they really are space and trippy and should perfectly set the mood for alien worlds and brinker spaceships.

Mel.

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Colin Chapman wrote:
Contrary to popular belief, there is only one of me. ;)

I'm quickly falling into that "camp".

"The difference between truth and fiction, people expect fiction to make sense."
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The cold emptiness of space

Some classical stuff fits pretty well with the emptiness of space ...

Gustav Holtz: The Planets -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Planets

Arenamontanus Arenamontanus's picture
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I'm quite fond of Philip Glass music for something discreetly mindbending or AI-related. "The Grid" from the Koyaanisqatsi soundtrack is great singularity music, and some of the other tracks are nicely apocalyptic.

Extropian

jiyunatori jiyunatori's picture
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http://web.me.com/digitaltaokatakashi/digitaltaokatakshi/data.html

The introduction of the "2008 live act" is some slightly glitched/processed classical choral singing. I think it would fit really nice for some space/futuristic ambiance.

Arenamontanus Arenamontanus's picture
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Kraftwerk is of course the classic futuristic music but usually a bit too 'clean' for EP. Still, das Model for the glitterati and Spacelab for a lonely Brinker habitat works great.

However, today I heard a rock cover of The Robots that really seems to fit grumbling clanking masses well: Siddharta on Trans Slovenia Express Vol. 2 - several of the other covers there are also brutal enough for EP.

Extropian

Arenamontanus Arenamontanus's picture
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I just came across the Akira movie soundtrack again, and several songs are obviously good for EP. An eclectic mixture of synths, gamelan, Japanese drums and choirs, often with very vast and fateful moods. Requiem is perfect for EP - a zoom into a solar system ravaged by the Fall.

Jonathan Coulton of course has a lot of fun songs that might be introduced for a bit of levity.
http://www.jonathancoulton.com/store/downloads/
"Still Alive" is of course the theme music for any seed AGI. "Better" is about relationship problems with an exhuman. "DNA" - fun biotech. "I Feel Fantastic" - enhancer drugs.

Extropian

jiyunatori jiyunatori's picture
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Ben Frost: Theory of Machines

jiyunatori jiyunatori's picture
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I mastered my first EP game yesterday and tried a few things for the background music.

- The Koyaanisqatsi theme works really well to force a heavy gloomy mood

- "Mars, the bringer of war", from Gustav Holtz's "planets" is great to get some stress when things are turning bad.

- and of course, "thus spoke zarathustra" when floating in space

Rebussohal Rebussohal's picture
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Pretty much all of the bands I was going to suggest have already been said so all I can add to this is a single song

Rabbit Junk - From the stars
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKGSHNnesXs

Most of their other stuff is not EP related but this one was written as a H.P.Lovecraft homage and works great as a story of a small team entering somewhere that has been exosurgently infected.

splatter_gecko splatter_gecko's picture
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The music from System Shock 2 is incredible. All of the games themes fit in perfectly with EP and the entire soundtrack is incredibly creepy.

Eric Brosius, the composer, created a full CD quality copy of the original music.

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=SOO1EQJO

It's sick.

Mike Taylor Mike Taylor's picture
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Anybody have an idea of what music for The Carnival of the Goat might be like?

Mike Taylor Mike Taylor's picture
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jiyunatori wrote:
Some classical stuff fits pretty well with the emptiness of space ...

Gustav Holst: The Planets -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Planets

Isao Tomita's interpretation is especially appropriate.

RobBoyle RobBoyle's picture
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Mike Taylor wrote:
Anybody have an idea of what music for The Carnival of the Goat might be like?

My first thought is !Tchkung! or Crash Worship.

Rob Boyle :: Posthuman Studios

Darksier Darksier's picture
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Here are some soundtracks that frequently come up on the playlist during gaming.
Neotokyo OST - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9QgaUPypzo
Mass Effect 1 & 2 OSTs - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POHscfRZty8
Stand Alone Complex - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2WXx5hAiNY

ssfsx17 ssfsx17's picture
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Not very horror-themed, but definitely futuristic / techno

Prefuse 73 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj2bt7AYZHc
- more conventional sound - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTwZN4OG4nc

Flying Lotus - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ita1lwBUyw4

"Nifflas" Nicklas Nygren - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_KJgxT4nhs

Fat Jon - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82SHaNp2z-E

Five Deez - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXSQW6m9hEw

Passion Pit - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U-Ul5qnLeQ

A few of the songs by Masafumi Takada - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZN4fzFTMago

More horror-themed, Akira Yamaoka - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RcYW_GxpGY

Don't remember if the soundtrack to Deus Ex has been mentioned yet - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0IsK2C8SNo

The Orb - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1Ij86O-1Tw

EDIT: Oh yeah, can't believe I forgot Aphex Twin, he'd be perfect for Eclipse Phase: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fmo1Sjn7dg


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standard_gravity standard_gravity's picture
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Check out Burial, dark trippy dubstep / UK garage.

www.myspace.com/burialuk

"People think dreams aren't real just because they aren't made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes." - John Dee

ssfsx17 ssfsx17's picture
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Onra - even the album art looks EP-esque - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLG3n6LYKxo

Ryuichi Sakamoto - not sure if he is often-imitated, or is a very good imitator - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrC4kp2vNEs

Ronald Jenkees - not very EP-sounding, but his self-made popularity and self-published business would fit into the setting quite well - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O2aH4XLbto

Afta-1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7YDfW3Eu3k

DJ Krush - occasionally very horror-themed - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJYGE0mOrK0

Fennesz - his sound speaks for itself - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6MFrYeCt_E

Otograph - very clean sound, appropriate for hypercorp-run Second-Life-like spaces or the like - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0ZEaSDJ8sc


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Extrasolar Angel Extrasolar Angel's picture
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Solar Fields:

See this amateur animated youtube video to Water Silence with awesome design for interior of O'Neill habitat:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oC_ToUWceGw

Raise your hands to the sky and break the chains. With transhumanism we can smash the matriarchy together.

Arenamontanus Arenamontanus's picture
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This post on io9 has science fiction tunes played at reduced speed, producing a majestic, spooky effect:
http://io9.com/5616392/classic-science-fiction-theme-tunes-sound-even-spacier-slowed-down

The ambient sound is probably right for a background while playing, no distracting vocals and melodies. The slowed Babylon 5 is perfect for grand space scenes, Dr Who for the crystal caves of Iapetus and Inspector Gadget (!) for the ruins of Earth...

Extropian

Extrasolar Angel Extrasolar Angel's picture
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There is an instruction on how to create such ambient tracks yourself:
http://lifehacker.com/5615442/how-to-create-your-own-slowed+down-ambient-epics

This memes started after Bieber 800xslower ambient track, quite good one I would say.

RPG.net thread has also some interesting tracks done by this method:
http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=531991&page=5

Raise your hands to the sky and break the chains. With transhumanism we can smash the matriarchy together.

Rhyx Rhyx's picture
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That is just awesome and perfect for EP, it's familiar somehow but not!

Extrasolar Angel Extrasolar Angel's picture
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I started slowing Holst The Planets and results are magnificent
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Planets

Raise your hands to the sky and break the chains. With transhumanism we can smash the matriarchy together.

Rhyx Rhyx's picture
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Extrasolar Angel think you could put the results somewhere?

ssfsx17 ssfsx17's picture
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Some of the tracks from the Metroid series are quite appropriate. You could even have the Metroid creatures themselves as some sort of bioengineered species of TITAN origin, hungering for the electricity inside of the nervous systems of living things

Welcome to a remote research facility - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NoEvgpvDQc

Welcome to Earth? - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtLWUkAqQBM

Ship taken over by exsurgents? - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykpnOty7wsk


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nezumi.hebereke nezumi.hebereke's picture
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Gogol Bordello for scum barges :)

Ishindri Ishindri's picture
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I haven't run a game yet, but I've been putting together a list of music based upon what I've got in my collection. Much of it has already been mentioned, but I'll include it all for completeness' sake.

EVE Online
Deus Ex
System Shock 2
Metroid Prime 1/2/3
Doctor Who soundtracks (some of the quieter tracks)
Half-Life 1/2/Episodes 1+2
Ghost In The Shell
Fringe OST
Firefly OST
Mirror's Edge
The X-Files
Second Sight

Yeah... a good 75% of my music collection is video game soundtracks. I suppose the theme I'm going for here is quiet, ominous, suspenseful instrumentals. Got some tenser techno tracks in there too, would work well for battles.

Punky Punky's picture
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Try "The Social Network" soundtrack by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Not to mention all four seasons of the "Battlestar Galactica" soundtrack!

evapor8 evapor8's picture
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Haven't seen the Tron:Legacy film, but I recently found this remix of Derezzed by Daft Punk. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSJtUKAwJXU

I imagine a very 'HI-NRG' combat scenario unfolding.

The Doctor The Doctor's picture
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evapor8 wrote:
Haven't seen the Tron:Legacy film, but I recently found this remix of Derezzed by Daft Punk. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSJtUKAwJXU

I imagine a very 'HI-NRG' combat scenario unfolding.


The whole Tron Legacy soundtrack would be ideal for Eclipse Phase.



Arenamontanus Arenamontanus's picture
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The Doctor wrote:

The whole Tron Legacy soundtrack would be ideal for Eclipse Phase.

Yup. I have been using it and the Social Network soundtrack as background music for a salvage ops/haunted house adventure, and am very happy with them.

Philip Glass is another good background source, "The Fog of War" and "A Descent into the Maelstrom" might be useful for EP.

Extropian

Saerain Saerain's picture
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Carbon Based Lifeforms (Erratic Patterns for some async/argonaut egoism), Ludovico Einaudi, Hooverphonic, and some of Massive Attack (particularly the song Future Proof) comes to mind when I think of everyday EP ambiance.

I use VNV Nation a lot when trying to get into the minds of Jovians, who I've noticed are a hot topic lately. My Jovians tend to invoke faithy-platitudes a lot, so the lyrics work whilst the music manages sound great. Particularly Carbon, a fear-fueled Jovian anthem as far as I'm concerned.

Jay Dugger Jay Dugger's picture
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I used background music for a Delta Green campaign, and I found two tracks effective in play. Both of them seem appropriate for Eclipse Phase.

1) Front Line Assembly - Implode - (1999). "Don't Trust Anyone."

"Don't trust anyone.
Don't trust anyone.
Don't trust anyone.
Don't trust anyone.
Don't trust anyone."

I used this as the closing song for each session of that Delta Green game. It has
only those five lines, and worked very nicely despite its lyrics. Delta Green named in-game an illegal cell-based conspiracy within the American Federal government. It has some parallels with Firewall in E.P.

2) Peter Gabriel - The Last Temptation of Christ OST - (1988). "Gethsemane."

This particular song played as the background when the players watched from hiding as a group of aliens vivisected a captured human. Its slow, atonal, call-and-answer sweeps nicely emphasized the steady determined surgical work of the extraterrestrials. The long rests gave the players a sense of tension that matched their characters silent terror. It looped nicely, too. In E.Pl, one can use it to emphasize the same effect: something horrifying and alien and shocking.

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I generally don't use songs with lyrics as gaming background music, but I've found using loops from theme-appropriate songs as leitmotifs for NPCs very satisfying. Players asked why I did that, and I told them :if it was good enough for Wagner, it was good enough for me." One person disliked opera and groaned, but every one else liked it well enough when I said "it was also good enough for Aeon Flux." Examples from actual play follow.

1) Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse of Reason - (1987). "The Dogs of War"

I used a loop this of track's opening bars as the leitmotif for enemy agents in the aforementioned campaign, starting with their minor appearance in the first adventure, again in the near-lethal ending of the second adventure, and finally with their major role in the fourth adventure. This worked very well, since players knew that horrifying cello lick indicated trouble, even if they didn't know who the agents were. It did take three or four encounters before they got scared by the loop.

2) William Orbit - Strange Cargo III - (1993). "Best Friend, Paranoia"

I used this song's hook as the leitmotif for a friendly NPC.

I've not yet come up with any leitmotifs for E.P..

Sometimes the delete key serves best.

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Saerain wrote:
Carbon Based Lifeforms (Erratic Patterns for some async/argonaut egoism), Ludovico Einaudi, Hooverphonic, and some of Massive Attack (particularly the song Future Proof) comes to mind when I think of everyday EP ambiance.

I use VNV Nation a lot when trying to get into the minds of Jovians, who I've noticed are a hot topic lately. My Jovians tend to invoke faithy-platitudes a lot, so the lyrics work whilst the music manages sound great. Particularly Carbon, a fear-fueled Jovian anthem as far as I'm concerned.

wow! carbon based lifeforms - hydroponic garden takes me right back to Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld!

If you like that, try finding 'Biosphere': Youtube linkYoutube does not do it justice.

mickykitsune mickykitsune's picture
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Two things I'm surprised havent been posted yet...

First, the ambient album "AI Awakens" by Chris Armstrong, essentially a series of ambient tunes that chart the progress of a nanobot swarm linking into a single AI and moving towards singularity. Pretty pertinent right?
http://www.spaceagefurnituremusic.com/index.html

Second... no-one has mentioned Tangerine Dream?


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Shadowstar204 Shadowstar204's picture
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Well the Alien, Fallout games, Deus Ex, & Battlestar Galactica OSTs have already been declared, so I’ll say anything by the band Biosphere, the Requiem For A Dream OST, & the Babylon 5 OSTs. Metallica’s song Orion on The Master of Puppets & Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun by Pink Floyd also work well.

HXK

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