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Axel the Chimeric Axel the Chimeric's picture
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I have this vision of autotuned remixes being very popular in EP. They might not be mainstream, but, given the popularity of that sort of thing on Youtube, I can see it not only being common enough but even a political tool. After all, the effect of the Bedroom Intruder remix was pretty powerful on getting media attention on a sexual assault case that otherwise would've been forgotten.

Also, The Case For Mars by Symphony of Science is pretty interesting. You could almost just change Mars with any exoplanet you care to name and it's a song about Gatecrashing, heh heh.

... I just got a shiver imagining a resleeved Carl Sagan, standing before a group of Argonauts preparing to go on a joruney through a Pandora Gate.

"We embarked on our journey to the stars with a question first framed in the childhood of our species and in each generation asked anew with undiminished wonder: What are the stars? Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars."




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The Doctor The Doctor's picture
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Arenamontanus wrote:
Philip Glass is another good background source, "The Fog of War" and "A Descent into the Maelstrom" might be useful for EP.

The soundtrack of Koyaanisqatsi is excellent background music, also.



Entropy Entropy's picture
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The music you are looking for is at http://www.earthmantra.com/releases.php

Creative Commons Ambient netlabel. Last count, 159 albums all available for download on Creative Commons release.

You'd be hard-pushed to find an album that wouldn't fit the mood of Eclipse Phase.

As a particularly good example, this double-album would serve a game-session's worth of atmospheric background music:
http://www.earthmantra.com/release-detail.php?id=136

:)

(Oh, hello everyone, by the way :) )

Colin Chapman Colin Chapman's picture
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Awesome find, Entropy, thanks for sharing!

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travelnjones travelnjones's picture
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This isn't going to be for everyone but Voivod has a record called Nothingface. It's a progressive metal record. It has much to do with different elements of the psyche.

Quincey Forder Quincey Forder's picture
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As mentionned in the Dead Space 2 thread, the soundtracks of those two games are just perfect for EP's horror and sci-fi angle
Event Horizon's soundtrack, too

Twinkle twinkle little star. How I wonder what you are...
that songs really give me the creeps, now!

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evapor8 evapor8's picture
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Something that might be worth checking out for a combat soundtrack is 'The Bloody Beetroots'. http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/The_Bloody_Beetroots/music

Tessai Tessai's picture
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I love to use the Ghost In the Shell Stand Alone Complex soundtracks by Yoko Kanno as well as the Mass Effect and all the Mass Effect 2 soundtracks for our game sessions.

I am wondering however, how do you use music. Do you select one song for a scene and put it on repeat? I personally arrange one playlist for a session that does have fitting music that flows nicely as I don't usually find the time in-session to manually switch songs while running the game.

ssfsx17 ssfsx17's picture
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Tessai wrote:

I am wondering however, how do you use music. Do you select one song for a scene and put it on repeat? I personally arrange one playlist for a session that does have fitting music that flows nicely as I don't usually find the time in-session to manually switch songs while running the game.

I use a song to set the mood for specific scenes, or simply declare a "song of the session" before the game starts.


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ssfsx17 ssfsx17's picture
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Used for a club: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk67DufWJr0

Used for an async's singing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUTcLgLXzSM

Used for the ambient environment in Blackrock: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuNOnFa-q3Y


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marcoasalazarm marcoasalazarm's picture
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Goes without saying-the Daft Punk 'Tron Legacy' soundtrack. If you can, get the whole thing (the two-disk special edition, and if you can find them, the exclusive tracks for the Ovi and Amazon).

While the soundtrack might not scream 'Eclipse Phase' like some other things around here (like Machinae Supremacy), but on some scenes (like a good bike chase), it fits greatly.

While I'm at it, I might recommend some Harry Gregson-Williams, too. A combination of electronica and orchestral themes that screams awesome on scene after scene it plays on. Not a soundtrack per se. Just... Harry Gregson-Williams.

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The Green Slime The Green Slime's picture
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Sleep Research Facility specialise in, as the name suggests, soundscapes so non-intrusive that they can be enjoyed without even being conscious. If regular ambient is musical wallpaper, SRF are musical drywall. The album Nostromo, with its deeply metallic resonances and subtle electronic bloops, would suit a tranquil spacetravel scene quite well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xv9KLm0Vf0

http://www.last.fm/music/Sleep+Research+Facility


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The Green Slime The Green Slime's picture
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For scenes of tension and horror there are a lot of excellent sounds available in the neoclassical and martial industrial genres, which tend to incorporate the orchestral power of film score with electronic and avant garde elements. The Protagonist is an act fairly representative of both genres...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZffJUvMnu9Q

http://www.last.fm/music/The+Protagonist


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Enigma32 Enigma32's picture
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May I join in?

First some stuff by my favorite band, Sybreed:
Electronegative: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5Q72UUZ6Pw (that riff sends chills down my spine)
Bioactive: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUN7ZdsRAGQ&feature=related
Take the Red Pill: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCNuElO1bUA&feature=related
Nomenklatura: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr6RTTVb8bs

Suicide Commando:
Cause of Death: Suicide (Grendel Remix): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ez1ei8iJsI4

And because my players never forgave me for playing this while they were chasing after a wanted neo-hominid just recently: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEK-bCxlpY4

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Crowbar Crowbar's picture
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I go with The Kovenant's SETI album for inspiration. I'm not sure how functional it is as a soundtrack, but it's eerily resonant with Eclipse Phase in places.

Keepers Of The Garden: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48IWzAWzxB0

Rcarter Rcarter's picture
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Not sure if this has been listed yet since I haven't went through the entire 3 pages of replies but I think the books themselves are a good starting point for musical inspiration. They are listed in the credits in each book and are pretty easy to miss.

Core:
Geomatic - Blue Beam
Memmaker - How to enlist ina robot uprising
Monstrum Sepsis - movement

Sunward:
Aphorism
Marching Dynamics
Pandora's black Book

Gatecrashing:
Cervello Elettronico
Fla Vector
Fractional

EDIT: Also Lustmord, the most terrifying ambient music ever created - play it LOUD, lots of low frequency infrasound known to create a fear response in animals and humans.

Rcarter Rcarter's picture
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Just wanted to add:

Memmaker - How to Enlist in a Robot uprising - is awesome industrial/electronic music. Section 3 of the adventure in the quick start rules is titled after song #6 on the album "Get your Ass to Mars." I'd say thats a pretty strong endorsement.

Alot of the music on the list has proven difficult to find however.

fellowhoodlum fellowhoodlum's picture
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Rcarter wrote:
Memmaker - How to Enlist in a Robot uprising - is awesome industrial/electronic music. Section 3 of the adventure in the quick start rules is titled after song #6 on the album "Get your Ass to Mars." I'd say thats a pretty strong endorsement.

"Get your Ass to Mars" is a quote from the Total Recall movie :) The Memmaker album though feels very suitable for EP. (am listening to it as I type this) Gonna have to find a way to add music to our games.

Rcarter Rcarter's picture
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Ahh you're right; thats probably even a clip from the movie. I failed my old earth history roll :) My total recall lore obviously needs updating. Awesome song though.

Having some trouble finding some of the other stuff mentioned in sunward and gatecrashing. Pandora's black box for instance keeps pointing me towards some documentary about 9/11.

EDIT: Nevermind, problem was I was searching for black BOX when it should be black BOOK

neonphysalis neonphysalis's picture
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I use a bit of Atlas Plug

Linky to song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYXhYISSFqI&feature=related

and Damage Vault

Linky to Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuF16vElJF8&feature=related

Blue Stahli and anything similar to the genre of music he does works well too.

Gee4orce Gee4orce's picture
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I like soundtrack albums: Tron Legacy is good if you want some upbeat electronic, The Dark Knight soundtrack is a mix of orchestral with some beats and distorted electronic sounds - it's great. The Bourne film soundtracks are good too, as they also fuse orchestra with synths

Antirrhesis Antirrhesis's picture
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I would also suggest Access to Arasaka.

Quality electronic music that has a very sparse space-like quality.

http://www.accesstoarasaka.com/v3/

Davidism Davidism's picture
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Skinny Puppy , Scott Walker, Amon Tobin, all these are emotive enough when on the ground.

TheSnark TheSnark's picture
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Wierdly I found myself listening to the Black Keys whilst re-reading Panopticon and unable to get the image of either a blues/rock band formed entirely of neo-pig morphed uplifts called Bacon Explosion or neo-octopus uplifts in a hardcore punk band called Rocktopus.
I'd imagine a grizzled neo-pig with a sleevless shirt with a nano-tat of a combat knife with 'Pork Scratching' written below it, voice shaking with emotion as he takes another drag of orbital hash between verses.

Yeah, not quite on topic but it's way too ridiculous to start a seperate thread with.

Tyrnis Tyrnis's picture
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Whereas I'd always pictured the octopus uplift band to be called Infinite Eight.

Decivre Decivre's picture
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Tyrnis wrote:
Whereas I'd always pictured the octopus uplift band to be called Infinite Eight.

Nice! Their logo could be an overlapping 8 and infinity symbol that looks like some sort of flower. It might even be made up from tentacles originating at the center.

This idea: stolen!

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Tyrnis Tyrnis's picture
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Decivre wrote:
Tyrnis wrote:
Whereas I'd always pictured the octopus uplift band to be called Infinite Eight.

Nice! Their logo could be an overlapping 8 and infinity symbol that looks like some sort of flower. It might even be made up from tentacles originating at the center.

This idea: stolen!

It's not made from tentacles, alas, but someone on deviantart drew a logo for an Infinite Eight crime syndicate that otherwise fits the bill:

http://bad-people.deviantart.com/art/Infinite-Eight-Logo-248818843

Extrasolar Angel Extrasolar Angel's picture
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I highly recommend Richard deHove. It is a rather obscure artist, but I find his tracks fit well the atmosphere of space exploration, the vastness of space with its celestial objects and occasional creepiness of TITAN's and exotic xeno lifeforms.

Youtube has a mix of his tracks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEfpiW1x2x0&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=AVGxdCwVVULXfdMS9h7If14l5CnFlXhyFu

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Antirrhesis Antirrhesis's picture
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Extrasolar Angel wrote:
I highly recommend Richard deHove. It is a rather obscure artist, but I find his tracks fit well the atmosphere of space exploration, the vastness of space with its celestial objects and occasional creepiness of TITAN's and exotic xeno lifeforms.

Youtube has a mix of his tracks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEfpiW1x2x0&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=AVGxdCwVVULXfdMS9h7If14l5CnFlXhyFu

Thank you for sharing this. I'm digging it.

PingPong PingPong's picture
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Nice music. I just want to add the music I play when one of my players (a Venusian pleasure morph) is using their skills to get some secrets out into light in a private room:

Massive Attack - Angel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2wIkrX077c

Desire - Under your Spell: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K7rmxjk5RQ

Thanks.

King Shere King Shere's picture
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I find that lyrics draws attention from the game to the music. Its hard to listen to game members (or for them to speak) if the music is too overpowering.

Making music that draws to much attention a detriment rather than a boon. Thus I recommend avoiding music with lyrics in favor of instrumental theme music. Though exceptions to the rule exist and even instrumental music can be overpowering sometimes.



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PingPong PingPong's picture
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Well, you're right. But if you keep it low enough... :). It works for my sessions, at least.

Erithtotl Erithtotl's picture
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I don't know if this was mentioned somewhere but just stumbled upon the article, and the music sounds very appropriate for EP:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/03/30/laurie_spiegel_s_sediment_in_the_hunger_games_how_the_new_movie_righted_a_musical_wrong.html

Also I'd suggest the Original Soundtrack for the game Quake, by Trent Reznor.

travelnjones travelnjones's picture
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Maybe something with Frippertronics in it? The Fripp and Eno collaborations there is a track called even spaces http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYvWTx6hQuk And they had a few records in the 70's.

Though I could for some reason i could see it all being retro jazz like 1920's era stuff. Ragtime and flapper music! that would some how be more disturbing

travelnjones travelnjones's picture
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Maybe something with Frippertronics in it? The Fripp and Eno collaborations there is a track called even spaces http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYvWTx6hQuk And they had a few records in the 70's.

Though I could for some reason i could see it all being retro jazz like 1920's era stuff. Ragtime and flapper music! that would some how be more disturbing

DrewDavis DrewDavis's picture
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I'll chime in with some suggestions.

Death Ambient is what the name suggests. Creepy ambient with sudden bursts of noise. Great for tense scenes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcaZqkbb8Hg

The *censored by the Thatcher Committee for Mental Hygiene* Champs. Moody sometimes sci-fi inspired instrumental metal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xCBRpQSVao

Isis. Creepy ambient metal. Does have vocals, but they are unobtrusive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wcbwS5Y4UQ

Sun Ra. The perfect soundtrack for your trip around the solar system.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_PswgsM3gE

zerrissenheit zerrissenheit's picture
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I'm actually building an Eclipse Phase-themed soundtrack at this moment, just in case the opportunity to run EP for my group ever avails itself. I wanted to evoke a 70s/80s sci-fi vibe through the music, and a lot of the suggestions so far have been a fantastic fit for that (especially the Mass Effect and Tron: Legacy soundtracks) but a few others that I'm using are:

Sleepy Eyes of Death - well, everything of theirs
The band broke up but their body of work is amazing. I'm especially in awe of their final album, Towards a Damaged Horizon. Retro sci fi meets modern post-rock. With vocoders!
"Stay Human" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xltQtH8L1-E

Polinski - Labyrinths
Some fantastic and weird electronic dance(?) music from one of the guys from 65daysofstatic (who are excellent in their own right - they re-scored Silent Running!). It has a retro sci-fi sound - I can definitely hear some John Carpenter influence in places - but it has a pretty aggressive modernity to it. It's pretty much the sound I'm going for.
Labyrinths promo mix - http://vimeo.com/27427841 (I love the visuals)
"Stitches" - http://vimeo.com/30763545 (I have to admit this is the song I'm building the entire soundtrack around, and the video game motif of the video is badass)

Midnight Conspiracy & CENOB1TE - "The Eye"
Aggressive dance music with an obvious thematic tie to Firewall.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmuYypeLaOk

The Doctor The Doctor's picture
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A net.label called PublicSpaces Lab released a pair of free (Creative Commons) compilations of music including and inspired by numbers stations. The songs cover a number of genres, from twitchy trip-hop to ambient, and make good background music for Eclipse Phase games.

You can listen to both albums here as well as download them.

Also, a four CD set of recordings of number stations called The Conet Project can be downloaded for free from archive.org. Not all of them would make a good soundtrack, but if you want to unnerve your players pick one of the CDs and play the whole thing very quietly in the background of the game.



Prophet710 Prophet710's picture
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Mechanoreceptor makes some great stuff on SoundCloud that I've been using as a soundtrack for my games.

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Noble Pigeon Noble Pigeon's picture
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I know Deus Ex has been mentioned a few times, but I'm surprised no one mentioned the newest game, Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The Icarus theme is fantastic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiN6t7K7txw

The Hive Club Music, perfect for if the party deals with the shadier aspects of society, especially the Triads: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVh-zijNO0A

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Zsander Zsander's picture
A couple of other suggestions

A couple of other suggestions:

- Pitch Black (http://www.pitchblack.co.nz/) : A New Zealand electronic duo. Some good beats, and a few tracks with a creeping feel to them, especially ones such as "Urbanoia" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYytDsyPuqg)

- David Hykes : An amazingly accomplished throat-singer who's put out several albums. Some of his stuff has appeared in movies; "Rainbow Voice" (http://youtu.be/mc5lwpnoOmQ) has been featured in Blade, Baraka, and most recently Prometheus (barely audible during the opening archaeological scene). Another one of his pieces, "Arc Descents" (http://youtu.be/E1nBJB8hwKE) is equally mind-blowing and evocative of both awe and terror.

- Michael Stearns : Composer and arranger of various soundtracks, including Baraka, which is full of various music from around the world (very evocative of the shattered remnants of multicultural transhumanity post-Fall, including "Host of the Seraphim" (http://youtu.be/HkX1Ae_7WUc) by Dead Can Dance, which was also used in the film The Mist (and on that side note, anything with Lisa Gerrard is great).

- Others: Marc Streitenfeld's score for Prometheus (and the movie has a great Gatecrashing feel to it); Graeme Revell's Pitch Black soundtrack (the Vin Diesel movie this time, not the NZ electronic group); Eliot Goldenthal's music for Alien 3 as well as some parts of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (especially with its Reclaimer feel); music from the show Farscape (for that weird-universe-indeed feeling).

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Valadus2001 Valadus2001's picture
Music

I created a tron station on pandora, primarily the remastered album for the new movie and there is some interesting instrumental music with some futuristic thea.

ProxyKlee ProxyKlee's picture
Black Mesa Source

This soundtrack just got released the other day. The download link isn't working right now for me, but it is worth checking out. http://www.blackmesasource.com/soundtrack.html

Extrasolar Angel Extrasolar Angel's picture
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Extrasolar Angel Extrasolar Angel's picture
This excellent cover for

This excellent cover for Rammstein's Engel is a a good creepy piece, interestingly quite fitting the issues faces by post-biological civilizations in EP universe

Only when the clouds fall asleep
One can see us at the sky
We have fear and we are alone

God knows I do not want to be an angel

They live behind sunshine
Seperated from us endlessly wide
They have to cling to the stars (real tight)
So that they don’t fall from the sky

The imagery in the video is suitable as well
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_qUR8-a0xI&feature=related

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

Extrasolar Angel Extrasolar Angel's picture
Chronos has some good tracks

Chronos has some good tracks to use, two examples:

High-tech environment:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eK8hp8Ded64

Gatecrashing expedition/Earth Ruins

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zox_MZCODy0

Also I recommend this Russian ambient group Algol

Post-Fall Earth/Exsurgent facilities

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZj9OCqUGQE

Gatekeeper-some retro synth music, might be popular in certain areas on Mars where youth gangs copy style from 80s Earth

Mars Nightclub

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQg7JgIVIuc

Mars Nightclub II
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vulh4GLaqno

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

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The Portal 2 Soundtrack...

The Portal 2 Soundtrack might still be free to download in its entirety. I highly recommend that for EP.

jhfurnish jhfurnish's picture
Recommendation

I'd like to offer the first MGMT album, featuring 'Electric Feel'. Futuristic funk groove. Love it.

Extrasolar Angel Extrasolar Angel's picture
My newest discovery is Com

My newest discovery is Com Truise, the music artist offers both sounds inspiring visions of high-tech orbital cities and interplanetary travel as well as disturbing post-human experiments and victims of TITAN's

Flightwave-good track for visiting space stations, space travel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xlI3dIHMOI

Yxses, Post-human experimentation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWBqv7Mtg1g

Futureworld, mission to explore TITAN remnants gone wrong
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zexO87JTBnI

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

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