For combat, I recommend seriously to anybody to listen Karl Sander !
@Grummore : It's very hard for me to find songs, without vocal and that could be use for combat. Maybe could find some songs in yhis OST : -Prince of Persia -Assassin's creed 2 -300 -The Passion of the Christ
@Waxwingslain : Generally I use one specific song for every roleplaying scene and every combat, but you could make an extensive playlist only for combat for exemple...
@MurfreesboroNerd : Thanks for Stellamara !
Here the artist I use for backgroun music for my campaign :
Melechesh Azam Ali Sheila Shandra Lisa Gerrard Dead can Dance Lisa Hammer Hexperos Secret chief 3 Rajna Vas Unto Ashes
@Pils_The_King I agree with your list. I like that we have a consensus on the musical vibe of the Dark Sun setting.
@waxwingslain I think the musical vibe you have for Dark Sun is dramatically different from my own. I don't think of rock guitars, distortions, & electronic beats when I think of a medieval desert civilization. I think of the music which reflected cultures like that on our own planet; namely medieval Middle-Eastern and West Indian musical styles.
Now i just wish i had a group of people to play with =[
Sorry to hear. (I don't think there are rock guitars in the stuff I posted unless I misremember, though--there is an electrified saz and a bass, I suppose, which are appropriate instruments). One reason I like to use a band like Secret Chiefs is because while Athasian cultures (and music) may bear some resemblence to our own planet's ancient cultures, they are analogues at best and not direct "Middle Eastern" or "Indian" cultures transplanted into the setting. So the music should be a little alien and different from those cultures; the Secret Chiefs' take on Persian and Indian music is quite different from traditional Persian and Indian music yet retains a flavor that makes it appropriate, I think.
While I've only played in Dark Sun (2nd edition and 4th edition), I have some music sources from my library that I'd like to share.
Eternal Darkness Sanity's Requiem (If you can edit out dialogue snippets) - "Ashes to Ashes", "Ram Dao", "Gift of Forever", "The Chosen", and "A Journey into Darkness" especially. And of course, the sanity effect music for encounters with psychic horrors gone horribly wrong.
Conan the Barbarian, need I say more?
HBO's Rome series - Some tracks fit the mood well.
The Mummy remakes - While I'm not a fan of the remakes, Jerry Goldsmith made a great score that's perfect, IMO.
Intronaut's prog work, some of which is a great fit, others a bit too modern sounding.
Black Hawk Down soundtrack - YMMV, but I think it would work.
E.S. Posthumus - Unearthed album
Amnesia the Dark Descent - Chilling ambience, perfect for the more tense and eerie moments on Athas
Silent Hill series - Same as Amnesia
If you're feeling daring, why not most of the Heavy Metal movie soundtrack? (Veterans of the Psychic Wars!)
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