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Hey Everyone,

 

I am starting to experiment with using music and atmosphere to enhance my games as GM. I am looking for an easy to use system that I can build Malifaux appropriate sounds. Sirynscape does scifi and fantasy, but there isnt much for the mix of other themes in TTB. Anyone have ideas or directions I can go besides just perusing YouTube for things that sound good?

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I have a playlist I use as background music for our sessions.  It's not atmosphere in the sense of just creepy noises, but it is meant for ambiance.  It began as mostly ragtime and early New Orleans jazz, which is a bit anachronistic, but popular music from 1890-1910 has not survived well and is rarely performed in modern times.  There's some tin pan alley stuff, but the jazz element is mostly WW1 - late 20s (sometimes in original period recordings, but also more recent versions). 

From there, I expanded it to fit the other Malifaux aesthetics such as:

1) A few selected classical tracks and waltzes, to represent higher social-economic environments.  

2)  Some western-themed songs.  Admittedly, most of it is spaghetti western tracks, but there's some folk music too.

3)  Music from similar themed entertainment, such as the Penny Dreadful and Carnival Row soundtracks.

The result is fairly eclectic, and I go back and forth on whether the authenticity of the early recordings outweighs their sometimes questionable sound quality, but I do find it to be a nice touch to the atmosphere, and fairly unobtrusive if your group is used to background music already (as ours is).

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0ubg0v2Nlj2Ba6rVWWyoie?si=irgLQpRwST22iY4GbW6d8w

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10 hours ago, LeperColony said:

I have a playlist I use as background music for our sessions.  It's not atmosphere in the sense of just creepy noises, but it is meant for ambiance.  It began as mostly ragtime and early New Orleans jazz, which is a bit anachronistic, but popular music from 1890-1910 has not survived well and is rarely performed in modern times.  There's some tin pan alley stuff, but the jazz element is mostly WW1 - late 20s (sometimes in original period recordings, but also more recent versions). 

From there, I expanded it to fit the other Malifaux aesthetics such as:

1) A few selected classical tracks and waltzes, to represent higher social-economic environments.  

2)  Some western-themed songs.  Admittedly, most of it is spaghetti western tracks, but there's some folk music too.

3)  Music from similar themed entertainment, such as the Penny Dreadful and Carnival Row soundtracks.

The result is fairly eclectic, and I go back and forth on whether the authenticity of the early recordings outweighs their sometimes questionable sound quality, but I do find it to be a nice touch to the atmosphere, and fairly unobtrusive if your group is used to background music already (as ours is).

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0ubg0v2Nlj2Ba6rVWWyoie?si=irgLQpRwST22iY4GbW6d8w

I didn’t even think to look at those two shows for music!

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