Wednesday, April 22, 2009

So, what's on your iPod?

This seems to be the new "If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?" question that Gen Y media types like to ask in interviews. In my case, it's a trick question, because I don't have an iPod. So, instead, I will list my favourite soundtracks and bands to play while gaming.

Rammstein - Deep, grumbling German vocals overlain on a fusion of heavy metal and industrial music is the ideal background for any combat-heavy fantasy or sci-fi rpg. Herzeleid and Sehnsucht are definitely the best choices.

Metallica - What more needs to be said about Metallica? Black Sabbath may have brought metal to the world, but Metallica is the ultimate expression of the genre. From a gamers perspective, probably Master of Puppets and ...And Justice For All are the best choices although there are certainly tracks from pretty much every Metallica release that make great gaming music.

Conan the Barbarian Soundtrack, Basil Poledouris - Star Wars notwithstanding, the soundtrack from Conan the Barbarian just might be the greatest movie soundtrack of all time, from a gamer's perspective. There is a track for everything from epic battle to relaxing at your favourite tavern and dividing up the loot. It feels more high fantasy than sci-fi, but that's a good thing as the fantasy genre doesn't seem as well supplied with good music.

Loreena McKinnett - A little known Canadian songstress and harpist, Loreena McKinnett plays a style of music I can only describe as Elvish. Her music reflects strong Celtic influences, but also incorporates Middle Eastern and Mediterranean components to give it an almost otherwordly sound, perfect for a fey-dominant campaign.


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