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Subject: Theme music.. rss

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andrew
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the lady and I decide to play Twilight Struggle tonight.
A few wines to the weather..
She wanders over to the stereo and puts on the Top Gun sound track.
Crikey this music is so lame..
I use to think it was cool when I was a spurty little boy.. It sure ain't the post rock we groove too now..
 
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Have you seen this?

http://coldwarsoundtrack.com/
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draft13 wrote:


Awesome!
 
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It's not working for me anymore. It's probably because some youtube api changes
 
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I'm a big fan of using Mogwai's Atomic soundtrack for playing to
 
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jaqjacek wrote:
draft13 wrote:


It's not working for me anymore.

Yeah, me either.
 
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Just made this for you! Enjoy: https://open.spotify.com/user/12128145963/playlist/1RqluxAk7...
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I find the following classical selection works really well for creating tension and emotion. Credit goes to someone else here on BGG for a solid chunk of this and I've filled in the rest with stuff out of my collection so there may be better entries:

The Hunt for Red October original soundtrack
Shostakovich (Symphonies 5 over 9, but both can be good)
Mendelssohn (Symphony 3)
Barber (Adagio for Strings)
Tchaikovsky (Symphony 5, Marche slave)
Khachaturian (Gayaneh Suite, Masquerade Suite)
Moussorgski (Night on Bald Mountain)
Saint-Saens (Danse Macabre)
Copland (Old American Songs, Rodeo, Rhapsody in Blue, maybe American in Paris)

Not necessarily that order. The only hard/fast ordering is to open with Hunt for Red October as you start shuffling cards as the build in the opening track is really good. Second, close with Copland as it's upbeat enough that from a US-centric view it is the cavalry coming in to close out the game and crush the Soviets. Now, all together, that's more material than you're probably going to use for a game, so mix/match as your typical speed/tempo dictates. I actually have a couple more hours in the playlist, but we typically do two games and just leave it on.

I'm going for emotive connection, not necessarily thematic accuracy (although some of those folks are from either Soviet locations or the US). These are tense pieces that I think work best when listened to with a lens of "I'm trying to beat this other oppressive/manipulative semi-amorphous group and I don't know what they are planning, and how hopeless some of this endeavor is" slathered over with a heavy dose of machismo and posturing. That's sort of what Twilight Struggle comes off as to me and I find this music matches well there. As a friend's spouse said when we were playing recently when she walked into the kitchen "this music makes me want to stab someone, just a little bit." True, some of it's down right nerve wracking, and that's the point.
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jaqjacek wrote:
draft13 wrote:


It's not working for me anymore. It's probably because some youtube api changes


It does not work in Safari or Firefox, but it works in Chrome!
 
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I've just tried using the http://coldwarsoundtrack.com/ in Chrome but unfortunately it does not work for me. That's a shame, since the music selection for each of the individual years look really good.
 
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