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Roger Hobden
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Music to accompany wargames, whether solo or FTF.


More Shostakovich goodness, while playing Paths to Hell.



And '60 songs that won WW II' while playing Combat Commander: Europe.



What are you listening to presently ?
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Appropriate for almost any era...

U2s WAR album. Powerful lyrics and alt rock.
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Conan the Barbarian soundtrack. There is ... nothing ... better.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeZL2R9jDJM
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For Napoleonics, I prefer Russian classical such as Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UG32KlogECg


Outside of that, skip the rock jock music and go Minimalist. E.g. Philip Glass' Akhnaten pairs well with Ancient Wars. Has a nice relentless nature that can drag your opponent into submission.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XENvMGyy4J8


Or Reich ... maybe familiar to Hunger Games fans
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTz-DazShYw
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Stuck in a rut, 1+ month later!

For whatever reason, this seems like good ironclads music.

Edit: visuals a bit more nautical!

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Heavy Blues - perfect for the Western Front of WW1 or the Death of Varus' Legions.

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Heavy Blues - perfect for the Western Front of WW1 or the Death of Varus' Legions.


Hm, got an opportunity to see them at Roadburn in April. Will need to check who's playing in parallel though...

Apart from that, postrock is my answer to background music for wargames.
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Currently listening to a handful of recent releases.

Green Day - Revolution Radio


Guided By Voices - Please Be Honest



Flaming Lips - Oczy Mlody


Drive-By Truckers - American Band


Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree


Wilco - Shmilco


And a lot of Van Halen, for some reason it popped into mind.
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Music for Paths of Glory, maybe?




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Let's not forget the quite good Band of Brothers soundtrack composed by Michael Kamen.





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Wasn't this in Gettysburg, Black Hats music? Referring to Hornblower's Fife and Guns above.
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FWIW Our Band Could be Your Life confirms that the The Human League got their name from SPI's Starforce. The Minutemen may have also got their name from the SPI game of the same name.
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tswider wrote:
Or Reich ... maybe familiar to Hunger Games fans
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTz-DazShYw


If you're settling down for a long session, Music for 18 Musicians might be a good choice:


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I usually use the Lord of the Rings soundtrack for big or epic battles while playing war games.
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Geenleaf wrote:
Wasn't this in Gettysburg, Black Hats music? Referring to Hornblower's Fife and Guns above.


Correct! But I've been using that soundtrack to accompany a lot of naval wargaming of late.
 
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Following a hilarious incident that took place a few days ago in the sport scene, I started looking into national anthems.

I just recently discovered that the music of the German national anthem was initially created in the 18th Century by Joseph Haydn for the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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For those Lord of the Ring games
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvh0_83_5t4
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milsimmer wrote:
Guys,

I've just gotta ask. How many of y'all can really concentrate on gaming when the kinds of music, Great Stuff, that has been listed here is playing? No way I could keep focused on the game with such music playing, even at a low level, background kind of volume.

I really need to put this kinds of thing on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc7UzQB8gtI

Really low level.

Then I can play.

For me it's the similar as with learning stuff... The lack of a singer helps. Keep it instrumental...
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For me while playing Space Empires 4x (wargame..ish) I have been listening to the most recent release of Chaostar's (darkwave/neo-classical/opera).

Check this video out as an example:



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milsimmer wrote:
Guys,

I've just gotta ask. How many of y'all can really concentrate on gaming when the kinds of music, Great Stuff, that has been listed here is playing? No way I could keep focused on the game with such music playing, even at a low level, background kind of volume.

I really need to put this kinds of thing on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc7UzQB8gtI

Really low level.

Then I can play.

For me it's the similar as with learning stuff... The lack of a singer helps. Keep it instrumental...
i lean on Spotify to give me a playlist of mellow jazz...
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AveryAllen wrote:
My limited brain can only accommodate so much information, so, while wargaming, I generally keep things light on the music front.



Wow, this is LIGHT for you! There is SO much going on after the aria it's almost sensory overload. What a study in perfection. This work is sublime. One could study a lifetime just on this piece. It would be difficult for me to do anything whilst listening to this. Kudos to you!
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milsimmer wrote:
Guys,

I've just gotta ask. How many of y'all can really concentrate on gaming when the kinds of music, Great Stuff, that has been listed here is playing? No way I could keep focused on the game with such music playing, even at a low level, background kind of volume.

I really need to put this kinds of thing on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc7UzQB8gtI

Really low level.

Then I can play.


Everyone is touched by music, and different types of music, in many various ways.

So there is no 'one size fits all'.

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I've been playing the long scenario in Liberty or Death and listening to the "Last of the Mohicans" soundtrack (wrong war, I know) along with "The Revenant" soundtrack.

Interesting story, I was an extra on "Last of the Mohicans" as a younger lad, playing both French, English and Scottish soldiers. I am literally shelling myself in the fort siege scenes. During filming of interior siege things got so boring waiting for the "correct light," that some of the extras (and actual musicians) who were playing musicians started playing tunes. The director, Michael Mann, heard them playing and asked if he could have them recorded, on set. They agreed and the tune they had come up with became "Promentory."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1ryJDVuZ6k
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