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After a six month obsession with all things Shostakovich, I am back to my never-ending admiration of the musical work produced by Jordi Savall.

This person is probably one of the greatest artistic directors of the XX and XXI centuries, all disciplines combined. Everything he works with turns to gold.

The music I listen to currently when playing wargames solo is Dinastia Borgia.

Totally awesome music that transports you out of this world.






What music are you listening to presently when you play wargames, either solo or face to face ?

EDIT: modified the title to make it more inclusive.
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I like to listen to the UK radio station ' Classic FM'.
always a good spread of tunes, some reflective, some inspiring.
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I usually use Pandora for background music and find a station related to the overall theme or time period of the game I'm playing.
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Continuing our Kinks discussion from another thread...

I didn't want to hijack that thread for too long, but as a North Londoner originally I have a soft spot for the Kinks too, although I wasn't born until 1964.

I lived in Highgate and used to belong to Muswell Hill Chess Club, and we used to go for a drink after the match in the boozer the Kinks, being Muswell Hill lads, had their first gig - the Clissold Arms.

Sadly the owner died last year and they sold up and folk are currently fighting to save it from redevelopment. See http://www.nme.com/news/music/the-kinks-45-1342787
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I was a teenager in the Sixties and was listening to the band as the songs came out, one after another.

Amazing energy and creativity.

They should have much more recognition and should be rediscovered by the younger generation.
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I've been listening to this excellent new album.



Little more rock/less country than Isbell's previous couple of solo albums.
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Not really Wargame Music, but Pierre Henry has just passed away a few hours ago.

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'Messe pour le temps présent' is probably his best known composition.

https://thevinylfactory.com/news/electronic-pioneer-pierre-h...
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'Variations pour une porte et un soupir' (Variations for a Door and a Sigh) is also a famous piece from Pierre Henry.

 
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Guided By Voices.
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Guided By Voices.


Any particular album?

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The Pale Fountains - You'll Start a War
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When playing twilight struggle: calabi yau space by dopplereffekt.
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Any particular album?


Pretty much anything from roughly the mid 90's (Alien Lanes) to the release of Isolation Drills (2001, I think).

There's so much material out there, it's impossible to keep up. I saw them perform in Northampton, MA. a few years ago and there were quite drunk and amazing! They wouldn't stop playing until the venue pulled the plug. Great show.
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wifiwendell wrote:
Any particular album?


Pretty much anything from roughly the mid 90's (Alien Lanes) to the release of Isolation Drills (2001, I think).

There's so much material out there, it's impossible to keep up. I saw them perform in Northampton, MA. a few years ago and there were quite drunk and amazing! They wouldn't stop playing until the venue pulled the plug. Great show.


That's for sure. With some bands, I'm a completist. I've got like 30 GBV/Robert Pollard albums and I'm totally a slacker.

Last time I saw 'em, they started just before midnight and wrapped up at 3:30 AM. Thankfully it was a Saturday!
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Sometimes I play to the hard rocker "Sabaton" he has song about almost every human conflict there ever was.
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I've spent time tracking down and collecting various soundtracks from war movies. It can get surreal playing AH's Midway to John Williams' score for the movie "Midway."


Beyond that it's usually classical or baroque music...
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It really depends upon the period. Ex.- bagpipes don't work for the American Civil War !
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...bagpipes don't work for the American Civil War !


Generally, yes, but...

Charleston (Missouri) Courier, 20 June 1861:

"The Union Light Infantry, Capt. David Ramsay, assembled at the appointed hour at their muster ground, corner of Church and Broad Streets. They appeared in summer undress uniforms and presented an unusually fine martial appearance. Having formed, the company marched under the heart stirring strains of the Scotch bagpipes to the muster ground of the German Fusileers, Capt. S. Lord, Jr. The Fusileers were out in good force and were accompanied by the Charleston Brass Band."

The 79th New York Volunteers, which began as a Scottish-American fraternity, carried pipes ceremonially, but I'm unsure about otherwise.

EDIT: such are the joys of being the true mutts of the world; you'll find Americans adopting everything from everywhere.
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wifiwendell wrote:
That's for sure. With some bands, I'm a completist. I've got like 30 GBV/Robert Pollard albums and I'm totally a slacker.

Last time I saw 'em, they started just before midnight and wrapped up at 3:30 AM. Thankfully it was a Saturday!


I can't believe how prolific Robert Pollard has been over the years. I've tried to get into some of Tobin Sprout's solo stuff, but I just don't like it as much, even though he wrote some great songs for GBV in the early years.
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I don't play it when gaming, but Alien Lanes is essential summer listening in our household.
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I usually go for vintage movie soundtracks depending on the era, and not all "war" movies, either...but most.

Patton
The Good the Bad and the Ugly
Kelly's Heroes
The Great Escape
Thunderball
The Hunt for Red October


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I usually go for vintage movie soundtracks depending on the era, and not all "war" movies, either...but most.

Patton
The Good the Bad and the Ugly
Kelly's Heroes
The Great Escape
Thunderball
The Hunt for Red October




No Sound of Music?
 
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Funny...and I was in Salzburg last month, too!
 
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When I play the flying games Blue Max: World War I Air Combat and the old school game Screaming Eagles I usually play the Top Gun theme song.
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