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Johannes Heimann
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Hi all,

normally I´m not the kind of guy searching for atmosphere around the gaming table but Arkham Horror ot me hooked.
The game is great and the theme demands a bit of ambience so I decided to first get myself a tablecloth (made of black silk-like linen; about 7 Euros)
and then made myself an ambient soundtrack which is pretty easy once you have several components.
All of the below can be found on the web for free, for a small fee or if you own the original you can extract it from some cds.
All can be mixed together with one of the countless MP3 mixing tools available for free.

Sound effects:
people talking in a pub, dogs barking, howling wind, heavy rain, light rain, thunder, some parts of an old radio broadcast

Music taken from:
Doom
Silent Hill 2 + 4
Clive Barker´s Undying (for free on the web)
Resident evil
Of course there are many others available. A friend of mine extracted some music from the old games (doom, resident evil)

I started with some 20s big band sound together with the sound effects for creating the imagination of a pub of those days, then creaking and rattling doors fading into wind, rain, thunder and dogs barking. With rain left in the background I mixed in some of the soundtracks of Silent Hill and Undying (My favourite is the lullaby),then faded the rain into some Doom background soundtrack, tuned in parts of the old radio broadcast...and so on.

A few hints:
I found out that it is important not to add too much speech or singing as it will disturb the gamers conversation and draw too much attention and that it is better to tune in the soundtracks only from time to time with only the sound effects remaining.
And I ended the soundtrack the way so it can be played in a loop
(playtime is about 2 hours)

All in all its really a quite scary soundtrack



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The music from the game Planescape Torment could be great imho. I remember it had some very weird and spooky tunes.
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That's a great idea. I've been toying with a similar idea, mainly combining some spooky ambient sounds with some good orchestral soundtrack music for our games. I just need to finish up our wooden card holders first!
 
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The search for good Arkham tunes has been mentioned loads of times now. We always use the music soundtracks from the game Eternal Darkness, Sanitys Requiem from the Gamecube/PC- the game practically IS Call of Cthulhu in game form- who knows how they got away with it. The music is perfect though- particularly Karim and Maximillium's levels. goo
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My favorite so far has been an hour long track of thunder and rain that I found. I just put that on repeat, and I like it much more than music on days when it's not actually storming out. It works best in low light with just a couple candles or table lamps for lighting... Gives the game a nice "It was a dark and stormy night..." feel, especially when you get a Rainy Environment (weather) card. goo
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What ahout the soundtracks from Bram Stokers Dracula by Wojciech Kilar or The Omen series by Jerry Goldsmith.
 
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Setting the theme for this game is important. I love to use minimalistic electronic ambient music like Vromb. Check the audio samples on the site.
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Johannes Heimann
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just realised that it was not doom but quake 1 some of the sounds were taken from
My fault.
Anyway, vromb, plainscape torment and John whiteman are cool hints and fit in nicely.
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Midnight Syndicate does a lot of gothic horror music. My favorites are "The 13th Hour" and "Gates of Delirium."

There's a similar group called Nox Arcana that specifically made a Cthulhu soundtrack album. I haven't heard it yet, though.
 
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Brunop wrote:
The music from the game Planescape Torment could be great imho. I remember it had some very weird and spooky tunes.


Nice suggestion. Planescape Torment is the best video game I've ever played. Fantastic writing and soundtrack.
 
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Also... it just occurred to me, why not the soundtrack to Call of Cthulhu?

http://www.cthulhulives.org/store/store.lasso?1=product&2=46

They did a fantastic job with the score, and if you haven't seen the movie, you really need to! The behind-the-scenes is worth the price of the DVD alone.
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Well, Those soundtracks are surely a nice alternative, (and much less work I suppose) I personally would still mix them with sound effects.
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How about the first minute of ELOs 'Fire On High' ?

Very spooky, backwards talking, creepy distant jarrring music, creaking doors etc ....

It might actually drive you insane if you listened to it on an endless loop zombie
 
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You should also try gothic horror soundtracks from Midnight Syndicate (http://www.midnightsyndicate.com/).

The are really good for place like the asylum, graveyard, and so on.
 
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Found these on Amazon UK .. they might help your ambience gulp

This one
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sound-Effects-Horror-Science-Fiction...

... includes:
1. Whip Lashes
2. Monsters, Screams, Dragging Chains
3. Witch's Laugh
4. Cat Snarls
5. Dog Growls
6. Wind and Shutters Banging
7. Squeaking Door
8. Running Footsteps
9. Scary Organ Music
10. Tiger Snarls
11. Screams -4-
12. Monster Walking in Swamp
13. Avalanche
14. Brain Pounding
15. Axe Chopping
16. Snake Hissing
17. Beasts and Monsters Sounds
18. Beasts and Monsters Sounds
19. Drum Effects
20. Horror Background

or this
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sound-Effects-Sounds-Horror-Various/...
... includes
1. Violent Thunderstorm/Wind/Rain
2. Midnite in Graveyard with Clock Chime
3. Clock Ticks Then Explosion
4. Supernatural Swirl
5. Chain Dragging Slowly
6. Demonic Laughter
7. Knife Stabbing Body Several Times
8. Wolves Baying
9. Decapitate Head with Sword, Blood Splatters
10. Creaking Door Swings Back and Forth
11. Telephone Call Hang Up
12. Steps Down Echoing Hall
13. Gate Closing
14. Creaking Door Closes
15. Eerie Wind
16. Supernatural Wind
17. Digging in Earth with Spade
18. Footsteps
19. Grave Digger
20. Demonic Language in Different Voices

-1 sanity loss for reading these listings ....
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For more 'ambient' stuff try The Maniacal Vale by Esoteric (eh? eh?) Or In the Depths of R'Lyeh (ah c'mon!) By Catacombs. Also anything by Moss.

Heavy ambient doom/drone/evil

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You can try some songs from the 20s and 30s, I think it set a very awesome mood:

- Midnight, the stars and you (al Bowlly and Ray Noble): its also the song at the end of The Shining
- anything from ink spot, especially [b] I dont want to set the world on fire
- some old cole porter
- Sidney Bechet & Django Reinhardt - Songe d'automne for example...
 
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