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Shannon McNair
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Ok, I've made my play. I've plonked down to get what I hope are sufficient minis to get started playing SH. I've been contemplating this for a long time. Now I'm on to making my terrain decision. Will I print out the basic set on card stock? Or maybe a custom 3D paper terrain? Not sure yet. The possibilities are delicious.

But I do know one thing.

I've got to play this to a soundtrack. I know there are plenty of good candidates, and I'd like you to help me with them. But before you do, I'd like to introduce track 1:

1. Deadbeat - Desiderii Marginis
www.last.fm/music/Desiderii+Marginis/Deadbeat/Deadbeat+I

What an amazing track! If you've never heard this before, you're in for a treat. If you can, listen to it on a hi-fidelity system and not the lilliputian speakers on your Mac book. It's confidently cinematic stuff. It's dark, brooding, industrial ambient that might make you think, in your mind's eye, of two dead space hulks on a million year rendezvous reaching reached out to one another, lifeless com to lifeless com, and eating static on their way to eternal deep space.

What else out there makes for good space horror listening?
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Might I suggest James Horner's motion picture soundtrack for the movie "Aliens"? It tends to hit all the right notes. And besides, it's the movie that pretty much inspired Space Hulk.

Your Deadbeat tune is pretty good too, but I'm a huge fan of Horner's work. Also, the movie soundtrack for "Event Horizon" would make a good fit as well; it's basically a strong horror movie soundtrack with a lot of techno mixed in. Good movie too.
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Get the DVD to Ridley Scott's Alien movie that has the "Isolated Original Score" bonus feature, and you'll have one of the greatest Sci-Fi movie score soundtracks around, without dialog or fx, to play in the background. Sadly it may be out of print now, as the more recent Alien: Collector's Edition seems to be missing the isolated score.

I just realized in "horror" that my Alien Quadrilogy 9-DVD Box Set set is MISSING this isolated score! I once owned the individual Alien DVD with the isolated score, and I sold it in a garage sale when I got the set for Christmas one year, thinking "surely" the score feature would still be present! ARGGH!!!

Whoa, looks like we were both posting at the same time!
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UnluckyNumber wrote:
James Horner's motion picture soundtrack for the movie "Aliens"?


Another excellent choice! I don't recall if the original Aliens DVD had the isolated score, but the similarly-packaged Aliens: Collector's Edition also seems to be missing an isolated score.

Or, if you don't mind the dialog and fx, just pop in the DVD and turn up the subwoofer.

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Yeah, I didn't think it would take long for the Horner score to come up, and rightly so. We actually listen to the score for Apacalypto when we play Tikal.

There should be a number of soundtracks that should work, but I asked, so lay 'em out
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Pnumekin wrote:
Yeah, I didn't think it would take long for the Horner score to come up, and rightly so. We actually listen to the score for Apacalypto when we play Tikal.

There should be a number of soundtracks that should work, but I asked, so lay 'em out


Since nobody has mentioned it so far, the soundtrack to Terminator2, with its thunderous industrial drumming, can be a pretty impressive listen as well. Lot's of suspense. I think generally I like eerie and broody more thanks thunderous suspense, but it's all grist for the bone mill, eh?
 
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A few months ago I ran across a BGG post that mentioned Nox Arcana


Give it a listen: http://www.noxarcana.com/music.html


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Bram Stoker's Dracula fits almost every game I played. Sci-fi included.

Command and Conquer's Mechancial Man, based on Warcraft's I AM A MEDEVIL MAN (or was it the other way around) might offer some humor.

Terminator - mostly the main theme.

The Apollo 13 soundtrack could be fun.

Star Trek: First Contact has some nice hunting Borg in the ship hallways kind of music.

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These suggestions are all interesting but they cost money! If you have time you can search the Internet Archive where there is tons of great music for free download.

Of course you'll have to search for it and listen to some less than good stuff.

I'd reccommend Metaphore as a good starting sample. I've been using Victors stuff in some of my podcasts and really dig it.

Try searching the archive for ambient, dark or horror.
 
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I keep a couple of playlists set for Sci-Fi gaming: a loud one and a soft one, depending on the mood. The loud one is more to get the adrenaline going and includes higher BPM soundtracks from video games and TV
* Descent
* Quake II (Sonic Mayhem)
* Invader Zim
* Doom (imported into ProTools and tweaked for ambience)
* Metroid Metal (check out http://metroidmetal.com/ for the files)

Going by the sound of the track you posted, though, I'd say you're looking for tension with lots of synth pads. My softer set includes:
* the Myst series
* Total Annihilation (Jeremy Soule)
* The Dig (LucasArts)
* Diablo 2 (the less fantasy feeling tracks)

Other tracks could include:
* The Frail (NIN/The Fragile)
* The Beauty Of Being Numb Section B (NIN/Aphex Twin - 26 Mixes For Cash)
...for that matter, most of "Selected Ambient Works, Vol 2" (Aphex Twin) might suit you.
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Interesting project! There is plenty of good v. evil drama in Schubert's "Unfinished Symphony", Symphony No. 8 in B minor, esp the first movement if I remember correctly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6mgm00RYeM


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I'd go with the Planet of the Apes soundtrack, the newer one by Danny Elfman.
Funeral is good, but maybe better for a fantasy setting.
Crippled Black Phoenix, Silver Mount Zion, Slint.

If you are not taking it too seriously, have a listen to Motionless Battle. Old school 8 bit Nintendo songs with a crushingly heavy drum machine.
 
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I always wanted to do a recording where I had people eat hot wings directly in front of a microphone (with no napkins!). I envisioned it as an Arkham Horror sound track (perhaps with rain as ambient noise mixed in). It might work well for this too (but perhaps with dripping and gas venting applied every so often).
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Pnumekin wrote:

There should be a number of soundtracks that should work, but I asked, so lay 'em out


Well, here's a youtube link to some of the music from Event Horizon:


There's a better clip where a fan used footage from the movie to make a great music video and synopsis of the story, but I'm hesitant to post a link to it here because it's got several shots of the R rated violence from the movie in it, especially in the last few seconds.
 
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You know, this thread has got me thinking.

I DO highly recommend the ALIEN isolated soundtrack, I would have never thought of that (it's so obvious!), and right on the mark.

I usually play Metal when I play SPACE HULK, anywhere from Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Metallica (all the pre-'Black' album staff), Rainbow, MOTORHEAD, and on down the line like that.

Ever hear of the 'Afro-Celt Sound System'? -- beautiful music they produce, not 'metal' at all. If you try them, go for the second album, 'Release'.

I play those off my computer music program, on loops, shuffled.

But if I had to pick and chooose -- man, that'd be tough for me, there's SO many good genres of music that seem to fit.

Play with what makes you happy.

And I haven't even touched on the industial-metal music out there that marries up so well, like the stuff the video-heads play for online gaming.

LONG LIVE SPACE HULK

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Danny Kreutzfeldt's 'numberground'(www.databloem.com) sounds pretty much like a transmission from a terminators mike (minus the fire and screams) deep inside a genestealer infested space hulk. Lots of eerie clanking of metal and echo building up inexorably to a storm of doom-noise. First time I heard it I thought 'my god, this is space hulk'. Highly recommended, listen to it on headphones in a darkened room and before you know it that dark, dark shadow is morphing into a blood-hungry genestealer, trust me!
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In no particular order


Aliens
The Thing
Predator
Any of the suspense/action Immediate Music scores if you can find them. I can name about 20 more, but this is a good start.
 
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This applies not to the soundtrack but to the terrain. Litko Aerosytems has a wooden corridor set meant for pimping Space Hulk. They also have acrylic token sets (scanner blips flames, overwatch etc.)

[url]http://www.litkoaero.com/page/LAI/CTGY/CS[/url]

Hirst Art has several set of plaster molds for making plaster walls, floors,conduits and crates for science fiction terrain.

[url][COLOR=#3333CC]http://www.hirstarts.com/molds/moldssci.html[COLOR][/url]

 
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I think a very good soundtrack for the Space Hulk boardgame, is the
soundtrack from the 3DO Space Hulk game.
(Even though I remember that the music from the PSX version was better, but I haven't found a OST).

Here you can download the complete music and speeches from the game (85MB large):
http://drop.io/Space_Hulk_OST

-Chris





 
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I've also found some music files for the W40K Dawn of War PC game:
Here's the Link:
http://www.dawnofwar-game.de/downloads/

Scroll down to the section "Sounds" and download the 3 zip files "Völker Sounds"", "Game Sounds" and "Diverse Sounds".

-Chris
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I haven't tried your other link yet, but these are actually quite good and set the right mood. I've downloaded them. Thanks for pointing me in a good direction! :-)

-Pnumekin
 
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"Pholde"
I'm going to throw a new one into the mix: Pholde. This is experimental work with steel under varying degrees of tension and (I believe) played like a bowed instrument. Cavernous, brooding soundscape.

http://cdbaby.com/cd/pholde4

If you can find it, I quite like the Pholde album "That Which Tends to Dissuade".
 
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I just came across this on Dakka Dakka: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/238435.page
Nice and Pompous, but it lacks the creepout factor of some of the other soundscapes posted...
 
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