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Malte Menger
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...to play while I get insane in arkham. Actually, it don't has to be music in the verse-chorus-verse pattern, maybe just some creepy noises or something like that. Any good recommendations?
 
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Can't help but be reminded of the Dork Tower strip that focused on mood music:

"For horror of course, you have to find something mind-bogglingly evil!

(with "Oops, I did it again..." playing in the background)" (p. 11, Dork Tower Swimsuit Special #1)

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Metallica.

The band has taken inspiration from Lovecraft's mythos, even to the point of writing songs directly referencing Lovecraft's stories including The Thing That Should Not Be and Call of Ktulu.
 
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Yestesday when we played my friend came up with pretty good background-music.

The whole game we played soundtracks from two old games: Heretic and Hexen.
We also used the soundtrack from last night on earth, I like it even though most dont.

But my suggestion is, try those two that I mentioned. They worked pretty well.
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Hi Malte,
at our game group we have music from www.erdenstern.de -> "Into the dark" and from "Lunas fantastische Musik Vol II: Blood, Graves & Vampires".
Sometimes we also listen to Haggard and/or Darkseed's "Ultimate Darkness"
 
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Midnight Syndicate makes music that is just perfect for Arkham Horror. You might want to look into getting some horror movie soundtracks and/or 20's big band jazz songs too. Then put everything into a playlist and shuffle away.
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28days/weeks later theme music.

First movie was good, second was ok... but the theme music is excellent.
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DeePee wrote:
Midnight Syndicate makes music that is just perfect for Arkham Horror. You might want to look into getting some horror movie soundtracks and/or 20's big band jazz songs too. Then put everything into a playlist and shuffle away.

Yup, you can't beat Midnight Syndicate and 20's jazz (e.g. Jelly Roll Morton etc.)
 
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If you like weird, check out Fantomas Delirium Cordia. It's 75 minutes of weird stuff that may set the ambience well. Otherwise, Fantomas did a bunch of horror movie covers on an album called the Director's Cut.
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For darker themed games, I've gotten a lot of mileage out of my two favorite Tom Waits albums, Bone Machine and Real Gone. I mean, come on, "The Earth Died Screaming" kind of begs to be on a Mythos soundtrack, doesn't it?

Godsmack also makes for pretty good background music sometimes. It gives the game a more aggressive feel, so I may be more inclined to save that for my Last Night on Earth-type engagements, but their lyrics are often appropriately evocative -- these segments from "Awake" for instance, remind me of a Great Old One stirring from slumber:

Tearing it back unveiling me.
Taking a step back so I can breathe.
Hear the silence about to break.
Fear resistance when I'm awake.

Im alive for you.
Im awake because of you.
Im alive I told you.
Im awake swallowing you.

 
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Must once again throw in my cent; the background music from the Gamecube/PC game "Eternal Darkness, Sanity's Requiem". That game was basically Lovecraft without licence and it's whispering and moody soundtrack totally suits Arkham Horror. goo
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Try Forma Tadre, just a guy and a computer that produces a lot of good electionic themes around Lovecraft.goo


I've used it a lot for background music in CoC sessions and its just perfect, not too intrusivce but still musical rather than ambient.


http://www.formatadre.com/
 
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Depends on how 'period' you want your music to be; if you're looking for modern moody semi-acoustic gloom you might look up Opeth Damnation http://www.amazon.de/Damnation-Opeth/dp/B000FGGERC/ref=sr_1_...- this album is certainly gloomy enough, but with less of the growling and volume they normally lay down, and much more emphasis on melody.


Then of course, you might want to try the 60's California psychedelic band H.P. Lovecraft, http://www.amazon.de/I-II-H-P-Lovecraft/dp/B00004X0AZ/ref=sr....

The band was apparently not into horror so much as mood: 'According to the LP notes, the songs were largely inspired by novelist H.P. Lovecraft's "macabre tales and poems of Earth populated by another race." It's more haunting than gloomy, though, with deft touches of folk, jazz, and horns.' (Allmusic.com). (I don't know these 2 albums myself, just that there was a band named after the author.)
 
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wow, alot of recommendations, thank you! i checked quite a lot of your bands, but somehow i find that there is too much going on in them. i think i can specify that i'm looking more for a downtempo-ambient sound. I did some research on google and found this page:

http://www.lastfm.de/tag/horror%20ambient

Even though it is a german page, the bandnames are quite obvious located at the center of the screen, so you english-speaking people (and all the others) can check them out as well. these are bands considered as "horror ambient" bands. They are a hit!

 
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I can't believe that nobody's mentioned The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets. Not really what I would call ambient, but they have several albums worth of heavily themed Cthulhu-punk rock. Check them out at http://www.thickets.net/
 
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Here's some lovely atmospheric piano music:

http://www.myspace.com/francescahall

 
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There's some good stuff by Bauhaus that I used to use as atmospheric music.

Hollow Hills for example.


But you can pretty much just put on a CD on repeat.

Here's another great one:
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The soundtrack to Birdy is one that is used in our Call of Cthulhu campaign.

See also Music for Arkam Horror? (sic)
 
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I've used the Batman Begins soundtrack in the past.
Epic and with odd sounds of flapping wings in the backgroud.
 
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And deep beneath the rolling waves
In labyrinths of coral caves
The echo of a distant time
Comes willowing across the sand
And everything is green and submarine.

And no-one called us to the land
And no-one knows the wheres or whys
But something stirs and something tries
And starts to climb towards the light

Echoes, Pink Floyd.

All 20+ minutes of it.
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The BEST music for sure. nine inch nails. GHOSTS 1-4 trust me
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Nox Arcana did an album called Necronomicon, which is a Cthulhu Mythos themed album.

EDIT: Also check out Glenn Danzig's Black Aria albums.
 
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http://www.iszoloscope.net/

We never play without it...
 
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Metallica.

The band has taken inspiration from Lovecraft's mythos, even to the point of writing songs directly referencing Lovecraft's stories including The Thing That Should Not Be and Call of Ktulu.


Of course, when the Hounds of Tindalos breaks loose in Arkham there is no song more fitting than All Nightmare Long from Metallica's newest album: Death Magnetic. The song is basically written about the Hounds of Tindalos.

Quote:
"It was an attempt to get back to the H.P. Lovecraft mythos with Thing that Should not Be, Call of Cthulu[sic]. This was about the hounds of Tindalos, which was another crazy mindf--- about these wolves that hunt through their nightmares and the only way you can get away from them is stay with angels. You can't even escape through sleep." -- Taken from http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Artists/M/Metallica/2008/12/08/766...
 
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I'll second Glen Danzig's Black Aria and also throw in a couple more by Danzig. There are samples on the linked pages. The Black Aria link is for a limited edition, but there's a standard edition.

Black Aria http://www.amazon.com/Black-Aria-Glenn-Danzig/dp/B000HIP4HE/...
How the Gods Kill http://www.amazon.com/Danzig-III-How-Gods-Kill/dp/B000068GA3...
Danzig IV http://www.amazon.com/Danzig-IV/dp/B000068GA2/ref=sr_1_9?ie=...

There's a Black Aria II, but I haven't listened to the whole thing, just the linked samples.

Black Aria II http://www.amazon.com/Black-Aria-II-Glenn-Danzig/dp/B000I5YD...
 
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