Themes/Default Music and Elements


#1

What do you guys use as your default music? You know, what’s the theme music for your TTRPG that you can play across different scenes, settings, cities, etc? I’m looking for theme music for my campaign. Something minimalistic, ambient, and fantasy oriented. Something similar to basically anything off of this compilation (it’s all Pillar’s of Eternity, Skyrim, Witcher, and WoW music).

Here are the current samples that I’ve been considering (though none of them are quite right).

Shadows of Estern - 03- Jure Peternel- Celaine: Absolutely love this track. It’s almost too good though. Super powerful emotionally. It’s like I wanna listen to the music instead of what’s going on around at the table. =P Something a little more subtle and less emotionally moving would be perfect.

Shadows of Estern - 04- Amitie Amere: Again, almost perfect but it’s slightly TOO good lol. The emotional and epic tone are a bit too in-your-face for a default theme IMO.

A Song of Silver: I love this one. Minimalistic and ambient. This one is tied for my current front runner if I don’t stumble across another.

Beautiful Japanese Music - Origami Master: great ambient theme music. My only issue with it is that it has a very subtle Eastern flavor to it and I don’t necessarily want to elicit Eastern associations by using it. Other than that, this one is damn near perfect and it’s my front runner at the moment.

Beautiful Japanese Music - Forest of Sleep: again, great music but the Eastern theme is too strong for my current setting.

Witchwood harp: I love this but it’s just slightly too dark/pensive. I tend to reserve this for more mysterious/haunting scenes and moods.

Relaxed - “Sweeping Catan theme” (from Music - Travel): I ran across this one but it’s slightly too… video-gamey?

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean to nitpick! I’m over the top happy with Syrinscape. I’m just confident that somewhere in its depths it has the exact tone I’m looking for.

I look forward to hearing everyone’s suggestions!


#2

You can check this campaign.


#3

Thanks for the suggestion. I was familiar with most of those libraries and agree that they contain some potential candidates.

A song of silver and Witchwood harp are my current front runners–though I will continue searching! I’m convinced that Syrinscape has what i’m looking for, it’s just a matter of me finding it.


#4

Dragon Heist’s Trollskull Manor has five new tracks for different moods, relaxed, investigative, suspenseful, dark, and happy!


#5

I know! I devoured that library as soon as it came out. Of all the new elements, I think Mission Music Investigative fits my personal taste best for theme music. It’s subtle, minimalistic, gives of hints of exploration, and reminds me of Final Fantasy IX in a way that warms my heart.


#6

I was browsing some of the older libraries and ran across two really nice gems that have jumped to the top as my favorites for theme/default music.

The Edge of Anarchy (eoa City Gone Mad) has two really nice elements:

Illeosa - Theme (Illeosa - Conquistador) is subtle, quietly epic, fairly versatile, and has a nice storytelling feel that gently rises. 10/10

Mysterious Home has a subtle piano with hymn-like voices and provides a sense of calm, peacefulness, and holiness that might also make for good character death/funeral scenes. (Note: this one might be better for darker or more dramatically inclined games) 10/10

Like I said previously: I’m sure Syrinscape has what I’m looking for, it’s just a matter of me finding it. I found these purely on dumb luck. I clicked on a random soundset and saw a few elements that I didn’t recognize and so gave it a shot. I’m glad I did and will continue to shift through the panoply of available sounds!


#7

If you like the Mysterious Home music, check out the complete track “Shores of Avalon” by Kevin MacLeod. I cut the second part because it doesn’t fit the scene, it is pretty good though. A bit more grim.


#8

Kevin Macleod makes some awesome European style music! I have put some of his stuff on my own soundset creator to use in my campaigns.


#9

Yes, I love Kevin MacLeod stuff! I’m fairly confident Syrinscape has similar music but until I actually sort through and find it, I could use his stuff in the meantime. That idea didn’t occur to me. Thanks!

Is there any chance Kevin’s music is already on Syrinscape, perhaps tucked away in some soundset? Or will I have to go ahead and create it myself?


#10

There are a bunch of tracks from Kevin already in use. I can come up with a list of soundsets, they are used in. If it is not THAT urgent, I can do it by the weekend. :wink:


#11

Awesome, I’d greatly appreciate you sharing that list with me!