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    Dark Sun music?

    I'm a compulsive prepper when it comes to D&D. I'm about two or three months away from unleashing Athas on my players, and I'd like to assemble a thematically appropriate ambient music playlist for Dark Sun.

    I've seen suggestions elsewhere to give a good listen to the Conan soundtracks. I'm definitely going to, but I was wondering what music (preferably instrumental) ENWorlders feel is appropriate to Dark Sun.

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    Of the stuff I own, this is what I would use:

    300 (should be perfect)
    Rome (music from the HBO series)
    The Passion of the Christ
    Gladiator
    Conan the Barbarian

    Depending on the story I was telling, I may or may not include Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Might also use the Planescape: Torment soundtrack.

    All of these have an "older" kind of feel. I'd definitely use the first five, with Crouching Tiger and Planescape as options.
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    The Battlestar Galactica soundtrack may work.
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    Thanks for the ideas so far. I just wanted to add that a player of mine suggested the soundtracks to Fallout 1 and 2. I'm listening to them now and they're VERY appropriate, for anyone else looking for DS music.

    Edit: Also previewing The Book of Eli soundtrack on iTunes...so far so good...
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    Some that I think fit:

    Beats Antique
    Eastern Dub Tactik
    Inlakesh
    The Dune and Children Of soundtracks from the TV miniseries
    And by extension, Azam Ali, who sung on them and has her own stuff.

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    Anything by Lisa Gerrard (who did the Gladiator Soundtrack listed above). She has that mysterious Middle Eastern sound that is so very appropriate for Dark Sun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shroomy View Post
    The Battlestar Galactica soundtrack may work.
    I was thinking of including it, but I don't think you could use them "as is." You'd probably have to judiciously select your tracks and put them in a playlist, simply because the BSG albums are each far too varied to carry a consistent tone (which is a good thing if you're just listening to them for pleasure).

    Dragging all of the [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLXUEhgNXJU&feature=related"]drum tracks[/ame] into a Dark Sun playlist might work out.

    That said, the BSG soundtracks are the only albums on my iPod that have been imported at highest quality and I think they're pretty much the best thing ever. And while I wouldn't use [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c2ZJPKz5u8"]Kara Remembers[/ame] in a Dark Sun game, it gives me the chills every time I hear it.

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    My DM used parts of the BSG soundtrack for ambient music during his last campaign. Worked really well and that setting was as far away from Dark Sun as you could get.
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    Prince of Persia

    I listened briefly (skipped through the tracks) to the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time soundtrack awhile back, and I remember thinking it would make a decent score for a Dark Sun game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac1504 View Post
    I listened briefly (skipped through the tracks) to the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time soundtrack awhile back, and I remember thinking it would make a decent score for a Dark Sun game.
    DO NOT under any circumstances try this with the warrior within soundtrack.
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