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    I'm going to be running a steampunk campaign soon and I was wonder what soundtracks would work well for this?


 

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    For this, I often don't go for soundtrack, but for era compositions. The Victorian era is loaded with fine music - Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin, Brahms, Wagner, Tchaikovsky. The Sonata was perhaps the primary musical form of Europe in the 19th century.

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    For a more modern bent, Philip Glass's Koyaanisqatsi has a weirdly magical-and-intellectual vibe.

    There's Hans Zimmer's Sherlock Holmes soundtracks.
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    Maybe it's just me, but I think psychobilly might be a good fit.

    It's punk influenced, but also somewhat fantastical in nature, albeit later than the usual Steampunk era (which is 1890s or so)

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    Abney Park came up recently in a similar thread here. I liked them enough to buy a couple of songs.
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    Steampunk music

    There's a lot of steampunk style music now being produced. In addition, I like folk-inspired classical music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Bartok, or Dvorak. In addition, soundtracks like that for the recent Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes movies are excellent for background music.

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    The waltz was especially popular in the real-world 19th century. For more American-style steampunk, try early country, ragtime jazz, and bluegrass (look at O Brother, Where Art Thou?). Musical styles are also a good way to convey the differences between exotic cultures, whether it's the muezzin in a soukh in Cairo, an accordion in a Parisian dance hall, or a pan flute in a Peruvian mountaintop village. Happy adventuring!

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    Someone on my Livejournal made this compilation:

    The Iron Foundry by Alexander Mosolov
    Strife by The Protagonist
    Landlost by In the Nursery
    Flying on the Wings of Steam by Chris Vrenna
    Laputa-Castle in the Sky by Joe Hisaishi
    The Illusionist by Philip Glass
    Sky Ferry by Alexandre Desplat
    Welcome to the Rapture by Garry Schyman
    Subaphonic by Ez3kiel
    Alchemy by Johnny Hollow
    Mr Soot's Black Book by the Unextraordinary Gentlemen
    The New Zero by Rasputina
    No Man Alive by Hanna Fury
    The Art of Suicide of Emilie Autumn
    Coin-Operated Boy by The Dresden Dolls
    The Alchemist's Vision by Vernian Process
    The Wrong Side (Vernian Processed Mix) by Abney Park
    No Cars Go by The Arcade Fire
    Lady Faire by the Cassettes
    Dim Allentown Cove by Humanwine
    Steamed by the Masquerade Project
    St. Apollonia by Beirut

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    Thanks for the suggestions, everyone!

    One more: Any movie soundtracks come to mind for a steampunk game?

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    A lot of those bands don't sound like what I would think of when I imagined steampunk. I would have expected a lot of mechanical industrial sounds infused with symphonic instruments, not just a bunk of alternative rock music. Sure the lyrics are pretty good, but the orchestration of the songs are nothing like what I had in mind when I came into this topic.

    That being said, one of my favorite bands ever is Ayreon, and I always thought this had a sort of steampunk , tesla science fantasy feel.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIqRsl8Vm-Q]Ayreon-Age of Shadows - YouTube[/ame]

    If you enjoy it , I highly recommend pulling up lyrics and sitting down and listening to the whole album. It's a space rock opera. If you like this album I also recommend into the electric castle (where several people are pulled out of time and forced to work together to go through this castle on another world).

    He has quite a few albums in the ayreon project. There are some other projects (star one, guilt machine, ambeon, and some solo albums) all of them are fantastic in my opinion.
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