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Music for Evil Cult Summons

HeavenShallBurn

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I've used some measure of low background music during sessions for about a year and a half or so now. But today was the first time I've used it more selectively.

This is the mid-level campaign, the first time I intended to throw a demon more powerful than planar cannonfodder like lemures since I've been focusing on undead. But we all know who the lord of the undead is and so I'd been drawing them into conflict with a group of cultists of Orcus. The players have gotten to really hate these cultists because I've been tossing atrocities left and right. Given them enough to know they were preparing for a powerful calling.

I kept the usual low-key stuff in the background. Then as they got into the final sanctum of the cultists I began to describe the scene playing out, and reached under the table to switch to the "summoning song." Dethklok (Awaken Mustakrakish) mixed over heavy Gregorian Chanting. The combination really seemed to set what followed better than the usual low-key stuff I'd been using.

So I figured it was worth a thread. Anybody else here have any favorite pieces of music specifically for setting the scene of a say powerful ceremonies, introducing a BBEG or other short targeted set-pieces like this? If so what was the effect you were going for and did it seem to work?
 

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frankthedm

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There was a band by the name of "Will" that may be near what you seek. Test listen first, 'Souls of the Valiant" should work. Thought i do think the music is worth having anyhow.

http://www.amazon.com/Word-Flesh-St...=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1211512600&sr=1-1

Metallica's Call of Ktulu might be worth considering. The build up of the song needs good timing to be effective though. Granted the song is VERY recognizable so that might be a dealbreaker.

Look through the various soundtracks for devil-related horror movies.
 
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TarionzCousin

Second Most Angelic Devil Ever
Pachelbel's Canon in D Major. The PC's are always surprised when the monster jumps out as the pastoral sounds of pleasant journeys wash over them.
 


Stereofm

Adventurer
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HeavenShallBurn said:
I've used some measure of low background music during sessions for about a year and a half or so now. But today was the first time I've used it more selectively.

?

try the summoning of the Muse by Dead can Dance, or the roman music disc by Synaulia.
 

Herzog

Adventurer
Glass walls of limbo (dance mix) by Type O Negative.

It's ideal for this kind of thing, although it's a bit slow (change to something else for the real action)

I know from experience that some of the soundtracks from LOTR went very well with large scale battles on LARP events, don't know whether that would work with tabletop though.

Also, playing a hartbeat-soundtrack, barely audible, can really work for horror settings. Especially if the tempo increases slowly, it can really increase tention.

Herzog
 



HeavenShallBurn

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Have to say thanks for the advice. Following some recommendations here and in print Dragon I went and got some soundtracks and albums to use as background for sessions. But as I listen mostly to metal it means I miss out on some useful scene-setting music. This was one of those rare cases where my listening habits coincided with a scene.

Awaken Mustakrakish does seem to be a very good piece for a demon summoning though.
 


Alzrius

The EN World kitten
I'll tell you what, this thread has inspired me. When I start my rock band, I'm naming us "Evil Cult Summons." :D
 

demiurge1138

Inventor of Super-Toast
Mouseferatu said:
I'm fond of "Ave Satani" from The Omen and "The Temple of Doom" from Indiana Jones and..., well, you know. ;)
Agreed and agreed. I'm also a huge fan of "Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec" from Final Fantasy 8
 


Kesh

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Though it may not go over well if your players are horror fans:

"The Lament Configuration" from the Hellraiser motion picture score. This extremely evocative and perfect for a summoning scene… though if your players are familiar with the film the results will either be "Oh #$@! we are screwed!" or "Oh god, how corny!"

Aside from that: dig out your old copy of Quake and pick out a couple tracks from the CD.

In the same vein, there's the new (free) Nine Inch Nails albums Ghosts I and The Slip.
 

der_kluge

Adventurer
Aholibamah said:
Bram Stoker's Dracula has some good menacing pieces of music, I think you can still get the soundtrack on CD.

Great suggestion. Wojciech Kilar wrote that soundtrack, and his other stuff sounds similar.
 

jdrakeh

Adventurer
Roky Erikson's "Cold Night for Alligators" mentions lizard people rising from the nearby swamp. It would be great for a mass summoning, I think.
 

HeavenShallBurn

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jdrakeh said:
Roky Erikson's "Cold Night for Alligators" mentions lizard people rising from the nearby swamp. It would be great for a mass summoning, I think.
Or for the attack of a certain black dragon's lizardfolk henchmen upon a certain village if I can get them to take a hint and move in that direction. Might not be too hard, they certainly don't want to stick around after what happened.
 


HeavenShallBurn

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Andor said:
Gyuto Monks chanting is even better than gregorian I'd think, but props on the Dethklok. That's hilarious.
Couldn't find Gyuto chanting in my quick search but I had some Gregorian stuff it was what the low-key soundtrack started just as they began sneaking into the cult lair. Then I had the Dethklok primed and started it playing over top the chanting, and the minor slurring caused by playing both at once actually improved what remained understandable.

Now that I've heard about this Gyuto chanting I'll have to go find some.

And the lyrics to "Awaken Mustakrakish" were a pretty good match for the feeling of the summon. Expecially when my DMing style is generally termed the "MOAR METAL" school of DMing.

[sblock]Mustakrakish,
Mustakrakish.
The time has come to awaken him:

I call upon the ancient lords of the underworld to bring forth this beast and,

Awaken, awaken, awaken, awaken,
Take the land that must be taken.
Awaken, awaken, awaken, awaken,
Devour worlds, smite, forsaken.

Rise up from your thousandth year of sleep,
Break forth from your grave eternally.
I command you to
Rise, rise, rise, rise, rise, rise, rise, rise and, Awaken.

I am the conjurer of demons
I am the father of your death
I bring forth the ancient evil
I control his every breathe
I instigate your misfortune
with the birth of killing trolls
I awaken Armageddon, feeding on a thousand souls

Awaken, awaken, awaken, awaken

Mustakrakish, Mustakrakish, Mustakrakish, Mustakrakish, Mustakrakish, Mustakrakish.

Awaken, awaken, awaken, awaken,
Take the land that must be taken.
Awaken, awaken, awaken, awaken,
Devour worlds, smite, forsaken.

Rise up from your thousandth year of sleep,
Break forth from your grave eternally.
Things will die and land will all be burned,
Mustakrakish came and death to worlds.
I command you to
Rise, rise, rise, rise, rise, rise, rise, rise and, Awaken.[/sblock]
 


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