Mar 4, 2012

Soundtrack of the Dawnlands

I'm very leery about music at the game-table, as it can be a distraction if not handled well, but many people love it. I do tend to listen to music when designing settings and adventures, and the Dawnlands is no exception. Over the years, I've put together a collection of Youtube videos that I think of as the "soundtrack" to the Dawnlands. Some of it resembles the kinds of music the inhabitants make, and some of it is purely thematic. Here's the current listing:

Thematic

Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time
The themes from A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Buraka Som Sistema's Sound of Kuduro and kuduro more generally (especially for the Orthocracy)
Three Rules and Eight Notices

Pseudo-Diegetic

On the plains:
Enkh Jargal
Khoomei
This unnamed Mongolian throat-singer
Kyrgyraa and this related piece of shamanic music (I think these are by Huun Huur Tu)
Mongun-ool Ondar performing
Altai by Bolot Bayrishev
Kongar-ol Ondar (this link is to his performance on David Letterman)
Tibetan throat singing

In Dwer Tor:
The stasimon from Euripedes' Orestes
The Song of Seikilos
The Theban Banquet Song
The Hurrian Hymn
Sappho's Wedding Song
The works of Synaulia
The works of De Organographia