Saturday, March 2, 2013

Soundtrack Saturday: The Ninth Gate

I've always tried to include music whenever I run an RPG, D&D or whatever. Over the years, on various messageboards and in person people have asked "What kind of music do you use in your games?" My choices are extensive. Indeed, my music library consists more of music soundtrack than for "mainstream listening."

Hence, this new series Soundtrack Saturday, where I share what music use at the tabletop and why.

The first up in the movie soundtrack for the The Ninth Gate. I love the movie. Johnny Depp plays book appraisor hunting down copies of a supposed Satanic text for a mysterious book collector. The music portrays a character who is both unravelling mysteries along with his own moral character.

There's sixteen tracks, with music by Wojciech Kilar featuring the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, and Sumi Jo. Unlike with many movie soundtracks, you just push play without having to worry to much about the music changing abruptly and ruining the mood. (except for the tracks toward the end).

Here's the music from the opening titles:

This is perfect for nearly any horror type adventure. It's very brooding and full of subtle menace. I've recommended it for the Return to the Tomb of Horrors. "Vocalise" (below), has a similar tone, but perhaps mixed with tragedy of one's own choosing.

"Corso and the Girl" is perfect finale for whatever horror the players brought on themselves. 


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