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‘Music’ Articles

Mattias Westlund’s Chronicles

Listen to Mattias Westlund’s Chronicles:

Isn’t that great music to play in the background of your next D&D session? I think it is. And its free, published under a Creative Commons license.

David Gay-Perret

You need music for tonight’s D&D session and are looking for something new? Why not give David Gay-Perret a try? He is a French author and composer, and here is one of his works:

This album and others are available for free at jamendo.com.

Krzysztof Kurkowski

Today, I want to present you another artist, who has created royalty free music suitable for playing during a D&D session: Krzysztof Kurkowski. Give his two “Soundtrack” albums a try!

Evan LE NY

The holiday break is over!

Three months ago, I talked about music during D&D sessions and the music of the Celestial Aeon Project.

Today I want to introduce to you Evan LE NY. This French artist has produced some albums that are very suitable as background music for roleplay sessions. For example, check out the album “Rever… Peut-etre…”:

The piano solo in the beginning might be a bit unusual for this purpose. But what comes after that is really great, I think!

Background music

Do you use background music in your roleplay sessions?

I don’t.

But that’s only because I never managed to put together a decent playlist. There is some old but good advice for Creating Simple, Deep Playlists for RPG Background Music on Gnome Stew.

I don’t share the author’s view on soundtracks, though. Martin Ralya says “Soundtracks are your friends. Movie, TV, and video game soundtracks are generally the best source of RPG background music.”

He is certainly right that they are meant to be played in the background, and that they give you a good mix of calm and thrilling tracks. But people will always have the movie in their minds and will get distracted. At least that’s my experience. If you want to give soundtracks a try, have a look at this list on Gnome Stew or at that list.

I suggest a different source of music though. Royalty-free music like that found on Jamendo. It’s free (and legal), and it won’t distract your players.

For example, check out the music of the Celestial Aeon Project. Matti Paalanen describes his project like this: “Celestial Aeon Project is a pure soundtrack project that publishes instrumental, orchestral background soundscapes. General atmosphere and visual feel lead to fantasy worlds and to the realm of the role playing games.” – Perfect!

You can listen to some songs here:

Or just visit the project’s page on Jamendo. You can download all songs for free.

Have you ever used free music in your roleplay sessions? If so, please share your playlists in the comments.

Sheet music picture by Enrique Leyva under a Creative Commons license.