Friday, June 8, 2018

Music to Game to: The Comet Is Coming - Channel the Spirits

I listen to a lot of music (over 40 days worth in 2017 according to last.fm) and I find that few things help me keep the mood of a game foregrounded in my mind like a good soundtrack. Plus, I’ve discovered that when I’m playing music to a speaker via Bluetooth, I’m less likely to be on my phone, lest my players hear any stray sounds, letting me better model engagement during a game. To that end, I want to share some of my favorite music to game to; the albums that inspire and inflame my imagination and that I’ve found work well as background music for games as well. I’ll do a mini-review and cover the basics of what mood it helps me set.

THE COMET IS COMING – CHANNEL THE SPIRITS

With the band name, member pseudoynms (King Shabaka, Danalogue the Conquerer and Betamax Killer), and song titles (“Journey through the Asteroid Belt”, “Slam Dunk Through a Black Hole”) you can easily deduce that this is an album well suited for Sci-Fi games. With a skillful blend of Sun Ra inspired jazz, space funk and psychedelic rock, Channel the Spirits is a fantastic fit for any psychedelic science fiction RPG or a superheroes game with a more Cosmic Kirby feel.

  • Vocals?...Yes, largely on one song, “Lightyears”
  • Music Genre(s)…Jazz, psychedelic rock, electronic
  • Perfect for…Psychedelic science-fiction games.
  • If you only grab one track, make it... The propulsive and groovy “Star Furnace”.

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