Setting Modernity to music

As an author, I’ve become a huge fan of ambient music (or electronica or industrial or whatever the genre calls itself these days), that I’ve engaged a musical production partner, Ausgrave Royalty, to create a collection of tracks that we’re tentatively calling “Modernity’s Dark Moods”. Ambient tracks make the perfect accompaniment for a game because they don’t (usually!) interrupt play with vocals or other big distractions. As an author, I’ve also found that I’m much more productive listening to instrumental tracks so that the linguistic parts of my brain can focus exclusively on the writing or editing task at hand.

Until we release our first collection of “Modernity’s Dark Moods” around Halloween, you’ll have to make do with other alternatives. Here are some that I’ve been listening to a lot lately and I find to be very much “in the mood” for Modernity.


Soundtracks for your Modernity game.

I’ve had an ear out for amazing soundtracks that are just instrumentals for use in tabletop roleplaying games for years. Most of the time, I’ve had to build custom playlists or pick soundtracks from movies that don’t have big name rock stars headlining their soundtrack (which usually means vocals that will interrupt the game). Another good source has been video game soundtracks.

However, the problem with soundtracks from movies, TV shows, and video games is that they cover the entire story arc and the whole emotional curve from apex to antapex, zenith to nadir. I’ve found that often the trumpet fanfare of an upbeat piece will come at EXACTLY the wrong time in the game.

There was a humorous moment, though, when the Mel Gibson screamed “Freedom!!!” on the Braveheart soundtrack at precisely the right moment in a D&D game. It usually doesn’t work out that way, though. You pays your money, you takes your chances.

How to solve that problem with minimal effort and still have fabulous ambiance music for a dark game of contemporary occult noir, you ask? Simplicity itself. Midnight Syndicate to the rescue!

These amazing albums (use another word if album makes you feel old) are chock full of great mood music that’s dark, energetic, and mysterious.

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They have provided me much inspiration and motivation as I’ve been writing the novels in The Seraphim Conspiracy and the Modernity Roleplaying Game. Thank you, Midnight Syndicate!

There are more, but those are ones I’ve listened to and use for game purposes. I’ll post more RPG soundtrack options in the future.