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#1 Post by Palantyre » 09 Aug 2009 17:54

Anyone else here who's a sucker for a good epic/beautiful game or movie theme?

Personally, I don't listen to them very broadly, but some of my favourite music pieces ever can be found on movie and game soundtracks.
And I'm specifically talking about movie scores, not just random rock/pop songs used in movies. I mean stuff like the Imperial March from Star Wars, the main theme of Conan the Barbarian, so forth. The entire Conan soundtrack is actually full of great stuff, Basil Poledouris sure was a hell of a composer. the Starship Troopers soundtrack from him is also one of my favourites.

Here's a nice medley of Poledouris' music from various movies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9meRcliFMU

And here's another one, just for the sake of Awesome:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXaPM5Dolz4

None can top Basil in sheer epicness, imo. R.I.P, master. :(

As for game music, I've noticed RPGs tend to have the best musics. Or then I'm just biased because I love RPGs the most overall. :P In any case, here are some examples:

Baldur's Gate II:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDYEGDrO0mU
Just short clips from each track, but it conveys the mood and feel perfectly.
As an added bonus, the theme songs for each character the player has the potential for romance with in the game:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELvMk7XWcAc
The first one, Aerie, is my personal favourite. Both the character and the music, which frequently puts me on the verge of tears. Too bad it's so short.

Then there's The Witcher with its more modern sounding and low-key, but still clearly fantasy themed music.
The main theme is quite nice:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIlp3XL4oYc
Also check out the ones in the related videos box, for more nice slightly ambient-ish tracks.

Also, Mass Effect has some killer tracks, like the main title, which starts off quietly, swells up and then kind of takes flight. Fantastic piece, if again a bit short:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScQmNFmD-VU
And a more bombastic use of the same (awesome) theme melody:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hV0NuSasEA


And last but not least, One which I just discovered recently, and which inspired me to make this thread on another forum a while back (I just copy-pasted the whole thing from there because I'm a lazy bastard. :P) Never played the game (it's console only and I'm not too fond of jap RPGs anyway) but this theme is just damn beautiful. Kinda like a mix between Basil Poledouris and Ennio Morricone:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNa1W9cj8NA
It's composed by Nobuo Uematsu, who also did music for the Final Fantasy series and seems to have a real knack for creating simple but very emotional melodies. (the soundtrack for FF VI is also amazing, but I've spammed enough links already :P)

So there. Anyone?
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#2 Post by Led Guardian » 21 Aug 2009 17:44

Everything on the LotR soundtrack. Perfecto!
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#3 Post by blind-man » 21 Aug 2009 18:20

I'm not particularly fond of movie or game scores, but I must agree that the score for Conan The Barbarian is really awesome from beginning to end. Especially this track. The way it builds up until finally reaching that epic climax is just brilliant.
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#4 Post by Celuden Aerwyn » 25 Aug 2009 00:42

So... does it have to be orchestral, or can it be anything?

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#5 Post by Andreas » 25 Aug 2009 12:12

Doesn't matter, post whatever song you want.

I love the soundtrack of Amélie, a French movie.

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#6 Post by somnia » 26 Aug 2009 03:50

Battlestar Galactica or anything Bear McCreary did is great imo.
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#7 Post by Dentarthurdent » 27 Aug 2009 19:49

Highlander has an amazing soundtrack.
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#8 Post by Palantyre » 28 Aug 2009 21:54

Celuden Aerwyn wrote:So... does it have to be orchestral, or can it be anything?
Well, I didn't mean this to be a "post your favourite soundtrack piece" thread, I just spammed all those links so people could hear the ones they're not familiar with. They're mostly orchestral stuff just because that's the kind of stuff I usually like, you can of course post whatever you feel like.
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#9 Post by Bender B. Rodriguez » 28 Aug 2009 22:01

Amelie and Goodbye lenin,both by Yann Tiersen(his name might not be spelled correctly)
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#10 Post by Muspell » 03 Sep 2009 00:30

A more or less recent game soundtrack I really liked is the one of Super Mario Galaxy.
I expected nothing of the music when I started it the first time and was surprised

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p2qAE6xrBQ
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#11 Post by West Virginia Mule » 05 Oct 2009 06:51

The futuristic-techno-ambient-conspiracy-synth-mystery soundtrack from the 2000 PC game Deus Ex is the best game music ever.

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#12 Post by Palantyre » 05 Oct 2009 19:14

Muspell wrote:A more or less recent game soundtrack I really liked is the one of Super Mario Galaxy.
I expected nothing of the music when I started it the first time and was surprised

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p2qAE6xrBQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z2kxFCQ_mQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMa0aOHxTEk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsAFpdAgh6A
Heh, that was surprisingly good indeed, especially the first two links. Still not enough to get me to play a game like that, though. :lol:
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Damn, cool stuff. Believe it or not, I've never actually played Deus Ex myself, absurd as that may be. I suppose I should, some of these days.
And I'm so going to snag that soundtrack somewhere and take it along for my RPG sessions, it'll be great for the sci-fi setting we're playing in. :)
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#13 Post by West Virginia Mule » 06 Oct 2009 04:36

Palantyre wrote: Damn, cool stuff. Believe it or not, I've never actually played Deus Ex myself, absurd as that may be. I suppose I should, some of these days.
And I'm so going to snag that soundtrack somewhere and take it along for my RPG sessions, it'll be great for the sci-fi setting we're playing in. :)
Problem I have with listening to the DX soundtrack is that it makes me want to play the game again...for the millionth time. If you have a Steam account Mikko, I'll gift you a copy of Deus Ex. I'm a giving kind of person. :)
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#14 Post by 1by4by9 » 24 Nov 2009 13:55

I like movie / game scores a lot. Especially Steve Jablonsky's stuff is great. I compose some myself too (the link in my signature).

Interesting discovery:
Recently I listened to Steamboy score on Spotify and soon after that I heard the main theme of Iron Will by Joel McNeely. I could've placed that theme in the Steamboy movie without any probelms. So many similar moods and themes going on.

I like pretty much everything with cool melodies and dramatic buildups. :)

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#15 Post by Palantyre » 25 Nov 2009 15:54

1by4by9 wrote:I compose some myself too (the link in my signature).
Hey, your stuff sounds pretty cool. If I were a game designer, I'd gladly hire you. :)


Speaking of cool melodies and buildups, I quite like the main theme of Dragon Age: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWFEVbfCcOY
Too bad the rest of the music in the game isn't that memorable. Certainly not bad, but not that great either.
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#16 Post by ThePKH » 25 Nov 2009 20:16

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#17 Post by 1by4by9 » 25 Jan 2010 11:13

Thank you, Palantyre! And looking for a collaboration project is on the works. :)

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#18 Post by Thorin Eichenschild » 28 Jan 2010 15:03

Star Wars, Conan, World of Warcraft... there is a lot of good stuff

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#19 Post by corrupted old gnom » 14 Feb 2010 19:38

i remember that i was impressed by some songs in soul blade (soul edge) for the playstation
(listening to some stuff on youtube...i now ponder why exactly ;) )

...and then there are classics from the C64 like kickstart II for example
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#20 Post by Cerbere » 15 Mar 2010 02:02

Final Fantasy has always had good music

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#21 Post by Led Guardian » 13 Jun 2010 22:22

Baldur's Gate II was mentioned at the beginning, but Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal (different composer) and Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast also need to be mentioned, along with Icewind Dale and Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter. There are some good tracks from Icewind Dale II as well.

I also love the soundtrack from the original Spyro the Dragon for PS. :mrgreen:
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#22 Post by Palantyre » 15 Jun 2010 00:14

Yeah, actually the BGII music compilation I linked to has Throne of Bhaal clips as well.
Inon Zur is a damn good composer from what I've heard, and I'd rather have him than Jeremy Soule as the composer if I was the head of a game studio and was developing a fantasy RPG. Soule has done some really great stuff (namely the Morrowind and Oblivion soundtracks) but he can often sound a little generic. So he's kinda like the Hans Zimmer of computer games. :P
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#23 Post by Desert_Storm » 15 Jun 2010 02:07

I'll have to say that Baldurs Gate II is by far the best music I've ever heard in a game. Personal favourite: Romance II
It makes me want to play the game again whenever I hear it.

About the film scores, there's some really nice parts in the LOTR soundtrack, also the cast away main theme will probably remain one of my favourites.
My favourite film score piece with vocals in it is easily Patrick Cassidy's Vide Cor Meum, appeared in "Hannibal" for the first time, also probably the only pseudo-opera piece that I ever liked.
Of course, you could also mention classical pieces used in or as film soundtracks. Most of them beat the actual score written for the movie by far, and there's probably an endless list of classical pieces used in movies, so I'll just mention two or three that I found fit best to the respective movie.
- A few pieces from "The Pianist", I'll just mention the Chopin nocturnal in c#. I also found the Prelude of Bach's Cello Suite BWV 1007 fitted in in the movie very good, though it's generally overplayed.
- Again from Hannibal, Bach's Goldber Variations Aria BWV 988. As the single piece it's just nice, listened with the following variations consecutive it's pure genius.
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#24 Post by Led Guardian » 19 Jun 2010 05:26

Palantyre wrote:Yeah, actually the BGII music compilation I linked to has Throne of Bhaal clips as well.
Inon Zur is a damn good composer from what I've heard, and I'd rather have him than Jeremy Soule as the composer if I was the head of a game studio and was developing a fantasy RPG. Soule has done some really great stuff (namely the Morrowind and Oblivion soundtracks) but he can often sound a little generic. So he's kinda like the Hans Zimmer of computer games. :P
Inon Zur did IWD II as well as BG II:TOB, and it's got good stuff on it. Unfortunately, it's ridiculously short, and doesn't really play that much in the game. I thought his Dragon Age score was somewhat average. TOB was definitely his best that I've heard. Gotta love that battle music. :D I only know Jeremy Soule from IWD, and I think that score was better than IWD II and Dragon Age, though maybe not as good as the BG music.

Battle with the Five (Inon Zur, Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEv4v7uz ... re=related
Skeleton of a Town (Inon Zur, Icewind Dale II): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEqDtbC3bL8
The Severed Hand (Inon Zur, Icewind Dale II): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfqzAu8IriI
The Town of Lonelywood (Jeremy Soule, Icewind Dale): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvzhcHTsUaQ
Belhifet's Doom (Jeremy Soule, Icewind Dale): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXTqR8yU ... re=related
Main Theme (Michael Hoenig, Baldur's Gate): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZP7vWiaxw7Y (Oh gods, the memories)
Attacked by Assassins (Michael Hoenig, Baldur's Gate): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mgfwq5SBQ3Q

Oh hell, one more for nostalgia's sake. One does not easily forget what one heard while fighting Sarevok.

From Out of the Storm (Michael Hoenig, Baldur's Gate): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QMRGLd5 ... re=related

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#25 Post by sidbarnhoorn » 27 Jun 2010 21:11

Excellent thread. :-D

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#26 Post by spamel » 27 Jun 2010 23:52

I love the sound track to Spirited Away, which is also an excellent film. Well worth watching.
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#27 Post by Lord Borbak » 02 Jul 2010 02:56

The soundtrack for the game Red Dead Redemption is awesome. Quite inspired by Ennio Morricone (obviously) with some old folk-ish songs here and there.
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#28 Post by risen osiris » 06 Jul 2010 08:19

Lord Borbak wrote:The soundtrack for the game Red Dead Redemption is awesome. Quite inspired by Ennio Morricone (obviously) with some old folk-ish songs here and there.
I like it alot. My favourite song is the one played in the opening sequence of the game, I think it's called 'Dead On Arrival'.

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#29 Post by Envinyatar » 06 Jul 2010 11:31

I'll keep out of the game discussion because I haven't played any games in ages (but Final Fantasy soundtracks have always been great :)).

Movies - one of my favorites is the entire "The Fountain" OST by Clint Mansell (he also did the music for Requiem for a Dream which is nearly as good imo), e.g.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihF_aXi-Huk
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#30 Post by LittleMissMetal » 02 Aug 2010 13:26

I think the Return of the King soundtrack was one of my most played CDs in the car. I love all three soundtracks, particularly the Rohan theme. And Into the West is just beautiful.

Pirates of the Caribbean has a pretty good soundtrack too I feel.

As for games, Icewind Dale 1 and 2 have some great movements in them. I've always liked the theme that plays over the menus, and inparticular the Targos (town) theme from IWD2 is very nice.

Game called Gorasul, when the music actually got going, also had some nice moments too.

Oh, and I am a massive sucker for Disney soundtracks. :oops:
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#31 Post by Led Guardian » 06 Aug 2010 22:09

The first 3 Ratchet & Clank soundtracks are all fantastic, especially 1 and 3. Love 'em.
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#32 Post by Lord Borbak » 08 Aug 2010 17:39

Led Guardian wrote:The first 3 Ratchet & Clank soundtracks are all fantastic, especially 1 and 3. Love 'em.
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#33 Post by The_Soulforged » 08 Aug 2010 20:38

Highlander has definitely the best Soundtrack.
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