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Hi all.

I just joined B&C. I'm Kade from London and I hope this is the right place to post this...

 

I'm a composer of ttrpg music and a long-time ttrpg player in other games. I'm just getting into the WH40K hobby and universe.

I never was much of a painter, but I have begun a new soundtrack album inspired by 40K. I'm just scratching the surface of the lore, factions, heroes and villains in my research -  I guess my first question would be 'what is an ideal research book (story or otherwise) to start me off, having already watched many videos on the various factions and histories?'

 

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My music will consist of cinematic pieces, fairly serious and obviously with some dark aspects. I wanted to get some opinions on the direction of the album...

I have already had a suggestion to make some more Xenos/alien style music (in my 'introduce yourself' post)- basically not to just do the usual religious, choir/church organ stuff of the Imperium (much as I enjoy and am capable of this style).

 

What would your ideal Warhammer soundtrack sound like?

  • An atmosphere and a battle track for each race?
  • Pure atmosphere?
  • Pure battles?
  • More individual styles for the different Marine factions?
  • Leaning more on the Imperium's soundtrack but with some extra tracks for the aliens?
  • Something else?

 

I understand that there's a whole metal element to WH40K, but I wouldn't want to do an album like that - maybe one tho ;) 

 

I'm working on a little teaser video for tomorrow to give a small taste of what I'm working on. In the meantime, here's an example of my work for a ttrpg commission. It's an arena battle track against big robots :) - This is more of a "fun" track than I'd do for 40K but it was made to order and would fit well in the next Pacific Rim movie.

 

Thank you for reading/listening!

 

 

 

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*Update*

As promised, here's my teaser trailer for my upcoming work. 

Feel free to give any honest feedback and I'm still looking for some help with what would work for you.

Thanks! 

 

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I picture Metallica- One for dreadnought guys ( Google the lyrics), Disposable Heroes ( Metallica) for the Astra Militarum. 

Symphony of Destruction- Megadeth for Black Legion

Angel of Death- by Anthrax for Fabius Bile.

The End- the doors for the Death Gaurd.

Lateralus by Tool for the Thousand Sons. Call of Cthulu by Metallica for Tzeentch demons

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I wanted to make a video for SoB using Nightwish's "I wish I had an Angel"

 

The battle would be priests and Missionaries and battle conclaves getting their butts kicked, but then when Marco sings the line "I wish I had an Angel,"  Celestine shows up with a bunch of Seraphim and Zephyrim and turns the battle.

 

And hot damn, is Sabaton ever good war metal.

 

Sly Marbo = Indestructible by Disturbed.

 

Facing Daemons? Dimmu Borgir. (Be the broken or the breaker! Be the giver or the undertaker!)

 

Sinead O'Connor's Troy doesn't fit as nicely... But I have never heard anger and condemnation in a woman's voice the way it comes through in that song, and there IS a Sister of battle in Sinead.

 

Or the longbeards can just dig out their Bolt Thrower on vinyl.

 

Having said all that, I realize that OP is looking for instumental/ score music. The Star Wars stuff is good (Duel of the Fates!) but it's SO Star Wars that it will always be Star Wars to anyone that hears it.

 

ANother instumental I really liked that has some interesting potential is Ace Frehley's Fractured Mirror of the original solo album (not Fractured Too of Frehley's Commet- it's too clean by comparrison). Metallica have some instrumentals too- Orion and Call of Ktulu (their spelling not mine). Once the lads got Bob rockified with the Black album, I stopped following as closely.

 

(Back to lyrics again, but Damn did I love Harvester of Sorrow)

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On 3/20/2024 at 10:15 PM, Primarch Betalio said:

I picture Metallica- One for dreadnought guys ( Google the lyrics), Disposable Heroes ( Metallica) for the Astra Militarum. 

Symphony of Destruction- Megadeth for Black Legion

Angel of Death- by Anthrax for Fabius Bile.

The End- the doors for the Death Gaurd.

Lateralus by Tool for the Thousand Sons. Call of Cthulu by Metallica for Tzeentch demons


Hi @Primarch Betalio & @ThePenitentOne - I appreciate your suggestions, and I know a lot of that is very 40K :)
This will be more of an orchestral/hybrid project - completely composed by me!

Something new, dark with some high end battle tracks and lots of nightmarish atmospheres.

I'll likely do something metal for the Boyz though lol. But this is a big musical project, so I'm getting thoughts more on what is useful to you in your hobby. Do you want battle tracks, atmospheres, a combination? Something for each race? Something for each Chapter? That kind of thing. - Bare in mind I can only do so many in one go :)

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