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Atmospheric Ambience - Music for Board Games

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27 Oct 2020 00:00 #315601 by oliverkinne
Video games do it all the time and so do...

A 60 miles an hour dust storm is whistling around the small Mars base, pulling at the airlock, shaking the whole station side to side and blowing over the tiny buildings with a deep rumbling sound, while the computer equipment fans quietly hum away in the background and a random bleep from one of the monitoring systems indicates that our communications channels to Earth are still down. No, this isn't a review of one of the many Mars themed games available these days, but an idea of how you might set the scene for everyone when playing one of those games, because in this article I want to talk about how you could create a thematic atmosphere when playing board games with your friends.

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27 Oct 2020 12:09 - 28 Oct 2020 09:56 #315602 by Shellhead
I love to create music mixes for my favorite boardgames. The number of discs that I burn is dependent on the length of the game, or session of play if that is more relevant. I think about the setting, in case there is a particular era of music or style that I should focus on. And I think about the pace of the game. So for a specific example, I burned a set of mix discs for Android during lockdown last spring, because several of my local gamer friends want to get together and play Android sometime. With five players, the game could potentially run five hours plus setup and takedown, so I burned five discs of music. Information overload is a challenge in Android, so I wanted to stick to slow or midtempo music that would work well in the background and not be distracting. For style of music, I focused on synthpop and synthwave for futuristic sound, because cyberpunk largely emerged in the early '80s along with synthpop and synthwave, and that was a style of music often used in '80s science-fiction movies.
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