Archive for August, 2008

Chilling Heat, part 1 (and half)

Posted in Chilling Heat, Games I've ran with tags , , on August 25, 2008 by Olorin

I’ve been way too busy lazy with this blog, and need to start updating more often than once in a lifetime.

Because the time is what it is and I should’ve gone to bed at least two or three hours ago, I’ll spare the real meat to my next post. But because V showed interest and wanted to hear about the soundtrack, I will dwell on that for now.

Firstly I categorized the music into four groups.

1) Character spesific songs
I picked Miranda Lambert’s Gunpowder and Lead as a perfect example for the Archetype Flying Woman, and played the song to Megan’s player to give her a guideline for the character, and it worked pretty well.
Another song picked specifically for Megan was picked from Kill Bill vol.1 OST, Nancy Sinatra’s Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).

For Derek I picked Bruce Springsteen’s The River. Not really satisfied with this. Sure, it gave the character a haunting memory from his past, of lost love. But that didn’t really contribute anything to actual play. It didn’t come up in his character or actions in any way.

And finally Osmon, who got Bernard Hermann’s Twisted Nerve, again from the Kill Bill vol.1 OST (a terrific album, btw). And I confess: it didn’t have any point. I had this unhealthy obsession to come up with a song for every character, and I finally picked this one ’cause it just sounded right.

Now afterwards I can’t remember if I even played any of those during play as was planned, except for Bang Bang.

2) Mood/scene spesific songs, and extras
Shivaree’s Goodnight Moon (Kill Bill vol.2 OST) was the theme song of the adventure. I played it at the beginning of each session. Just felt right.

George Baker Selection – Little Green Bag (Reservoir Dogs OST). Don’t remember anymore how I used this one. Maybe I ended the sessions with this one… yeah, that’s propably it.

The Shining’s main title from the original score, by Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind. Used this as a way to communicate to players that Something Is Not Right/Something Fishy Going On.

Tomoyasu Hotei – Battle Without Honor or Humanity (Kill Bill vol.1 OST). Used it maybe once. It was meant to be a sign for “lets get dangerous.”

Akira Yamaoka’s Hometown, sung by Joe Romersa (Silent Hill 3 OST). Don’t remeber whether I used it or not. Propably a suitable situation didn’t arise.

Trinkets by Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill OST). Another moody piece, used when some mystical things were going on around the characters.

Black Star by Lustmord. Really awesome dark ambient piece to be used when things get Really Weird(tm), in a very creepy way.

From Max Payne and Max Payne 2, the musical pieces from the nightmare-episodes: 1 (the one in the beginning and without the soundeffects, although those might’ve made it even creepier :P) and 2. Also for the weird-creepy stuffs.

Definitely would drop a couple of those, if I ever run this again.

3) playlist #1: chill
This was playing on the background if nothing else was, and it was there for to set the mood a little and also make a difference when switching back from creepiers scenes.

  • Anathema – Destiny Is Dead
  • Bob Dylan – Blowin’ in the Wind (this happened, just by coincidence, to be on during the tornado-scene, and for that I soon after removed this from this playlist; switched to group #2)
  • Bob Dylan – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (and also by coincidence, this happened to be on when one of the characters was lying in the local health clinic, after being seriously wounded, and had to be taken off this playlist; switched to group #2)
  • Ennio Morricone – Il Tramanto
  • George Baker Selection – Little Green Bag (okay, now I’m wondering why this was in here…)
  • Godsmack – Asleep (acoustic)
  • Godsmack – Running Blind (acoustic)
  • Godsmack – Spiral (acoustic)
  • Godsmack – Touché (acoustic)
  • Godsmack – Voices (acoustic)
  • Johnny Cash – A Satisfied Mind
  • Johnny Cash – Oh What a Dream
  • Katatonia – Day
  • Melissa Williamson – I Want Love (from Silent Hill 3 OST)
  • Miranda Lambert – Famous in a Small Town
  • The Centurions – Bullwinkle Part II (from Pulp Fiction’s OST)
  • Warren Zevon – Accidentally Like a Martyr
  • Warren Zevon – Bed of Coals
  • Warren Zevon – Lawyers, Guns and Money
  • Warren Zevon – Wild Age
  • Warren Zevon – You Don’t Know What Love Is

This playlist was definitely too uneven, and needs refinement. It would be good to, because the game takes place during the summer of 1999, to drop everything newer than that. And keep the styles more in line, too. Katatonia and Johnny Cash just don’t mix well.

And finally…

4) playlist #2: action
Not so many actionscenes, but one needs to be prepared. Wanted to get good contrast with the rest of the soundtrack, so I chose these:

  • Rob Zombie – Dragula
  • Rob Zombie – Meet the Creeper
  • Rob Zombie – Superbeast
  • Akira Yamaoka – Angel’s Thanatos (Silent Hill 2 OST)

We had one short fight IIRC, so this saw at least some use. Still not very good because Angel’s Thanatos doesn’t mix well with Rob Zombie.

Okay, I’ve been doing this for two hours and it’s quarter past 6am. I think I’ll go to bed now.
Just ask if you want to know more, it’ll be easier for me to tell if I get more specific questions.

Currently playing: All of the above