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#1 peter_spy


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Posted 18 December 2017 - 06:22 AM

I didn't find similar topic, and I thought this might be interesting. I always need something playing in the background to stimulate me in some way. So, what do you listen to while mapping, modeling, coding, or any other TDM-related stuff?


I don't want to dump all my stuff on you at once, so I'll start with three albums I listen to lately. This will be mostly electronic/ambient music:


I've heard the game is average, but the OST is superb.


Another similar case, as DX:IW was a bit of a disappointment, but the OST has become a cult classic for me, and I spent many hours with it playing on repeat while I was modeling things.


And something I found just two days ago. Very classic ambient vibes, loved it instantly. And I'm pretty sure these guys know System Shock 2, I'm sure you'll hear why :)

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 07:42 AM

My working-backgroundmusic i like, you will find in this post.

Also game ambient sounds will work too:

Edited by freyk, 18 December 2017 - 07:48 AM.

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 09:13 AM

T: DS soundtrack is obviously excellent, although it has a strong horror vibe, and I find it a bit too distracting to listen while modeling or texturing. It gets really tense at times ;) I've spent many hours mapping with DX:HR in the background though, another good choice. Also, we should probably post links to whole albums, as you don't want to switch tracks every 5 minutes or so while doing something.

Edited by Judith, 18 December 2017 - 09:15 AM.

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#4 grayman


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Posted 18 December 2017 - 09:17 AM


I primarily listen to environmental music I find on Youtube. Games, movies, etc.


Next is a large collection of proprietary background music I got from my son, who creates movie trailers in Los Angeles.


Next is my own music collection, ~300 artists, which I've put together over the years. Listening to that depends on whether I can deal with lyrics or not, depending on what I'm doing.

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 09:49 AM

tv's on a music channel, one that actually plays music and not comedy shows/documentaries.

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 03:17 PM

I rarely listen to music while mapping, as I find it distracting most of the time (I'm not the multi-tasking guy). But when I do I prefer ambient music as well. This one is pretty good imho

TDS soundtrack: http://www.moddb.com...dows-soundtrack


T1/T2 Soundtrack: http://www.ttlg.com/...ad.php?t=145018


The Thief 4 Soundtrack can actually be bought at amazon for example. Never understood why someone should pay for music he listens to when playing the game all the time :blink:

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 04:20 PM

Although someone's music-modelling associations are interesting I guess it will be too dependent on e.g. nostalgia to make it "useful" for others - what matter is if it make you want to work. I can listen to any kind of music - one song looped for an hour, without being bored or tired. I need a trance so my thoughts and feelings go in parallel to each other and everything that will straighten them will fit the purpose. But for the sake of subject:


Ufo:Aftershock - enjoyed both game and music:


Oblivion - TES4 have one of the best soundtracks, but I'm talking about the movie:


any more or less melodic electronic music.


Tangerine Dream - Stratosfear - I used to listen to this while reading Moomins when I was maybe 10 :D .


TD - Miracle Mile. Those bits are like soundtrack to my memories.


TD - Rubycon. Full submergence.





Edited by ERH+, 18 December 2017 - 04:29 PM.

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Posted 19 December 2017 - 08:57 PM

Thief 2 soundtrack as compiled by Child of Karras.


I'd say the Morrowind soundtrack beats Oblivion (as in TES IV). Morrowind had the right mix ( watch?v=zaeO0zitvy0 ) of high and low energy moments, while Oblivion was a little too relaxed.


Streets of Simcity soundtrack is pretty good, divided into 4 "genres". Unfortunately they sound fuzzy due to the 22.05 kHz sampling rate:


Jazzy SimCity 3000 soundtrack:


Age of Empires 2 + Conquerors soundtrack (doesn't include some tracks from the three new expansions):




I don't think I've listened to the full SpaceEngine soundtrack (nearly 4 hours long) but there you have it:


Death Grips instrumentals:



Diablo 2 (Act 3 is best):



I also suggest looking up music livestreams on YouTube. The "lofi hiphop" type ones are pretty good and won't be distracting. Plus the streams just keep on going forever.

Edited by jaxa, 20 December 2017 - 11:38 AM.

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 01:45 PM

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