I intend to write some indie music album reviews from time to time and publish them as blog posts or within the album pages. These reviews will not be reviews in the usual sense of the word, but a focus on an album’s suitability as Dungeons and Dragons background music.
The type of music reviewed will be related to fantasy as much as possible, in keeping with the topic and theme of the website which is Dungeons & Dragons, but hopefully there will be enough quality content to keep you interested even if you are not interested in the game.
So why would I do this, you ask? Well, one of the things that can enhance the roleplaying game experience is music. The right music played at the right moments can really bring out the drama, excitement, heroism, despair, sorrow and hope within your campaign as it unfolds. Since the enjoyment is proportional to the quality of the music being played, I hope I can help you separate the wheat from the chaff with my reviews.
Why Indie Music?
Well… why not? Aside from the temptation to go on a rant about radio music and conformists, using music that many people might not have heard about could make your campaign feel that bit more unique to you than if you simply use the Lord of the Rings soundtrack.
Short of paying a professional artist to compose music for you, indie music is probably the closest thing to having your own unique ‘movie soundtrack’. However, it’s not always easy to find the right kind of music for your campaign, which is why most people prefer mainstream soundtracks if they use music while playing D&D.
From time to time, I will post a few of my own recommendations on this website. If an artist is particularly good, I may look to feature him or her as this website grows over time. If possible, I will also embed the albums on the website for your convenience, so you know exactly what you’re getting should you be interested in purchasing the album. Of course, if you prefer to stream the music directly from this website for free, then that is okay too.
The musical style will be relevant to fantasy in general, specifically music that I feel are suitable for use as background music for any roleplaying game session. Occasionally, if I find something that isn’t related to fantasy, but is still awesome all the same, I will share it on here as well.
If you already use music in your roleplaying sessions and have one or two recommendations of your own, please feel free to get in touch and I will consider embedding and reviewing your favourite albums on this website so it can be shared with others – provided permission is given for the general public to broadcast or embed the music (please see the copyright policy). Alternatively, you can simply share your own story on what music has done for your campaign. Simply use the comments box below.