#1 Edited by petedee (66 posts) -

My friends and I do semi-regular role playing and we are going to be starting a futuristic / sci-fi campaign in the next few weeks and I thought it would be cool to put together some playlists of decent music to go with it, so far I have the following:

From Games

  • Deus Ex Human Revolution
  • Starcraft 2 Wings of Liberty
  • Borderlands
  • Mass Effect
  • Syndicate
  • Halo

From TV

  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Serenity / Firefly

From Films

  • Blade Runner
  • Prometheus
  • Sunshine

Does anyone have any ideas of other music that might be worth adding to this list?

#2 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

It counts as sci-fi. One of the characters is part robot and everything!

#3 Posted by petedee (66 posts) -

#4 Posted by believer258 (11775 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

It counts as sci-fi. One of the characters is part robot and everything!

If that works, then I see your Final Fantasy and raise you some Chrono Trigger:

It's got robots AND time travel AND a giant space monster.

#5 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@believer258:

I raise you a Mystic Ark! One of the characters is a robot and everything!

#6 Posted by Klei (1768 posts) -

Tron destroys everything mentioned here.

#7 Posted by Tru3_Blu3 (3201 posts) -

Too Human has a very under appreciated soundtrack.

#8 Posted by believer258 (11775 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@believer258:

I raise you a Mystic Ark! One of the characters is a robot and everything!

And I'll raise you some Full Metal Alchemist, where the main character has not one but two metal limbs and alchemy is considered a science! (I'm fresh out of JRPG's, I don't play them much.)

#9 Posted by Spoonman671 (4588 posts) -

 Starhawk.  Along the same lines as Firefly.

#10 Posted by medacris (648 posts) -

I remember the chase scene music and the opera scene from The Fifth Element being pretty damn epic.

Bruce Willis falls in love with a magical possibly alien girl who knows martial arts in the future and everything!

#11 Edited by petedee (66 posts) -

@Klei said:

Tron destroys everything mentioned here.

How the hell did I forget about Tron! That would be perfect!

@Spoonman671 said:

Starhawk. Along the same lines as Firefly.

Will check that one out too, thanks for the tip!

@medacris said:

I remember the chase scene music and the opera scene from The Fifth Element being pretty damn epic.

Bruce Willis falls in love with a magical possibly alien girl who knows martial arts in the future and everything!

Its being a lonnnnnnngggg time since I've seen that movie but I do remember some of the music being amazing, I think finding the soundtrack might be a bit tricky though :S

#12 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@believer258:

If we're going anime, then...

#13 Edited by believer258 (11775 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@believer258:

If we're going anime, then...

All right! I'll play the alchemy card again - Baccano's story begins with an alchemical experiment and one of its antagonists spends centuries perfecting an immortality elixir. Alchemy was once considered a science here in the real world, and this is fiction, so it checks out!

#14 Posted by Catarrhal (826 posts) -

I liked Firefly's opening theme much better the first time I heard it, when it was called Walker, Texas Ranger.

#15 Posted by Giantstalker (1606 posts) -

Neotokyo is a Half-Life 2 mod with a really neat sort of futuristic soundtrack, EVE online has some basic ambient tunes that have grown on me over the years (it really is just background music, though). Mirror's Edge has some good stuff as well, if I recall properly - great tunes but I didn't enjoy the actual game very much.

For futuristic military stuff, get the soundtrack from the movie Starship Troopers. The first one. It nails the bombastic, super-patriotic future nation-state vibe pretty well. Plus, I just can't imagine going bug hunting to any other theme than Klendathu Drop:

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#16 Posted by beepmachine (618 posts) -

FTL has some great space-y sounding music.

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#18 Posted by BisonHero (6403 posts) -

Metroid Prime has some good ones that are ambient enough that they won't be distracting from. Though it depends on how positive your opinions are of "synth choirs". Examples:

I swear there are some better ones than these from that trilogy, but I can't recall what area they would be associated with.

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#19 Posted by Azteck (7449 posts) -

I was gonna say Firefly. How did you know!?

#20 Edited by mellotronrules (1180 posts) -

if you're looking for something a little less soundtrack-y, a bit more rockish, but still very cyberpunk (to my mind), i suggest maserati and their album 'passages' or 'inventions for the new season.' both are awesome. here's a sample-

and if you're looking for ambient stuff- the endless space soundtrack is pretty fantastic.

#21 Edited by mellotronrules (1180 posts) -

just had another thought- the portal 2 soundtrack had some pretty fantastic stuff for industrial/electronica that could work for sci-fi.

edit: last one- i always thought portishead sounded like they came from a dark, dystopian future. so their stuff could work,

#22 Edited by Itwastuesday (956 posts) -

Toonami's Deep Space Bass has been my go-to for a vaguely sci-fi soundtrack kind of chill electronic music thing. That and the Tron: Legacy Soundtrack but I'm sure you've already listened that to death (AND IF YOU HAVENT GET TO IT)

#23 Posted by Breadfan (6589 posts) -

The FTL soundtrack is pretty dope.

#24 Posted by FLStyle (4649 posts) -

I thought the Mass Effect 1 and 2 tracks were awesome, 3 was pretty good too.

#25 Edited by Aetheldod (3542 posts) -

Ghost in the Shell movies

#26 Posted by BisonHero (6403 posts) -

Also, yeah as other people mentioned, the title screen music for FTL is not bad.

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#27 Posted by Mystyr_E (1190 posts) -

come on, how can we go this far and not mention Shatter?

also gonna have to recommend Frozen Synapse:

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#29 Posted by IzzyGraze (850 posts) -

COWBOY BEBOP!

Other than that I think most of the ones I can think of have been said.

#30 Edited by Sinusoidal (1383 posts) -

The epitome of sci-fi music:

#31 Posted by thomasnash (546 posts) -

@HappyCheeze: Man, something went seriously wrong with photek

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#32 Edited by Jeust (10538 posts) -

@Aetheldod said:

Ghost in the Shell movies

and The Matrix trilogy, Titan AE, and Star Wars.

#33 Posted by LastNinja (281 posts) -

Trevor Jones' Dark City

#34 Posted by Vayeal (1 posts) -

The first game is an upcoming sci-fi MMORPG. The second one is Black Mesa.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrcEUO7TC28&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaRF-rTsce4

Mirror's Edge is also a game with good music that you could check up on!

#35 Posted by themartyr (691 posts) -

@petedee: Solaris is a great one for atmosphere.