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1. "The Machine Awakes" by Steven Bryant


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I'm gonna say...

All the music from Firefly.


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Definitely this one. (Linked 'cause the title's a spoiler for Sunshine)

Also, the theme from Space: Above and Beyond


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Depends on your campaign flavor. Mine personally is a mash of Daft Punk, Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex OST, Cowboy Bebop OST, Depeche Mode, and Duran Duran.


Guardians of the Galaxy soundtracks, Frozen Synapse ost, some of the Halo OST, Mad Max Fury Road OST is pretty alright, Stellaris OST.


Mangadrive, for your futurepunk needs.

Silver Crusade

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Urban/Bar Ambience
Scandroid
Janelle Monae
Anything Electro-Swing

Exploration Ambience
Portal: Music to Test By
Stemage: Metroid Metal
Tron Legacy
No Man's Sky
Mass Effect Trilogy

Frontier Colonies
Whatever This Is

Epic/Mythic
Galaktikon


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El-P - Another Body

From the Fant4stic soundtrack. Most likely the best thing about the movie. Very sci-fi feel.


Syrinscape is going to do a few soundsets specifically for Starfinder. I think they used the music from House Party 2015 for the "Goblin Rap" during the spaceship combat demo with GTM.

Scarab Sages

The Stellaris soundtrack has a pretty calming ambience to it


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I'll just say look into "New Retro Wave" and "Synthwave" that should give you hours upon hours of retro scifi earcandy.

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I'd recommend the Titan A.E. soundtrack too.


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"Why did you make us listen to 8 hours of Ligeti instead of having a boss fight?! WHY?!"

--My players, after the final session of my 2001: A Space Odyssey themed campaign.


I use gaming music, so I recommend Xenoblade (X included) and Megaman.


Is there going to be a movie?


The Interstellar sound track has some pretty dramatic pieces.


I'll second the score of Guardians, as well as add the music from Transformers. Generic and awesome at the same time


Awesome Mix volume xx


Using old pop music is actually quite sensible. Things like the Star Trek theme are simply too recognisable and 4th wall breaking.

Having said that, I have the theme to "Space above and Beyond" on my iPhone which is suitably epic without being that well known. Original Galactica and Buck Rogers themes might not be recognised by younger players. I think they might id Babylon 5 though. Series 2 theme is probably the most epic.

For more serious stories, copying Kubric's 2001 and using a classical score would be a good way to go.


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Fardragon wrote:
Having said that, I have the theme to "Space above and Beyond" on my iPhone which is suitably epic without being that well known.

Which is a travesty! I LOVED that show.


Fardragon wrote:

Using old pop music is actually quite sensible. Things like the Star Trek theme are simply too recognisable and 4th wall breaking.

Having said that, I have the theme to "Space above and Beyond" on my iPhone which is suitably epic without being that well known. Original Galactica and Buck Rogers themes might not be recognised by younger players. I think they might id Babylon 5 though. Series 2 theme is probably the most epic.

For more serious stories, copying Kubric's 2001 and using a classical score would be a good way to go.

TOS Trek's theme is too recognizable, but the themes for the movies would be alright (other than TMP, which is a prehash of the TNG theme).


Theme music from the Shadowrun Returns series of videogames, that style of music in albums by Two Steps From Hell, Audiomachine and Future World Music, Abney Park if I'm going for a slightly different vibe. Those are things I plan to use and already have.


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The TRON:Legacy Soundtrack !

Also ... dubstep in general


Kavinsky.


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The Starship Troopers soundtrack has some generically appropriate bits, like "Klendathu Drop."


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MageHunter wrote:

I'm gonna say...

All the music from Firefly.

And in that same kinda Space Western direction, the WildStar soundtrack and the Terran themes from Starcraft are pretty solid.

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I'll try to keep to things casual fans are less likely to recognize instantly... though Duel of the Fates is still awesome battle music.

Soundtracks for Krull and Battle Beyond the Stars for action and high adventure sequences
(Which many people will think is Wraith of Khan or Aliens, for good reason.)

Sneakers, for stealth, plotting, or secrecy scenes.

Soundtracks for Oblivion and Tron:Legacy, when going heavily computer/techno.

Soundtrack for Silent Running, good for some alien cultures

Soundtracks for The Black Hole and The Fly (1986), for when things are weird and mysterious

Soundtrack forThe Thing (1982) for tense exploration or building tension scenes.

Soundtrack for Sunshine, for general heroic background


[William Sethares](http://sethares.engr.wisc.edu/) loves to compose music using different scales (Exomusicology and Xentonality) and exotic things like that. Three Ears is one of my favorite.


Cole Deschain wrote:
Fardragon wrote:
Having said that, I have the theme to "Space above and Beyond" on my iPhone which is suitably epic without being that well known.
Which is a travesty! I LOVED that show.

I'm never seen it. I don't think it reached the UK.


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Starbound soundtrack. Most is great, beautiful space exploration music, but there's a few intense battle themes in there.


MageHunter wrote:

I'm gonna say...

All the music from Firefly.

Brother. Seek ye also, "Mal's Song"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUn-eN8mkDw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_btQs2Movo


Endless Space 2 soundtrack


Anything by Tycho makes great Space/flying music...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vv491owMpnI]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twZODj0yERs]
Same goes for Boards of Canada...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT0gRc2c2wQ]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2zKARkpDW4]
Finally the Best Steampunk themed music out there in my opinion is from The Steampunk Orchestra...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wfboKtXdUo]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCbwe7h9kkE]

Happy gaming!

AtD


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My favorite track from the From the Earth to the Moon score.

A little something from The Right Stuff


Sterile corporate environment while not busy painting the walls red with blood?

The Moon Soundtrack:
One of my top movies too


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Jayne!
The man they call Jayne!
He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor.
Stood up to the man and he gave him what for.
Our love for him now, ain't hard to explain,
The hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne!
Now Jayne saw the Mudders' backs breakin'.
He saw the Mudders' lament.
And he saw that magistrate takin'
Every dollar and leavin' five cents.
So he said, "You can't do that to my people!"
"You can't crush them under your heel."
Jayne strapped on his hat,
And in five seconds flat,
Stole everything Boss Higgins had to steal.
He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor.
Stood up to the Man and he gave him what for.
Our love for him now ain't hard to explain,
The Hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne.
Now here is what separates heroes
From common folk like you and I.
The man they call Jayne,
He turned 'round his plane,
And let that money hit sky.
He dropped it onto our houses.
He dropped it into our yards.
The man they call Jayne
He turned round his plane,
And headed out for the stars.
Here we go!
He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor.
Stood up to the Man and he gave him what for.
Our love for him now ain't hard to explain,
The Hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne!

Grand Lodge

"UFO" by Jonah Heston, Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo:

[JONAH]
The Gallifrey cruisers and the dudes of Arrakis
They all leave us alone, 'cause they know what the facts is
Got four fusion chambers and a tachyon pool
And a cherry pair o' flux chillers keepin’ it cool
On the Kessel Run
[TOM AND CROW]
Yeah, nobody can touch her
[JONAH]
Let me be the Picard
[TOM AND CROW]
To your Beverly Crusher
[JONAH]
The gangway is extended
[TOM AND CROW]
And we're ready to go!
[JONAH]
Won't you come along, baby, in my UFO

[TOM AND CROW]
Surely no danger gettin' in a stranger's UFO!
[JONAH]
She looks like a kittycat but rides like an ace
Serenity and Slave I can't keep the pace
[TOM AND CROW]
Whitley Strieber and Roy Neary gonna join in the race

[JONAH]
Yeah my UFO's the coolest GTO in space!
From Altair IV
[TOM AND CROW]
To New San Francisco
[JONAH]
We’ll be catchin' gamma rays
[TOM AND CROW]
In my flying disco

[JONAH]
Bring your pointy gun thingy
[TOM AND CROW]
And Tom and Crow!
[JONAH]
Yeah, won'tcha come along, baby, in my UFO

[TOM AND CROW]
Klaatu barada, Na-Nu Na-Nu, make it so
[JONAH, TOM AND CROW]
And climb into the side of a complete stranger's UFO!


In the future everybody listens to finnish death metal polka music.


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Faster Than Light has a couple of good tunes that've worked well for me so far.


Rimworld has a real firefly vibe to it! Worth listening to the OST


Risk of Rain has some pretty good atmospheric tracks from short of ambiance to odd/strange to high stress fire fights.


I recommend performing a YouTube search for Cyberpunk, Mega-City One, Synthwave, and Back to the '80s. There is a plethora of retro '80s style synth music to choose from. I've managed to find a lot of compositions and compilations that match the tone of my game.

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Pandora is your friend.

Pandora will take a "seed" song and create a playlist from it.

Want lighthearted, whimsical, with the occasional dark streak? Use the Harry Potter theme as your station starter.

Want tense, action-about-to-happen, focused? Use the theme from Bourne Identity as your station starter.

Want emo evoking with lush orchestration? Try just about anything from James Horner (I recommend Legends of the Fall, personally, but Trek 2 or 3 are both good).

Want pulp adventure with a pops orchestra feel? Michael Giacchino is pretty good for that.


This (as diegetical music)


I listen occasionally to this one youtube playlist entitled Stellar Space Expanse Music.

Syrinscape

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For completeness on this thread, since someone already mentioned that Syrinscape is making SoundSets for Starfinder... they're done! :)

Epic movie style music, distinct engine sounds for every culture, actions for each role on the bridge, every weapon in the Starfinder Core Rulebook , and more...

Find them all here on paizo.com here and here
(there's sometimes a couple of products missing from here, so check syrinscape.com too)

...and here on syrinscape.com

There are demo videos of everything, and you can sub to unlock everything and all the usual types of things.


Benjamin Loomes wrote:

For completeness on this thread, since someone already mentioned that Syrinscape is making SoundSets for Starfinder... they're done! :)

Epic movie style music, distinct engine sounds for every culture, actions for each role on the bridge, every weapon in the Starfinder Core Rulebook , and more...

Just to point out, the video is "Starship Weapons" :3

Grand Lodge

I find myself humming the EvE Online soundtrack during starship combat scenes.


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Darren smurfing Korb.


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OST to the Mass Effect games. "A Better Beginning" and "Trail of Hope" from Andromeda for the exploration, while the ending suite from 2 (Infiltration, Suicide Mission, End Run) makes a heck of a dungeon run.

Check out Metroid Cinimatica by Sam Dillard for a lot of exploration/ambience (example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3WnHBvZCT4). Or any OST/Remix of Metroid music, for that matter.

Final Fantasy 8, especially Man With the Machine Gun and Ride On.

Xenogears/Xenoblade...yeah, everything.

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