Ambient Playlists


When I game I like to have music playing in the background that gives a certain mood. To help keep the mood focused on gaming, I try to ensure the music is not immediately recognizable or lyrical. My groups tend to be fairly musical and easily distracted by tunes they explicity know.

Once a playlist reaches a point where I initially feel good about it (though no list is complete as I will add as more music is found), I will first post about it on my blog under the #music category. As that category will contain non-playlist posts, I created this page to include all ambient playlists and only those playlists. Playlists are best played on "shuffle."

Cyberpunk Ambience

Electronica and electropop for either a cyber-dystopia or near-future game. Also suitable as "club" music.

Sci-Fi / Space Ambience

Rounder, wider music than used in Cyberpunk. Still some electronic music, but more suitable for a far-flung future or space game.

Haunted Carnival Ambience

The circus is in town... and it's undead! Music for your ghostly amusement parks and carnivals.

Noir / Mystery Ambience

This is the playlist I use when running (or writing) a noir or detective game. Also a good playlist for sipping whisky on a rainy night.

Steampunk Ambience

Steampunk, [twisted] Victorian, or Fairypunk; this is the track list that should work for those genres. (This playlist was more difficult than I thought it would be to put together, given the amount of vocals in most proclaimed steampunk music.)

Horror Ambience

The creepy and arcane, with some jump-scares and action beats thrown in, "released" just in time for you Halloween horror gaming.