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Post Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 4:23 am 
 

A little known fact- the drummer in this 1971 video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24SOBX4PIx8
is actually Dungeons & Dragons creator E. Gary Gygax. The video was shot the same year Gygax wrote D&D's predecessor Chainmail.

To be honest, the drummer in the video doesn't look exactly like the way Gygax did then, & certainly nothing like he does now. The important part is that this drummer doesn't look like a rock musician, he looks like someone who should be playing Dungeons & Dragons.

Finding such an image dated 1971, when fantasy gaming was beginning, seems significant to me. It suggests that there was a time when gamer nerds & musician hipsters had not yet diverged on the evolutionary tree. The drummer is I believe the missing link, the one who is prophesied to bring balance to the force.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:30 pm 
 

:lol:

I have a hard time imagining what Gary and Joe Walsh would have to talk about on the tour bus between concerts.  

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or,

"Well, Joe, what you've done here is the mistake everyone makes placing their lines of supply at Waterloo . . ."

  

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:51 pm 
 

sauromatian wrote:A little known fact- the drummer in this 1971 video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24SOBX4PIx8
is actually Dungeons & Dragons creator E. Gary Gygax. The video was shot the same year Gygax wrote D&D's predecessor Chainmail.

To be honest, the drummer in the video doesn't look exactly like the way Gygax did then, & certainly nothing like he does now. The important part is that this drummer doesn't look like a rock musician, he looks like someone who should be playing Dungeons & Dragons.

Finding such an image dated 1971, when fantasy gaming was beginning, seems significant to me. It suggests that there was a time when gamer nerds & musician hipsters had not yet diverged on the evolutionary tree. The drummer is I believe the missing link, the one who is prophesied to bring balance to the force.


The truth is that they never diverged.  While I'm not suggesting that Billy Idol likes to play druids, or that Dave Arneson was once a member of Cream.  What I'm saying is that the kids who formed bands in high school and the gamer kids were often the same people.  Stereotypes do exist, but they can only carry you so far.


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Post Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:41 pm 
 

FormCritic wrote:
The truth is that they never diverged.  While I'm not suggesting that Billy Idol likes to play druids, or that Dave Arneson was once a member of Cream.  What I'm saying is that the kids who formed bands in high school and the gamer kids were often the same people.  Stereotypes do exist, but they can only carry you so far.


True. One of the original members of my group plays keyboards and professional soundtracks for indie films and commercials.  A lot of other guys that passed through our games were musicians of one type or another.  Not surprisingly, music was such a huge part of our lives, it became such a huge part of my gaming experience. Even now a lot of music, when I hear it, gives me a memory of a gaming experience way back when.  A lot of gamers and muscian types are on the same side of the social misfit fence in high school and beyond (although the musicians always get more chicks....)

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 1:54 am 
 

VermilionFire wrote:
Can you recommend some CDs to get started?


One of my favourite discs is "Dance Music of the High Renaissance" Boston Skyline Records (BSD118). I have another of William Lawes compositions entitled "The Royal Consort and Lute Songs" Sony Classical CB621 CDA CX.

I have a few other collections of mixed composers. One called The Music Antiqua. Another called Renaissance Masterpieces on the cheap Naxos label with works by Ockeghem, Clemens and de Lassus among others and a big multi-disc set by Auvidis Distibutors I picked up Europe years ago. All of these I bought more than ten years ago. The first disc is my favourite. Great roleplaying music - takes you straight back to the middle ages!!!

  

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 2:38 am 
 

I believe the name of the artist is Ron MacFarland.

The Rennaisance Lute

A rather large and eclectic collection of lute tunes from the era when players learned to pluck the lute instead of strum it with a feather.

Possibly in a New Age listing?  

Check my spelling of "Rennaisance."

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Post Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2007 8:19 pm 
 

My favorite albums:

1. Grateful Dead -- Reckoning
2. Jimmy Buffett -- Meet Me in Margaritaville
3. Crosby, Stills & Nash -- Daylight Again
4. Jackson Browne -- Late for the Sky
5. Steely Dan -- Aja
6. James Taylor -- Mud Slide Slim
7. Jimmy Buffett -- Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
8. Grateful Dead -- Terrapin Station
9. Steely Dan -- Katy Lied
10. Simon & Garfunkel -- Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
11. Eric Clapton -- One More Car, One More Rider
12. Hootie & the Blowfish -- Cracked Rear View
13. Neil Young -- Harvest Moon
14. Jimmy Buffett -- Living & Dying in 3/4 Time
15. Alison Krauss & Union Station -- New Favorite

While I do enjoy music from my own teenage years (e.g., Boston, The Eagles, etc), my taste was heavily influenced by my late brother; he was a liberal hippie in the 60s who turned into a very conservative yuppie in the 80s and 90s.

I love folk rock, blues and bluegrass as well.  And while my list shows that I am obviously a "Parrothead" and a "Deadhead", I think it's worth mentioning that I do not like the Dead's loooong jam sessions; I prefer their bluegrass-style music.

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Post Posted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:40 pm 
 

Forgive me for making a Harry Potter reference, but the character Bellatrix LeStrange led me to the Heart song/album which obviously inspired her: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weM6YHPJ28k

It's a real witchy song, perfect for gaming soundtrack purposes. Oddly enough, Wikipedia's entry on the HP character goes into considerable etymological detail on the name Bellatrix, but ignores this song, which just happens to have been popular when the character was most active [1980-81].

Joe Walsh's Turn to Stone has a similar sound: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-L9_1zuqBo

Useful in gaming for, what else, all those medusas & sundry other turn-to-stone effects. The Grateful Dead's Blues for Allah is great too.

  


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Post Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 7:41 am 
 

More Deadheads! Sweet!   :D


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Post Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 8:20 pm 
 

Wanted to let you know about www.pandora.com if you didn't already know about it.  It's the "music genome project"  You enter a few artists or songs that you like, and it creates a "radio station" for you.  You give the songs a thumbs up or down, and after a bit, you start liking almost all the songs (known and obscure) that it plays.  Good way to find new music.  You can have different stations, so you can match it to your mood.  Nice to have in the background.


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Post Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 8:33 pm 
 

lucyjoyce wrote:Wanted to let you know about www.pandora.com if you didn't already know about it.  It's the "music genome project"  You enter a few artists or songs that you like, and it creates a "radio station" for you.  You give the songs a thumbs up or down, and after a bit, you start liking almost all the songs (known and obscure) that it plays.  Good way to find new music.  You can have different stations, so you can match it to your mood.  Nice to have in the background.


I think it's a great idea.  Funny thing is, my mom works at a National rent a car lost and found, and one of the things people always leave are CDs. I usually get them since they are never claimed and my mom knows I love music.  I just got a guy's homebrew set of 12 cds taken from itunes, and every other song is someone I like (Neil Young, Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, Son Volt, Mark Knoffler, etc), so he has a similar taste in music.  Anyway found a lot of nice bands I had never heard of listening to the cds...stuff I probably would never have heard otherwise. Nice to get out of your comfort zone every now and then and listen to stuff you wouldn't normally.
   When I'm at home, I take my personal music library I've copied into my hard drive (almost 10,000 songs) and put it on random play, or alphabetical play.  Like having my own personal radio station of all my favorite songs...nice!

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Post Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 11:07 am 
 

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Post Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:14 pm 
 

The Raconteurs [i.e. the guy from White Stripes] released a new album today, 'Consolers of the Lonely.' No game from now on may be considered true D&D without 'The Switch and the Spur' playing in the background. You have been warned.

  


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Post Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 8:32 pm 
 

OK, deep breath ...

Gryphon (Red Queen to Gryphon Three)  
Gentle Giant (Octopus, In a Glass House, Free Hand, The Power & The Glory)
Marillion (Script for a Jester's Tear)
Yes (Close to the Edge/Tales of Topographic Oceans)
Rush (Farewell to Kings/Hemispheres/Exit Stage Left)
Amplifier (Amplifier/Astronaut Dismantles Hal)
Ozric Tentacles (Pungent Effulgent/Arborescence/Pyramidion/Curious Corn/Waterfall Cities/Spiced Doubt)  
Hidria Spacefolk (Balansia/Symmetria/Symbiosis/Live 11am
Porcupine Tree (Voyage 34/Deadwing/XMII)
Magma (Kohntarkosz/Hhai/Mekanik Destruktiv Kommandoh)
Sigur Ros (Takk, (), Agaetis Byrjun)
Premiata Forneria Marconi (Per un Amico)
Tool (Aenima/Lateralus/10,000 days)
Di Meola, McLaughlin and De Lucia (Friday Night in San Francisco)
Black Sabbath (Vol 4, Master of Reality, Sabotage, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell)
Free (all of them)
Thin Lizzy (Fighting/Black Rose)
Horslips (Celtic Invasion/The Tain)
Genesis (Foxtrot/Trespass)
Tangerine Dream (Rubycon/Phaedra/Stratosfear)
Pink Floyd (dark Side/Ummagumma/Animals/Meddle/Wish You Were Here)
Gong (Angel's Egg)
Caravan (The Land of Pink & Grey)
King Crimson (Lark's Tongues in Aspic/Lizard)
Harmonium (Si On Avait Besoin D'Une Cinquieme Saison)

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:02 pm 
 

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:09 pm 
 

brute wrote:progger?

Progressive Rock fan, I presume.  Anyone who mentions Gong, Magma, and Ozric Tentacles in the same post as King Crimson, Rush, and Yes goes beyond a run-of-the-mill Prog Rock fan.

Or he indulges in herb.  :)

  

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:14 pm 
 

I like many things:

Nirvana

Oingo-Boingo

Judas Priest

Enigma

Enya

Black Sabbath

Metallica

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Manowar

Jethro Tull...

and so on and so forth.


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Post Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:14 pm 
 

JohnGaunt wrote:Or he indulges in herb.


Herb, D&D, what's the difference?

  

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:24 pm 
 

sauromatian wrote:Herb, D&D, what's the difference?

4:20, d20 . . . not much.  :)

  


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Post Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 4:30 am 
 

Since someone brought up the Grateful Dead's album Terrapin Station, I had to comment:  I had heard the Bowie/Jagger version of  "Dancing In The Streets" earlier last evening (the one made for Live Aid '86), and could not remember who first made it a hit in the '60's . . . when I turned a music cable station on and ran into the Dead's version of it  :o (which is on the aforementioned Station.).

I only heard the last few seconds of it, but it surprised me--whoda thunk it (as if, say, Pink Floyd would cover "I Think We're Alone Now" or Joan Jett singing Christmas songs [wait till you hear her voice--it is a beautiful voice, and a welcome surprise!])!

Has anyone heard the Dead's version of "Dancing" in full?

  
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