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Steampunk and Lovecraft inspired soundscapes for gaming with alternate history and Cthulhu mythos board games and RPGs!
Steampunk and Lovecraft inspired soundscapes for gaming with alternate history and Cthulhu mythos board games and RPGs!
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Steampunk and Cthulhu Soundtracks is a collection of tabletop gaming soundscapes and sound effects to set the mood and inspire creative gaming sessions for alternate history and Lovecraft mythos themed Role Playing Games like Call of Cthulhu, Tephra, Iron Kingdoms, FATE, Pathfinder, Roll20Raiders of R'lyeh, or tabletop and miniatures games like Malifaux, Dystopian Legions, Arkham Horror, Eldritch Horror, Planet Steam, Mansions of Madness, Heavy SteamShadows of Arkham etc. (no endorsement implied, these are just examples of games that might be aurally enhanced by this project).

The tracks are divided into two main categories: soundscapes and sound effects.  The LITE package will include 1 HOUR of soundscapes and sound effects (plus any stretch goals, please see below).  The FULL package features all 4 hours (plus any stretch goals).  Here are some examples:

Soundscapes are ambient backgrounds useful for setting the mood of a tabletop gaming session.  These were created with NPC encounters, adventuring missions and plot points in mind. These tracks range from about 4-15 minutes long and most can be looped.  The tracks include some thematic musical elements and ambient environmental sounds.

A SAMPLING OF SOUNDSCAPE DEMO CLIPS:

Sound Effects can be used by the DM or players to reinforce the action or events unfolding.  The tracks are shorter and more thematically focused than soundscapes and range from only a few seconds long to several minutes.  Most effects can be looped.  Effects encompass things like the sounds of a monster encounter, a crowded marketplace or tavern, clockwork traps being sprung, weapons, traveling on a train or airship, etc.  Please message me if there is a specific creature or environment you would like represented in the package!

A SAMPLING OF SOUND EFFECTS DEMO CLIPS:

*Please keep in mind these samples are streaming mp3s at 128kbps.  The original files can be delivered at full lossless quality with no compression artifacts.

Inspiration:  The sounds range from creepy elder god environmental ambiences to steam powered sound effects and were inspired by the seminal SF and fantasy works of H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and modern authors like Gail Carriger, Michael Moorcock, China Miéville, Bruce Sterling and William Gibson; games such as Arcanum, Final Fantasy VII, Bioshock Infinite; and the sounds of the industrial revolution, steam engines, airships, Tesla coils, and howling at the mountains of madness.

Tracks:  Some of the ambiences and sound effects I will produce include: electrical and biological experimental laboratories; airships sailing and moored in sky harbor; factory soundscapes; steam powered machinery and vehicles; ray guns and alternate history weaponry such as Tesla's teleforce and period firearms, the streets of Providence, London, Paris, Cairo; transmissions from beyond received on a shortwave crystal radio set, elder god cult activities and environments; the sounds of unknown beasts and lurkers on the threshold; etc. etc...

The tracks are designed to be cued up in a soundboard app for use while playing tabletop games, board games, RPGs, etc.  Many free or inexpensive soundboard apps are available for almost every operating system or mobile device.  The soundscapes can also be cued up on a typical mp3 player, Roll20 jukebox, iTunes, etc., but soundboards allow for a fast and graphically intuitive way to play back the tracks as the mood of the game changes.

Non-exclusive commercial use.  Most of the other tabletop gaming audio projects out there restrict the use of the soundtracks to non-commercial home use only.  I am not placing that restriction.  The purchase of this collection of music, effects and ambient sounds also gives you royalty free non-exclusive permission to use them in your own commercial or creative project like a podcast, video game, app, play, movie, etc.  “Non-exclusive” because everyone else who purchases the collection is allowed to use them as well.  If you would like a custom exclusive track composed and produced, or an entire exclusive score and sound effects, please see the appropriate pledge level to the right!  Please make sure you credit me if you use the collection in a commercial project and just send me a message to let me know you found the tracks useful!   If you have any questions please send me a message! 

My three previously successful Kickstarter audio projects are also available as ADD ONS!

Cyberpunk Soundtracks is a collection of retrofuturistic soundscapes for gaming with Shadowrun, Android, Netrunner, Cyberpunk 2020, etc.

Epic Fantasy Soundtracks is a collection of high fantasy inspired soundscapes for gaming with Pathfinder, Dungeons & Dragons, and other fantasy RPGs.  

8-Bit Soundtracks is a video game audio construction library inspired by games from the 1970s-1990s.

You can find more information and sample audio snippets on the corresponding Kickstarter project pages:

Or pledge for the $150 reward level and receive the FULL Steampunk and Cthulhu Soundtracks and all three previous collections, that is 19 additional HOURS (23 HOURS total) of music, sound effects and soundscape backgrounds with the same non-exclusive commercial use license!

I have tried to keep the reward levels clear and simple, so I will do the same for stretch goals.

Steampunk and Cthulhu Soundtracks will be funded if we reach our $1000 goal.  For EVERY $1000 over funding we reach I will ADD an additional 5 minutes of material to ALL reward levels.  For example, if the project hits $5000 funding I will produce an additional 20 minutes of material for ALL reward levels.  If the project hits $13000 I will produce an extra HOUR, etc etc.  

The additional material may be creature tracks, background soundscapes, sound effects, encounter music, etc.  I will be asking for input from backers for what kind of tracks they would love to have for their gaming sessions, so please post a comment or send me a message!

After payment for the project is processed and production of any stretch goal material has been completed, unique download codes will be emailed to backers. The files can then be downloaded in your choice of lossless or compressed audio formats: FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, MP3 VBR, MP3 320, ALAC, or AAC.

My name is Strangelette, I have been independently producing music for about a decade. Here is my last.fm bio:

Strangelette lives in a dimension made of nightmares; in a world that never was, because it only exists within her imagination. Her music belongs in a pseudo Gothic movie, or a video game. You decide. While her inspiration varies, it is obvious her mind is teeming with Halloween themes and spooky-cute concoctions just waiting to be realized. “Think of Beetlejuice commanding on Space Patrol Orion,” or The Addams Family takes on a 3D role-playing game. Dark Electronica with its main focus on melody, spiced with just a hint of the Avant-Garde.

Thank you for listening, I hope you find these soundscapes will bring more depth and enjoyment to your gaming!

Risks and challenges

This is my fourth Kickstarter audio project. The three previous projects were successfully delivered on time (early actually) to hundreds of backers around the globe.

Here is what people are saying about my previous projects:
"This music is truly amazing and evokes the imagination. It is a must for solid immersion."
"Really solid tunes. For those on the fence, this is an immense value!"
"The tunes and the effects etc sound absolutely awesome, nice one Strangelette."
"My players were really pleased, they even thought I had ripped a video game soundtrack! The mood of the party was enhanced by your work."
"I'm already blown away by the quality of these products."

As of posting the project I have finished about 40% of the planned Steampunk Soundtracks. I will be posting snippets of new tracks to the project updates as I finish them.

This project will be delivered digitally via a well regarded audio file system using unique download codes. The biggest challenge will be creating custom tracks if those reward levels are chosen and additional stretch goal material if those goals are reached. I believe I am prepared to meet this challenge and will post updates to keep backers informed.

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    CUSTOM TRACK & COMPLETE PACKAGE: Custom exclusive track composed with your provided keywords for inspiration + Steampunk & Cthulhu Soundtracks audio package: 4 HOURS + Cyberpunk Soundtracks: 7 HOURS + Epic Soundtracks: 8 HOURS + 8-Bit Soundtracks: 4 HOURS + ANY Stretch Goals. Delivered digitally.

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    CUSTOM SOUNDTRACK & COMPLETE PACKAGE: 8 custom exclusive tracks composed with your provided keywords for inspiration + Steampunk & Cthulhu Soundtracks audio package: 4 HOURS + Cyberpunk Soundtracks: 7 HOURS + Epic Soundtracks: 8 HOURS + 8-Bit Soundtracks: 4 HOURS + ANY Stretch Goals. Delivered digitally.

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