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Fenn
09-18-2011, 12:26 PM
Because it deserves its own thread.

What is epic music? The term is pretty board and far-reaching, but generally it refers to a bransh of classical music often heard in action movie tralers and soudtracks. It is incredibly powerful music for stimulating emotion. Although some epic music has lyrics, most scores are either purely instrumental or include a chorus of vocalists. All in all, the musical elements of the genre are far more emphasized than the lyrics. (Correct me if I'm off guys)

Never heard of epic music, and don't know where to start? The best way to get into music is to look into the soundtracks to your favorite action movies. Chances are that music is part of the reason you love those movies so much; you just didn't realize it because music often takes a back seat to visuals and plot.

If you want to start checking out some of the big names in the industry, here are some links:

- Hanz Zimmer: http://www.hans-zimmer.com/
- Immediate Music: http://immediatemusic.com/
- Epic Score: http://www.epicscore.com/
- Two Steps from Hell: http://www.twostepsfromhell.com/index-home.php

I'll add more links as the topic grows. Post your favorite epic songs, albums, and composers so we can all expand our knowledge of this awesome art form!

GunZet
09-18-2011, 12:32 PM
TSFH is definitely the best thing.

digitek
09-18-2011, 12:46 PM
I'm a bit of a Hans Zimmer fangirl tbh


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BX_dyTkFbG0&feature=related

ClockHand
09-18-2011, 01:22 PM
I'm tired of everything that is Epic (after knowing someone who mix the theme song of pirates of the caribbean, skyrim and oblivion, the world has enough of epic shit)

But


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBzqOa9y02I


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-h-n43xOqg

Most epic music doesn't have to much brain on it, it almost pure alegretto and some rondos to keep the intensity.

CypressDahlia
09-18-2011, 02:33 PM
Shadow of the Colossus OST is pure epic:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F-vB9RudQs

Literally. There are probably only two songs on this album that don't fall into that category and they're loading screen/menu/credit songs.

On video games: last boss themes are always epic.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_ghYuPzvqE

Oh, and how could I forget. The final negotiation:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRFcITgWzfw

Fenn
09-18-2011, 10:54 PM
Great songs guys. Even Clocks, those were some unique songs, but very much epic music. I totally understand how you feel about the genre, even though it doesn't really affect my fandom.

CypressDahlia
09-21-2011, 04:37 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1uO5bfOVto

Bahamut Lagoon had some of the best music for any SNES game.

Son44
09-22-2011, 12:27 PM
Wow, sweet thread! I listen to a lot of stuff, but I gotta say a lot of "epic" music has a special place in my heart.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOB4q01VCVg&feature=related

One of my favourite intros. It's the updated version, though. The original is linked in the video.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC0SrHZhTHI&feature=related

My favourite version of Clash on the Big Bridge


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8c6ZqMkqpI&feature=related

Not entierly sure if this one fits in the thread, but oh well~~

Fenn
09-23-2011, 08:12 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e7B1pOasW4


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6Cdjuvu0JQ

CypressDahlia
09-24-2011, 05:58 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCUdhcRQMC4

One of the most unique and absolutely fitting boss themes. Really sells the atmosphere.

Fenn
09-24-2011, 06:24 PM
^Very cool, and original. I would've crapped myself with fear trying to fight that boss.

Matt
09-25-2011, 11:02 PM
*Slides in*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zovOPTaOX8Q
*Slides out*

Rio
09-26-2011, 11:16 AM
One of my fave's:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edV2p68mB4Q

Fenn
09-26-2011, 11:28 PM
*Slides in*

EPICNESS ENSUES

*Slides out*

Thank you for improving my quality of life.

Rio's is very cool as well.

Delphinus
09-27-2011, 01:49 PM
*Slides in*
*Slides out*

Kekeke

Fenn
09-27-2011, 10:04 PM
Kekeke

Thank you. Thank you for your productive and substantial contribution to this thread.

Ozzaharwood
09-27-2011, 11:10 PM
You can't have an epic orchestral music thread and not have UN Owen Was Her.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jJZA-O_B78

Rock Remix:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m-MjL3_63Y&feature=related

Matt
09-28-2011, 08:40 AM
Those have both been on my iPod since the first day I heard them (yay for Youtube converters). Flan's laugh in the end of the first one is awesome (I've opened the song and listened to just that laugh quite a few times). And in the second, the notes added into the chorus sound amazing.

Also, continuing the Touhou hijack (still fits in the "epic" genre):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un7E3SNB7GI

And the classic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XstrpkqT6dw

CypressDahlia
09-28-2011, 09:54 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJDwBTB2lu0

*rides into sunset*

Matt
09-28-2011, 10:11 AM
Ah, I loved Dynasty Warriors 4. I've heard complaints that the electric guitar breaks immersion, but I don't see why it's such a big deal in a game where a single warrior can take out multiple armies without taking a hit.

CypressDahlia
09-28-2011, 07:16 PM
Yeah. The electric guitar really goes hand-in-hand with the general design theory behind DW anyway, cuz it's like oldschool literature meets newschool design principles and action.

Hayashida
09-28-2011, 10:10 PM
Does the music in this thread have to be from trailers or video games?
If not:
<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bBsKplb2E6Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/PgGMix4vVYw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Gu77Vtja30c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/J2woKV30UJs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
If it is supposed to be from a movie/game:
<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kf1Vt6r-sj8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ngUqrWu0lY8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/BNAgkKHM67I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pblRAO6J8iQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

ClockHand
09-28-2011, 10:15 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2zCn7VsDgM&feature=fvst


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENBX_v1Po1Y&feature=related

Matt
09-29-2011, 08:45 AM
@Hayashida - That Cannibal Holocaust track was awesome.

@Clock - Speaking of songs with prominent rhythms:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDIClNPT7YU
You're right about a whole lot of production music being same-y and insubstantial. The average epic track, at least to me, is better than one of the best pop songs (the kind your workplace plays on the radio all day--the same overplayed songs on a 20-track loop).

EDIT: Forgot this one -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZPixtukfig

Delphinus
09-29-2011, 02:20 PM
I don't understand you people. You have some niche pieces but none of the most obvious ones.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKLpJtvzlEI


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdt74rarv4g

Sylux
10-01-2011, 12:08 PM
Stopper Chopper (http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/298633)

Ozzaharwood
10-02-2011, 04:38 PM
I wonder if this counts... The voices are epic if that is any justification.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxCazhgL6s4

Hayashida
10-02-2011, 05:36 PM
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/o_1a7mn-Hac" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

GunZet
10-03-2011, 01:21 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AEU5pBxY6E
I chill to this shit all day.

Fenn
10-04-2011, 08:30 PM
Yes, most epic music is orchestral, but if you think it's epic, post it. There's no need to ask "does this count."

Great stuff guys and gals.

CypressDahlia
10-05-2011, 10:10 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XOV2L-eM38

Fenn
11-07-2011, 02:08 PM
Interesting production company I just came across: http://8dawn.com/

Bacon_Barbarian
11-09-2011, 11:01 PM
Hmmmm. Some stuff I like that I'm pretty sure qualifies ...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRe3h1iQ1Os

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mH0008o-6cs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG57tjQTtBY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI_mDPIj4IA

Also, The Medallion Calls, The Black Pearl, Will and Elizabeth, To The Pirate's Cave!, One Last Shot, and He's a Pirate all from the first Pirates OST and all by Klause Baldet. They are all (partially) featured in the following video, which is epic for multiple reasons. (Yes, I know I posted this in the Youtube thread not 2 days ago, it's that epic.)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-NB190-4tA&list=FLPHPLqF-nLI05vnHVtjBb7g&index=1&feature=plpp_video

Sylux
11-12-2011, 01:32 PM
Eh dont spam - Mod Edit

GunZet
11-12-2011, 03:10 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICMma-jXkPY&feature=related

Sylux
11-12-2011, 03:23 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZcNZx-N5X4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7TfaBTmBA0&feature=related

Bacon_Barbarian
11-12-2011, 03:27 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2mu5e1D7ZI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=dfL-umG6OqQ#t=34s

GunZet
11-12-2011, 03:28 PM
Forgot this one too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQYaVlRuH4Y&feature=related

Renzokuken
11-12-2011, 04:24 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPPXnU4vR2k

I always did enjoy the Killzone music.

Fenn
11-17-2011, 07:44 PM
Many reasons why I love video games are posted above.

Delphinus
11-18-2011, 01:21 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GusLypfx7OQ


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8JLy1Yqt7M


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jghXEJerj_s

Yeah, not getting your music from video games is probably better.

Fenn
11-18-2011, 01:41 PM
^"Pompeii" is awesome!

GunZet
11-18-2011, 07:00 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuKcl8e_7J0

Bacon_Barbarian
11-19-2011, 11:10 AM
Yeah, not getting your music from video games is probably better.

Probably not. Scars of Time is the best song in this thread. That isn't to say movies are bad though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSx_N18TWjs

Sylux
11-19-2011, 12:52 PM
Yeah Jack Wall is my favorite composer of all time I'm actually really depressed he left BioWare to be replaced by that silly guy Clint Mansell I mean has he even heard of Mass Effect come on yeesh