View Full Version : The Epic/Action/Trailer/Orchestral Music thread
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!
09-18-2011, 12:32 PM
TSFH is definitely the best thing.
09-18-2011, 12:46 PM
I'm a bit of a Hans Zimmer fangirl tbh
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)
Most epic music doesn't have to much brain on it, it almost pure alegretto and some rondos to keep the intensity.
09-18-2011, 02:33 PM
Shadow of the Colossus OST is pure epic:
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.
Oh, and how could I forget. The final negotiation:
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.
09-21-2011, 04:37 PM
Bahamut Lagoon had some of the best music for any SNES game.
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.
One of my favourite intros. It's the updated version, though. The original is linked in the video.
My favourite version of Clash on the Big Bridge
Not entierly sure if this one fits in the thread, but oh well~~
09-24-2011, 05:58 PM
One of the most unique and absolutely fitting boss themes. Really sells the atmosphere.
^Very cool, and original. I would've crapped myself with fear trying to fight that boss.
One of my fave's:
Thank you for improving my quality of life.
Rio's is very cool as well.
09-27-2011, 01:49 PM
Thank you. Thank you for your productive and substantial contribution to this thread.
09-27-2011, 11:10 PM
You can't have an epic orchestral music thread and not have UN Owen Was Her.
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):
And the classic:
09-28-2011, 09:54 AM
*rides into sunset*
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.
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.
09-28-2011, 10:10 PM
Does the music in this thread have to be from trailers or video games?
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If it is supposed to be from a movie/game:
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09-28-2011, 10:15 PM
@Hayashida - That Cannibal Holocaust track was awesome.
@Clock - Speaking of songs with prominent rhythms:
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 -
09-29-2011, 02:20 PM
I don't understand you people. You have some niche pieces but none of the most obvious ones.
10-01-2011, 12:08 PM
Stopper Chopper (http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/298633)
10-02-2011, 04:38 PM
I wonder if this counts... The voices are epic if that is any justification.
10-02-2011, 05:36 PM
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10-03-2011, 01:21 PM
I chill to this shit all day.
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.
10-05-2011, 10:10 AM
Interesting production company I just came across: http://8dawn.com/
11-09-2011, 11:01 PM
Hmmmm. Some stuff I like that I'm pretty sure qualifies ...
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.)
11-12-2011, 01:32 PM
Eh dont spam - Mod Edit
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11-12-2011, 03:28 PM
Forgot this one too.
11-12-2011, 04:24 PM
I always did enjoy the Killzone music.
Many reasons why I love video games are posted above.
11-18-2011, 01:21 PM
Yeah, not getting your music from video games is probably better.
11-18-2011, 07:00 PM
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.
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
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