Monday, December 14, 2009

The Mind's Ear of Yezmyr

If there was a single song that expressed how I feel when I think of the World of Yezmyr, it would surely be Leng Tch'e by Naked City. Luckily, there's a whole bunch of other songs that collectively paint a picture of Yezmyr in my mind's ear. To that end, I've put together a soundtrack for the next gaming session. It's atmospheric, otherworldly, and more than a little creepy. I'm putting it out there because I suspect other people find these sorts of things interesting. I know I certainly do.
  1. Catacombs, Heretic (Naked City, 1992)
  2. Une Correspondance, Absinthe (Naked City, 1993)
  3. Back Through the Looking Glass, Heretic (Naked City, 1992)
  4. Three Preludes Op. 74 — Tres Lent, Contemplaif, Grand Guignol (Naked City, 1992)
  5. Fleurs du Mal, Absinthe (Naked City, 1993)
  6. Leng Tch'e, Black Box (Naked City, 1990)
  7. Grand Guignol, Grand Guignol (Naked City, 1992)
  8. Notre Dame de L'Oubli (For Olivier Messiaen), Absinthe (Naked City, 1993)
  9. White and Lazy (Homecoming), Filmworks 1986-1990 (John Zorn, 1997)
  10. The Golden Boat (Turntable Mix), Filmworks 1986-1990 (John Zorn, 1997)
  11. Yoga Dollar, Nani Nani (John Zorn, 1995)
  12. The Golden Boat (Theme), Filmworks 1986-1990 (John Zorn, 1997)
  13. New Jersey Scum Swamp, Black Box (Naked City, 1990)
  14. The Toll, Buried Secrets (Painkiller, 1991)
  15. Gob of Spit, Black Box (Naked City, 1990)
Finding all of these songs might prove troublesome—my musical tastes are more than a little esoteric. Luckily, you can get most of them from Tzadik, John Zorn's record label. (Confirmed: I just checked the Tzadik catalog. While not all of the releases are still available individually, all of the songs can be obtained from the various available collections.)

3 comments:

littlewars said...

Nice! I put together a playlist for a recent pulp skirmish game that was heavy on Naked City, Barry Adamson, Jerry Goldsmith and all the classic Film Noir Composers.

Creative Coquette said...

What? No Black Eyed Peas, I Gotta Feeling?

LOL

B. Portly Esq. said...

Well, I did manage to find my pulp soundtrack list (perfectly sequenced, of course):

Shadow Radio Show Intro - Orson Wells
White Heat - Max Stiener
Brute Force - Miklós Rózsa
Scene Of The Crime - André Previn
North By Northwest -Bernard Herrman
LA Confidential - Jerry Goldsmith
Touch Of Evil - Joseph Gershenson
Arabesque - Henry Mancini
Toss Me A Scalpel - Leith Stevens
Experiment In Terror - Kai Winding
The Swinging Detective - Barry Adamson
The Boss - Joseph Gershwin
The Killer - Lalo Schifrin
Prison Break - Irving Joseph
Shoot To Kill - Quincy Jones
Hammer Blow - Skip Martin
Frankie Machine - Elmer Bernstien
Under Wraps - Barry Adamson
Green Hornet - Al Hirt
A Shot In The Dark - John Zorn
The Horror - RJD2