16 August 2007

The sounds of the Nam...

I am a huge fan of background music while gaming, and its best when its thematic with what you are playing.

A quick win is to use good generic soundtracks such as Gladiator, Lord of the Rings, Gettysburg, Last of the Mohicans, Glory etc. I also make genre specific ones. For example, I have made a great compliation of WW1 period songs for Ace of Aces style flying games, I have an SF one wth various clips, and Ive been working on my Vietnam one for the last few months too.

If you like this sort of thing, you will find this site "The Sounds of Vietnam" enjoyable

They say" The Rock and Roll war..... To most Americans, the Vietnam War has a rock and roll soundtrack. Almost every novel, memoir or oral history of the war by a veteran mentions the music that the author listened to in Vietnam. All the songs of the '60s were part of the life in a combat zone. Troops listened to Sony radios, Akai stereos and Teac tape decks and new troops arrived weekly with the latest records from the states. Many of the sound clips below were recorded on a reel to reel recorder in Vietnam. They were then sent home and transferred to cassette. The sound quality is not the best but it sounded good to us back then. "

Enjoy! And remember: "Theres nowhere to run to baby...."


  1. I'm with you on the background music!

    For Vietnam there are plenty of decent movie soundtracks: Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, Good Morning Vietnam, Apocolypse Now, etc...

    I really enjoy this blog, by the way....



  2. Thanks for the comment and kind words Tim!

    My Vietnam gaming soundtrack is liberally sprinkled with movie sound bites from all those flicks, and Forrest Gump too: "We were always looking for this guy named Charlie!"

    Good hunting!