Best emotional celtic music / fairy music?

Faeries / fae / fairies are one of those elements that really define the fantasy literature and fantasy genre. Who hasn’t seen pictures or images of those small flying children with wings in their back? Ever since Peter Pan the concept of faery has been one of the most vivid images in the minds of every children who enjoy listening to the tales of fantasy and magic.

I personally have also always loved music that manages to describe and define the realm of faeries just with sound and atmosphere. Be it soundtrack music from fantasy films or modern celtic music you can find on youtube, there are many tunes that focus on this kind of style and fits well to any fairy scene in rpg sessions or fantasy literature.

Here is one of my all time favourite celtic music collections with focus on fae:

Celestial Aeon Project is one of the best fantasy music projects you can find these days and I definitely can recommend checking out the channel! Especially if you enjoy fantasy music in general and are a fan of such artists as Adrian von Ziegler or Brunuhville. You can’t go wrong with Celestial!

What makes celtic music so special?

Celtic music is one of those genres that can be hard to define. It combines elements from new age, soundtrack music, folk music and traditional music in a way that really is more than the sum of its parts. If you take a listen to David Arkenstone or Clannad, you will hear many influences that come together in a way that really feels natural and beautiful. Or for a more modern take, Adrian von Ziegler focuses on atmosphere and nordic influences, Brunuhville manages to focus on emotion and soundtrack side of things and so on.

Celestial Aeon Project is one my all time favourites because the way it combines different elements together just works for me so well. It never feels out of place or too much. There is always that sweet balance between different styles. For example this Celtic Gate collection manages to really describe what I mean:

Isn’t that just perfect combination? What are your favourite celtic music / fantasy music artists / videos?

Rpg forest ambience – Elven woods

One of the typical environments or sceneries on role playing game sessions are elven woods – the magical woodland realm of the fae and elves. Ever since reading Lord of the Rings and especially the scenes in Lothlorien I’ve felt that these kinds of places where the eternal elves live and turn the mundane woods into something far more beautiful and inspiring have become my favourite “fictional places”. Hence it has been natural for me to also think, what music would feel fitting and what music would manage to enhance that feeling of being there, in the magical woods walking and singing and dancing with the magical beings that are elves? And one of the best options I’ve run into come once again from Celestial Aeon Project – one of the best celtic music projects I’ve ever run into and a project that manages to take the fantasy music genre and truly make it work in so many ways. Take a listen to this collection:

Works so well don’t you think? If you like such artists as Adrian von Ziegler, Brunuhville and Peter Crowley and are sometimes wondering what artists might offer similar sound and atmosphere, I definitely recommend checking out Celestial Aeon Project’s youtube channel! You won’t be disappointed!

Final Fantasy VII orchestral cover album – One-Winged Angel

Final Fantasy VII is one of my all time favourite games. It is one of those video games that truly manages to transcend the limitations of the technology and it’s normal “realm” and becomes something more than the sum of its parts. There is just so much everything that works so well together – the characters, the world, the storyline, the atmosphere and more importantly – the soundtrack. Nobuo Uematsu is a pure genius when it comes to composing evocative and inspiring soundtrack music and I think on Final Fantasy VII he truly managed to create something that he will never surpass really. His magnum opus.

And here we have another gem. Celestial Aeon Project comes and brings out six tunes from FFVII soundtrack that get “modern orchestral revamp”. Combining beautiful and ethereal female vocals, epic modern orchestral sounds and well executed reorchestration, this album is full of emotion and inspiration. One of the best video game music cover release I’ve heard.

What do you think? And what are your favourite tunes from Final Fantasy series?

RPG exploration music / D&D exploration music

I am an avid pen & paper gamer and I began my career back in the 80s with original Dungeons & Dragons boxes (1st edition) although I soon moved on to the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (2nd edition) and especially Forgotten Realms setting. Those were the golden days of old school gaming when massive amount of fantasy novels were written by professional writers for Forgotten Realms trademark. Drizzt do’Urden and others became heroes that everyone in that generation knew and learned by heart.

Background music has always been an important part of my gaming life. I have found that good choice of background music really can emphasize the atmosphere and create a truly profound experience for the game. In a similar fashion as music works in movies / film industry, good music really makes the pen & paper role playing game experience “come to life”.

Celestial Aeon Project is my most important tool for this. It manages to bring tunes for any situation, but especially for exploration / on the road / traveling scenes. Here is one of my favourite background music collections from Celestial Aeon Project for this use:

If you like such artists as Adrian von Ziegler, Brunuhville or Peter Crowley, I am positive that you will fall in love with Celestial Aeon Project as well! Definitely recommended to check out the channel!

 

Instrumental celtic music for fantasy writing

Sometimes instrumental celtic music is just the right thing you will need to get inspiration when you are running to a writer’s block. Especially with fantasy genre, where the whole process revolves around fictional realms and magic. One excellent artist that manages to hit that sweet spot between epic and beauty is Celestial Aeon Project – celtic music / fantasy music project of finnish composer Matti Paalanen. Inspired by such artists as Adrian von Ziegler, Brunuhville and Peter Crowley, Celestial Aeon Project really focuses on those instrumental background music styles that range from mellow and ethereal to pompous and majestic.

Here is one of longer celtic music compilations on youtube that is a perfect example of what Celestial Aeon Project can create:

Let me know what you think about Celestial Aeon Project and if you have any other artist suggestions!

Best Celtic / Fantasy Music Artists

What are the best celtic / fantasy music artists currently active? Of course the concept of celtic music / fantasy music has to be understood more broadly than the purists think. The actual folk music is one thing, but nowadays when we use the term “celtic music” or “fantasy music” we usually mean the instrumental, cinematic new age or epic kind of sound that is heavily influenced and inspired by both the actual folk music but more importantly film music and soundtrack music in general. In my opinion the most interesting artists currently active are as follow:

Matti Paalanen – Matti’s celtic music / fantasy music channel on youtube

Matti is one of those artists that knows how to create interesting and emotional tunes with often simplistic and minimal structures. Especially his older music he published under Celestial Aeon Project name are often very retro sounding, but still manage to create feeling of dream, celtic fantasy and elven atmosphere. In the past few months he has begun to move more towards modern hybrid trailer music and more epic sound, but he still manages to hold onto that certain sense of “magic” in his tunes without sounding too similar to others.

Adrian von Ziegler – Adrian von Ziegler on youtube

Adrian has gained a massive following on his youtube channel and the reason is quite clear – he manages to dish out stable quality material years in years out. If Adrian publishes a tune, you have quite good sense of what you are going to hear. He manages to combine the best of both worlds when it comes to folk influences and modern soundtrack sound.

Antti Martikainen – Antti Martikainen on youtube

Antti has honed his skills when it comes to truly epic and majestic sound and he has definitely found his “style”. He manages to create truly massive and modern tunes that sometimes sound like Nightwish in a good way. If you are looking for that inspiration for a heroic feats, Martikainen will deliver!

Brunuhville – Brunuhville on youtube

Brunuhville is another big name that has really stable fan following. And no wonder – most of his tunes are made with meticulous accuracy and level of detail and his tools are top notch premium sound libraries that bring him up to almost Two Steps From Hell level of quality. He usually creates truly emotional and inspiring tunes with powerful feeling.

Peter Gundry – Peter on youtube

Peter resides in the more “dark” corner of this music genre. Most of his tunes are brooding and tension building, but still easily recognizable to dwell in the same realm as the other artists on this page. If you are not afraid of the dark, Peter’s music will offer memorable moments.