S&M Scene Music Suggestions
more ideas for your personal playlist
PART II (of III)
Here are some more suggestions for good music to scene by. These are from various people active in both the private and public Scene. If you haven't been there already, the previous page has a long playlist compiled by Toronto's Safer SM Education Project and used by Hellfire (NYC). If you have some other suggestions be sure to send them to us so we can keep expanding this section for all our benefit.
Assorted scene music suggestions...
An addition to the whipping and flogging category should be "MCMXC a.D." by Enigma. A running time of just under an hour, and the timing of the album synchronizes nicely (good pieces to warm up and cool down). I recommend this every chance I get, and have gotten some very positive feedback from others on the suggestion.
Tangerine dream; I recommend their film scores to their own new age stuff. Unsually a harder edge and a little more pronounced driving beat.
Mickey Hart's (the Dead's drummer) "Magic Box". Two CDs of many different drum styles including American Indian, Japanese, African, and South American.
"KODO Drummers" - a group from Japan with a unique almost tribal like music.
"500 Nations" (American Indian) soundtrack CD from the CBS TV miniseries. And of course Olatunhi "Drums of Passion"
For a change of pace, Jobem or Gilberto/Getz the "Bassa Nova" albums - a jazz sound (what a beat but sweet and cool at the same time).
For something more intense Jean-Michel Jarre "Oxegene" (of course) and "The Concerts in China" or Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells II"
"Riverdance" and "Lord of the Dance " soundtracks and various other Celtic style music.
Here are some we use: "Black Tape for a Blue Girl" (almost anything), Love Spirals Downward, KMFDM, Dead Can Dance - "Into the Labyrinth", Peter Gabriel - selected songs from "Passion", Merzbow - "Music for Japanese Bondage Performance" (watch it...it can make you tense), Coil - "Love's Secret Domain", Various Artists - "Ambient Rituals", Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Blood Sugar Sex Magic", Sleep Chamber, O Yuki Congugate - "Peyote", Nine Inch Nails - lots of stuff, Skinny Puppy - certain songs, Crash Worship, Iron Butterfly "In a Gadda Da Vida" (okay, so i was seeing if yer still reading).
Berlioz - "Symphonie Fantastique": Some positively evil beauty to tease the senses. With movements like 'The March to the Scaffold' and 'Witch's Sabath' we find the precursor to today's 'death metal.' Ok, maybe I'm reaching, but when the music is supposed to represent the ravishing of a man's love before his eyes by a demon horde it MUST do something to get the juices flowing.
Orff - "Carmina Burana": I personally tend to listen to lyrics when there's music playing. That's rather irritating in a scene. No worries with this one, most of the lyrics are in latin or german (my german isn't that good). The lyrics were written by defrocked monks and the like from the 13th century and if you've watched many of those Conan type movies you'll most likely recognize the music.
Stravinski - "Rite of Spring": 34 minutes or so of a threat to your understanding of 'classical music'. If you've seen 'Fantasia' then you've heard this piece - a barbaric musical sacrifice and another bit of 'death classical'. Stravinski caught hell for it when he wrote it, and in performances of it still today people become offended by the images it stirs up in them to the point that they'll occasionally walk out.
Mainly we use flute and sitar: "Flute and Sitar Music of India Meditational Ragas", R. Carlos Nakai - "Emergence", "Songs of the Rainbow World "- Native American Flute Music, relaxing and easy to get lost in.
Depending on moods, I like different music. Of course they are all made up of my favorite type/s of music; goth, industrial, EBM, piano. I would suggest Die Form, Electric Hellfire Club, Leatherstrip, Diary Of Dreams, some of The Cure's albums (most notably "Disintegration", "Pornography", "Faith" and "Head On the Door"), Tori Amos (only when in sweet moods, except for her latest "Boys For Pele"...that one's a little bit darker), Skinny Puppy (only when in really dark moods), there's a thousand more I could put...but truthfully, any music you really enjoy will probably heighten your experiences.
Nine Inch Nails was mentioned - "Head Like A Hole", "Sin", "Ringfinger"- in fact most of "Pretty Hate Machine "and a good chunk of "The Downward Spiral "are rather brutal and unforgiving, yet unmistakably D/s sensual. I'm a big fan of Oingo Boingo, and songs like "Gratitude" do well for me. Let's not forget early to middle Rolling Stones, there's a wealth of great stuff... "Sympathy for the Devil", "Beast of Burden", and well, "I wanna be your slave" come to mind. There's an evil Industrial/ Acid rock band called Ulcer, good stuff... particularly "Daddy". A good friend of mine owns a little girl who favors Sara McGlochlin... and Tori Amos is often more than twisted enough to score points.
Mister E's 2/13/00 Playlist (for dancing and scening):