I put together a dark dungeon synth playlist for late-night gaming and meditations. Dungeon Synth employs lo-fi productions with fuzzy and haunted synth work that sounds distinctively dark and medieval. It really needs to be heard to be understood.
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|1||4dXLbssU9REn9akceTUSBr||Vaikerruksen Portti||Old Sorcery - Vaikerruksen Portti||Support on Bandcamp||Old Sorcery||Vaikerruksen Portti||30SiUhbJL8LZLbO1FfVR22||26SEv2UKQeriTEJc4svwYL||1uwwJt3kDSOnauukIttkZQ||8,894||https://bottleimp.com/submit-bandcamp-link/?track_uri=30SiUhbJL8LZLbO1FfVR22&artist=Old Sorcery&track=Vaikerruksen Portti||22/07/2022 01:12 AM||592|
|2||1ep5Z5VPsVcDVlOi2C1Ria||Funeral March||Cernunnos Woods - Funeral March||Support on Bandcamp||Cernunnos Woods||Funeral March||39Rk2G4wTVmXPRI3OIoYak||5saWaYpWpH4ZtIIMnlZ4wQ||1uwwJt3kDSOnauukIttkZQ||8,894||https://bottleimp.com/submit-bandcamp-link/?track_uri=39Rk2G4wTVmXPRI3OIoYak&artist=Cernunnos Woods&track=Funeral March||22/07/2022 01:12 AM||593|
|3||5pa2KXvWECpmt8PmhkDcNR||Through the Woods||DRYADS - Through the Woods||Support on Bandcamp||DRYADS||Through the Woods||1d5LaVgTXABdxOO6XGUSu1||0AkNEdPoCZ8VjxV0Mf3pa4||1uwwJt3kDSOnauukIttkZQ||8,894||https://bottleimp.com/submit-bandcamp-link/?track_uri=1d5LaVgTXABdxOO6XGUSu1&artist=DRYADS&track=Through the Woods||22/07/2022 01:12 AM||594|
|4||2t1enQyq57GGs1KBuIkbVX||Black Death||Dark Ages - Black Death||Dark Ages||Black Death||3QEuVPVOrxRtmiCacd1UDy||313RAUC37RTJwq56GJ0RXJ||1uwwJt3kDSOnauukIttkZQ||8,894||https://bottleimp.com/submit-bandcamp-link/?track_uri=3QEuVPVOrxRtmiCacd1UDy&artist=Dark Ages&track=Black Death||22/07/2022 01:12 AM||595|
|5||1PM86WWm2IMAvFJV4D6n4V||Ancient Door||Mythril Spectre - Ancient Door||Mythril Spectre||Ancient Door||3ubofXMo1tEVKd7TmI8Tv3||5lPch5q94GRJbxocFi6pIb||1uwwJt3kDSOnauukIttkZQ||8,894||https://bottleimp.com/submit-bandcamp-link/?track_uri=3ubofXMo1tEVKd7TmI8Tv3&artist=Mythril Spectre&track=Ancient Door||22/07/2022 01:12 AM||596|
|6||3nibmBVF5lp8ldiajsJPnp||Night Falls over the Withering Wood||The Inquisitor - Night Falls over the Withering Wood||Support on Bandcamp||The Inquisitor||Night Falls over the Withering Wood||3YIGBoVizE2QfMedfv1iUN||4JtE81uofYXpvZLGTXAqGg||1uwwJt3kDSOnauukIttkZQ||8,894||https://bottleimp.com/submit-bandcamp-link/?track_uri=3YIGBoVizE2QfMedfv1iUN&artist=The Inquisitor&track=Night Falls over the Withering Wood||22/07/2022 01:12 AM||597|
|7||6u84u5ZEzmfSgCw6LhiGL1||Sign Your Name||Fiendish Imp - Sign Your Name||Support on Bandcamp||Fiendish Imp||Sign Your Name||4IgdBZz4RyWmF5jKZSpijX||6zM0FQ3zjW7jpcxprDtKHF||1uwwJt3kDSOnauukIttkZQ||8,894||https://bottleimp.com/submit-bandcamp-link/?track_uri=4IgdBZz4RyWmF5jKZSpijX&artist=Fiendish Imp&track=Sign Your Name||22/07/2022 01:12 AM||598|
|8||4TWd1WF4Q77R8ot9GSxnRJ||Necropolis - Instrumental Version||Penitent - Necropolis - Instrumental Version||Support on Bandcamp||Penitent||Necropolis - Instrumental Version||3Jqyjhj1it8AzlTpRv0tbv||063OEItegqlMjvlbETRAHF||1uwwJt3kDSOnauukIttkZQ||8,894||https://bottleimp.com/submit-bandcamp-link/?track_uri=3Jqyjhj1it8AzlTpRv0tbv&artist=Penitent&track=Necropolis - Instrumental Version||22/07/2022 01:12 AM||599|
|9||5xVKcckBfAV0Uuj4cSMdLS||Icy Death||Darksol - Icy Death||Support on Bandcamp||Darksol||Icy Death||02d9fUxkgh9vJclvnikpWF||7jIeA0eLztId4MJyDIZE8L||1uwwJt3kDSOnauukIttkZQ||8,894||https://bottleimp.com/submit-bandcamp-link/?track_uri=02d9fUxkgh9vJclvnikpWF&artist=Darksol&track=Icy Death||22/07/2022 01:12 AM||600|
|10||3VvuAEuDHEbmschvlLKRl8||Canto di sirene||Sidereal Fortress - Canto di sirene||Sidereal Fortress||Canto di sirene||3sielGpPbk7GP16747PHwX||6sXdRu84DD298oiv3E1FCW||1uwwJt3kDSOnauukIttkZQ||8,894||https://bottleimp.com/submit-bandcamp-link/?track_uri=3sielGpPbk7GP16747PHwX&artist=Sidereal Fortress&track=Canto di sirene||22/07/2022 01:12 AM||601|
Dungeon Synth isn’t new
I listen to a lot of dark music. That isn’t new. One might even say dungeon synth isn’t new, with artists like Mortiis doing this style of music for decades. I’ve been listening to dark and obscure music for a long time and I had never heard of dungeon synth prior to a few years ago. But, this style has been around for some time.
I remember in 1990, a game came out on the Nintendo Entertainment System called The Immortal. This game was amazing. The mood was unforgettable and the themes of the game were dark. I think this was truly my first exposure to what would later be called Dungeon Synth. Now, if they weren’t limited to the 8-bit hardware they may not have intentionally gone for something so lo-fi. But here we are.
It later came out on the Sega Genesis and that version was even better: improved sound, graphics and the controls were much tighter. The game was still hard.
Dungeon Synth the music genre
At some point, this became a genre of music. I’m not even going to pretend to be a historian here. While the style of music feels like it has been around forever, Dungeon Synth isn’t a term I heard before a few years ago. Then I saw this style of music everywhere. There are a lot of artists, and you’ll find an even greater array of amazing albums on Bandcamp. Here are a few really good ones:
Recommended listening instructions
This is actually a playlist I built that works with either shuffle or no shuffle, but I still recommend turning off shuffle. Same with repeat play. What Spotify chooses at random after the playlist ends is pretty good, but I scrutinized the quality very heavily. It is fun to play with both!
I am definitely eager to hear more, so if you have recommendations on Spotify, leave a comment below and I’ll definitely give it a listen!
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Witches & Devils is a dark dungeon synth playlist for late-night gaming and meditations.