The Terran Theme, or How to Feel like a Space Trucker Cowboy

For some reason the grimy twangy industrial country rock of the Terran theme from StarCraft is a very specific vibe that brings me great joy. I'm sure a large part of it is nostalgia for the game (and that particular era of PC gaming), but when this track comes on in my life BGM playlist I am downright thrust into that groove.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD4GbGmvNRc

I still haven't really put much time into StarCraft 2, but they seem to have done a decent job reprising this peculiar genre (though it doesn't feel quite right to me for some reason):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAS8KivZX5s&list=PL638D810B6ED1BACF

I think its captured quite well by this Fallout 2 track:

https://youtu.be/O7B4ZrXNeI8

Also, strangely, I get a twinge of that specific twang from this Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 track, but with that grunge and bleakness mostly scrubbed away:

https://youtu.be/Fmqjn6Q6-3A

Any other music get you in that space-truckin' mood?

The Terran remixes in Heroes of the Storm are really really good. They vamp one of the terran themes on loop for draft/ban and it's the one that gets me the most hyped every time.

Rimworld OST has a lot of these textures but the tunes never really crescendo like the ones you posted. They more just drift on by

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJLWFtKC5dc&list=PLh4Eme5gACZHaNOYGUuj_wFO0IR5x54Ad&index=4

I continue to be enraptured by the Weather Channel-esque vibes of the Tetris CD-i soundtrack and couldn't help but notice that the Level 3 track has some subtle Space Trucker Cowboy flavor:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRVEtOL6Kho

I haven‘t played it, but I remember hearing that the Rebel Galaxy soundtrack has this thing going on and, well, it doesn’t disappoint. The whole ost is pure space trucker cowboy, but here's a few standout instrumental tracks:

https://youtu.be/R2Bitn3-8UE

https://youtu.be/K0z_85RB3Nw

https://youtu.be/-omHBHQTw1U

https://youtu.be/CmI7wXoZftw

Loving this VF track—it’s got some of that Terran guitar plus some sick organ, all wrapped up in that 90s Sega blue skies sheen

https://youtu.be/rKLDzkCJZPI

Maybe it‘s the obvious post here but I’ll always prefer this model of Space Truckin' https://youtu.be/9wv1ij7KxWc

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@“kory”#p32295 that specific twang from this Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 track

Heh. That's pretty much the bassline from [_La Femme d'Argent_.](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4U19zwFENs) Someone at Frontier has good taste.

Gun Frontier tries to emit a _western_ vibe through [its entire soundtrack.](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HC_rd3kOqM) I think some tracks get close to the sound you are longing for, although you'll have to make do with a YM2610 in lieu of a real guitar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oY4WsliW5Z0

Here is a (very short) guitar cover of 荒野へ (_Into The Wild_):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgG-MFp1Wu4

Also, it's not exactly the same sound but something tells me you'd enjoy most of [Mick Gordon's soundtrack for the South African adventure game Beautiful Desolation.](https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU_SpIb3gT0FtfCp4AslmOFiINyu9GFpX) It has the same "peaceful contemplation mood but composed in Minor mode with some drifting reverb" characteristics.

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@“chazumaru”#p37877 That’s pretty much the bassline from La Femme d’Argent.

Oh good call! I didn’t make the Air connection before, but now I totally hear it. Reminds me of when I first heard [this Celeste B-Side track](https://youtu.be/iKnwVvXkWq0) and couldn’t help but think of Le Voyage de Pénélope.

Thx for the Gun Frontier rec—that ship design is rad as heck!

As for wistful lo-fi western tunes, one of my absolute favorites comes from the OST for the unreleased game Western Lords:

https://youtu.be/cxmIYtdkpyY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyqNtJSQvZo

https://youtu.be/Q02YaSzvMCg