Michael Ghelfi is a composer from Switzerland, a writer and a Dungeon Master. You can check out his website or support this Patreon. Fellow DMs and GMs will have reason to be thankful for Ghelfi as he’s composed well over a hundred tracks perfect for background music and sound effects for tabletop roleplaying games.
You can check out his full ambience playlist here.
D&D Ambience Music: Generic Dungeon – Creepy, Eerie, Mysterious
In addition to getting free access to professionally mixed and mastered tracks, there are plenty of other reasons why DMs should sit up and take notice. An important one for this DM is the fact that all of Ghelfi’s tracks have standardised volume! If you’ve ever had suddenly dramatically loud music from your backing album, then you will know how annoying it can be.
D&D Ambience: Horseback (no background music) – travel, clops
Ghelfi mainly works for D&D but notes his tracks can be used for other fantasy RPGs as well. However, he has been asked for alternatives and is planning on producing some sci-fi sound effects and scores in the coming months.
There’s good news if you’re a Twitch or YouTuber too. This talented composer is happy for you to use and monetize his content provided you give him proper credits.
D&D Ambience: Underground Mushroom Forest – Underdark, Blackreach, Animals
These tracks are all free on YouTube. This treasure trove is perfect if you have got a YouTube subscription and no danger of ads getting in the way. I don’t but have found all the ads tend to come at the start of the track (two at once) and very often I can play the whole hour-long track without interruption.
The Patreon community has asked that these sounds and scores are also made available on Spotify and Michael Ghelfi has agreed. That’s fantastic news as that’s another platform and another group of gamers who may have a subscription and therefore be advert/interruption free.
It is also helpful that this friendly DM has helpfully added plenty of descriptive tags into the names of each of his YouTube tracks and so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for in your game. Each one has a fantastic thumbnail too so you can even keep scrolling until you find something that looks like it might sound right.
D&D Ambience: Blizzard (no background music)
At the time of writing there are 111 D&D ambiences and musics. Well worth checking out.