Du Malone writes: In Music for #FM20 I sought to identify suitable music for listening whilst playing my Black Sea saves.

The selections worked for me — but that was months ago and it’s time to refresh.

Since I am now beginning an MFC Mykolaiv save, I decided to take the opportunity to search for suitable Ukrainian music.

A search on databases, principally Amazon music, yielded the following candidate genres:

  • sacred choral music
  • folk songs and traditional dances
  • pop / rock (including modernised approaches to traditional music)
  • classical

Sacred music in the Orthodox tradition often sounds attractive to me — and I was delighted to find collections from a number of countries in the Black Sea region — for example, Polyphonic Orthodox hymns.

But there is way too much discordance between such music and FM! FM is many things — FM is many good things — but sacred it is not.

Exploration of folk music and traditional dances threw up a different problem: on the compilations I discovered (an example here) most of the tracks were very short — typically a couple of minutes.

For FM, that’s no good. You don’t really want several songs in the space of a single half of FM game play.

The main discovery in the area of modern styles of music was the band, The Ukrainians. I tried listening to the album, Unfortunately, for me, this just proved a non-starter. No doubt the band has many followers, but I won’t be joining them.

This left one candidate: classical. In my searches under this heading I discovered composers I’d never heard of — for example, Yevhen Stankovych. A useful source was a compilation sub-titled ‘Journey to freedom‘.

Unfortunately when listening to them I was frequently thrown back on the problem of appropriateness. When playing FM I think ideally I want a melodic sweep to carry me along. From that point of view, the pieces I listened to by Stankovych (b. 1942) proved too expressionist, with too much unsettling contrast in rhythm and volume.

And so I fear that, to date at least, I’ve drawn a blank. I’m hoping that, by publishing this, readers might come forward with recommendations.

In the meantime, I will, on the musical front, have to look forward to my planned saves in Russia (with PFC Sochi) and Georgia — though that should yield plenty of candidates.

4 thoughts on “Music and FM: my failure in Ukraine

  1. I´m afraid I don´t know much about Ukrainian, Russian or Georgian music, so can´t help you there. Do you listen to the same music throughout the save/session? Or depending on what you´re doing? (scouting, tactics, match..)


    1. Thank you. I’m not the most musical person so I don’t always listen to music while playing FM. When I do – usually when I’m settling in for a long session – I distinguish between (a) music for matches and (b) music for in-between times. With match music, I’ve played with selecting pieces to suit the way I want to play — for example, according to tempo – but rapidly decided life was too short. I hadn’t thought of having different pieces for different inter-match activities. Like that idea! The most obvious need is for something to keep you sane whilst setting up set pieces. But of course it would need to be very long – Bruckner’s 8th. What about you – what’s your approach?


      1. I started with listening to my favourite kind of music when I was younger which included some or all of high tempo, beat and bass. But when I got into the music I would find myself making too many rash decisions! 🙂 So then I stopped listening to music while playing FM or just calm instrumental music. Nothing save related though.
        Now I don´t often listen to music while playing FM. But I like playing the club anthem just before important matches and sometimes fan chants (when available) during matches. When I started getting more into the club´s culture I started listening to local music when scouting for example. I like that feeling.

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