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Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
« Reply #50 on: September 13, 2015, 06:38:49 am »
I listen to a number of film soundtracks. Right now it's Tomorrowland but the soundtracks to Interstellar, Oblivion, gravity and Edge of Tomorrow have all figured into my writing day over the last year and a bit.
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    Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
    « Reply #51 on: September 13, 2015, 06:47:24 am »
    Silence is my enemy.  I listen to a lot of live Miles Davis and John Coltrane when writing.  My favorite modern horn player, Christian Scott, makes a lot of appearances too. 

    If I want the mood lighter, I'll throw on a live show from Phish or Umphrey's Mcgee.

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    Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
    « Reply #52 on: September 13, 2015, 10:04:34 am »
    I've been listening to a lot of Lana Del Rey as I write my vampire stuff.   Dark, sinful, sexy.  :)

    I write UF and I LOVE Lana Del Rey, but I also love: Sia, Laura Hoffman, Portishead, Stateless, and Zola Jesus. Dark and definitely sets the mood.

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    Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
    « Reply #53 on: September 13, 2015, 10:25:59 am »
    Each manuscript I write usually has a theme song.  ;D

    My recently completed first one has a criminal as protagonist so I had this tune in my head the whole time as I was writing it:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sq_HtgGOIfE

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    Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
    « Reply #54 on: September 13, 2015, 04:01:02 pm »
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    Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
    « Reply #55 on: September 13, 2015, 10:59:08 pm »
    I have one massive playlist that I'm continually adding songs into, so I don't listen to specific things when writing specific scenes and just let it play out. This sometimes results in pretty tame music while writing exciting stuff, but it's not a problem for me.

    Has anyone said Anime music yet? If not, I'm gonna be that guy. I have dozens of J-pop CDs and I put them on my computer years ago. I also listen to various subgenres of metal. Usually Melodic, symphonic metal tracks like Nightwish, Amberian Dawn and Delain. Got a couple songs from the Rock Band games I grew to like too. Pirate metal Via Alestorm. Some Dragonforce. Random songs I stole from my wife. My playlist is over 600 tracks long and I can't wait until I can buy music CDs like I used to. It's gonna be great!

    As a side note, anyone use Winamp and keep track of the most played songs and then shuffle them once one gets really popular? I do. I think it's a kind fun thing to keep track of.

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    Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
    « Reply #56 on: September 13, 2015, 11:22:41 pm »
    Has anyone said Anime music yet?

    I don't listen to anime sound tracks all that much (too many feels), but j/kpop and vocaloid find their way in my playlist now and again. It's easy to zone out of the lyrics when listening to something you don't understand.

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    Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
    « Reply #57 on: September 14, 2015, 04:55:08 am »
    I like music with lyrics that go with the story/character/scene. The right lyrics and "feel" to the music really help get me in the zone; I guess it's weird that I find instrumental music distracting, and classical music does nothing for me as far as writing goes! (And I have two degrees in music!)

    For my current project, my fantasy-western series, pretty much the entire Danger Days album by My Chemical Romance is the soundtrack, with some added songs by U2, Muse, Green Day, Dire Straits, and the theme song from the anime Record of Lodoss War (Kiseki No Umi). Otherwise, I listen to a lot of symphonic metal while I write. Kamelot's new album Haven is pretty much the soundtrack for the next project on my list. Xandria is also a current favorite; I also like Visions of Atlantis, Serenity, and Myrath, along with Delain, Nightwish, Within Temptation, Edenbridge. I also listen to a lot of Evanescence and AFI while I write, and for some reason I'm on a big Dire Straits kick right now too.

    Here's the video for Kiseki No Umi. It's the theme song from a fantasy anime, but it has a real "Western" feel to it, I think:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ux90A4YDLdo
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    Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
    « Reply #58 on: September 14, 2015, 05:01:10 am »
    I don't listen to anime sound tracks all that much (too many feels), but j/kpop and vocaloid find their way in my playlist now and again. It's easy to zone out of the lyrics when listening to something you don't understand.

    Props for Kpop!

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    Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
    « Reply #59 on: September 14, 2015, 06:36:44 am »
    I can listen to anything while I write, as well as nothing! I'll be very picky if I need to create a mood, though. For my current book, I created a "mix-tape" that I'm giving away free at my book launch. The book is set in the late 1970s, and is based in Australia, hence the music variety! https://open.spotify.com/user/1238544050/playlist/4EeXISUDOiHkzydfXxlHH1
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    Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
    « Reply #60 on: September 14, 2015, 09:09:58 am »
    Anarchist, I just want to thank you for giving me that nostalgia trip with that soundtrack.

    World of Warcraft soundtrack does it for me. 

    And PermaStudent, I did a little nerdy fist bump in the air when I read your comment.
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    Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
    « Reply #61 on: September 14, 2015, 10:00:44 am »
    Someone had posted an article a while ago about how video game music is engineered to help you hyperfocus to keep you in the game. I started using Amazon Prime to write to Final Fantasy soundtracks and eh gads did that work!

    I mix up what I'm listening to, often having certain songs that mean something to me when I'm working on a book for a specific character. Like my current WIP, Darcy's song is "The Ghost of You" by My Chemical Romance because Elizabeth's struggle to reconcile with her family really puts him through the ringer. I like to use music to get into a character's head because it's easier for me to feel the emotion.


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    Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
    « Reply #62 on: September 16, 2015, 09:15:47 pm »
    What type of story or character would this make:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYwWM_9MQgU

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    Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
    « Reply #63 on: September 16, 2015, 10:31:55 pm »
    I'm really easily distracted by background noise, so I've been listening to game and movie scores lately and my productivity and focus has really improved. There are some really great compilations on youtube as well. This one has been getting a lot of plays out of me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym8JjY4fy-M



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    Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
    « Reply #64 on: September 16, 2015, 10:35:13 pm »
    OK, white-noisers, here's some binaural recordings (use headphones) for your entertainment. They could be edited into loops but I haven't gotten around to doing that yet.

    https://soundcloud.com/mondello-publishing/badlands-grassland-binaural-recording

    https://soundcloud.com/mondello-publishing/seattle-distant-thunder-9-15

    https://soundcloud.com/mondello-publishing/seattle-storm-9-15

    I also listen to a lot of soundtrack composers, modern classical, and ambient.  A Winged Victory, Nils Frahm,  Arms and Sleepers; and I have to include Dave Anson who did the music for The Island of Doctor Moreau in my sig below.

    https://soundcloud.com/awvfts/atomos-vii   - love that track

    https://soundcloud.com/dave-anson-film-scores/aprille-desirae-concept-piece  - pretty good for a kid, sorry, "young composer."






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    Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
    « Reply #65 on: September 16, 2015, 10:47:37 pm »
    I'm really easily distracted by background noise, so I've been listening to game and movie scores lately and my productivity and focus has really improved. There are some really great compilations on youtube as well. This one has been getting a lot of plays out of me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym8JjY4fy-M


    Thanks for posting that. I love Aeralie Brighton's work on Ori and the Blind Forest, composed by Gareth Corker.

    https://soundcloud.com/garethcoker/ori-and-the-blind-forest-e3-trailer


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    Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
    « Reply #66 on: September 16, 2015, 10:59:58 pm »
    I love music as much as I love books, and I listen to everything from Il Volo to Talking Heads. When I am writing, I listen to a lot of different types of music, but I find Bob Dylan especially inspiring. He's kind of my writing buddy. He takes the fear out of writing. There is something about listening to the lyrics of some of his songs that reminds me that what I write doesn't necessarily have to make any sense, whatsoever. There will always be someone out there who will read it and think, "Wow, that's deep."

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    Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
    « Reply #67 on: September 16, 2015, 11:06:20 pm »
     8) Depends on mood of story and what is going on for any given page. Classic rock, some newer rock, modern classical, soft rock, instrumentals...  8)

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    Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
    « Reply #68 on: September 16, 2015, 11:10:05 pm »
    Current favs:

    Blonde Redhead - 4AD Session
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMsOjf_3hnk

    Bob Marley vs. Lee "Scratch" Perry - The Best of the Upsetter Years 1970-1971
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F8pU5ykQpI

    Pink Floyd - Live In Montreux 1971
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JVHU7LJnGo

    Stan Getz & Chet Baker Quintet - Half-Breed Apache
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XJZpHPxSUw

    Nirvana - MTV Unplugged in NY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCsbUSk5-O8

    Os Mutantes - Os Mutantes (1968)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Utly4DHH37o

    Erik Satie - Inities [Piano: Branka Parlic]
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErtNBlFpxWM

    Chasing The Sun - (my own [crap])
    https://soundcloud.com/4hflute/sets/chasing-the-sun
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    Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
    « Reply #69 on: September 17, 2015, 12:28:34 am »
    For me it's 70's Prog Rock. Bands like (early) Genesis and Yes are great to have on as their music inspires but isn't intrusive.

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    Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
    « Reply #70 on: September 18, 2015, 09:20:19 am »
    MAD MAX FURY ROAD

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    Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
    « Reply #72 on: September 18, 2015, 04:37:40 pm »
    Baroque music during first drafting.
    Smooth/easy jazz for editing.

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    Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
    « Reply #73 on: September 18, 2015, 05:10:25 pm »
    Video game soundtracks like Assassin's Creed II, Skyrim, also The Matrix, Lord of the Rings, Twilight, and The Walking Dead

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    Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
    « Reply #74 on: September 18, 2015, 06:35:32 pm »
    I don't often listen to music while writing...a lot of time I have a baseball or football game on, but when I do, I tend to go heavier to get the blood pumping. Metallica, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake....I really dig the hair metal bands of the 80s. Gets your juices flowing.

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