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Title: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Anarchist on September 12, 2015, 08:38:04 am
Some enjoy silence. Others like ambient noise. Still others prefer music. Different strokes for different folks.

I'm in the latter camp. And I've tried everything - baroque, electronica, film scores, trailer music (e.g. Two Steps From Hell, Audiomachine, etc.), horn-based jazz (think Coltrane) and flamenco guitar.

This morning, I stumbled upon something that perfectly suits my writing temperament: the soundtrack for the original SimCity. It's subtle and doesn't call attention to itself, unlike many film scores. It's great for maintaining focus.

Here's the link if you'd like to give it a try...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GCoc893Vt8

I realize everyone's different. So what type of music do you enjoy listening to while wearing out the keys on your keyboard?
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Nic on September 12, 2015, 08:52:46 am
It depends on the book. They have playlists. But in general I avoid vocals and prefer purely instrumental music. Jazz, classic music, soundtracks.
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Robert Dahlen on September 12, 2015, 09:06:06 am
I'm a classic rock/British Invasion/New Wave guy, but I also have a special playlist that I listen to sometimes when I want to write. Lots of recent obscure (and not so) indie rock, some classics, some classical, some soundtrack, some Celtic and, thanks to Shei Darksbane, a good chunk of Lindsey Stirling. :D

I use specific tunes to set the mood for some scenes too. In the next Monkey Queen book, I used "Telecommunication" by A Flock Of Seagulls, "Stand And Deliver" by Adam and the Ants, "Mandlebrot Set" by Jonathan Coulton, and John Williams' Jurassic Park music. And in the current secret project, the big fight scene near the end is apparently inspired by..."Pressure" by Billy Joel. No, I have no idea how that happened either. :o
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Chance on September 12, 2015, 09:33:25 am
I usually listen to any type of music outside of country, but if I was writing I'd prefer to listen to anything soft rock or anything low-key and soothing. Louder, more 'bashful' music (Pop or Dance or the like) distracts me enough to not be as productive in working on my manuscripts.

I also keep a lookout for soundtracks of favorite games (Elder Scrolls Skyrim's a pretty good choice), favorite shows, or the like. Usually the soundtracks that are lyric-less so that I can hear the 'music' and not the words.

It does depend on preference. I do prefer silence at times as well, but that comes during editing or reading over draft/outline.
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: LadyG on September 12, 2015, 09:56:22 am
I like to listen to Josh Groban if I'm going to listen to anything while I write, but I usually prefer silence. Otherwise, I have a tendency to get distracted and start singing along. And if there's a really good song on, I just might have to get up and dance . . . and believe me, nobody wants that to happen.
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Janeal Falor on September 12, 2015, 10:08:41 am
I like classical music all the way.
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Post by: North Star Plotting on September 12, 2015, 10:15:49 am
Lester Young, Red Garland, Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery and so on :)
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Post by: PermaStudent on September 12, 2015, 10:17:50 am
World of Warcraft soundtrack does it for me. 

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Post by: Jos Van Brussel on September 12, 2015, 10:32:10 am
I like rain sounds when I write. I blocks out everything else and really creates a writing bubble. I find music distracts me because it puts me in a certain mood, which tends to take me out of my story. www.rainymood.com
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Joliedupre on September 12, 2015, 10:47:50 am
I've been listening to a lot of Lana Del Rey as I write my vampire stuff.   Dark, sinful, sexy.  :)
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: elalond on September 12, 2015, 10:48:57 am
I usually prefer soundtracks, with The Last of the Mohicans, Troy, Bleach 3 and Advent Children being my favorite ones, but with my current WIP I'm listening a lot to Florence and the Machine.
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Post by: going going gone on September 12, 2015, 11:18:46 am
Silence for me, but I also like white noise, like fans or car engines purring along the open road.
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Post by: jessie520 on September 12, 2015, 11:25:48 am
It depends on what story I'm working on. Usually I compile a playlist of music that fits the characters and plot or mood. I tend to work better while listening to something rather than complete silence.
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Kallie on September 12, 2015, 12:06:55 pm
If I'm working I'm listening to The Avett Brothers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNkDNy0bDfM

or Pierce The Veil

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZN-dRCGh-ME
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Kallie on September 12, 2015, 12:11:36 pm
I'm a classic rock/British Invasion/New Wave guy, but I also have a special playlist that I listen to sometimes when I want to write. Lots of recent obscure (and not so) indie rock, some classics, some classical, some soundtrack, some Celtic and, thanks to Shei Darksbane, a good chunk of Lindsey Stirling. :D

I use specific tunes to set the mood for some scenes too. In the next Monkey Queen book, I used "Telecommunication" by A Flock Of Seagulls, "Stand And Deliver" by Adam and the Ants, "Mandlebrot Set" by Jonathan Coulton, and John Williams' Jurassic Park music. And in the current secret project, the big fight scene near the end is apparently inspired by..."Pressure" by Billy Joel. No, I have no idea how that happened either. :o

I love, love, love British Invasion music, but it tends to cause extreme chair dancing and I accomplish nothing.
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: geronl on September 12, 2015, 12:18:34 pm
I would find it too distracting.

But if it did it would be classic stuff like....

1812 overture  :P
Flight of a Bumblebee or maybe a Valkyrie

maybe some Kpop

Come Back Home
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or something a little epic (except for the words)

Final Countdown
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Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Jim Johnson on September 12, 2015, 12:24:21 pm
I realize everyone's different. So what type of music do you enjoy listening to while wearing out the keys on your keyboard?

Almost always I have soundtracks and scores in a playlist genre-specific to whatever I'm writing. If I'm writing Westerns, I've got the western playlist going with Ennio Morricone and scores from various movies, TV shows, video games. Ditto space opera, mysteries, sword and sorcery, fantasy, etc. Soundtracks and scores are my crack.

Very rarely I'll go with lyrical music; Enya, Loreena McKennitt, some Peter Gabriel. Exception is some urban fantasy, and then I'll unleash the rap god in me.
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Anarchist on September 12, 2015, 12:31:54 pm
Soundtracks and scores are my crack.

You and me both. I've been on a Fellowship of the Rings kick lately.


... and then I'll unleash the rap god in me.

Jim, you must have razor-sharp focus. I can't even drive to rap lest I wrap my car around a tree. :)
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: LittleFox on September 12, 2015, 12:34:21 pm
It depends on the book and the plot point. It ranges from pop, to rock, country, D&B, hardcore, and so on and so forth. I'm pretty eclectic. Sometimes when I'm writing more slowly and trying to figure something out I'll use noise generators, I adore these:

https://mynoise.net/noiseMachines.php

The quality is outstanding and there's a good range, so I can pick and choose depending on my mood.  I've been known to put on t.v. shows, movies, or the radio in the background too. :)
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Post by: Anna Drake on September 12, 2015, 12:37:47 pm
Another classical fan here.
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Post by: Gone 9/21/18 on September 12, 2015, 12:39:10 pm
Sound of Silence for me.
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Jim Johnson on September 12, 2015, 12:39:53 pm
Jim, you must have razor-sharp focus. I can't even drive to rap lest I wrap my car around a tree. :)

I hear ya! My right foot somehow gets heavier when I listen to rap music. Must be the bass.
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: xandy3 on September 12, 2015, 12:44:07 pm
I write exclusively fantasy now, so I prefer Celtic music while writing...or anything that helps me escape to the realm that I am writing about.  Occasionally, I include music by Stevie Nicks, Lorena McKennit, Led Zeppelin, Kansas, Rush, Florence and the Machine, Mariah Carey, Enya, and a few others; That is, if the lyrics and/or melody suit the storyline.

Also, it all depends on what I'm working on at the time.  I have a playlist on Spotify for every series that I'm working on.  A song from Live inspired some of the short stories that I wrote about merfolk, which later evolved into the Corithian Saga WIP.  Therefore, it's included in my playlist for that series. ;) 
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Post by: JRHolmes on September 12, 2015, 12:45:45 pm
Soundtracks, scores and classical are what I prefer as well. And I'll use something like that as the seed for some random music on Spotify or Apple's Radio music.

What doesn't work for me is anything with lyrics, a chorus used as an instrument is fine, but if I am presented with recognizable words, it just pulls me out of my own writing.
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: OEGaudio on September 12, 2015, 12:50:38 pm
It looks like I'm in the minority here... I listen to EDM on Spotify while I write. Most of the time the fast beat helps me to write faster, which I suppose is as good a reason as any. I enjoy the music normally and because there's not always a ton of meaningful words, I don't get distracted as easily.
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Amanda M. Lee on September 12, 2015, 12:57:03 pm
I actually watch television. I went through old Beverly Hills 90210 seasons last week and I'm doing Party of Five this week. This allows me to pack them as I finish because I won't get around to watching those two series again until after I move.
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Post by: Maria Romana on September 12, 2015, 01:15:19 pm
I actually watch television. I went through old Beverly Hills 90210 seasons last week and I'm doing Party of Five this week. This allows me to pack them as I finish because I won't get around to watching those two series again until after I move.

Wow, I can't believe you can watch TV shows while you write. I was going to chime in and say I can't listen to music -- even without vocals -- because it's too distracting. I'm in the silence or white noise group (I have an 8-hour-long oscillating fan MP3 that I adore :) ). Anything else just pulls me out of my little fantasy world. You must have incredible concentration, Amanda.
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Post by: Joliedupre on September 12, 2015, 01:18:39 pm
It looks like I'm in the minority here... I listen to EDM on Spotify while I write. Most of the time the fast beat helps me to write faster, which I suppose is as good a reason as any. I enjoy the music normally and because there's not always a ton of meaningful words, I don't get distracted as easily.

EDM?  Cool. I can work with that for certain things that I write.  :)
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Anarchist on September 12, 2015, 01:22:29 pm
I went through old Beverly Hills 90210 seasons last week...

That would have been a catastrophe for me. I had a crush on Kelly back in the day.
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: JRHolmes on September 12, 2015, 01:26:07 pm
Wow, I can't believe you can watch TV shows while you write. I was going to chime in and say I can't listen to music -- even without vocals -- because it's too distracting. I'm in the silence or white noise group (I have an 8-hour-long oscillating fan MP3 that I adore :) ). Anything else just pulls me out of my little fantasy world. You must have incredible concentration, Amanda.

Well, we are talking about Amanda here. She is very productive; the incredible concentration is a given.
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Amanda M. Lee on September 12, 2015, 01:32:38 pm
I think it comes from writing in a newsroom for so long. It was always loud and you learn to tune things out. I got used to the television being so it's just what feels natural to me.
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: JRHolmes on September 12, 2015, 01:38:02 pm
I think it comes from writing in a newsroom for so long. It was always loud and you learn to tune things out. I got used to the television being so it's just what feels natural to me.

Newsrooms are like coffee shops with a continuous murmur of voices and random sounds and both can provide a sort of white noise that helps some people concentrate. There are even noise generating programs or web sites that will simulate that sort of noise (http://www.coffitivity.com).

Doesn't work especially well for me, but it doesn't have to.
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Post by: Bishoppess on September 12, 2015, 01:43:33 pm
Right now I have a mix of Flogging Molly/Halestorm/In This Moment and a variety of other Hard Rock and Metal bands in one big playlist. I add to it as I find music that fits the mood of my story. Rasputina, Lecrae, The Wailing Jennies. It's a big pile of randomness.
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Maria Romana on September 12, 2015, 01:49:16 pm
Newsrooms are like coffee shops with a continuous murmur of voices and random sounds and both can provide a sort of white noise that helps some people concentrate. There are even noise generating programs or web sites that will simulate that sort of noise (http://www.coffitivity.com).

Well now, that actually makes sense. I do work well in public places like coffee shops, malls, and parks. If the newsroom chatter and TV sounds just became background noise to your ears, then I see how that could work. 90210, however, would totally distract me. I used to watch that show religiously back in the day. It has a delightfully soap operatic quality about it that would just reel me in...
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: rachelmarquez on September 12, 2015, 01:53:32 pm
I've tried listening to music, but it distracts me. I've found that listening to voices (even if via the television in the background) helps me with rough-drafts, but when I'm really getting down to the final stages, I need silence as I often read what I've written aloud.
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Sam Winterwood on September 12, 2015, 01:54:47 pm
I listen to rain sounds on YouTube.
It's essentially white noise and blocks out anything else. Helps me focus a fair bit.
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: xandy3 on September 12, 2015, 02:44:40 pm
I actually watch television. I went through old Beverly Hills 90210 seasons last week and I'm doing Party of Five this week. This allows me to pack them as I finish because I won't get around to watching those two series again until after I move.

Back when I was still married to my ex, I used to write while watching soap operas, and shows like Murder She Wrote and Matlock. I came up with some interesting femme fatale type characters back then.  LOL :D
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Anarchist on September 12, 2015, 03:45:46 pm
Here's something you might find useful if you enjoy classical...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lkcvrxj0eLY


It's Beethoven's Fur Elise, played over and over for an hour. The repetition of the piece allows it to sink into the background.

I'm sitting at a coffee shop with my laptop, pounding away to it. The words are flowing!

YMMV
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Caddy on September 12, 2015, 04:47:41 pm
None with lyrics. Lyrics take me out of my writing trance. Usually nothing, sometimes classical. When I paint I listen to punk, other rock, blues and always full blast.
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Eric S. Kim on September 12, 2015, 04:55:40 pm
YA Horror = J.S. Bach, Mozart's Requiem, John Tavener, Heavy Metal, Techno

Erotica = Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn, Alexander Glazunov, Tchaikovsky, Mily Balakirev, Anton Bruckner, Jean Sibelius, Richard Strauss, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Edward Elgar, Manuel De Falla, Claude Debussy, Aram Khachaturian, and many more

Science Fiction/Fantasy = Debussy, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Ottorino Respighi, Alan Hovhaness, Wagner's Ring Cycle, Wagner's Parsifal
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Post by: Holland d'Haas on September 12, 2015, 06:46:49 pm
I have a couple rock/pop/alternative songs for each series. I generally choose one at a time and loop it in the background until it's not relevant to what I'm writing anymore. Lyrics don't bother me, but then again, you tend to not be distracted by lyrics once you've listened to them a few hundreds times on loop.
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Post by: abgwriter on September 12, 2015, 07:09:16 pm
For me is a little weird. I normally can't do with vocals at all, so I always go for instrumentals when I write. Also, I like real dramatic music (no Blue Danube for this girl, I'm afraid), so I normally just play Pandora and look for a station that plays soundtracks from Fantasy or Adventure movies. My favorite is How to Train your Dragon, which I play on repeat, going through the soundtrack of the two movies again and again (love the stuff!) but I also do with a lot of Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean.
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Post by: Robert Dahlen on September 12, 2015, 08:32:42 pm
I love, love, love British Invasion music, but it tends to cause extreme chair dancing and I accomplish nothing.
I suspect that a lot of writers have the same issue. I don't, which is good news for anyone who's ever seen me dance. :D

For me is a little weird. I normally can't do with vocals at all, so I always go for instrumentals when I write. Also, I like real dramatic music (no Blue Danube for this girl, I'm afraid), so I normally just play Pandora and look for a station that plays soundtracks from Fantasy or Adventure movies. My favorite is How to Train your Dragon, which I play on repeat, going through the soundtrack of the two movies again and again (love the stuff!) but I also do with a lot of Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean.
I should try that sometime! Thanks!
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Post by: hunterone on September 12, 2015, 08:33:56 pm
Depends what i am writing. Rock, sometimes taylor swift lol
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Post by: 77071 on September 12, 2015, 08:36:52 pm
I try to stay offline while I'm writing, and fairly quiet.  Being outside where it's quiet and the air is fresh is pretty inspiring for me, when I can manage it.

Usually I don't listen to music.  Occasionally I do, and it's usually Bruce Springsteen on YouTube.   ;D  This is generally if things are a bit intense or I have a song stuck in my head.

This looks like an amazing thing, but I haven't gotten into the habit of using it.  I love the sounds of trains... http://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/railroadNoiseGenerator.php
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Post by: geronl on September 13, 2015, 02:40:44 am


The Youtube thing didn't work for me when I tried to post a video, how rude. lol. hm
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Post by: Paul_Stephenson on September 13, 2015, 02:49:29 am
I always listen to music while writing. I tend to go for instrumental post rock or post-metal/grind/hardcore where the vocals are so far away from decipherable as to not trip me up. If neither tickles my fancy I can find jazz pretty good to write to.
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Post by: Marilyn Peake on September 13, 2015, 05:47:08 am
I listen to music without words that matches the mood and setting of what I'm writing. When I wrote sections of my children's books that I set under the ocean, I listened to a lot of New Age music, including CDs with dolphin sounds. Lately I listen to music from computer games. My hat's off to Amanda. I can't imagine writing while watching TV shows. :o Holy camole! I'd never be able to concentrate. Weird thing, though, is that I sleep with the news on. I got used to it and can't sleep unless it's on, although I set the sound very low until it's almost like white noise.
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Post by: Holland d'Haas on September 13, 2015, 05:55:15 am
This looks like an amazing thing, but I haven't gotten into the habit of using it.  I love the sounds of trains... http://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/railroadNoiseGenerator.php

This is amazing. I love that you can calibrate it, too. It's super soothing to listen to.
But I'd probably fall asleep before I got any words written with this in the background haha.
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Post by: Reaper on September 13, 2015, 06:02:41 am
I like energetic music like Iron Maiden, Motorhead and Dropkick Murphys. Sometimes I'll listen to soundtracks, like Dredd or music from Final Fantasy 7 and 8.
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Post by: sabot03196 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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Post by: CovertTypist 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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Post by: AllyR 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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Post by: JTriptych 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 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sq_HtgGOIfE)
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Post by: Mafalda Writes on September 13, 2015, 04:01:02 pm
Yo Yo Ma's Bach 2
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Post by: Elidibus 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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Post by: Holland d'Haas 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 (http://listenonrepeat.com/?v=43r6lXilbcQ&s=44&e=280#%EB%B0%A9%ED%83%84%EC%86%8C%EB%85%84%EB%8B%A8__Danger__MV) 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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Post by: Cactus Lady 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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Post by: geronl 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 (http://listenonrepeat.com/?v=43r6lXilbcQ&s=44&e=280#%EB%B0%A9%ED%83%84%EC%86%8C%EB%85%84%EB%8B%A8__Danger__MV) 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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Post by: jovraca 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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Post by: Nicole M 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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Post by: Elizabeth Ann West 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.
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: geronl 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
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Ceinwen 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


Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: 555aaa 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."






Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: 555aaa 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

Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: vlmain 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."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I_oWQmddMk
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Casper Parks 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)
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Damon Shulenberger on September 16, 2015, 11:10:05 pm
Current favs:

Blonde Redhead - 4AD Session
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMsOjf_3hnk
 (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 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F8pU5ykQpI)

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

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

Nirvana - MTV Unplugged in NY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCsbUSk5-O8 (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
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Paul Enson 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.
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Geoff Jones on September 18, 2015, 09:20:19 am
MAD MAX FURY ROAD

Turned up to 11.

:)
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Nope on September 18, 2015, 11:31:00 am
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Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Cege Smith on September 18, 2015, 04:37:40 pm
Baroque music during first drafting.
Smooth/easy jazz for editing.
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Princess Charming 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
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: MikeRyan 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.
Title: Re: What Type Of Music Do You Listen To While Writing?
Post by: Kallie on September 18, 2015, 07:35:05 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.

I'm a big fan of the hairbands. These guys are my favorite.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWTD7Y24oY8