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    Soundtrack for your writing

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by gala, Apr 3, 2012.

    I was wondering if I am the only person who does this. I love making a 'soundtrack' to whatever I am working on and in some aspects, it makes me more inspired. Anyone else?

    Also - who are your favorite musicians that you use?
     
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    Oh, definitely Bat Out Of Hell. Every song. It makes my story an opera.
     
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    I am exactly the same. I love music and I need it to concentrate and get in the zone. So I usually play my favourite albums or characters favourite songs. It really helps me to just write continuously and at great pace. I do get scared that my book will start to sound like my soundtracks but it doesn't bother me too much because they are great songs :D
     
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    OMG!! I love the Inception soundtrack!!! Hans Zimmer FTW!!!
     
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    Yes! I love his work! It's like everything he makes is genius. Hopefully, if I write with that on, everything I write will be genius, too :D
     
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    I sometimes make my own soundtracks. I pick up my guitar and make up a chord progression, then add a lead part (I have a multitrack recording system here), and sometimes a synthesizer track. I can build musical moods of my own, layer upon layer, if I want. I guess some part of me always wanted to be Mike Oldfield doing Tubular Bells.

    Anyway, though I usually like to write in silence, if I must have music, I make it myself.
     
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    I listen to different songs depending on what is going on in my book. A lot of it fits well with Help, I'm Alive by Metric. It seems to be my go to song when writing these characters. It fits so perfectly with the personality of my book.
     
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    I love to write to the songs 'Eloi' and 'Stone language' from the Time Machine soundtrack! I prefer to write in silence, but music with little to no words are great for inspiration!
     
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    I am so glad I'm not the only one who does this! If I like a story enough, or just know enough songs that'll go with it, I'll throw together a playlist to listen to it while writing.

    My current story's playlist seems to be mostly Passion Pit, The National, and Neutral Milk Hotel. Also a little David Bowie and Bjork, because it's a story about aliens, and that just felt appropriate.


    I wish I was as creative as minstrel, though, oh man.
     
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    My writing music is usually (but not always) composed of songs without lyrics. For the most part I end up singing along if there are words, and that just leads to distraction. I find that the Glitch Mob has quite a few songs that get me to that state we all crave: Flow. The only problem is forgetting to set up the playlist properly and having some other song pop up and ruin the flow.
     
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    Yup. I have a list on spotify for each of my main stories which plays on repeat as I write. I don't have a favorite musician. It really depends on the story, but it's mostly without lyrics.
     
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    I sometimes make soundtracks for my stories, but i rarely listen to them when I actually write. It's more a collection of songs that has inspired the work, because I need silence to write most of the times.
     
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    All my soundtracks are in my head.
     
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    He is AMAZING!!! How you also listened to John Powell? He did the The Bourne Trilogy and The Green Zone soundtracks.
     
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    Firstly 500 posts! YAY! And Secondly(of course more important, on topic, and all around more wonderful.) I too listen to movie soundtracks. Problem is I end up writing to it so my story's mood changes with it, but that I can deal with. When I have something not so creative to write its ELO or Disney Music all the way, nothing beats annotating to Mulan.
     
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    Nope, I do this as well.
    My fantasy story's soundtrack was the whole of Final Fantasy XIII's OST. xD When I start writing it again, XIII-2's soundtrack will probably be added lol.
    For my current drama story, I've always thought Bonnie Pink's Tonight The Night or S Club's We Are Two In a Million has always suited the ending for it xD
     
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    Generally I can't listen to music and write but if I'm having trouble with a scene I will find a theme song for that scene and listen to it hundreds of times while I write. The music becomes a background noise that keeps the mood I'm trying to portray from disappearing. I have also occasionally heard a song and had a strong impression about the direction my story should move from that song. In that case listening to to the song helps me.
     
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    Amy, do you think that what we are really talking about is visceral, and not the music at all? In other words, certain tunes have a guitar riff, or a drum beat or a lyric that reminds us of a period in our own lives, and that kick-starts the mind? Once primed, we have other thoughts?

    Give you a simple example.

    I mentioned BOOH. During the first few bars of the song, the music surges, let's up slightly, and then surges again, several times. Reminds me of a motorcycle revving through the gears, with brief moments of fanning the clutch.

    I remember certain parts of my past, some of the people, some of the loss. It's especially good in times when I have to write something melancholy. I thought it was just me.
     
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    ^^^ This all over.

    I can't listen to anything with lyrics while I'm writing or I want to sing along, and the words I'm singing tend to blot out the words I'm attempting to write ;)

    My favourite movie soundtracks are, not surprisingly considering I write historical fiction, from historical epics - Alexander is one of my favourites (Roxanne's dance and Bagoas for my banquet scenes, or Gaugamela for a really energetic action scene) and also Kingdom of Heaven. I guess I tend to like soundtracks with eastern influences because I write about Egypt, and it's a good culture fit. Sometimes I listen to LOTR or Stardust for a bit of fantasy drama, and I also have an 'epic playlist' of my favourite tracks from various epics, from Braveheart to Last of the Mohicans and Gangs of New York.

    I'm not usually inspired by the music I listen to, it's just a mood setter, however I was listening to something the other day that I can just see as the theme tune to a historical fantasy epic about Atlantis - Forsaken, by Within Temptation. I was singing along to it in the car yesterday and I could just see all these Minoan era Greeks fleeing for their lives as the tsunami caused by the colapse of Thera comes towards their island paradise.... Could be time to start brainstorming a plot ;)
     
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    It's very rare that I am able to keep a writing flow while listening to music which has lyrics (especially if I know the song). So what I go for is a group called "The Vitamin String Quartet". They are SO AWESOME! They have close to 300 albums and every song is a cover but it's all done with violins and string instruments so it's only instrumental. SO GREAT! It gets me pumped up, chills me out and I know the general idea behind the songs if I have picked songs I know. I would highly suggest checking them out on iTunes.
     
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    I personally like to use the soundtrack for the game Assassin's Creed II while I write. It's epic, especially the track "Ezio's Family". The other games in that series soundtracks are great too, for me they really get the writing flow going. :)
     
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    At the moment, Mass Effect 3 works very well! :D
     
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    Like Endovert, when writing, I listen only to music without lyrics. Otherwise, I get distracted. As for what music I listen to, that depends on what I'm writing at the time. It also depends on what I've watched or played recently :D.

    LittleWaterLily, I agree! "I Was Lost Without You" and "Stand Strong Stand Together" are two of my favorites.
     
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    Wow, I'm still not used to this concept of computer games having soundtracks like movies - I've never been into them and never actually played one. Those soundtracks do sound kinda cool though :)
     
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    If you're into video games, I think this is very natural :). I love old school everything, so sometimes, I even listen to NES or SNES soundtracks as I write! Gameboy even. Yeah, I'm just cool like that.
     

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