Just curious - do people like writing when they're listening to music? Or listening to music to get inspired?
I do. I was wondering what people use for their "soundtracks"/back-ground music when they write or try to get ideas.
I like using instrumental music, though I will use music with lyrics if the song is particularly inspiring. My favorites are real movie soundtracks (my favorites are the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, the Lord of the Rings movies, some Harry Potter tracks, and National Treasure), music by trailer music artists (like Corner Stone Cues, E.S. Posthumus, and audiomachine), and similar instrumentals by other artists (like Twelve Girls Band and David Arkenstone). Also I try to find random thinks on YouTube and such from things I like (thinks like a piano sonata based off of the song "Tori no Uta" or the track "Natsukage" from Air).
Just curious what other people listen to. I want to try and track down some Final Fantasy soundtracks, because from what little I've heard and what people say, Nobuo Uematsu is a musical genius.
That, and if people like trailer-type music, you should check out audiomachine! You can listen to their music on their website, but you can't purchase it. The website is: www.audiomachine.com/ It's amazing!
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Post by Misericorde on Aug 24, 2008 12:50:38 GMT -5
I hate writing without music! ^_^ If something is stuck in my head, I'll listen to that, but I notice that I subconsciously pick a song that reflects the mood of the scene I'm writing. If I'm really trying to finish something, or ideas are rushing in, I listen to fast, upbeat music. It makes me type faster. XD
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Post by hodudududuh on Aug 24, 2008 20:50:07 GMT -5
I always write with music in the background. Sometimes it's just all my music on shuffle, other times I need something very specific, usually something that reflects the mood of what I'm writing (if I'm writing something with a panicked, paranoid mood, "OK Computer" is the album to go for, whereas if I'm writing something cheerful, perhaps "Wincing the Night Away" is a better choice, and so on). Radiohead comes up a lot a lot a lot, especially lately. Some other recurring groups are Can, Genesis (the early, prog stuff, not the Phil Collins stuff), Peter Gabriel, The Shins, The Smiths, and Pierre Lapointe.
But yeah, my head seems to be stuck to the "All Radiohead, All the Time" channel lately, so that's probably 75% of what I listen to these days. You'd think I'd get bored with that, but I don't. Somehow. I go through phases like that though. During my senior year of high school I had to listen to Pierre Lapointe's "Forêt des Mal-Aimés" once every couple of days. I was stuck on it. The year before that, it was Harmonium's "Si On Avait Besoin d'Une Cinquiéme Saison", and the year before that, Genesis' "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway". Weirdness.
Mostly when I listen to music for writing, I listen through a lot of stuff beforehand, to get in the mood, because when I'm actually writing I barely notice the music. Same when I'm drawing or painting. Usually the pre-emptive album listening takes place during a long walk. I find I can concentrate better when on the move. I keep a notebook and pen with me in case something pops into my head. Annnnd after that I come home and start writing. Or drawing. Or painting. As the case may be. Uh.
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Post by cellospice on Aug 25, 2008 16:09:00 GMT -5
I can't write without music, or noise in general. I like 80's music, acoustic guitar stuff, and movie soundtracks. Currently, I really like the Dan in Real Life soundtrack and the one for Smart People.
Most of the time, I just put my media player on shuffle, but I also have certain playlists for different moods, and different playlists that just sound...right with whatever story I'm working on at the moment.
I write best with music of some sort to listen to, but what I listen to tends to vary. I find that living in a dorm is like living in a crisis center (except with less drama) so the noise is also relaxing and a great inciter of creative wonderful-ness... or something like that.
Anyway, I tend to listen to OCRemix music a lot, because they are very awesome and it's free music based of of video games. They've remixed a large variety of game music, including an entire album of FF7 remixes called Voices of the Lifestream. Pixietricks, who sings in "Deliverance of the Heart" from Voices, is also a professional singer with an album called Origins out under her real name, Jillian Goldin. She's fantastic, and it's so calming to listen to her. The song "Journey's End," which is a remix of a song from FF10, is one of my absolute favorites.
Also, of course, since FF6 is my favorite game ever, I have a lot of that music. Jeremy Soule, who is apparently a famous composer for well known video games, remixed a version of Terra's theme called "Squaresoft Variation" which is beautiful precisely because it reminds me of a composition specifically for a movie. "Terra in Black" another remix, is also a popular listening choice. Right now though, my two favorites are remixes of Dancing Mad; Kefka's theme. "Nightmare before Kefka" and "Cantata for Dancing Mad I"
Music, for me, is a huge deal. There's also a large selection of Enya, some of Linkin Park's mellower songs, some Relient K, and some softer Within Temptation songs. I'm always changing my playlist ("Sexy Boy" from the Thieves of Fate soundtrack, has been recently added just because the song makes me laugh), but I have a tendency to find a mood song for a scene and listen to the song on repeat the entire time.
Example: I listened to "Pale" by Within Temptation nonstop when I wrote the first chapter of Dreamers.
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Post by EyesBehindtheMask on Sept 2, 2008 15:40:32 GMT -5
I always write to music. I listen to a variety of music when writing, but more often than not, I fall back on the old classical/instrumental music.
Some of my favorites are Ravel's music from "Bolero", Rimsky-Korsakoff's "Dance of the Tumblers", anything by Mussorgsky, and Holst's Planets.
I'm planning on making a specific GothWriMos playlist on playlist.com, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.
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I can't write at home without music, not even important essays. If there isn't any noise to drown out the television downstairs or the dehumidifier in the hallway then I give up and go find something else to do. If I want to write, then my iPod, CD player or iTunes absolutely must be working.*
Throughout WriMo's I don't listen to a certain playlist or anything. I made a soundtrack for NaNo 2007 -- which I should be able to finish the first draft of before October! ;D -- but didn't actually listen to it throughout the month. I ended up spending the entire month listening to the "A Beautiful Lie" CD by 30 Seconds to Mars and "Venus Doom" by H.I.M instead.
I imagine that I'll be spending October listening to AFI, Blaqk Audio, Placebo and the Used. They're my top favourite bands at the moment.
* One time when they weren't I ended up practicing guitar between paragraphs to try and make up for it.
I have a lot of orchestra and classical stuff that I have arranged in itunes, but a lot of the times I'll just put my iPod [Hakim] on shuffle and start writing. Other then that, a lot of indie, alternative, and acoustic stuff, and then some game soundtracks too.
Post by Vengeance the Dark Mistress on Sept 5, 2009 9:58:58 GMT -5
I love listening to music when I write. IT helps start me off or push me on when I get blocked. I like to listen to dancey stuff- sometimes Latin, sometimes top 40. When I am in a crappy mood I'll throw in Interview with a Vampire or some other such haunting sounds It's so much fun.
Does anyone else use costumes or props? I paint my nails red when I feel a need for a pick me up and even music isn't really helping. Something about a fresh coat of red paint (even wrote a poem about it!"
I must be the odd one out because I can't write with music. I listen to a couple of tracks while I'm getting set up, and in breaks between writing, but I can't concentrate on writing if there is music playing. Music with lyrics is even worse, because I just end up typing them lol!
Music with lyrics is even worse, because I just end up typing them lol!
This is why I listen to upbeat music during sad scenes and angry metal or rap during romantic moments. Typing lyrics would be entirely inappropriate. It also helps that I like a lot of music in languages I haven't studied (and in some cases, never intend to) - nothing to copy! ;D
Post by janefendy on Sept 11, 2009 18:47:55 GMT -5
As I'm a newbie for this genre, I think some gothic songs will help to let the muse flows :] I love listening to Skillet for goth writing, and for general I like Yiruma (he's a genius :]), Final Fantasy Soundtrack (To Zanarkand's the best), and other musics, depends on the mood I'm in that time I made playlist too in my WMP, but that's for my first book of the trilogy I've been writing, and it's nearly finished :] Actually, I write slowly if I listen to music. But if I don't, I'll just die in silence
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