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[*] posted on 6-12-2006 at 11:18 PM
Music to Write To


I was just wondering what sort of music you like to have on in the background while you're writing.

Mine varies depending on the scene, but in general I try to listen to music that's not totally going to distract me from the actual writing (like stuff that I can't help but sing to, and when that happens, I end up writing the words I'm singing instead of the words of the story :rolleyes: ).

I end up with a lot of instrumental music, in large part soundtracks from various movies. James Horner (Capser, Titanic), John Williams (Memoirs of a Geisha, Star Wars), Thomas Newman (Finding Nemo, Jarhead), Hans Zimmer (The Da Vinci Code, Black Hawk Down), Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings), Michael Giacchino (The Incredibles, Lost)

One of my favorites is the Batman Begins soundtrack by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, because there's such a range of emotions in it, from determination to sorrow. Moulin Rouge is a good one for writing relationship scenes.

And similarly, would anyone be interested in sharing good writing music? I have a list of music here that I'd be willing to upload on request...

[Edited on 6-13-2006 by obi1sgirl]




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[*] posted on 6-13-2006 at 02:04 AM


Generally if I'm listening to music while writing, the writing comes from the music. Because of that I listen to pretty much anything when I write.

If I'm already writing and I turn the music on, its normally soft, and like obi1sgirl instrumental rather than lyrical.

If I at yet another road block, I'll write song lyrics in order to jog my thoughts. Song titles/lines can come in handy as thought starters
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[*] posted on 6-13-2006 at 08:17 AM


I love listening to the soundtrack for Lost while I write, or from The Lord of the Rings. Bagpipes are good, too.
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[*] posted on 6-13-2006 at 09:26 AM


I usually don't like to listen to anything at all when I write. It totally distracts me. Though, I do sometimes listen to the Harry Potter soundtrack from the first movie, or the Davy Crockett song.

Yeah, that may sound odd. But one of my favorite authors used to have that song on his web site, I don't feel like explaining why he did lol, but basically it gets me motivated somehow.




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[*] posted on 6-13-2006 at 11:02 PM


The best ideas always seem to nibble at my brain when I'm trying to sleep. It's not too unusual for me to be sitting up in bed, with the covers pulled up, writing desperately on a notepad. A bedside lamp and a clock reading about 2:00 light up the room. Music is left off for fear that it will take me out of that creative zone.
Normally, I don't listen to music because I find the commercials annoying and distracting. I've recently discovered the uninterrupted music stations on my satellite tv. I think I'll try listening to music during the daytime.
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[*] posted on 6-13-2006 at 11:05 PM


Ugh, I hate radio because of the commericals (and, you know, the lack of music I like to listen to). I don't even play it in my car, just CDs. ^^



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[*] posted on 6-14-2006 at 02:39 AM


i like to write a lot of fanfiction because, well... it's easier, provided you're insanely familiar with the fandom, and i'm always looking for something easy and fun...

with that said - if i'm working on harry potter fanfics, i listen to any of the soundtracks, or the band Harry and the Potters, because they're awesome. if i'm writing a band-centered piece, i listen to any / all of their albums... so forth and so on.

last july, i listened to only backstreet boys while writing a piece centered in a gothic / vampiric cult community... and it actually worked wonders for my muse, believe it or not. generally, i just have my itunes playing quietly in the background while i write... or my brother playing video games loudly right next to me. haha.

i really am the epitome of college student - i can get down to work in any situation you throw at me!

[btw, feel free to point and laugh at me now that you know i listen to bsb, :P]




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[*] posted on 6-14-2006 at 03:49 AM


I've just borrowed the Return of the King soundtrack, and have fallen in love with Into the West. And it helped me write :D. Your posts made me go and find it. Thanks.

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[*] posted on 6-14-2006 at 09:43 AM


If you really liked RotK and Into the West, you might enjoy "Gollum's Song" from The Two Towers... plus the rest of the soundtracks. Like I said, I'm willing to share. ;)



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[*] posted on 6-14-2006 at 01:33 PM


Ah, Gollum's Song. It's actually connected with a very . . . unfortunate and turmoil-filled two weeks of my life, so I only listen to it when I'm in a certain mood. :) But I do adore the Lord of the Rings soundtracks. I have all three on an iTunes playlist, and I find them good for when I have trouble concentrating. The only minor issue I have with them, though, is the variation in volume level. Take the RotK transition between "The Steward of Gondor" and "Minas Morgul." O.o

Lately, I've been getting into the instrumental Lifescapes CDs, available at Target. I have "Scottish Moors," "Emerald Isle," "Beethoven's Moonlight," and "Celtic Flutes." They're so relaxing, and "Celtic Flutes" is now the soundtrack for my main fantasy project.

If I'm "in the zone," though, I can listen to anything, from The Beatles to Will Smith to Frank Sinatra to Queen to Norah Jones. Train, Yellowcard, Chris Daughtry . . . Oh, and Josh Groban. Give me Josh anytime. I find that the music I listen to serves to keep me focused, rather than affect what it is I'm writing.

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[*] posted on 6-14-2006 at 04:05 PM


There's a band called Harry and the Potters??? Where have I been, under a rock?



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[*] posted on 6-14-2006 at 04:15 PM


Apparently. ;)

Theres Harry and the Potters, Draco and the Malfoys, and The Whomping Willows, among others. :D




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[*] posted on 6-14-2006 at 04:35 PM


Wow, didn't know those bands existed either. Huh.

I'd be grateful for those albums obi1sgirl. I havent got much to return the favour with though.

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[*] posted on 6-14-2006 at 04:36 PM


I'm in a lot of music communities. ^__^ Kein problem. 8-)



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[*] posted on 6-14-2006 at 06:19 PM


It depends on my mood and what I'm writing really. Generally, I listen to the Sisters of Mercy and the Mission UK because I am so comfortably familiar with them that they entertain me while I can tune them out to the level of being white noise - if that makes sense.

Others times it's Andrea Bocelli and movie soundtracks. Juno Reactor is good, too.
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[*] posted on 6-14-2006 at 07:26 PM


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Others times it's Andrea Bocelli and movie soundtracks.

I forgot about him... I love to listen to Andrea Bocelli!

[Edited on 6-15-2006 by pefergerry]
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[*] posted on 6-14-2006 at 09:53 PM


i sometimes play the radio but it's true that there are too many commercials on . ugh.

i just hunt for a couple of my CDs and lok for some soothing tunes
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or just let the music channel play~~
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[*] posted on 6-14-2006 at 11:13 PM


I've just remembered what else I usually write too...

Evanescene - Fallen and Anywhere but Home
Nickelback - All the Right Reasons (unfortunately I just sing along alot of the time, but it's got a good range of emotions)
Michael Buble - His first album (title escapes me) and a few other songs




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[*] posted on 6-15-2006 at 01:15 AM


i haven't actually heard anything by draco and the malfoys. do you know if they're any good?

i love finding little bands that no one knows and keeping them to myself; it's a nice little secret... 'til they get big... but that usually just means i get to see them around more [kinda like harry & the potters]!




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[*] posted on 6-15-2006 at 10:53 AM


You know, I had an album of theirs downloaded, but then I deleted it before listening to it. -__- I might be able to find it again though...

I found it! w00t! If you want to try out their music, go here. :)

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[*] posted on 6-15-2006 at 08:42 PM


Soundtracks are awesome to write to. My particular soundtrack vice is video game soundtracks of the 32-bit and up vareity (PlayStation onward). Final Fantasy, Chrono Cross and the like, plus remixes such as those found on http://www.ocremix.org/ .

At the moment I'm having a breathtakingly complicated computer/iPod/music issue which means that all I have in terms of music on my current computer is four days worth of They Might Be Giants songs, 'State Songs' by John Linnell, 'Fortunate Son' covered by Wyclef Jean, and the end titles to 'I, Robot' by Marco Beltrami. This is just a transitional thing, but it's all I get to write to right now.

It's really interesting having this unintentional limitation on the background music, because it's noticeably affecting my writing style. I had no real concept of just how much those omnipresent rhythmic and lyrical patterns modify my creative process until now. I'm considering continuing with this experiment even once I've got the technical snafu sorted and have more choice in my auditory environment.

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[*] posted on 6-15-2006 at 08:45 PM


I haven't been exposed to too much video game music, though a friend at Lj sent me a few tracks from Halo 2, and I was intrigued. I'm not a gamer, so I'd never really thought of the music and that it could be so good. :rolleyes:



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[*] posted on 6-15-2006 at 11:46 PM


the final fantasy & kingdom hearts soundtracks have got to be some of my favorites on the planet.

thanks for the music link! :] i enjoy it and can see them becoming a fast favorite!

[Edited on 6-16-2006 by x__hypocampus]




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[*] posted on 6-16-2006 at 10:13 AM


I'll have to sample some of the music from those soundtracks. I'm always on the lookout for new music. :D

Glad you enjoy it. :D I might end up posting links to other downloads here, if no one minds. I wouldn't want to get into like, legal trouble or anything. :X




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[*] posted on 6-16-2006 at 10:28 AM


I listen to Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, and other video game soundtracks. I've got Kingdom Hearts 2, FF7: Dirge of Cerberus, and other stuff in those two fandoms I listen to when I write XD
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