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Offline Matamelcan

Music to Listen to while writing
« on: November 27, 2015, 04:56:39 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIIzc3b8U0_vtVScDEyFGew

This man does some amazing Piano, Cello, and Flute music mixes, all original on his channel.  Perfect for peaceful scenes, descriptions, or wonder.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9ImTi0cbFHs7PQ4l2jGO1g

Music for everything.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiwuQ6UHMQg

This man does incredible Celtic and fantasy music, perfect for getting into the 'Zone' as Overlord himself stated in his latest article on here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SBQvd6vY9s

Lord Of The Rings Complete Soundtrack.  'Nuff said.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQeIYVM3YBM

Skyrim's soundtrack, simply incredible music of a large variety.

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

Chillstep, ambient, and a perfect background noise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmar4gh5nIw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lasWefVUCsI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jrg9E2YBgsI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F-F8-qHmq0

Nature sounds are excellent too.  Mixing them works fantastic, especially wind, waves, rain and streams.  You can mix others in if you wish, there's endless variety.


I've covered barely a millimeter of a vast world of music, and not even touched bands, or music with vocals, but I hope this helps you and brings you to the perfect music.  :)

Enjoy!



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Re: Music to Listen to while writing
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2015, 05:11:40 AM »
Pretty sure there was already a thread for this, but nice one anyway!  :P

Personal favourites at the moment: Joe Hisaishi (Ghibli music), and the ever-inspiring Ori and the Wild Forest soundtrack.
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Re: Music to Listen to while writing
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2015, 01:53:52 PM »
I am always surprised at how much the soundtracks of the Metal Gear Solid games get my creativity going. It's technically a Die Hard/James Bond/Rambo/Cyberpunk mashup, but the music style isn't really very genre specific.
I think they are all up on youtube.
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Re: Music to Listen to while writing
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2015, 01:59:11 PM »
Oh, Oh Oooooh! Ok, I need to go to bed now, since I have a trial tomorrow morning but it's 1am now, but man I'm gonna forcefully share my music with y'all!
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Re: Music to Listen to while writing
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2015, 02:58:21 PM »
I have Skyrim, Witcher 3, LOTR, Vikings Dragon Age Origin soundtracks on my yt playlist. And some extended OSTs from Dark Souls 1 and 2 ( oh god Majula) Also - Wardruna.

Now I will make sure to put that 2 hour vid of celtic/fantasy music into that playlist!
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Re: Music to Listen to while writing
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2015, 04:34:26 PM »
Something that always works for me is the music from Conan the Barbarian. The best Sword & Sorcery movie ever (simply by being the only good one ever) and the music fits just perfectly.

There is also a very particular mood and atmosphere I love that is captured wonderfully by the videogame Mass Effect 2. Putting on that music always helps me focusing on what I want to create. Even though it's science fiction.
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Re: Music to Listen to while writing
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2015, 05:46:49 PM »
Something that always works for me is the music from Conan the Barbarian. The best Sword & Sorcery movie ever (simply by being the only good one ever) and the music fits just perfectly.

There is also a very particular mood and atmosphere I love that is captured wonderfully by the videogame Mass Effect 2. Putting on that music always helps me focusing on what I want to create. Even though it's science fiction.

Trying Conan music right now.
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Re: Music to Listen to while writing
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2015, 08:30:22 PM »
Never tried listening to music while writing.

Gonna give it a shot later.
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Re: Music to Listen to while writing
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2015, 08:50:44 PM »
I just looked up the music from Interstellar out of a hunch. (Though I am a big Nolan-fan, I've not seen it yet.) Whee, that's the good stuff!  :D
I think I could easily get half a dozen story plots out of that.

And my neighbours just went on two week vacation yesterday, so I can really enjoy the huge range in volumes at full effect.
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Re: Music to Listen to while writing
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2015, 02:33:00 PM »
I just looked up the music from Interstellar out of a hunch. (Though I am a big Nolan-fan, I've not seen it yet.) Whee, that's the good stuff!  :D
I think I could easily get half a dozen story plots out of that.

And my neighbours just went on two week vacation yesterday, so I can really enjoy the huge range in volumes at full effect.

Hans Zimmer does amazing stuff! The soundtrack from Inception was already amazing, but Interstellar... That was something else. Honestly I used to listen to it a lot, but I can't too much because it brings tears to my eyes...
I LOVE the track when Dammon fights McConaughey..


Here are some of my all time favorite tracks that all help while writing :

Instrumental Music :

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8as_BN5h5YQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8as_BN5h5YQ</a>

Cult minimalist piece, that speaks more in the silences than its notes. Piano only, incredible work overall.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsbrRAgv1b4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsbrRAgv1b4</a>

Best violin concerto in existence, though some thing that the version played by Sarah Chang is better, this one is my classic. The violin is such an incredible voice, I usually get trapped watching the entire video like it's some kind of crazy action movie.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YNMrkIMofs" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YNMrkIMofs</a>

Best piano concerto ever, hands down. It's only the first movement, and Cherkin's adaptation isn't the closest to the original intention of Rachmaninoff (this we know, since a recording of Rachmaninoff playing himself the piano exists!) so check out the rest if you like it. Others might enjoy Rubinstein's version more : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9QLiefnoDE

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNWpZ-Y_KvU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNWpZ-Y_KvU</a>

If you guys liked that Conan song, and want some explosive epic stuff yet don't know O Fortuna... Then you're about to be blown away.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYcCD9eOQCI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYcCD9eOQCI</a>

Like many other great artists, Boccerini made great music I can listen to without thinking, this is one of them, I can always go back to and forget it's there until some particularly brilliant moments pull me away.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O32PuoBWKC0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O32PuoBWKC0</a>

I have the biggest crush on Karajan ever. He's so hot and sexy (was and stayed so!) he's such a fiery interpreter as well! Listen to him explode through the damnation of Faust!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Apk39Q_NO68" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Apk39Q_NO68</a>

For all the ghibli fan, here's Joe Hisaichi playing his track Madness with him on the piano and 9 cellos!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up0t2ZDfX7E" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up0t2ZDfX7E</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLJ8sxon9g8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLJ8sxon9g8</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7O91GDWGPU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7O91GDWGPU</a>

For those of you who might dig super intense and cataclismical music with lots of bass dropping before the age of electronic music, all these tracks are superb classics. Verdi's Dies Irae is my favorite of them, but I don't listen to it while writing, too intense!
Prokofiev is also too intense for my writing but it's so very visual... Star Wars probably got a bit inspired by that track.
Third track... You all know it. I dedicate it to all the people who post their Monthly Stories at the last minute, I'm sure they'll recognise themselves *cough*.
 
I'm stopping here and not even including my favorite tracks, since I could go on for pages and pages...

Electronical Music :

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVFscjOsPRA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVFscjOsPRA</a>

Yes I recommend the entire album! It's ambient music and I really like their work, it's what I listen to the most these days.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gL5d_xvdlPo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gL5d_xvdlPo</a>

Great song, african lyrics let you focus without distraction, I love it.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7P76V-h88g" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7P76V-h88g</a>

Just trippy and energetic, a little adventure to listen to!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsMEBEcxzYA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsMEBEcxzYA</a>

Minimalistic, with lyrics in farsi I believe. It's what I listened to the most while writing my wendigo story.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpUgWkWJtRk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpUgWkWJtRk</a>

Angry french techno piece, melodic for its style.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83UfaCkLxMY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83UfaCkLxMY</a>

Minimalistic and cyclic, I also like from stimming the tracks Fruits of Life, and Funkworm.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVGs2SkFqdc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVGs2SkFqdc</a>

Solid old time favorite, listen to it a lot while I go about and get ideas down.

Various :

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXjE32OJ7ho" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXjE32OJ7ho</a>

Smooth harmonica and bluesey tunes, for writing your cops n killas.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJGL1hdl8Cw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJGL1hdl8Cw</a>

Lyrics in spanish, if that doesn't disturb you. Love its tribal feeling.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLvYp0vNEGY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLvYp0vNEGY</a>

Louie Gonnie! Gotta love his peyote songs! I even love the ones he made with no instrumental, such amazing voice and simple, pure rhythms... I listen to that a lot these days.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaJympXSrAU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaJympXSrAU</a>

Totally eerie, when you consider this is called "the snake" - how appropriate right? Best percussion artist in my knowledge, if you think you know someone who can beat him, please share. All his work is brilliant.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk3BvNLeNgw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk3BvNLeNgw</a>

Trippy "space drum"... All is said.
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Re: Music to Listen to while writing
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2015, 04:34:22 PM »
Music while writing? Heh. I could list so many different soundtracks and bands that this thread would never end. I rarely if ever write WITHOUT musical accompaniment, and the only time I don't is if I'm listening for my kid.

I could give a thousand recommendations, but I'll content myself with the soundtrack to Ergo Proxy. I wrote a good 3/4s of my recent cyberpunk novel to this soundtrack alone. It's just so moody and memorable, even if you haven't watched an episode of the series.

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Re: Music to Listen to while writing
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2015, 08:21:02 PM »
I could never get the hang of writing with music on. I'm too influenced by the sounds and the tone of my writing will slant towards whatever I'm listening to. But I can't write in silence so I listen to a lot of nature soundtracks while I write. Here are a couple of my favs:

Dark and Stormy Night
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DE3e_hkBFo

Birds at Sunset
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AinQ2qyNVTQ

Autumn Wind
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCcT6LKo5Lw

I like these because I can pick what ambient sounds would be in the chapter I'm writing and it helps me feel like I'm there with my characters. Also if I listen to the stormy night one with headphones on, it drowns out my kids. XD

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Re: Music to Listen to while writing
« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2015, 10:56:59 PM »
Don't really listen to music while writing, but this song always conjured images of battles and old soldier songs, so might help with some inspiration. ;)

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Re: Music to Listen to while writing
« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2015, 01:01:50 AM »
Clubbed to Death from the Matrix soundtrack was my go-to for years but I finally got sick of it.  Now I listen to Linkin Park for some reason.
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Re: Music to Listen to while writing
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2015, 02:22:33 AM »
and the ever-inspiring Ori and the Wild Forest soundtrack.

I think I'm in love.  Such a great soundtrack!

I listen to epic soundtrack stuff like Two Steps from Hell.
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