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Title: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: Matamelcan 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!



Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: Raptori 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) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxd4bY_o_4k), and the ever-inspiring Ori and the Wild Forest soundtrack (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkzeOmkOUHM).
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: Yora 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 (http://metalgear.wikia.com/wiki/Movie_influences_in_the_Metal_Gear_franchise), but the music style isn't really very genre specific.
I think they are all up on youtube.
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: Nora 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!
 ;D
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: ArhiX 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!
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: Yora on November 29, 2015, 04:34:26 PM
Something that always works for me is the music from Conan the Barbarian (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epzNDl6JpMo). 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.
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: JMack on November 29, 2015, 05:46:49 PM
Something that always works for me is the music from Conan the Barbarian (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epzNDl6JpMo). 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.
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: Lanko on November 29, 2015, 08:30:22 PM
Never tried listening to music while writing.

Gonna give it a shot later.
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: Yora on November 29, 2015, 08:50:44 PM
I just looked up the music from Interstellar (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBfk37Fa3H0) 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.
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: Nora on November 30, 2015, 02:33:00 PM
I just looked up the music from Interstellar (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBfk37Fa3H0) 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 :

[youtube]8as_BN5h5YQ[/youtube]

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

[youtube]YsbrRAgv1b4[/youtube]

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.

[youtube]7YNMrkIMofs[/youtube]

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

[youtube]BNWpZ-Y_KvU[/youtube]

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.

[youtube]rYcCD9eOQCI[/youtube]

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.

[youtube]O32PuoBWKC0[/youtube]

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!

[youtube]Apk39Q_NO68[/youtube]

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

[youtube]up0t2ZDfX7E[/youtube]

[youtube]uLJ8sxon9g8[/youtube]

[youtube]c7O91GDWGPU[/youtube]

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 :

[youtube]CVFscjOsPRA[/youtube]

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.

[youtube]gL5d_xvdlPo[/youtube]

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

[youtube]a7P76V-h88g[/youtube]

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

[youtube]KsMEBEcxzYA[/youtube]

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

[youtube]gpUgWkWJtRk[/youtube]

Angry french techno piece, melodic for its style.

[youtube]83UfaCkLxMY[/youtube]

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

[youtube]fVGs2SkFqdc[/youtube]

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

Various :

[youtube]GXjE32OJ7ho[/youtube]

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

[youtube]yJGL1hdl8Cw[/youtube]

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

[youtube]QLvYp0vNEGY[/youtube]

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.

[youtube]yaJympXSrAU[/youtube]

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.

[youtube]xk3BvNLeNgw[/youtube]

Trippy "space drum"... All is said.
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: tebakutis 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.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC8E70485AAE8D5B7 (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC8E70485AAE8D5B7)
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: Autumn2May 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
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: Mr.J 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. ;)

Embedded in a spoiler tag to keep it neat.
[youtube]6vGI7b4kYio[/youtube]
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: zmunkz 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.
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: SugoiMe on December 09, 2015, 02:22:33 AM
and the ever-inspiring Ori and the Wild Forest soundtrack (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkzeOmkOUHM).

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

I listen to epic soundtrack stuff like Two Steps from Hell.
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: zmunkz on December 09, 2015, 02:25:07 AM
and the ever-inspiring Ori and the Wild Forest soundtrack (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkzeOmkOUHM).

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

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

Wow I just checked it out too... very haunting music.  I'll try doing my revisions tonight with this playing lol.
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: zmunkz on December 09, 2015, 02:50:34 AM
Ok, for the record that went terribly.  Got lost in youtube since my last post, didn't snap out of it until I somehow got from that video to this one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAgqZepRkxY
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: JMack on December 09, 2015, 03:13:47 AM
Ok, for the record that went terribly.  Got lost in youtube since my last post, didn't snap out of it until I somehow got from that video to this one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAgqZepRkxY

The last time I smoked any of the good stuff was night befofre my wedding 30 yrs ago.
But that video makes me wish I had some around just to flake out to while watching. :o
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: zmunkz on December 09, 2015, 03:15:07 AM
The last time I smoked any of the good stuff was night befofre my wedding 30 yrs ago.
But that video makes me wish I had some around just to flake out to while watching. :o

lol seriously
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: gunsmith-of-avalon on December 10, 2015, 07:23:34 AM
I've been listening to the Meliora album by Ghost.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGj_KQYD3FE[/youtube]
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: Matamelcan on December 11, 2015, 05:12:55 PM
If you want to have music to listen AND have your internet off, there's this: http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiIhILVptTJAhUI9mMKHRT8D0IQFggbMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fclipgrab.org%2F&usg=AFQjCNHN5rYHjbQB8EPZCEqj1Q6ynsGYyg&bvm=bv.109395566,d.cGc

You can download music off the internet. I like CDs but sometimes I want some epic Pirate Music...  :P
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: zmunkz on December 12, 2015, 09:45:36 PM
If you want to have music to listen AND have your internet off, there's this: http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiIhILVptTJAhUI9mMKHRT8D0IQFggbMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fclipgrab.org%2F&usg=AFQjCNHN5rYHjbQB8EPZCEqj1Q6ynsGYyg&bvm=bv.109395566,d.cGc

You can download music off the internet. I like CDs but sometimes I want some epic Pirate Music...  :P

I just use DownloadHelper for that.
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: Craig Munro on December 13, 2015, 01:29:52 AM
I like my music to match the feel of what I'm writing if not necessarily the tempo.

High energy writing - Five Finger Death Punch, Slipknot, Machine Head.
Slower or more subdued - Apocalyptica, Draconian, or My Dying Bride.

I find I get a get a lot of ideas for my writing when I'm walking and listening to music.
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: Mr.J on February 10, 2016, 11:11:34 PM
Don't really have a music thread other than this one so it'll do!

While listening to the AC: Syndicate soundtrack made by Austin Wintory I stumbled on the soundtrack for The Banner Saga, an RPG I think, and wow the music is fantastic. He did Journey as well and is a hell of a composer :P

I very highly recommend.

[youtube]861fVxGdK2k[/youtube]
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: Ryan Mueller on February 11, 2016, 04:43:47 AM
I almost always listen to music while writing. It helps me focus. Generally, it has to be songs I already know. Otherwise, I'm paying too much attention to the music.

For epic fantasy, I love listening to power metal. Blind Guardian and Hammerfall are two of my favorites. When I'm really in the mood for cheesy fantasy-inspired music, I listen to Gloryhammer, which is pretty much a parody of the power metal genre (and a lot of fun to listen to). I also listen to a lot of Kamelot, which is kind of power metal crossed with symphonic metal and progressive metal. Their stuff, especially more recently, isn't as much fantasy-inspired as some of the others, but it still works well for me.
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: tebakutis on February 11, 2016, 03:52:24 PM
For epic fantasy, I love listening to power metal. Blind Guardian and Hammerfall are two of my favorites. When I'm really in the mood for cheesy fantasy-inspired music, I listen to Gloryhammer, which is pretty much a parody of the power metal genre (and a lot of fun to listen to). I also listen to a lot of Kamelot, which is kind of power metal crossed with symphonic metal and progressive metal. Their stuff, especially more recently, isn't as much fantasy-inspired as some of the others, but it still works well for me.

I love Blind Guardian. I'm going to have to check out the other bands you mentioned now.

Also, speaking of metal parodies that are actually awesome, I'd also recommend Dethklok (first two Deth Albums are great)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZX62imOapU[/youtube]

And Austrian Death Machine (metal songs about Schwarzenegger movies sung by a guy pretending to be Schwarzenegger). First song on their album is titled "Get to the Choppa!"

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPIO86jTrQQ[/youtube]

Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: Yora on April 16, 2016, 03:18:32 PM
I decided I want to write a story based on Contact (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI5noh4OyXc) by Daft Punk.  8)
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: ArhiX on April 16, 2016, 04:29:33 PM
For some reason, I decided to wreck my brain by constantly listening to "Cleric Beast Extended OST" from Bloodborne.
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: Yora on April 16, 2016, 05:01:13 PM
Yes!

YES!!!  ;D

I actually have a rough plot for this. It's clearly the best track of the game (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICSk8-pJkX8).
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: CryptofCthulhu on April 16, 2016, 09:30:23 PM
[youtube]vtADH_hN-YM[/youtube]

90% of the time it's metal.
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: JMack on June 11, 2016, 11:44:17 AM
Just discovered the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver".
Great jazz, and very atmospheric.
Helps if you're writing UF rather than elves and dark lords.  ;D
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: m3mnoch on December 12, 2016, 04:26:25 PM
whoa!!

make sure you're sitting down, folks.  i have it!  i found the perfect background audio for writing your next story!

http://tabletopaudio.com/

best.  background.  ever!
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: Nora on December 12, 2016, 06:11:17 PM
whoa!!

make sure you're sitting down, folks.  i have it!  i found the perfect background audio for writing your next story!

http://tabletopaudio.com/

best.  background.  ever!

Another proof that taste isn't universal. I don't like such things for my writing, or for anything.

The only "background noise" type music I sometime listen to is this one, because I like the drums as much as the sound of fire :

[youtube]6dxFlXZ4kBw&t=5331s[/youtube]

But to me these arbitrary videos don't necessarily manage to give a "mood", and if they sound too realistic, then they distract me from my writing.

Besides, his dragon ambient sound has the 1990's godzilla cry as an opener, way to go.

I want to be listening to stuff with character, yet no or minimal music, to put me in a mood. I don't want to listen to the noise of sewers when my characters are in sewers, I want to listen to the music that could be that moment's soundtrack, or a track that matches the mental state of my character, while going through the sewers.
Not the drip of water and screeches of rats.  :P

[youtube]QMQiMosF1B0[/youtube]

Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: Adrian_Selby on December 14, 2016, 07:47:31 PM
KLF - Chillout.
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: The Gem Cutter on December 24, 2016, 04:12:24 PM
I found this to be great for writing of gods and monsters!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRICooJ-vhQ[/youtube]
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: JMack on December 24, 2016, 05:36:44 PM
whoa!!

make sure you're sitting down, folks.  i have it!  i found the perfect background audio for writing your next story!

http://tabletopaudio.com/

best.  background.  ever!

Pretty cool, M3M.
Going to give this a try, and Nora's bonfire & flutes.
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: S. K. Inkslinger on December 26, 2016, 05:22:43 PM
Personally I listen to Godot's "Fragrance of Dark Coffee" Jazz music or folk music from the Witcher for fantasy. I listen to creepy piano Creepypasta music while writing horror stories.
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: J.R. Darewood on July 09, 2017, 04:46:51 AM

So I've been obsessed with this song, and trying to figure out what the story behind it is...

https://soundcloud.com/silentrider/utah

Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: Matamelcan on July 19, 2017, 05:43:53 PM
Sleeping at Last especially his album 'Space Atlas' is simply incredible for getting into the writing mood.
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: J.R. Darewood on July 22, 2017, 11:20:35 AM
Sleeping at Last especially his album 'Space Atlas' is simply incredible for getting into the writing mood.

Idk about writing to it, but it's really beautiful to listen to.
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: Yora on September 30, 2017, 05:37:23 PM
Strangely enough, this music (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP1C-W8A69s) Nora linked me a while back really works for me. And I am working on Bronze Age spirit quest stories, not cyberpunk action.  ???
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: JMack on October 01, 2017, 11:48:16 AM
Strangely enough, this music (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP1C-W8A69s) Nora linked me a while back really works for me. And I am working on Bronze Age spirit quest stories, not cyberpunk action.  ???

I think you just like the art work that pops up on YouTube while it plays.  :o ;) ;D
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: S. K. Inkslinger on October 01, 2017, 02:25:30 PM
For battlescenes I usually listen to tracks from 'Two Steps from Hell', for normal, medieval fantasy atmosphere I usually listened to soundtracks from the Witcher 3 (it's so unbelievably good!)
Title: Re: Music to Listen to while writing
Post by: Nora on October 01, 2017, 06:51:17 PM
Strangely enough, this music (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP1C-W8A69s) Nora linked me a while back really works for me. And I am working on Bronze Age spirit quest stories, not cyberpunk action.  ???

Ahaha, so fun, I'm listening to that very artist as I read this, though a different album (I Am The Night).

Also, totally unrelated, but I thought writers might enjoy this video. A young kid (prolly around 11) starts singing blues like he spent 40 years in the mines, and the owner of the guitar shop they're in obviously wasn't ready for it... His jaw drops and his eyebrows rise... An utter cliche of bewilderment. It gives me a big chuckle each time. It's the sort of stuff that inspired lines like "jaw dropping". The kid is literally jaw dropping.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1pwnb0NpQw

Been listening to Hotline Miami's album (love every track by MOON),

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKD-MVfC9Ag

And oddly enough very pumped by this take on a classic song :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Edwsf-8F3sI

It's Feeling Good by bubble, but I'm giving you the video of an AMV for the great show Death Parade for it, because the original clip is horrible and cringy.