I listen to a lot of music when I write, the vast majority of it instrumental. Over the years of writing The Four Realms I have several go-to tracks if I need to envoke character. This track from Dr Who has made me think of Maureen since I first heard it, and I still play it before working on a Maureen chapter as prep for getting inside her head. What do you think? If you had to choose a piece of music for Maureen’s theme, what would you choose?
I’m a big Muse fan, even if I always forget when the tickets to their tours go on sale until after they sell out. Anyway, a new Muse track is always a big cause for excitement. And whilst many bands’ later albums seem to lose some of the magic of why you liked that band in the first place, Muse’s more experimental tunes are probably the ones I love best. This tune, the official Olympics track by the way, is completely bonkers. I could understand why some people might really, really hate it.
But for me: love it and all its quirkiness.
I’ve currently got the music from the second series of Game of Thrones on repeat. The album came out this week and is the perfect accompaniment to one of my writing projects. There’s a lot of good tracks on the album (although if I’m honest I don’t think it is as a strong as the first season’s) but this one has to be my favourite, even though it has vocals. I find it strangely haunting. Word by George R R Martin, Music by Ramin Djawadi and sung by The National.
This week is a bit busy with starting a new day job. However, I did want to share this piece of music with you. As you know, I’m a huge Two Steps From Hell fan, and if you love orchestral soundtracks, their albums are some of the best released in recent years. Hard to think that they’re just a commercial outfit producing music solely to be used in trailers, everything from the last Star Trek movie trailer to the latest Mass Effect 3 one.
I do loads of writing to their two publically available albums but recently found this track by them that hasn’t been released outside of the industry. Anyways, this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s been buzzing round my head for the last couple of days.
Busy today on some real life things, so I thought I’d leave everyone with some music. Following a Twitter comment by Will Hill, author of the brilliant Department 19, I’ve dug out my old 1977 album by Ash. Here’s my favourite track from the album: Oh Yeah
Busy day today, and currently preparing for a busy day tomorrow, so I’ll just leave you with a music video. Enjoy! And Happy 2012!
This is currently what I’m writing epic fantasy to. Yes, I know this track doesn’t really lend itself to fantasy, but then this isn’t the normal type of epic fantasy. It’s from the Tron Legacy Soundtrack which I really recommend to those of you who like listening to soundtracks whilst you write.
I’ve been listening to this constantly for the last couple of days.
Something to chill out to for the weekend.