I like music – like most people presumably do – but I am hardly a music geek. I wish I could create my own. But that’s a talent I was not blessed with. For my work, there are really one two modes: Either, I work by complete silence (most of the time) or I work listening to music that’s turned up way too loud on my headphones. The later happens when I am in creative burst mode.

Like right now.

It’s 1:30am and I should sleep. Really. I have to get up at 6am for some #souldraining. But how can I sleep, when I have to chronicle the rise and fall of the Terran Federation?

Anyway, as an aside, I thought I’d post some of the stuff I am listening to while world-building.

Right now that’s the album “Drink the Sea” by The Glitch Mob. Especially “Fortune Days”, “Animus Vox”, “Bad Wings”, and “We Swarm”. My playlist is also looping through some tracks from the “Tron Legacy: Reconfigured” album.

At other times, I enjoyed the music from the Battlestar Galactica series (heavy on percussion, I guess – reminds me a whole lot of Homeworld, but that’s probably just me imagining things). I also have the Homeworld tracks, ripped from my Homeworld game CD which I seem to have lost in one of my many moves over the years. Awesome music – I wish I had as cool a soundtrack for my science fiction universe. Maybe some day.

Of course you couldn’t do science fiction without classical music – Kubrick saw to that – and I once listened to the Blue Danube for an entire day. Holst’s The Planets are another must though I am not a huge fan of the tracks other than “Mars – the Bringer of War”.

I also collect game and movie soundtracks. The music of some of the Baldur’s Gate titles – and sequels and spinoffs – was pretty epic, as is the Guild Wars music. Michael Hoenig and Heremy soule are great! For movies, pick any adventure, action or science fiction movie. Pirates of the Caribbean, The Gladiator, The “Imperial March” from Star Wars, The Mummy, you name it.

The sound track of The Fifth Element has a special place in my heart, as does the movie. “Timecrash” makes me wish I had a decent music setup here that could produce decent base sound (but my neighbors probably appreciate that I don’t).

Some of my world-building can get quite weird. For example, I do have a playlist I call “Mythos Mecha”. That might give you a hint what it was for… it includes Cab Calloway, The Inkspots, the music from Bubblegum Crisis (Konya wa Harikeen is awesome!), “masked Ball” from Eyes Wide Shut, “Love Removal Machine” by The Cult, “Go!” by Tones to Tail, Tesla’s “Last Action Hero”, “Where Evil grows” by Poppy Family, and a whole lot of instrumental stuff from movie soundtracks. Eclectic, eh?

As a final, special tip – you can actually find awesome music on ccMixter, Jamendo, and – but you gotta dig through a lot of bad music to find it. Still, how can you not love, for example, Ditto Ditto, or Houdini Roadshow? Or, hell, Sad Robot by pornophonique? What can I say, I grew up on a diet of 6581.

On the subject of The Mythos – Another really good album to listen to – in my opinion, as always – is “Live on the Radio” by White Ghost Shivers. Really great 1920s Harlem Jazz style music.

I posted on this subject before – my playlist for the 2008 NaNoWriMo reads like my approach to music consumption during my ‘work’ really hasn’t changed. Getting old and set in my ways, I am.


2 thoughts on “Music

  1. I love those days of “creativity hangovers” where you have to drink 4 cups of coffee just to keep your eyes open at work, and 6 cups if you actually expect to be productive. Balance that our with a protein shake and granola bars to avoid a wicked caffeine crash in the afternoon. That being said, if it works for you, scribble quick notes to keep track of your ideas then get some shut eye. If your brain works like mine, your subconscious will keep the thread going and you can pick up where you left off the following day.

    The only titles I recognized were your movie soundtracks. The rest might just be a difference of age, location, upbringing, etc. I highly suggest World music. Depending on what I’m doing it’s Celtic, Native American, or Chinese. Jazz, Blues, Cajun, and Big Band are known to drift from my speakers if I just want something on to ignore.

    As for sites: Pandora if you’re just after a loose style of shuffle, Grooveshark if you want a specific song or artist, and Youtube if you want generally related like Pandora but with more control. The only drawback to that is you get a lot of repeats/covers of the same thing and you have to keep clicking back to it which can prove distracting.

  2. I only really listen to pure “world” or ethnic music if I am doing something related to that culture. I do have a bunch of mixes though – mostly stuff from teh Interwebs (ccMixter and Jamendo have very diverse stuff).

    I discover most of my music through movies, tv shows, podcasts and youtube these days. I usually purchase from amazon (if they have it). Thanks for the suggestions though, I’ll check them out.

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