Soundtrack To Writing

Some people write with music, some people need dead silence. I also know people who can work happily with the TV on. For me, some kind of sound is necessary – although if it’s a playlist full of songs I know very well, I’ll inevitably end up singing along.

Whilst writing the novella, I’ve had a very particular playlist to hand – most of it is comprised of soundtrack/instrumental music, and occasionally songs in a foreign language – although I still have a habit of making up words to fit. My compulsion to sing along to music is unstoppable. For the curious, a snippet of the playlist is as follows (links to Youtube where I was able to find the song) – feel free to check them out if you’re the kind of person who writes to music, or even if you’re just interested in hearing some nice tunes:

In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3 – Vitamin String Quartet

Adagio in D Minor (Sunshine OST) – John Murphy

Will You Follow Me? – Rob Dougan

A Warm Place – Nine Inch Nails

Capa Meets The Sun (To Heal) (Sunshine OST) – Underworld/John Murphy

Time (Inception OST) – Hans Zimmer

Welcome To Lunar Industries (Moon OST) – Clint Mansell

Fisherman’s Horizon (Piano) (FFVIII OST) – Nobuo Uematsu

Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása – Sigur Rós

Baba Yetu (Civilisation 4 OST) – Crouch End Festival Chorus & Slovak National Orchestra

Mombasa (Inception OST) – Hans Zimmer

Vaka – Sigur Rós (watch the video if you can – inspiring, in a terribly sad kind of way)

FFVII Main Theme – Nobuo Uematsu

The playlist goes on and on, but this is a good idea of the sort of thing I tend to listen to. I’ve been told to check out the OST for Interstellar so that’s likely to find its way to the list sooner or later…

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