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What do you listen to while writing?

Discussion in 'Fanfic Discussion' started by Jon, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. LightLordPotter

    LightLordPotter Disappeared

    Jun 5, 2017
    High Score:
    Deftones, Brand New, DFA 1979, Interpol, Sunny Day Real Estate, essentially what my standard playlist is.
  2. Jon

    Jon The Demon Mayor Admin DLP Supporter

    Jun 5, 2006
    You guys do realize that you can link actual songs, instead of listing off shit, right?
  3. ihateseatbelts

    ihateseatbelts Seventh Year

    Mar 28, 2014
    Where the mandem jam up to no good
  4. Jon

    Jon The Demon Mayor Admin DLP Supporter

    Jun 5, 2006
    Dragon Quest Symphonic seems right up my alley!
  5. Dicra

    Dicra Groundskeeper

    Nov 12, 2014
    Well, I listen to music nearly all of the time, especially trailer music, not only when writing. However, sometimes I find a song that seems to get to me far more than others (mostly for wholly different reasons, sometimes I myself can't even understand why) and that's when I know I've found something I can use for writing. The genre isn't important, I just want to get into that dreamy mood that comes over me whenever a piece of music is absolutely mesmerizing/ the feeling of being able to do anything whenever something I hear just seems to scream "Get up, you'll do it!"

    So, sometimes it's the metal genre, for example:
    Manowar - Warriors of the World

    Nightwish - Ghost Love Score

    Sometimes it's pagan folk music:
    Faun - Hörst du die Trommeln?
    Better version: https://youtu.be/G7i_qKft3ZA?t=2m14s (just do yourself a favour and skip the annoying first two minutes)

    Celtic Woman - The Voice

    Sometimes, it's Pop music:
    Ed Sheeran - Galway Girl

    Most of the time it's - as said previously - trailer music:
    James Paget - The Hero Within

    Valentin Wiest - Kitsuné No Yomeiri
    [simply mind-blowing]

    BrunuhVille - Fable
    [calm, dreamy]

    Two Steps From Hell - The Ring of Winter
    [my go-to song for everything set in dark/icy places I write]

    Epic Score - This Is Our Land
    [optimistic yet peaceful]

    Thomas Bergersen - Fearless
    [don't even know how to describe this one, experimental is maybe the most fitting description]

    Thomas-Adam Habuda - Question of Purpose
    [so incredibly serene, the song I probably used the most]

    Just a few examples, I have about 100 songs I use for writing.
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2017
  6. Odran

    Odran Prisoner

    Aug 12, 2013
    Carbon Based Lifeforms - Interloper [Full Album]

    Summoning - Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame [Full Album]

    Summoning - Old Mornings Dawn [Full Album]

    In The Nursery - Asphalt [Full Album]

    In The Nursery - Woman

    Burial - Untrue [Full Album]

    2814 - 新しい日の誕生 [Full Album]

    Аркона - Славься, Русь!

    Amesoeurs - Les Ruches Malades

    H.U.V.A. Network - Ephemeris [Full Album]

    Nadja - Corrasion [Full Album]

    Nadja - Touched [Full Album]

    port-royal - Afraid To Dance [Full Album]

    Solar Fields - Mirror's Edge Soundtrack

    Solar Fields - Mirror's Edge: Catalyst Soundtrack

    The Angelic Process - Weighing Souls With Sand [Full Album]

    Trifonic - Ninth Wave [Full Album]

    Trifonic - Emergence [Full Album]

    Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Beethoven's Last Night [Full Album]

    Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition

    Lord of the Rings - Complete Recordings

    Transistor Soundtrack

    Endless Legend Soundtrack

    Endless Space 2 Soundtrack

    Advent Rising Soundtrack

    The Ninth Gate Soundtrack

    Farscape Soundtrack

    Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Soundtrack

    Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption Soundtrack

    Wiedźmin Soundtrack

    The Witcher Soundtrack

    Gone Girl Soundtrack

    Snatcher Soundtrack

    Splinter Cell - Chaos Theory Soundtrack

    Planescape: Torment Soundtrack

    Metro 2033 Soundtrack

    Divinity 2 Soundtrack

    Avalon Soundtrack

    Blade Runner Soundtrack

    Remember Me Soundtrack

    Bound by Flame Soundtrack

    Max Payne 2 Soundtrack

    Legacy of Kain: Defiance Soundtrack

    Homeworld Soundtrack

    Homeworld 2 Soundtrack

    EVE Online Soundtrack

    The Banner Saga Soundtrack

    Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura Soundtrack
  7. tikkier2000

    tikkier2000 First Year

    Dec 11, 2016
    Northern Hemisphere
    High Score:
    My taste in music is literally all over the place. In fact, the high variance in styles and genres is preposterous.

    My YT writing playlist consists of everything from James Arthur to Florence+The Machine to The Underachievers amazing album Evermore: The Art of Duality. There's Trace Adkins and Bruce Springsteen. Kansas and Toto. Do-op and ska. Contemporary Christian like Chris Tomlin or Lecrae and dark Western/country rap (crap). I have Thousand Foot Krutch and Skillet. Don't forget Bring Me the Horizon and FOB. And I've been singing to the Hamilton soundtrack for months.

    As you can see, I listen to everything when I write. It doesn't depend on anything but what I like to listen to. If you want something more, I don't know, focused, I would recommend picking a genre and going to Spectrum Pulse's YT channel for album reviews.

    Although anything by Bastille is soft enough lyrically that it fades into the background. If you listen to the lyrics, though, they have a lot of meaning. So it's the best of both worlds.
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2017
  8. Gene

    Gene Third Year

    Jan 11, 2014
    Synthwave is the big one, with The Midnight being the most common band involved, with basically the entire Hotline Miami (1 and 2) soundtracks mixed in as well.

    There's electronic music, with Anamanaguchi and Approaching Nirvana topping this list.

    Orchestral stuff from Two Steps From Hell and Zach Hemsey is there.

    Video game-wise, I'll listen to stuff from the Ace Attorney games (and Ghost Trick) soundtracks from time to time, the entire NieR, NieR: Automata, and Drakengard 3 soundtracks, Zelda music, Xenoblade Chronicles, Machinarium, Samorost 3, etc.

    Not a whole lot of unifying elements among the other things I listen to, from Lou Rawls to Toto to Pendulum.
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2017
  9. Pure Infinity

    Pure Infinity High Inquisitor

    Dec 19, 2012
    Lofi hip hop. Just some jazz mixed with a hip hop beat. I don't really listen to specific songs - they tend to just blend into one another after awhile - I just put on compilations of them. This, for example. They set a nice atmosphere.
  10. ScottPress

    ScottPress The Horny Sovereign Prestige

    Apr 22, 2013
    The Holy Moose Empire
    High Score:
    On the topic of vidya geam soundtracks, Heroes of Might & Magic. HOMM4 may just be my favorite game soundtrack ever. HOMM4 OST

    Then there's Gothic. Linked the first game, but check out 2 & 3 as well.
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2017
  11. Agravaine

    Agravaine Slug Club Member

    Jun 7, 2010
    New England
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2017
  12. Jon

    Jon The Demon Mayor Admin DLP Supporter

    Jun 5, 2006
    I'm currently obsessed with the Nier Automata soundtrack.
  13. Joe's Nemesis

    Joe's Nemesis High Score: 2,058 Prestige

    Jan 29, 2012
    High Score:
    So, to get me back into writing, I started to listen to music again while I write. Turns out, Youtube has some decent writing music to set the tone. I know we all have different tastes, so I'll post a few links here.

    Scenes building in intensity or anger. Also, there is this one, which has a little bit of Gregorian chant mixed into modern orchestral music.

    I've found this one to be pretty good when writing battle scenes. However, there's some clipping in places.

    For calmer settings (with some swelling music at times), there's this link.

    I won't post anymore links because the "up next" list has several different options. Some of them are pretty good, some aren't so good. One thing I do like, however, is that they are usually over an hour long, each. Some of them are two hours long (such as the second link).
  14. why?

    why? Seventh Year

    Jun 30, 2017
    High Score:
    Came here to post just this. Axian, Tomppabeats and Jinsang are pretty cool too.

    I do not write fan fiction, but I like having non disruptive music like this when writing or reading.

    Post/stoner/sludge metal and rock can work as well. As should some shoegaze, like My Bloody Valentine or Ride. Heck, even Alcest.

    I also enjoy folk-type stuff, such as Dornenreich's In Luft Geritzt or Raflum.