So I’m sitting there, typing my WIP into my WriteMonkey, grinning at one of my many screens at da job while trying to look mighty busy with super important revolutionary byte-vs-pixel-business, when I notice a new blog post pop up in my iGoogle widget.
Jay Noel, the Mechanica freak who’s been parading pure temptation in the form of steampunk goodies all through the A to Z, beat me to it and posted samples of his writing soundtrack. And they even sound good. Damn you, man.
*bookmarks the youtube clips in shame*
But hey, I’ll still post mine or my name is Red Spike the Vengeful, and it’s not.
I always listen to music when I write. And when I work, and blog, and do all those other quirky things with my computer, some of which should better remain sealed within one piece of software or another. I listen to music because I live with a constant soundtrack in the back of my head, and because the office I work in is too noisy and the TV at home is too loud.
But the main reason I listen to music when I write is because it’s the most effective and enthralling way to convey mood that we hairless monkeys have come up with ever since we’ve dropped out of the trees. Music is amazing! It sucks you right into a 4 minute long world of beauty, possiblity, unbridled emotion and energy, and spits you back out forever transformed.
Let me set one thing straight though. Music doesn’t itself inspire me. I don’t get any new plot ideas from songs, or suddenly understand the sentiments of one of my characters because a certain guitar makes my lip quiver, or a heated drum solo makes me pound my little fingers on the desk so hard the cracking of my knuckles plays its own remix. I do, however, become more focused with the help of the right tune, and churn out bigger wordcount for the same buck.
So here’s a sampling of my WIP’s soundtrack. If you’re an innocent and sweet all-pretty-flowers-and-glittery-ponies kind of person, back away slowly. But if you’re a bit on the crazy side, like I am, and like I believe more writers should be in order for their awesome writerness to be unleashed, then you’re going to enjoy these bits.
I’m a passionate listener of industial, alternative and gothic metal, and when I’m particularly giddy and having a splendid day, I sprinkle some metalcore on it. Whether these genres say something to you or not (or more likely, scream it into your face while smacking you with a whip made of your own hair), just humor me and give these samples a try. They pretty much represent the dominant moods in my WIP, which, if you remember, is about cruel freakish aliens, destructive humans and overall a lot of… mneah, I’m not gonna tell. Listen to its vibe for yourself.
The action-packed sequences where most of the massive damage gets done, happen with this kind of rhythm and background.
Muse – Citizen Erased
There’s a lot of open conflict that’s not physically violent, and though the text of this song doesn’t fit at all, the rhythm very much does.
*crosses fingers hoping you don’t understand German and spoil the effect*
Unheilig – Sternbild
In those rare moments, when the people caught in the scorching hell-hole they’ve created stop to realize they actually harbor deeper feelings, their inner tune sounds something like this.
Anberlin – The Haunting
But mostly, for the greater bulk of my WIP (and the stretch of my years-long-chewing at this monstrosity) the vibe grows right out of the insanely beautiful Massive Attack discography. I’m starting to really like the idea of incorporating a full-Massive-Attack soundtrack into the ebook version of the thing when it gets published. Ah, sweet delicious symbiosis…
The little editor on my shoulder just dropped his flaming trident in a fit of hysterical laughter.
*big round trembling eyes*
Massive Attack – Risingson
If you were to pick a themesong for your WIP (or already finished work) what would it be and why does it rock your world?